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Vegan Honey Garlic “Salmon”

Indulge in the rich and savory flavors of Vegan Honey Garlic “Salmon.” This plant-based twist on a classic dish features marinated and pan-seared vegan salmon fillets, coated in a sticky-sweet honey garlic glaze. Serve it over rice or alongside your favorite veggies for a satisfying and flavorful meal.

Vegan Honey Garlic “Salmon”



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  • For the Vegan “Salmon”:
  • 4 pieces of vegan salmon fillets (can use tofu, tempeh, or plant-based fish alternatives)

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 teaspoon liquid smoke (optional, for a smoky flavor)

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • For the Honey Garlic Glaze:
  • 3 tablespoons agave nectar or maple syrup

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce or tamari

  • 2 cloves garlic, minced

  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, grated

  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)

  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch mixed with 2 tablespoons water (for thickening)

  • For Garnish:
  • Sesame seeds

  • Chopped green onions


  • Marinate the Vegan “Salmon”:
  • In a bowl, whisk together soy sauce, olive oil, liquid smoke (if using), salt, and pepper.
  • Place the vegan salmon fillets in a shallow dish and pour the marinade over them. Ensure each piece is well-coated.
  • Let it marinate for at least 15-20 minutes.
  • Pan-Sear the Vegan “Salmon”:
  • Heat a skillet or pan over medium-high heat.
  • Place the marinated vegan salmon fillets in the hot pan and sear for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until golden brown and cooked through.
  • Prepare the Honey Garlic Glaze:
  • In a small saucepan, combine agave nectar (or maple syrup), soy sauce, minced garlic, grated ginger, rice vinegar, and sesame oil (if using).
  • Bring the mixture to a gentle simmer over medium heat.
  • Thicken the Glaze:
  • In a small bowl, mix cornstarch with water to create a slurry.
  • Pour the slurry into the simmering glaze and stir continuously until the sauce thickens. This usually takes 1-2 minutes.
  • Coat the Vegan “Salmon”:
  • Pour the honey garlic glaze over the pan-seared vegan salmon fillets, ensuring each piece is well-coated.
  • Allow it to simmer for an additional 2-3 minutes to let the flavors meld.
  • Garnish and Serve:
  • Sprinkle sesame seeds and chopped green onions over the vegan honey garlic “salmon.”
  • Serve over rice, quinoa, or with your favorite vegetables.

Tips and Tricks for Vegan Honey Garlic “Salmon”:

  1. Choosing Vegan “Salmon”:
    • Opt for a firm vegan fish alternative, tofu, or tempeh that can hold up well to pan-searing.
  2. Liquid Smoke Note:
    • Liquid smoke adds a smoky flavor, but it’s optional. Adjust according to your taste preference.
  3. Adjusting Sweetness:
    • Taste the honey garlic glaze and adjust sweetness with more agave nectar or soy sauce if needed.
  4. Serving Suggestions:
    • Serve the vegan honey garlic “salmon” over jasmine rice, brown rice, or noodles. Pair it with steamed broccoli or snap peas for a balanced meal.
  5. Meal Prep:
    • The vegan “salmon” can be marinated in advance for quick cooking. Prepare the glaze separately and store it until ready to use.

Nutrition Facts

4 servings per container

  • Amount Per ServingCalories250
  • % Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 10g 16%
    • Saturated Fat 1g 5%
  • Sodium 800mg 34%
  • Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
    • Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
    • Sugars 15g
  • Protein 15g 30%

    * The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

    Alterations and Modifications for Vegan Honey Garlic “Salmon”


    1. Oil-Free Option:
      • Alteration: Skip the olive oil in the marinade and use vegetable broth or water for a oil-free version.
    2. Soy Sauce Substitute:
      • Alteration: Replace soy sauce with tamari for a gluten-free alternative or coconut aminos for a soy-free option.
    3. Nut Butter Glaze:
      • Alteration: Instead of honey or agave nectar, make a nut butter glaze by mixing almond butter or peanut butter with tamari, garlic, and ginger.
    4. Spicy Kick:
      • Alteration: Add a pinch of red pepper flakes or a dash of hot sauce to the glaze for a spicy honey garlic flavor.
    5. Citrus Infusion:
      • Alteration: Add the zest of an orange or a splash of fresh orange juice to the glaze for a citrusy twist.


