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The Best Salmon Marinade requires just a handful of ingredients to bring out the best flavor in your salmon. It’s the best marinade for salmon whether you are making grilled salmon or oven baked. 

A salmon filet topped with a slice of orange and garnished with chopped fresh parsley

This salmon marinade can be used with the two most common cooking methods for salmon: baking and grilling. Baking is a super easy method for cooking salmon that locks in flavor and helps cook salmon evenly. Grilling adds a lot of additional flavor to salmon which is a natural benefit of cooking over an open flame.

How to Cook Salmon

Salmon is a forgiving fish that is easy to cook. Salmon is most commonly baked or grilled. Salmon can be purchased in an entire filet, or in portions. Both can easily be baked or grilled.

How to Bake Salmon

Preheat your oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. Season your salmon with desired seasonings. Wrap in aluminum foil. Place on a baking sheet and bake in the oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until salmon easily flakes with a fork. The aluminum foil will trap in steam and help cook your fish evenly.

How to Grill Salmon

To grill salmon, preheat an outdoor grill to approximately 400 degrees. Place your salmon onto aluminum foil or a pre-soaked cedar grilling plank. Close the grill, and cook for 12 to 15 minutes, or until fish easily flakes with a fork.

A salmon on a baking sheet topped with orange slices and chopped fresh parsley

This marinade is an orange-honey-ginger based sauce. Each ingredient is important and offers something different to create the best tasting salmon. Soy provides seasoning on our fish rather than salt. Salmon always needs an acid, and orange is the perfect complimenting flavor. The honey works to balance out the acidity. Garlic and ginger add a complexity of flavor, with a touch of red pepper flakes for a little bit of heat. It’s the best salmon marinade for perfect salmon every time.

You may also be interested in some of my other salmon recipes including my Easy 5 Ingredient Baked Salmon that uses garlic, lemon, and dill for a class baked salmon recipe.

Watch the video below where I walk you through every step of this recipe. I always include tips and tricks along the way to help you out in the kitchen. I believe that anyone can cook restaurant quality meals at home, and I aim to give you every tool necessary to make that happen.

The Best Salmon Marinade requires just a handful of ingredients to bring out the best flavor in your salmon. It's the best marinade for salmon whether you are making grilled salmon or oven baked. 

A salmon filet topped with an orange slice and chopped fresh parsley
The Best Salmon Marinade requires just a handful of ingredients to bring out the best flavor in your salmon. It's the best marinade for salmon whether you are making grilled salmon or oven baked.
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
  • 1 salmon filet
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup orange juice
  • 4 cloves minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • Remove any bones from the filet and place into a shallow dish or gallon sized resealable plastic bag.
  • In a small bowl, whisk together soy sauce, honey, orange juice, garlic, ginger, and pepper flakes. Pour over salmon. Refrigerate and let marinate 30 minutes.
  • Cook your salmon over a grill, in a large skillet, or to bake, preheat your oven to 375 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Place salmon filet in the center and loosely wrap aluminum foil around to trap steam. Bake in the preheated oven for 15 to 20 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.


Calories: 155kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 2g | Cholesterol: 23mg | Sodium: 1642mg | Potassium: 323mg | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 8.7mg | Calcium: 16mg | Iron: 1.3mg
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salmon Marinade

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Shannon C

5 stars
Made this tonight and it was DY-NO-MITE!!!! We usually make a sesame/soy/honey/dill marinade. This took it to the next level!


Has anyone tried this with maple syrup instead of honey?


I’m doing that right now! I’ll let you know how it turns out. I used fresh ginger too instead of ground.

Rave reviews from 9 adults: I used freshly grated ginger, fresh squeezed orange juice: salmon filets 1 1/2 inch thick, marinated for 3 hours was the best ever recipe(these are the only changes I made) so simple,so magnificent, thank you


Do you use freshly squeezed orange juice? Or can I used store-bought orange juice?


Freshly squeezed is always better than store-bought which has added sugar and nutrients are compromised


4 stars
very good !!!


5 stars
Just perfect. Family enjoyed a lot. Greetings from Germany.


Love this recipe seasoned perfectly

5 stars
It was good and easy. I was surprised it worked so well since there wasn’t oil in it.

Kenneth Hines

5 stars
This is my go to salmon marinade. Tastes great. You got the nutrition number for fat wrong. Sal.on has higher fat than 2 grams.


5 stars
This is the absolute best marinade for salmon. Always turns out perfectly and everyone raves about it’


This is the best of the best marinate for Salmon, I use to not like Salmon that much till I had this marinate. It’s delicious. My family loves it and anyone else will too. My star recipe rating isn’t working, but I give this 5+*****


There recipe rating isn’t working but I give this salmon marinate 5*****. Loved it! I’m not a big fish eater but I would eat this 5 days, it’s that good.


5 stars
This is the best if the best marinate I’ve ever ate. It’s a 5***** restaurant quality. Even if you don’t like salmon, you’ll love this.


I love eating salmon and this was the best salmon recipe we’ve had. Salmon was very moist and full of flavor. We substituted the soy sauce with Bragg’s Liquid Aminos which I guess is a soy sauce substitute since that’s all he had in the house and it tasted fabulous. Thank you!!


When grilling salmon, I choose the ‘skin on’ alaskan wild caught sockeye, marinade or season, grill on medium high, oil the grates, place salmon on grill skin side down(unless you want grill marks, then flesh down for 30-45 seconds, then skin side donw), close lid, ignore for 10-12 minutes, open grill, fish should flake easily, slide spatula between skin and flesh, lift meat off and serve, exquisite

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