Honey-Soy Sheet Pan Salmon

By Jeri Mobley-Arias
October 4, 2023 | Updated on December 30, 2023

Sheet pan salmon is a balanced meal of oven-baked salmon with a honey-soy marinade, cooked alongside crisp, seasoned green beans. With simple prep and a cooking time of just 15 minutes, this is an easy salmon sheet pan dinner the whole family can enjoy.

For more delicious salmon recipes, try this Easy Salmon Gravlax Recipe, Coconut Curry Salmon, and Miso Glazed Salmon Bowl.

sheet pan salmon and asparagus

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Sheet pan salmon is an easy weeknight dinner idea when you want something hearty, nutritious, and tasty. Oven-baked salmon and green beans are cooked until they’re perfectly tender.

The salmon fillets are dry-brined and then marinated in a delectable honey-soy sauce. That same marinade is later used as a glaze for the entire meal so prepare for a sweet, savory pairing that is bound to please even the pickiest eaters!

Why This Sheet Pan Salmon Recipe Works

  • Convenient Meal – It doesn’t get easier than a one-pan meal. Oven-baked salmon and green beans mean no hovering over the stovetop and a super easy clean-up after dinner.
  • Customizable – Sheet pan salmon recipes are easy to customize with various vegetables so if you don’t like green beans, swap it for another side. You can also use different marinades and seasonings for the fish.
  • Healthy – Salmon and green beans is a low-carb meal that’s rich in healthy fats, protein, and omega 3’s.
plated sheet pan salmon with rice and asparagus

What is a Sheet Pan Dinner?

A sheet pan dinner is a complete meal prepared on a sheet pan or baking sheet. It typically consists of a protein, a vegetable, and sometimes a starch. It’s a quick and easy way to enjoy a wholesome meal.

Serve it as a family meal or use it for meal prep.

close up view of honey soy salmon and asparagus on a baking sheet with a spatula preparing to scoop one of the filets

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Ingredients You Will Need for Sheet Pan Salmon

This recipe has three components: the salmon filets, honey-soy marinade, and green beans.

Salmon

  • King salmon – King salmon, also known as Chinook salmon, has a rich flavor and a high oil content. It has a buttery flavor and a firm, succulent texture that makes it the perfect protein for this sheet pan meal recipe. Cut the salmon into steaks.
  • Kosher salt – This is coarser than table salt so it provides more texture. I prefer Diamond Crystal brand. This is one of two ingredients used for the dry-brine.
  • Sugar Use this to dry brine the salmon.

Why Dry-Brine Salmon?

Dry brining salmon is a technique used to enhance the flavor, texture, and moisture content of the fish. Brining, in general, involves soaking meat or fish in a solution of salt and sugar in order to improve the taste and texture.

Another great thing about dry-brining the fish is that it leaves a little more room for error when cooking. If you happen to cook the fish a minute of two longer than you wanted to, dry-brining will still result in a flaky and moist piece of fish.

Honey-Soy Marinade

  • Soy sauce – This imparts a deep umami flavor.
  • Honey – This sweetens the marinade and thickens it.
  • Garlic cloves – Use freshly grated garlic for the best flavor.
  • Sake – This Japanese rice wine tenderizes the salmon and adds a subtle sweetness to balance the salty, savory taste of the soy.
  • Avocado oil – The mild flavor doesn’t overpower the other marinade ingredients and helps the filets retain moisture.
  • Freshly cracked black pepper – This is more flavorful than regular pepper.
bowl of honey soy marinade

French Green Beans

  • French green beans – Trim the ends.
  • Seasoning – Season to taste with kosher salt and freshly cracked black pepper.
  • Avocado oil – A drizzle of oil helps the cook evenly and without burning.
close up view of asparagus

How To Make Sheet Pan Salmon

The most time-consuming part of this recipe is the salmon prep. We dry-brine and then apply a marinade. But when you’re ready to cook it, the “hard” part is done!

  1. Dry-brine salmon: Pat salmon filet dry, removing any excess moisture. In a small ramekin, combine kosher salt and sugar and stir to mix. Liberally coat the entire filet with salt and sugar mixture. Set aside for 20 minutes, then carefully rinse well with cold water and pat dry.
three seasoned salmon filets on a cutting board

2. Marinate Salmon. Add marinade ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Pour ¼ cup of marinade into a small dish then add salmon, flesh-side down, ensuring the marinade is coated on the sides and skin as well. Reserve remaining marinade, for later use. Marinate salmon for 40 minutes.

three salmon filets placed face down in a honey soy marinade

3. Move oven rack to middle of the oven and preheat oven on BROIL. Toss greens in oil and season with salt and black pepper then spread on a baking sheet. It’s okay if some of the green beans overlap. Transfer the salmon to the baking sheet then lightly season the tops of salmon with salt. Pour the marinade used for the fish over the green beans. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan 180°F at the halfway mark. 

marinated salmon and asparagus on a baking sheet

Once the timer goes off, baste the salmon with the marinade that was set aside and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cooked through (internal temp should be 145°F).

sheet pan salmon dinner with asparagus

4. Remove from the oven and leave salmon to rest for 4 minutes, covered. Serve with rice and toasted sesame seeds (optional) and be sure to pour sauce from the sheet pan over the rice. Enjoy!

