Easy Honey Chipotle Salmon

Tender, sweet, and spicy, this honey chipotle salmon makes an ideal dinner when you crave big on flavor but you’re short on time. Glazed with a honey-butter-garlic-chipotle sauce and infused with incredible smokiness… well, let’s just say all of your other dinners will be jealous.

honey chipotle salmon on a plate with broccoli and rice

Here’s the round-up of what you need for this honey chipotle salmon dish. Brace yourself, there’s quite a lot. (Ha!) The total number of ingredients? Just 5! (Plus salt and pepper.)

  1. salmon
  2. honey
  3. chipotle chili spice
  4. garlic
  5. butter

It’s even easier than our favorite honey garlic salmon.

Tell Me About this Honey Chipotle Salmon

  • Texture: The salmon is moist, tender, and flaky. If you love salmon like this, try our lemon salmon too– another favorite!
  • Flavor: With so few 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 leave this one out!) The salmon is marinated in half of the sauce mixture first, then brushed with more once it’s hot off the grill or fresh out of the oven. This really helps to lock in the sweet and spicy buttery flavor, while keeping the centers super moist and tender.
  • Ease: Combine the marinade ingredients, pour the mixture into a bag with the salmon. Then grill or bake in the oven. It doesn’t get any easier than this.
  • Time: 30 minutes from start of prep to table.

honey chipotle salmon filets

Overview: How to Make Honey Chipotle Salmon

The full printable recipe is below, but let’s walk through it so you understand each step before you get started.

For this simple and easy fish recipe, you can choose to grill the salmon on foil or on a cedar plank or bake it in the oven. 

  1. Marinate the salmon. Mix all the marinade ingredients in a bowl. Combine the salmon and half the marinade and set aside for at least 15 minutes or up to 8 hours.
  2. Preheat your grill or oven. 
  3. Cook the fish. Grill the salmon on foil or on a cedar plank, skin side down. Or, place it on a parchment-lined baking sheet and bake.
  4. Brush with the remaining marinade. Brush just before serving for an added boost of flavor.

If you want a side dish idea, we love this salmon with corn black bean & avocado salsa. Even though you can serve it as a dip, it makes a wonderful side dish salad.

salmon filets, butter, garlic, and spices

salmon on the grill

brushing marinade onto salmon

overhead image of plates with honey chipotle salmon, broccoli, and rice

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honey chipotle salmon on a plate with broccoli and rice

Easy Honey Chipotle Salmon

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: American


This easy honey chipotle salmon is made with only 5 ingredients and comes together in less than 30 minutes.


  • 1/3 cup (5 Tablespoons) unsalted butter, melted
  • 1/4 cup (90g) honey
  • 12 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 the thickest part reaches 145°F (63°C) internal heat.
  4. Or bake the salmon on a lined baking sheet for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness and until the thickest part reaches 145°F (63°C) internal heat.
  5. Brush the warm salmon with remaining marinade before serving. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat to your liking.


  1. Chipotle Chili Pepper: Or just use regular chili powder.


  1. 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! 

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

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

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

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

  4. 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. 🙂

    1. 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!

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

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

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

      2. HAHA!

  5. 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!!

    1. Let me know how you like it!

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

  7. Shawnna Griffin says:

    hey girl- this looks really good!

  8. Sharon K (The Farm Chick Bakes) says:

    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!

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

  9. 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 😉

    1. 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 says:

    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!

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

  11. 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!!!

    1. Hope you love it, Trisha!

  12. Jennie @ The Housewife Modern says:

    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! 

    1. The roasted pepper + tomato vinaigrette salmon sounds incredible.

  13. 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! 

    1. So sweet! Congrats, hoping for the best!!

  14. 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.

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

  15. 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!

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

  16. 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 says:

    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. This looks divine!  Looking forward to trying it!

  19. 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 says:

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

  21. 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. 

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

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

  25. Hi Sally I just prepared the salmon for dinner. delicious!!!! Made a few changement I used 2 tablespoon olive oil instead of butter. Instead of honey I used maple sirup and replaced the ground chipotle chili pepper with 2 teaspoons adobo sauce and one canned chipotle chili.

  26. Love this recipe! So easy and delicious! My husband enjoyed it and is looking forward to leftovers tomorrow night!

  27. Could you use olive oil or something else besides butter ? If so, same amount ?

    1. Absolutely– same amount. The flavor of the dish will change, though.

  28. Ashley Atherton says:

    I really really loved how this recipe turned out and thought it went so nicely with wild rice & broccoli just as pictured.

    1. Thanks so much for your positive feedback!

  29. This was fantastic! I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out beautifully. Next time I think I’m going to make sure to leave the marinade on for a few hours (I only had it on for an hour) just to deepen the flavor, and I might even put some adobo sauce from canned chipotles in with it, too. It had just the right amount of kick for us, and the salmon came out of the oven incredibly moist. We ate it with some chipotle mashed sweet potatoes, cauliflower, and broccoli, and the marinade brushed over the salmon at the end livened up the potatoes nicely.

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