Thomas Persinger’s Hot Honey Sockeye Salmon Recipe

Southern So-Fish-Tication


Every good home cook has a few recipes in their arsenal for fish and seafood lovers. The right meal can make for an elevated date night in or impress the pickiest of pescatarian eaters. With coastal flavors that incorporate a Southern spin, these dishes are off the hook!


Photography by Rich Smith


Thomas Persinger headshot“First and foremost, don’t be scared of seafood. A lot of people find seafood intimidating, but it’s just like any other protein. You can marinate it, brine it, bake it, broil it, or grill it. Anything is possible! But the best tip I can offer for beginner seafood cooks is don’t overcook it. Specifically for salmon, a good rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch of fillet thickness when cooking at a medium-high temperature, or around 400°. An average fillet of sockeye salmon will take no more than 6-7 minutes to achieve a medium cooking temperature, or 125° if using a thermometer.”

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Hot Honey Sockeye Salmon

Hot Honey Sockeye Salmon

Thomas Persinger
Course Main Course
Cuisine Seafood, Southern
Servings 4 people


  • 1 Baking sheet
  • 1 small saucepan


  • 1 side sockeye salmon or 4 (6 oz.) portions pin bones removed
  • Salt to taste
  • 3 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 3 Tbsp. Sriracha
  • 3 ½ Tbsp. honey
  • Fresh cilantro, chopped for garnish
  • Lime wedges for garnish


  • Thaw and pat the salmon dry. Place it on a foil-lined baking sheet, skin side down. 
  • Season the fillet generously with salt.
  • Set the broiler to high.
  • In a small saucepan, melt the butter. Stir in the garlic, Sriracha, and honey, cooking 2 minutes until melted together and fragrant.
  • Remove from heat and remove garlic pieces from sauce.
  • Drizzle half of the Sriracha honey butter over the salmon to evenly coat, reserving the rest of the butter for serving.
  • Place the salmon in the oven on the middle-upper rack (about 6 inches from the heat source).
  • Broil the salmon, keeping a close eye on it, until cooked to medium in the center, about 6 minutes.
  • Serve the salmon promptly with cilantro, lime wedges, and an additional drizzle of Sriracha honey butter.
Keyword Broiled, Fish, Honey, hot dog, Salmon, Seafood, Sockeye Salmon, spicy
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