Honey Chipotle Salmon, ready in under 30 minutes! A little sweet, a little spicy and a LOT delicious! This weeknight dinner is baked on a sheet pan for quick and easy clean up. Bake as many pieces as needed, this recipe is easy to scale up or down to fit your family’s needs.
Weeknight recipes need to be quick, easy and fairly light on effort. This sheet pan salmon checks all of those boxes and is also a great meal for meal prepping. I actually prefer cold salmon over warm, so I make a few extra pieces for tossing in salads during the week.
Originally published: 5/14/15
Recently Updated: 6/18/19
How to Make Honey Chipotle Salmon
This easy recipe gives you plenty of bang for the buck. Toss a handful of ingredients into a mini food processor or blender, blitz it until smooth, spread on salmon and bake. A perfect weeknight recipe that requires very little of your energy. If you have a few minutes to make the sauce the day before or in the morning before you go to work, it’s even easier at dinnertime.
Because the salmon is baked and not sauteéd in a pan on the stove, there is no messy cleanup or grease splatter on the stove. Also, no guesswork about whether or not the fish is done and having to cut into it to find out.
You can either have the fishmonger portion the salmon for you, or buy a whole side (cheaper!) and cut it into pieces yourself. There is a link at the bottom for a food scale so you can weigh the fish and check your work.
Baked Honey Chipotle Salmon
Getting dinner on the table in record time is a priority, but clean up – yes, clean up is the real deal breaker. That’s why I love making salmon on a sheet pan. If I have a recipe that requires me to use separate bowls and pans for everything, I’m less likely to make it during the week, or maybe at all.
So many of you have messaged me with requests for dinner recipes that are healthy, fast, easy and inexpensive with minor clean up – I give you this Honey Chipotle Salmon. I’m hoping you will love it as much as I did, but if your family is not a fan of salmon, this sauce also works really well with chicken.
What to serve with honey chipotle salmon
The sauce on this salmon recipe is pretty flavorful, so keep that in mind when choosing side dishes. Choose a side that is cooling, like a light pasta salad, or one that has a lighter, more delicate flavor to it, like Mediterranean quinoa salad.
Here are a few other options for making it a meal:
- Veggie cakes – make a batch and freeze the leftovers for a busy weeknight
- Tomato Cucumber Salad with Artichokes – super light and easy side, perfect for summer
- Oven roasted vegetable pasta – the oven is already on, so roast some veggies at the same time!
- No bake blueberry cheesecake bars – easy dessert that does not require the oven!
What do I need to make this recipe?
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• 1. Sheet Pans – I’ve said it over and over, but it’s worth repeating… buy quality sheet pans that don’t warp in the oven.
• 2. Parchment paper – this is MANDATORY for cooking fish. If you put the fish on an unlined metal sheet pan, IT WILL STICK.
• 3. Mini Food Processor – A great little tool for blending up small amounts of things when it just isn’t worth lugging out the big guy.
• 4. Fish Spatula – This spatula is good for more than just fish! It’s thin and flexible, so it is perfect for getting under just about everything without breaking it.
Lastly, a food scale can be very helpful. If you aren’t certain how much your portions weigh, putting the pieces on a food scale will help you gauge portion size. Eventually, after years of doing it, you’ll be able to eyeball it and get pretty close.
I also use my food scale for weighing out ingredients when I’m baking. It is used almost every single day in my house. The one I have a link to is a newer version of the one I own. I’ve had mine for about 14 years and it still works, so I highly recommend this brand.
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- 30 oz salmon fillets, 6 portions - 5 oz each
- 1/4 cup can chipotle peppers in adobo
- 1/4 cup honey
- 2 cloves garlic
- 1 lime, juice only
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- Preheat oven to 375
- Put all ingredients (EXCEPT SALMON) in a food processor until completely smooth. This should only take a minute or two...
- Lay out salmon fillets on a parchment-lined sheet pan and season lightly with salt and pepper.
- Spoon mixture on top of salmon, spreading to completely cover the top.
- Roast in oven for 12 - 14 minutes (depending on how done you like your fish)
- Remove from oven and let cool for a minute or two before serving.
Make sure you place salmon on sheet pan with the blood line side down.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 274 Saturated Fat: 1g Cholesterol: 78mg Sodium: 657mg Carbohydrates: 20g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 18g Protein: 28g