Sesame Soy Salmon

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Sesame Soy Salmon is a quick, heart healthy, Asian inspired weeknight meal. Serve it with a vegetable or a salad.

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For a while during my teenage years, salmon was on my do-not-eat list. As a kid, we had salmon a LOT and there wasn’t a ton of (read: any) variety in preparation (sorry, Mom). I guess that over time, I just got really sick of it. Thank goodness I realized what I was missing!

Sesame Soy Salmon makes the perfect weeknight meal because it’s easy (and quick) to cook, doesn’t require a ton of preparation, and it’s super healthy. We love making salmon for dinner.

Sesame Soy Salmon | Bites of Bri

And lucky for you, this salmon can be made on the grill or in the oven. It cooks in less than 15 minutes and requires only 6 ingredients (all of which are pantry staples, except for the salmon of course). See what I told you? Sesame Soy Salmon is just begging to be on your table tonight.

A couple local readers have asked where I get my seafood. I usually get it at Whole Foods. Unfortunately our local seafood market can be kind of hit or miss. Whole Foods is on my way home from work and is usually a safe bet.

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Start by rinsing the fish and patting it dry. Whether you’ll be grilling the salmon or broiling it, combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add the salmon filets and make sure the sauce covers them. If not, place them meat side down.

Sesame Soy Salmon | Bites of Bri

As a side note, I always grill or broil the salmon with the skin on. It comes off so easily after cooking that I find it’s not worth the struggle to remove it first. For grilling, the skin helps hold it together. However, if you are funny about the skin, you can(of course) remove it yourself or  ask them to remove it for you at the seafood counter.

I usually try to marinade the fish for 10-20 minutes. If you want to get dinner on the table faster, marinade it for 5-10 minutes before cooking while your broiler or your grill heats up.

For the grilling method…heat the grill. Once the grill is very hot, spray the grates liberally with cooking spray. Add the salmon flesh down with the skin facing up. Discard the marinade. Cook for 5 minutes, then spray the salmon directly with spray before flipping it again. Thicker pieces need 8-10 minutes total cooking time. Once cooked to your liking, remove the salmon from the grill and serve immediately.

For the broiling method…heat the broiler to high. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Add the salmon to the tray flesh side up. Discard the marinade. Broil on a lower rack for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.

Sesame Soy Salmon | Bites of Bri

Once cooked, serve alongside rice and a vegetable or over top of a salad!

Enjoy!

Sesame Soy Salmon | Bites of Bri

We love this recipe for it’s flavor, simplicity, and because it’s light and healthy.

Sesame Soy Salmon | Bites of Bri

 

Sesame Soy Salmon (Grilled or Broiled)

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Total Time: 30 minutes

Yield: 2-4 servings (1/2 lb of fish per person)

Sesame Soy Salmon is a quick, heart healthy, Asian inspired weeknight meal. Serve it with a vegetable or a salad.

Ingredients

  • 1-2lb raw salmon filet (1/2 lb per person is usually a generous portion)
  • 2 tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds (white or black)
  • 2 tbsp rice wine vinegar
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • cooking spray for grilling

Instructions

  1. Rinse and pat the fish dry.
  2. Combine the soy sauce, sesame oil, sesame seeds, rice wine vinegar, and olive oil in a mixing bowl. Stir to combine. Add the salmon filets and make sure the sauce covers them. If not, place them meat side down.
  3. I usually try to marinade the fish for 10-20 minutes. If you want to get dinner on the table faster, marinade it for 5-10 minutes before cooking while your broiler or your grill heats up.
  4. For the grilling method…heat the grill. Once the grill is very hot, spray the grates liberally with cooking spray. Add the salmon flesh down with the skin facing up. Discard the marinade. Cook for 5 minutes, then spray the salmon directly with spray before flipping it again. Thicker pieces need 8-10 minutes total cooking time. Once cooked to your liking, remove the salmon from the grill and serve immediately.
  5. For the broiling method…heat the broiler to high. Line a rimmed cookie sheet with foil. Add the salmon to the tray flesh side up. Discard the marinade.Broil on a lower rack for 10-12 minutes. Serve immediately.

Notes

I always grill or broil the salmon with the skin on. It comes off so easily after cooking that I find it’s not worth the struggle to remove it first. For grilling, the skin helps hold it together. However, if you are funny about the skin, you can(of course) remove it yourself or ask them to remove it for you at the seafood counter.

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Comments

    • Bri says

      Gayle, right? Grilling is great but it’s not super easy and sometimes you need a backup plan for when it’s raining or too cold anyways!

  1. says

    Yep! Gotta say I overdosed on salmon too, & when you’ve had enough of anything you just avoid it for ever so long I agree. But, when I do return to the quick & ever so good for me salmon dishes it’s always with an Asian influence, just love it done that way. Thanks for sharing this one, I’ve been thinking I’d better come up with something for dinner this evening….

  2. says

    I think I have dinner for tonight! I love salmon now that I found out there are more interesting ways to prepare it besides baking it, plain (thanks mom!). And I just recently started loving sesame seeds, so I’m excited to try this!

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