Soy sauce, honey and garlic are very popular ingredients for marinating salmon, as a combination of sweet and salty flavors usually complement salmon well. Food.com, Betty Crocker and Jamieoliver.com all offer easy recipes using these ingredients and more.
One of the simplest salmon marinades on Food.com combines olive oil, soy sauce, scallions, garlic and ginger. This recipe makes enough to marinate four salmon steaks. In general, ingredient proportions in a marinade can be altered to suit personal tastes. Simply combine the ingredients in a bag or a container, and pour the mixture over the salmon. The salmon should be in a sealed container or a dish with cling wrap so that it can soak in the marinade for a while.
Betty Crocker's recipe for honey soy salmon marinade uses equal measurements of honey, soy sauce, brown sugar, butter and olive oil to create a sweet flavor. Jamieoliver.com's salmon marinade combines lime, lemongrass, cilantro, ginger and chili peppers, creating a flavor that borrows from Asian-style cooking.
Regardless of the marinade being used, the salmon should not marinate for more than one hour. If it is left for too long, the acid and salt found in some of the marinade ingredients may begin to cook the salmon, leading to overcooked and dry fish fillets.