    1. Maple-Mustard Glaze:
      • Modification: Create a tangy glaze by combining maple syrup, Dijon mustard, soy sauce, garlic, and a touch of apple cider vinegar.
    2. Herb-Infused Marinade:
      • Modification: Infuse the marinade with herbs like thyme, rosemary, or cilantro for added freshness.
    3. Miso Addition:
      • Modification: Mix a teaspoon of white miso paste into the glaze for an umami boost.
    4. Fruity Twist:
      • Modification: Blend fresh pineapple or mango into the glaze for a tropical flavor burst.
    5. Quinoa or Farro Base:
      • Modification: Instead of rice, serve the honey garlic “salmon” over quinoa or farro for a nutritious grain alternative.
    6. Grilled Option:
      • Modification: Instead of pan-searing, grill the vegan “salmon” on a barbecue for a smoky flavor.
    7. Baked “Salmon”:
      • Modification: Place the marinated vegan “salmon” in the oven and bake until cooked through for a different texture.
    8. Coconut Aminos Glaze:
      • Modification: Use coconut aminos in the glaze for a soy-free and slightly sweeter alternative.
    9. Pineapple Teriyaki Glaze:
      • Modification: Mix pineapple juice, teriyaki sauce, garlic, and ginger for a sweet and tangy glaze.
    10. Sesame Seed Crust:
      • Modification: Coat the vegan “salmon” with toasted sesame seeds before pan-searing for a crunchy texture.

    Tips for Customization:

    1. Customizing Sweetness:
      • Adjust the sweetness of the glaze by adding more or less honey, agave, or maple syrup according to your taste preference.
    2. Balancing Flavors:
      • Taste as you go and balance the sweet and savory elements in both the marinade and glaze to suit your liking.
    3. Experiment with Marinade Time:
      • Play around with the marinating time. Longer marination can enhance flavors, but even a short marination will yield a tasty result.
    4. Incorporate Fresh Herbs:
      • Garnish with fresh herbs like cilantro, parsley, or chives to add a burst of freshness to the finished dish.
    5. Play with Presentation:
      • Change up the presentation by arranging the vegan “salmon” on a bed of sautéed spinach, roasted vegetables, or a colorful slaw.
    6. Create a Bowl:
      • Transform the dish into a bowl by serving the honey garlic “salmon” over a bed of cauliflower rice or mixed greens.
    7. Add Nuts for Crunch:
      • Enhance the texture by sprinkling chopped nuts like cashews or almonds over the glazed “salmon.”
    8. Citrus Zest Garnish:
      • Finish the dish with a sprinkle of citrus zest (lemon, lime, or orange) for a bright and zesty touch.

    Storage and Freezing Instructions for Vegan Honey Garlic “Salmon”:

    • Storage: Refrigerate any leftovers in an airtight container for up to 2-3 days.
    • Freezing: Freeze the cooked “salmon” in an airtight container for up to 2 months. Thaw in the refrigerator before reheating. If storing the glaze separately, it can also be frozen.

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs):

    Can I use tofu or tempeh instead of vegan salmon?

    Absolutely! Tofu and tempeh work well. Adjust cooking times accordingly.

    Is liquid smoke necessary?

    No, it’s optional. It adds a smoky flavor, but the recipe is delicious without it.

    Can I use a different sweetener in the glaze?

    Yes, you can use brown sugar, coconut sugar, or any other liquid sweetener of your choice.

    How do I store leftovers?

    Store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days.

    Can I make the glaze in advance?

    Yes, prepare the glaze ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator. Reheat before pouring over the cooked “salmon.”

    Can I grill the vegan “salmon” instead of pan-searing?

    Certainly! Grill the vegan “salmon” on a well-oiled grill for a delicious smoky flavor.

    What sides pair well with this dish?

    Steamed vegetables, jasmine rice, or quinoa make excellent side choices.

    Can I use store-bought vegan fish fillets?

    Yes, you can use store-bought vegan fish alternatives. Adjust cooking times based on package instructions.

    Is there a gluten-free option for the soy sauce?

    Yes, use tamari or a certified gluten-free soy sauce for a gluten-free version.

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