These delicious salmon bites are painted in a sticky honey garlic glaze and are the perfect refined appetizer to serve at your next party.
I love this salmon bites recipe because it transforms delicious salmon fillets into the ultimate finger food. Best of all, the smaller salmon nuggets create more surface area for the sweet and sticky glaze to cling to, resulting in more flavor in each bite! What isn't to love?
What are they?
Salmon bites are made from fresh salmon fillets and chopped into bite-sized chunks which are pan-seared and coated in a sticky glaze made primarily from honey, brown sugar, soy sauce, and garlic. However, this easy recipe works just as well if you decide to keep the fillets whole, rather than cutting them into bites. A whole fillet is best for serving as dinner, while smaller bites are best for an easy appetizer.
Ingredients and Substitutions
- Fresh salmon fillet
- Olive oil - Other cooking oils can be substituted.
- Soy sauce - Regular soy sauce is my recommendation, but reduced sodium can be used if you want to limit your salt intake.
- Brown sugar
- Fresh garlic cloves - You could also use fresh ginger along with the garlic. I do not recommend substituting for garlic powder.
- Crushed red pepper flakes
- Lemon - A fresh lemon or bottled lemon juice both work well. Lime juice can be substituted instead.
How to make it
This salmon bites recipe is a two-step process. First, the salmon chunks are pan-seared, then the glaze ingredients are added and reduced into a sticky sauce.
Begin by cutting your salmon into 1-2 inch pieces with a sharp knife. Drizzle your olive oil in a large nonstick skillet set over medium-high heat and add the salmon to the hot pan in a single layer. Turn while cooking to sear all sides and cook for approximately 10 minutes, or until the salmon bites are cooked through.
Once the salmon cubes are cooked, remove them from the pan and set them aside. In a small mixing bowl combine the soy sauce, brown sugar, honey, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice. Add the sauce ingredients to the skillet and bring it to a simmer. It will thicken as it simmers. Once it has thickened return the salmon to the skillet and toss in the glaze to coat, then serve.
What goes well with salmon bites?
This versatile dish can be an appetizer or a meal. If you are serving salmon bites as a meal it is best paired with green vegetables. I recommend a simple side salad, roasted Brussel sprouts, or asparagus. Sweet potato fries would be an ideal carb to serve with the greens.
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- 1 ½ pounds salmon fillet cut into 2" chunks
- 2 tablespoons olive oil
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup honey
- 2 tablespoons brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic minced
- ½ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 1 tablespoon lemon juice
- Add olive oil to a large nonstick skillet set over medium high heat. Once the oil is shimmering add salmon chunks as well and cook for 10 minutes, or until cooked through, turning frequently to sear all sides.
- Remove salmon from skillet and set aside.
- Mix together soy sauce, honey, brown sugar, garlic, red pepper flakes, and lemon juice in a small bowl. Pour this mixture into the skillet and reduce the heat to a simmer.
- Simmer the glaze for 3-5 minutes, or until it is starting to thicken. Return the salmon to the skillet and toss to coat with the glaze. Serve immediately.