Pan-Seared Honey Balsamic Salmon

By Rena |

This delicious, honey balsamic salmon recipe is made on the stovetop and ready in less than 30 minutes! A tasty, honey balsamic glaze coats the salmon and tender mushrooms making this dish both sweet and savory. The perfect option for a healthy light dinner at home!

skillet with honey balsamic glazed salmon and mushrooms

Pan-seared, honey balsamic salmon is easy to make and filled with incredible bold flavors that anyone will love. Fresh garlic, sweet honey, soft mushrooms, and flaky salmon create a well-rounded, healthy dinner recipe that is irresistible.

The balsamic honey glaze finishes this pan-seared salmon recipe and gives the salmon extra rich flavors that are so good you’ll want more. We love how easy this one-pan recipe is because we can make it on those evenings when we’re feeling short on time.

Pair with your favorite mashed potatoes and make it a whole meal. This healthy salmon filet recipe goes well with so many things, you will definitely want to keep this one in rotation.

Why This Balsamic Honey Salmon is so Good

There are several reasons why this recipe for honey-glazed salmon is so good. We eat this recipe often because it’s so simple and mouthwatering!

  • Quick to make: This balsamic, honey-glazed salmon with mushrooms is made with little steps and takes no time to make. In 30 minutes or less, you’ll have an appetizing dinner ready!
  • Delicious: The sweet glaze pairs well with the savory salmon and creates the perfect balance of sweet robust flavors. Fresh salmon is cooked until perfectly done and is ultra-tender.
  • Healthy and low-carb: Salmon is a healthy lean protein, and the mushrooms and filled with fiber and antioxidants. All of the ingredients in this recipe are nutrient-rich and will not weigh you down.
top view of honey balsamic glazed salmon with mushrooms

Ingredients you will need for this healthy salmon recipe

Below is a list of the ingredients you will need for this easy salmon recipe. The ingredients are pretty simple and should be easy to find at most grocery stores.

mushrooms, salmon fillets, salt, pepper, garlic, honey, and balsamic vinegar on grey surface

Salmon filets: Skin-on salmon filets are thick and taste super tender once they’re cooked. We like to use fresh filets for this recipe, but thawed salmon filets can be used, too.
Salt and pepper: A simple blend of Kosher sea salt and pepper season the salmon to perfection to make it tasty.
Olive oil: Rich olive oil is used to cook the salmon and gives the skin a crunchy finish. Any kind of neutral cooking oil can be used in place of olive oil such as avocado, safflower, etc.
Button mushrooms: Be sure to thoroughly wash the mushrooms before using them. You will also want to make sure you chop them in half prior to starting the recipe.
Garlic: Freshly chopped garlic gives this recipe even more flavor and tastes incredible with the glaze.
Honey: Sweet sticky honey is used for the delicious glaze that coats the pan-seared salmon and mushrooms. Maple syrup can be used in place of honey.
Balsamic vinegar: Tart balsamic vinegar balances the honey and delicious sweet and savory notes.

top view of pan seared salmon with mushrooms on an orange skillet

How to Make Pan-Seared Honey-Glazed Salmon

This recipe is so easy to follow; you’ll love it. Looking for something on those busy weeknights? We love this recipe because it is ready in one pan and doesn’t use up a lot of dishes.

First, season the salmon filets with both sea salt and pepper. Season to your preference.

salmon in skillet

Next, heat one tablespoon of oil in a large skillet or non-stick pan over medium heat. Cook the salmon until golden brown and flaky, about seven to nine minutes depending on the thickness of the filets.

Set the salmon aside and cover the filets to keep warm while you cook the mushrooms and glaze.

mushrooms in skillet with balsamic glaze

Next, heat the remaining tablespoon of olive oil in the pan and add the halved mushrooms. Cook the mushrooms until they start to brown, about six minutes.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk the honey and balsamic vinegar. Pour the glaze over the mushrooms and stir in the chopped garlic. Continue to cook the mushrooms and glaze while constantly stirring until the sauce becomes sticky and coats the mushrooms.