Tips and Tricks for the Best Sheet Pan Salmon

  • Remember to pat dry the salmon before dry-brining it. Removing excess moisture makes it less likely that the fish will become soggy.
  • For even easier cleanup, line the sheet pan with aluminum foil or parchment paper.
  • Store leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
oven-baked honey soy salmon and asparagus on a baking sheet with a spatula preparing to scoop one of the filets

Variations

  • Sheet Pan Salmon and Veggies broccoli, asparagus, Brussels sprouts, zucchini
  • Sheet Pan Salmon with Potatoes – Add carbs for a heartier meal. I recommend parboiling the potatoes so they cook at the same speed as the salmon and asparagus.
  • Seasoning – You can use any marinade you like or none at all. Switch up the seasoning with ingredients like fresh parsley, cayenne pepper, smoked paprika, and lemon juice.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the temperature of cooked salmon?

Cooked salmon has an internal temperature of 145°F. Check the thickest point of the filet with a meat thermometer. Otherwise, it’s cooked when it’s no longer translucent but instead an opaque pink.

What temperature should I cook salmon?

Salmon is usually baked between 375°F and 400°F. It’s best to cook salmon at a higher temperature so it cooks faster and the skin gets crispy.

How long does it take to bake salmon in the oven?

The cooking time for oven-baked salmon depends on the thickness of the salmon fillet or steak and the temperature at which you’re baking it. As a general rule of thumb, it takes about 12-15 minutes to cook salmon at 400°F.

close up view of sheet pan salmon and asparagus

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sheet pan salmon and asparagus

Sheet Pan Salmon

Sheet pan salmon is a balanced meal of oven-baked salmon with a honey soy marinade, cooked alongside crisp, seasoned green beans. With simple prep and a cooking time of just 15 minutes, this is an easy salmon sheet pan dinner the whole family can enjoy.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Brine and Marinate 55 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 3 people
Author Jeri Mobley-Arias
Course Dinner
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • ½-baking sheet,
  • Microplane Grater
  • Basting brush

Ingredients

Salmon

  • pounds king salmon, cut into steaks
  • cup kosher salt, Diamon Crystald
  • cup sugar

Honey-Soy Marinade

  • cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 large cloves garlic, grated
  • 2 tablespoons sake
  • teaspoons ginger, grated
  • ½ tablespoon avocado oil
  • ¼ teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper

French Green Beans

  • ½ pound french green beans, ends trimmed
  • kosher salt, season to taste
  • freshly cracked black pepper, season to taste
  • 2 teaspoons avocado oil

Instructions

  • Dry-brine salmon: Pat salmon filet dry, removing any excess moisture. In a small ramekin, combine kosher salt and sugar and stir to mix. Liberally coat the entire filet with salt and sugar mixture. Set aside for 20 minutes, then carefully rinse well with cold water and pat dry.
  • Marinate Salmon. Add marinade ingredients to a bowl and stir to combine. Pour ½ cup of marinade into a small dish then add salmon, flesh-side down, ensuring the marinade is coated on the sides and skin as well. Reserve remaining marinade, for later use. Marinate salmon for 40 minutes.
  • Move oven rack to middle of the oven and preheat oven on BROIL. Toss greens in oil and season to taste with salt and black pepper then spread on a baking sheet. It's okay if some of the green beans overlap. Transfer the salmon to the baking sheet, leaving room between each fillet.
    Pour the marinade used for the fish over the green beans. Bake for 10 minutes, rotating the pan 180° at the halfway mark. Once the timer goes off, baste the salmon with the reserved marinade and bake for an additional 3-5 minutes or until cooked through (internal temp should be 145°F). Just before removing from the oven, you can move the baking sheet to the top rack for a minute or two for extra crispy edges.
  • Remove from the oven and leave salmon to rest for 4 minutes, covered. Serve with rice and toasted sesame seeds (optional) and be sure to pour sauce from the sheet pan over the rice. Enjoy!
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