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Honey grilled salmon and asparagus

Enjoy the sweet hint of honey and fresh thyme in this easy salmon grill with asparagus.

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

  • 15 mL (1 tbsp) sodium reduced soy sauce
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) canola oil
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) liquid honey
  • 10 mL (2 tsp) packed brown sugar
  • 5 mL (1 tsp) chopped fresh thyme or 2 mL (1/2 tsp) dried thyme leaves
  • 2 mL (1/2 tsp) fresh ground pepper, divided
  • 4 salmon fillets, about 150 g/5 oz each
  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed
  • Half a fresh lemon
  1. In a small bowl, stir together soy sauce, oil, honey, sugar, thyme and half of the pepper.
  2. Place salmon in a shallow dish. Pour marinade over top of salmon, spreading evenly. Cover and refrigerate for 15 to 30 minutes, turning once if possible.
  3. Lightly spray asparagus with cooking spray and place on preheated and oiled grill on medium high heat. Grill, turning a couple of times until tender crisp. Add salmon fillets and grill for 5 minutes. Discard marinade. Turn salmon over and grill for about 5 minutes longer or until fish flakes easily when tested *. Serve with asparagus. Squeeze lemon over asparagus just prior to serving.


  • Just snap it! To get rid of the woody ends, bend each asparagus stalk near the bottom end and it will break off at the right spot.
  • Little chefs can help to whisk the marinade together and snap the ends off the asparagus.
  • Pick the perfect asparagus. Look for asparagus that are crisp and have bright green spears with tightly closed tips. To store, stand spears in 2.5 cm (1") of water or wrap ends with damp paper towel. Cover, refrigerate for up to four days.
  • Transform this meal into tomorrow's lunch salad. Make extra salmon and serve it on a bed of greens.
  • Try using less of the ingredients that are high in added sodium, sugars or saturated fat. Adding salt or sugars directly to your recipe? Remember, a little often goes a long way.
30 minutes or less