Easy Honey Chipotle Salmon

5 ingredient honey chipotle salmon with delicious garlic honey butter on top! Moist and tender with crispy edges. Grilled or baked salmon! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The past 2 months, I’ve been working hard to get ahead on content. My “maternity leave” will be plenty of time off from the kitchen and photography, which are the hardest parts of my job. I’m already halfway through September on photographed blog recipes, which includes tons of fun promotional recipes and events for Sally’s Cookie Addiction. (Expected publish date is Tuesday, September 19th!) I’m already working on pumpkin recipes too. And on Monday, I tested a couple new Sally’s Cookie Palooza recipes.

Yes, Christmas cookies. In July. It’s def been a weird week.

5 ingredient honey chipotle salmon with delicious garlic honey butter on top! Moist and tender with crispy edges. Grilled or baked salmon! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

It feels wonderful to be so far ahead, but this is no easy feat– especially when I move at the pace of a turtle these days. One thing that has been my saving grace, though– easy, quick, and convenient dinners. I typically meal prep over the weekend so I don’t have much cooking to do during the week. One recent favorite? Honey chipotle salmon. *Oh my gosh.* This salmon is totally mouthwatering, tender, sweet, salty and spicy. I’ve made it a handful of times in the past month and YES we’re both obsessed.

Fave new easy dinner!

Here’s the round-up of what you’ll need. Are you ready for this? Probably one of the most complicated recipes I’ve ever shared with you. In fact, I’m not sure if you can handle it all.

How to make easy honey chipotle salmon on sallysbakingaddiction.com

HA! The grand total? 5 ingredients.

  • salmon
  • honey
  • chipotle chili spice
  • garlic
  • butter
  • (ok and salt + pepper)

With so little ingredients, it’s important to use each since they all serve a purpose. Honey? Flavor. Chili spice? More flavor. Garlic? Even more flavor. Butter? Don’t you dare leave this one out!

I grill the honey chipotle salmon because SUMMERTIME (!!!) but you can pop it in the oven instead, which is what we’ll do once grilling season is over. I use a cedar plank for the grill and let me tell ya, this will be some of the best salmon you ever taste. You get all this incredible smoky flavor and when that’s paired with the honey-butter-garlic-chipotle… well, let’s just say all of your other dinners will be jealous.

Not sure how to use a cedar plank? Here’s an easy reference!

Salmon on the grill on sallysbakingaddiction.com

5 ingredient honey chipotle salmon with delicious garlic honey butter on top! Moist and tender with crispy edges. Grilled or baked salmon! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

The salmon is marinated in half of the sauce mixture before cooking, then brushed with more once it’s hot off the grill or fresh out of the oven. This really helps lock in the sweet and spicy buttery flavor, keeping the centers are super moist and tender. And those edges? You know they’re crisp to perfection.

It’s been awhile since I shared a new dinner recipe here on my blog and that’s because I haven’t truly been “in love” with anything new we’ve tried in months! Everything has been sorta blah… until now. 🙂

5 ingredient honey chipotle salmon with delicious garlic honey butter on top! Moist and tender with crispy edges. Grilled or baked salmon! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com

PS: I’ll be making peanut butter pie on Facebook and Instagram LIVE today at 1pm ET!! See you there.

Easy Honey Chipotle Salmon


  • 1/3 cup (5 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (90g) honey
  • 1 - 2 garlic cloves, minced (I use 2)
  • 1 teaspoon ground chipotle chili pepper*
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 individual salmon filets (or a large 2 lb filet)


  1. In a medium bowl, whisk everything together (except for the salmon of course). Place the salmon in a tupperware, baking dish, or zipped-top bag. Pour half of the marinade on top. Give everything a nice shake. Reserve the rest for step 4. Marinate for at least 15 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  2. Meanwhile, fire up the grill to medium-high heat or preheat oven to 375°F (191°C).
  3. You can grill the salmon on foil or on a cedar plank. Grill the salmon skin side down for 15 minutes (about 10 minutes per 1-inch inch thickness measured from the thickest part of the filet) or until 145°F internal heat. Or bake the salmon on a lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness (same thing-- about 10 minutes per 1-inch inch thickness measured from the thickest part of the filet).
  4. Brush the warm salmon with remaining marinade before serving. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat to your liking.