Finally, remove the pan from the heat and return the salmon. Spoon the balsamic glaze sauce over the salmon and mushrooms until evenly coated.

Enjoy warm!

top view of salmon in skillet with mushrooms and honey balsamic glaze

Frequently Asked Questions

How long should I cook my salmon?

Be sure to cook your salmon until it is at least 145 degrees Fahrenheit at the thickest part.

Do you eat the skin on salmon?

The skin is known to be rich in nutrients and is considered safe to eat. It is optional but most people will opt out of eating the skin.

What can I do to make salmon taste better?

Be sure to season the salmon with salt and pepper beforehand to make sure it has plenty of flavors. Also, be sure to not overcook the salmon.

What side of salmon do you sear first?

It is always recommended to sear the skin side first. Once the skin gets crisp after searing, it will be much easier to flip the salmon filet without the salmon breaking off or falling apart. If the salmon filet is skinless, it doesn’t matter which side you cook first.

Do you sear both sides of the salmon?

Yes. You need to cook/sear both sides of the salmon until the salmon is cooked through. f you are baking in the oven, you do not need to flip the salmon.

front view of salmon over mushrooms in skillet with balsamic honey glaze

Recipe Notes and Tips

Here are some of our top tips to make sure your salmon tastes as delicious as it can be. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to leave a comment!

  • The salmon filets may take a shorter or longer amount of time to cook depending on the thickness of the filets. Keep this in mind.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Any kind of mushrooms can be used in place of button mushrooms.
  • The leftovers will taste even better the next day.

What to Serve With This Recipe for Honey-Glazed Salmon

Want to add some more things? The recipes below are some of our favorites to add to this yummy salmon recipe.

close view of honey balsamic glazed salmon with mushrooms

Other Recipes You’ll Love

If you love this salmon recipe, then you’ll love these:

Oven-Baked Salmon and Veggies

Honey Lime-Glazed Salmon

Blackened Salmon

Maple-Glazed Dijon Mustard Salmon

Creamy Balsamic Chicken Skillet

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top view of pan seared salmon with mushrooms on an orange skillet

Honey Balsamic-Glazed Salmon

A tasty, honey balsamic glaze coats the salmon and tender mushrooms making this dish both sweet and savory.
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Diet: Gluten Free
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 371kcal
Author: Rena

Ingredients

  • 1.5 pounds salmon filets skin on
  • Kosher sea salt to taste
  • Kosher black pepper to taste
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil divided
  • 1 pound button mushrooms cleaned and halved
  • 3-4 garlic cloves chopped
  • 2 tablespoons honey or maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar

Instructions

  • Heat 1 tablespoon of the oil in a large skillet or non-stick pan, over mediumheat. Cook the salmon until golden brown and flaky, around 7-9 minutes depending on the thickness of your filets.
  • Set the salmon aside and cover to keep warm.Preheat the remaining tablespoon of oil and add the mushrooms. Cookuntil they start to brown.
  • Meanwhile, in a small bowl whisk the honey and balsamic. Pour over themushrooms and stir in the garlic. Continue to cook, stirring continuously,until the sauce becomes sticky and coats the mushrooms.
  • Remove the pan from the heat and return the salmon, spooning over thehoney balsamic sauce.

Notes

  • The salmon filets may take a shorter or longer amount of time to cook depending on the thickness of the filets. Keep this in mind.
  • Store the leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to four days.
  • Any kind of mushrooms can be used in place of button mushrooms.
  • The leftovers will taste even better the next day.

Nutrition

Calories: 371kcal | Carbohydrates: 14g | Protein: 37g | Fat: 18g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 5g | Monounsaturated Fat: 9g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 83mg | Potassium: 1218mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g | Vitamin A: 68IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 31mg | Iron: 2mg
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