Ginger and salmon are such a versatile and delicious combination – I’ve used them to make light, sautéed salmon and also to make saucy, baked salmon like this Ginger Sesame Baked Salmon. This salmon recipe is a must-try if you like Asian flavors and want to incorporate more of salmon’s health benefits into your diet.
Sesame Ginger Salmon Recipe
I try to serve salmon at least once a week for it’s various health benefits, but it can get boring if you don’t have some delicious salmon recipes in your repertoire (or at least on your Pinterest board).
This sesame ginger salmon recipe is a fun Asian-inspired salmon dish that uses a few standard Asian ingredients that I always have on hand.
If you don’t already have sesame oil in your cupboard, I highly encourage you to pick some up. Not just for this recipe – there are so many delicious recipes that you can use it in! It adds a umami punch to just about anything you add it to.
While I usually have fresh ginger on hand, I also always have ginger paste (just in case that piece of ginger has dried up since I bought it). If you rarely use ginger, it may be a better option for you.
How to avoid overcooking salmon:
Salmon is so easy to overcook. If you think of salmon as anything other than moist and melt-in-your-mouth tender, then chances are you have only ever had overcooked salmon.
Salmon needs to be cooked to a temperature of 145ºF but you also want to avoid cooking the fat out of the fish. That’s what happens when you see little beads of white fat on the surface of the salmon. A little bit of this is okay, but too much and you will have a dry fish. For the first couple of times, use that meat thermometer to help you see when the temperature is just right and pay attention to the appearance of the salmon.
Cooking at a high temperature or searing the salmon first will also “lock in moisture.”
The flesh should still have tension and bounce back when pressed with your finger, and it should flake easily with a fork.
Can this recipe be prepared on the stovetop? My friend Stacey shares her method for stovetop salmon here, and this recipe can be easily adapted for pan searing. Follow her tips for the best results.
Ingredients for Soy Ginger Salmon
Scroll down to the recipe card below for exact ingredient measurements and nutritional info.
- Olive oil
- Sesame oil
- Fish sauce, optional
- Soy Sauce
- Green onions
- Maple syrup, optional
Tip: taste and adjust the marinade and sauce to your personal preferences.
Kitchen Tools You May Find Helpful
- Sharp kitchen knife
- Measuring cups and spoons
- Mixing bowls
- Casserole dish
How to Make Sesame Ginger Salmon
For the sesame ginger marinade:
Combine olive oil, 1 Tablespoon sesame oil, fish sauce (if using), 1 teaspoon minced ginger and 2 cloves minced garlic.
Place salmon in a shallow container and rub the marinade onto the fish. Marinade for at least 20 minutes, but preferably overnight.
When ready to bake, preheat oven to 350ºF
Place salmon in a greased casserole dish or cookie sheet and let come to room temperature before baking.
In a small bowl, combine remaining sesame oil, soy sauce, lime juice and maple syrup. Brush over the salmon.
Bake for 12-15 minutes. The salmon should still have a pink-orange color and white fat should not be coming to the surface.
Garnish with sesame seeds and lime slices.
Grab your free printable for our Ginger Sesame Salmon recipe:
For the marinade:
For the salmon:
Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 566 Total Fat: 41g Saturated Fat: 7g Trans Fat: 0g Unsaturated Fat: 32g Cholesterol: 114mg Sodium: 745mg Carbohydrates: 5g Fiber: 1g Sugar: 2g Protein: 42g