Recipe Notes:

*Or just use regular chili powder!

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Also… 30 minute teriyaki shrimp.

and sweet chili chicken!

30 minute dinner! 5 ingredient honey chipotle salmon with delicious garlic honey butter on top! Moist and tender with crispy edges. Grilled or baked salmon! Recipe on sallysbakingaddiction.com



  1. Amy on July 26, 2017 at 1:45 am

    This is just what I’m looking for, easy and duper delicious! I’ll be making this in the next few days. Thank you, Sally. And a side note – I just took your peach bundy cake out of the oven! 

    • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 11:46 am

      Let me know how you like the peach bundt cake! 🙂

  2. Amy on July 26, 2017 at 1:46 am

    Oops, typo – bundt cake. Darn auto-correct!

  3. Emily on July 26, 2017 at 7:01 am

    I’m excited to make this, because your honey garlic salmon is our all time favorite salmon recipe!! 

    • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 11:47 am

      I thought it was hard to beat the honey garlic salmon but this one… TOTALLY DOES!

  4. Diane on July 26, 2017 at 8:50 am

    Yum! So…you have to do a blogpost with your favorite make ahead baby meals. I’m interested to know what your freezer looks like before baby arrives. There are so many NOT appetizing baby freezer meals on the internet, and I have this feeling your freezer will be filled with winners. 🙂

    • Jaynie on July 26, 2017 at 10:54 am

      I second this!! I’m two weeks behind you in my pregnancy and have started looking into prepping freezer meals, but haven’t found many that I’m really excited about. I do plan to make your turkey meatballs though!

      • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 11:48 am

        congrats on your pregnancy! hope you’re holding up well in the heat!

    • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 11:47 am

      This would be a fun blog post! Though I haven’t even started to think about it or plan it– I probably should 🙂

      • Diane on July 26, 2017 at 12:01 pm

        Hey, for all the cookies you dole out, your friends/family better have you covered in the baby meals department for a good while.

      • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm


  5. Aimee on July 26, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Salmon is one of my favorites! I’m always on the hunt for new recipes to try with it at home – this is definitely on my list to try!!

    • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 11:47 am

      Let me know how you like it!

  6. Jenna on July 26, 2017 at 9:42 am

    Christmas cookies in July sounds like fun!! Although I’m sure planning that far ahead is hard work!

  7. Shawnna Griffin on July 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

    hey girl- this looks really good!

  8. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) on July 26, 2017 at 11:29 am

    Hi Sally!
    Wow you are a super BEE! OMG…I can’t believe you are so far ahead! Hope the Nursery decorating was fun with Mom too last weekend! Could you please share where you got the Cedar Plank. This will be put to good use AND I grill all year round….I don’t care if there’s a foot of snow on the ground..lol. Nothing beats the taste of grilled food. Thanks, Sally and make sure you put your feet up as much as you can and rest too!

    • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 11:53 am

      Amazon! Give amazon a search, they have lots of options 🙂 The grocery store sometimes has them too!

  9. Hayley on July 26, 2017 at 12:07 pm

    Ah, this looks perfect! I love eating fresh seafood in the summer & I love your savoury recipes. About how much sauce does this make? We really *really* like sauce in this family, so would you recommend doubling the sauce recipe, or does this make a fair amount? Can’t wait to try a new dinner recipe out soon 😉

    • Sally on July 26, 2017 at 12:09 pm

      Hmm. You can double it so you have extra for any veggies or side dishes you make! Doubling would be PLENTY!

  10. Kelli @ Hungry Hobby on July 26, 2017 at 12:42 pm

    I had to photograph ahead ofr next month because of moving and having to temporarily be in an apartment, it was crazy work though but now I’ve got time for other things while we hang out in the apartment. I made PMS cookies, for August, yep for August and now I eat them out of the freezer happily ha hah ahahahahhaha This salmon looks delicious can’t wait to get my grill back so I can make it!

    • Sally on July 27, 2017 at 8:19 am

      HAHA! Congrats on working ahead. It’s not easy!!

