Honey Baked Salmon Trout - Honey Recipe By Manawa Honey NZ, Ruatahuna, Te Urewera, New Zealand


  • 1 tsp lemon zest
  • 1 tsp dried thyme
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/3 cup Tāwari Honey by Manawa Honey NZ
  • 1kg or so whole side of salmon or trout, skin on, scaled, deboned where possible
  • 1/4 cup whole grain mustard
  • 1/4 cup butter
  • 2 tbsp mild Dijon mustard
  • 3 cloves garlic peeled and minced
  • 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp chili powder (or cayenne powder), optional if you like a bit of spice
  • Ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp fresh chopped parsley
  • Lemon wedges, optional


Position a rack in the middle of the oven and preheat oven to 190°C.

Line a baking tray with a large piece of foil, big enough to fold over and seal to create a packet for the fish to bake in.

In a small saucepan, combine the Tāwari Honey, mustard, butter, garlic and lemon. Whisk lightly until the honey has melted through the butter and the mixture is well combined.

Place the salmon or trout onto a lined baking tray, with the skin down, and pour the butter-honey mixture over, spreading evenly.

Mix together the zest, thyme, pepper and salt, then sprinkle over the fish. Fold the sides of the foil over the fish to cover and completely seal the packet closed so the butter does not leak.

​Bake until cooked through, about 10-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of your fish and your preference of doneness.

Open the foil, being careful of any escaping steam, and grill under the grill for 3-4 minutes on medium heat to caramelise the top. Garnish with parsley and serve immediately with lemon wedges.

This is lovely served with a fresh green salad.


Tāwari Honey is our mountain honey from groves of Tāwari trees that grow high up on our mountain ridges in Te Urewera forest. In 2021, Our Tāwari Honey won Gold at the London Honey Awards and Outstanding Food Producers Awards, then was a finalist in the Best Tasting Honey in the World Contest, USA. It’s a delightful light honey with a butterscotch hint that goes best with the mild mustard and the salmon or trout in this recipe. But if you spice this recipe up with chilli or cayenne pepper then don’t hesitate to use Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey as an alternative.

You can de-bone your trout or salmon in those hard to get places, by using tweezers, good eye-sight and a lot of patience. It’s worth the effort!

Shop now for our honeys used in this recipe through the images below or browse our honey in our online store.

Tāwari Honey 500g

NZD $18.99

Tāwari won Golds at London Honey Awards and NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards, finalist at Black Jar International Honey Tasting Contest, USA

A rare honey from groves of the Tāwari tree deep within our forest Te Urewera. Exquisite taste and texture, comes with a hint of butterscotch.

Here in 500g jars, also available in 250g and 110g jars.

Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey 500g

NZD $13.99

Finalist 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held USA 2021. Also won Bronze Medal in NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards 2021.

Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey is a fusion of tree honeys from a special place deep in the heart of Te Urewera forest. Each season brings into this unique honey varying combinations of forest nectars such as Rewarewa, Tāwari, Tawhero, Hinau, Kānuka and Mānuka.

Also available raw in 3kg and 5kg pails.

Raw Pua-ā-Tāne Wild Forest Honey: Limited Edition – 3kg

NZD $49.90

Finalist 10th Black Jar International Honey Contest held USA, and Bronze Medal in NZ Outstanding Food Producers Awards in 2021.

Our 3kg limited edition pail – special vintage of raw honey from Ohāua-te-Rangi, deep in Te Urewera forest. This honey is a fusion of forest tree honeys – Rewarewa, Tawari and Tawhero. Pure and natural, capturing the essence of our forest.

Also available in 6kg pails.

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