Asian Sesame Salmon

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For the past few weeks, salmon has been on sale for $6.99/lb at my local grocery store (normally $9.99) and has given me the perfect excuse to incorporate more fish into my diet. With my love of seafood, I was surprised to realize I’ve never posted a seafood recipe on this blog!

Growing up near the ocean, we frequently ate fresh seafood – everything from shrimp to scallops to fish. My dad, the foodie, has all types of ways of preparing fish. His baked cod and swordfish were among our favorites. We ate salmon a little less often, but I always thoroughly enjoyed it each time and it became one of my favorites.

I first made this recipe either last year or the year before, and I never forget how good it was. The recipe originally comes from one of those McCormick Recipe Inspirations packets – the kind that come with pre-measured spices for a specific recipe, and you add the fresh ingredients yourself. I’ve had great luck with a number of those recipes and definitely recommend them. They can be found in the baking or spice aisle of most grocery stores. The Asian Sesame Salmon has been floating around in my brain lately, so I decided to re-create it on my own.

When it comes to fish, salmon is just about as healthy as it can get. Salmon is full of Omega-3 fatty acids, which are heart-healthy fats and can help lower cholesterol. Not only is it packed with vitamins B and D, but it’s also a great source of protein: one 4-oz portion contains over half of your daily recommended intake! To read more about the health benefits of salmon, click here.

This Asian Sesame Salmon is glazed with a sweet and savory sauce consisting of honey, soy sauce, and sesame seeds. Salmon is naturally packed with flavor, but the Asian marinade in this recipe perfectly complements its richness. I kept pretty true to the recipe, but added fresh lime juice and some crushed red pepper to kick it up a notch. I chose to serve my salmon with steamed broccoli and brown rice, but you may serve it alongside whatever you like. I found this meal to be incredibly filling and satisfying – definitely one of my favorites I’ve posted on this blog so far!

Asian Sesame Salmon
adapted from McCormick Recipe Inspirations Asian Sesame Salmon

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Ingredients:
serves 2

  • For the sauce:
    • 1 Tbsp low-sodium soy sauce
    • 1 Tbsp lime juice
    • 2.5 Tbsp honey (brown sugar would also work)
    • 1 tsp sesame seeds
    • 1/2 tsp minced garlic
    • 1/4 tsp minced or ground ginger
    • 1/4 tsp red pepper flakes or Sambal Oelek
    • 3 Tbsp chopped scallions
  • 1 pound fresh salmon filet
  • Optional: serve with steamed broccoli and brown rice

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Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 375ºF and lightly grease a baking dish lined with foil. Prepare the sauce by combining all ingredients in a small bowl and whisking together.
  2. Place the salmon the the greased baking dish and pour the sauce over it. Bake for 20-25 minutes, basting the fish once or twice with the sauce, until salmon is cooked throughout and flakes easily with the touch of a fork.
  3. Serve with steamed broccoli and brown rice and enjoy 🙂
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To prepare the sauce, combine all ingredients in a small bowl and stir. Preheat your oven to 375 degrees.
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Place the salmon (skin side down) on a lightly greased foil-lined baking dish. Pour the sauce over the salmon and spread around so salmon is evenly coated.
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Bake salmon for 20-25 minutes.
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Salmon is done when it’s cooked throughout and can be flaked easily with a fork. Don’t worry if white stuff appears on your fish after baking like mine did, it’s just the fatty part of the salmon rising to the top.
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Serve with steamed broccoli and rice for a complete meal 🙂

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