  11. Trisha on July 26, 2017 at 1:38 pm

    I love salmon. I just had salmon for dinner last night. Love having a new recipe in my arsenal. I will definitely be using this recipe for my next salmon meal. You Rock Sall!!!

    • Sally on July 27, 2017 at 12:36 pm

      Hope you love it, Trisha!

  12. Jennie @ The Housewife Modern on July 26, 2017 at 10:38 pm

    Yum! Printed. And pinned. I’m always looking for new salmon recipes. (Though we often use Steelhead because it’s cheaper and tastes the same to me…husband says it tastes different). I have a Salmon w/ Roasted Pepper and Tomato Vinaigrette that we eat a lot…but roasting the veggies and dicing takes time. This looks much quicker! 

    • Sally on July 27, 2017 at 8:16 am

      The roasted pepper + tomato vinaigrette salmon sounds incredible.

  13. Amy on July 27, 2017 at 5:45 am

    What a yummy dinner! We looked at places yesterday late afternoon and fingers crossed we found one. This would make a lovely first dinner in our new French home! 

    • Sally on July 27, 2017 at 8:14 am

      So sweet! Congrats, hoping for the best!!

  14. Karen T on July 27, 2017 at 7:37 am

    I made this for dinner last night and made it in the oven. It is so easy, and so good. I didn’t know what I was going to make for dinner and then you saved me with your recipe in my inbox. This will be a repeater. Along with that garlic shrimp dish…and now I have the other sesame shrimp and chicken to fall back on. I served my salmon with roasted baby bok choy which I cooked in the oven at the same time as my salmon….sheet pan dinners…love it for the ease, simplicity and clean up. Thank you.

    • Sally on July 27, 2017 at 8:14 am

      Karen, I’m so happy you made and loved it!! I’m making it again this weekend. We LOVE it too.

  15. Kimberly on July 27, 2017 at 8:00 am

    This looks so delicious! Definitely going to have to try this in the next week. Question: It says 1/4 cup of butter, but 5 tablespoons in parentheses. Just wanting to double check the amount. Thanks!

    • Sally on July 27, 2017 at 8:13 am

      Hey Kimberly! Thanks for catching that. It’s 5 Tbsp (1/3 cup)

  16. Debbi on July 27, 2017 at 12:53 pm

    I use a brown paper bag or parchment paper to set the salmon on and just cut it so there is a quarter inch or so around the fish. This recipe sounds great. My go-to recipe is honey and seasoned salt over the filets.

  17. Blogtastic Food on July 27, 2017 at 6:28 pm

    The chipotle looks like it works beautifully with the salmon. And I love that picture with the salmon on the grill with the fire in the background (:

  18. Krista on July 29, 2017 at 6:01 am

    This looks divine!  Looking forward to trying it!

  19. Kathleen on August 1, 2017 at 11:19 am

    It only took a couple of bites for my husband to start raving about this dish! I plan to try the marinade on some grilled chicken next. Thanks for the great savory recipe ideas!

  20. Kelly Senyei @ Just a Taste on August 4, 2017 at 11:25 am

    Salmon is a staple at our house. Can’t wait to try this recipe!

  21. Beth Meyer on August 10, 2017 at 1:37 pm

    Made this for dinner a few days ago and it was delectable!! My new favorite salmon recipe! Thanks so much for sharing 🙂

    PS: we did the oven method and added in a little chili paste. 

    • Sally on August 12, 2017 at 10:03 am

      So glad you loved it! I want to add a little chili paste next time.

  22. Becky on September 20, 2017 at 6:45 pm

    Made this the other night and it was sooo good! Love the combo of sweet and spice, and that it’s simple with pantry/fridge staples. Will definitely be making this again!

  23. Erin on September 29, 2017 at 9:21 am

    I made this last night for my husband and he really loved it. I am a vegetarian but the marinade smelled amazing. I could not believe how EASY it was! Thanks for another amazing recipe!

  24. Ann Mae on May 19, 2018 at 5:56 pm

    I forgot how much I loved this recipe!!! Made it tonight on my cast iron skillet and it was delish!!!



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