Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon


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If you are here, you might like reading about food.  And if you like reading about food, you might have a collection of recipes that you hope to make.  And if you collect recipes, you might collect them far faster than you can ever dream of making them.

Is it just me?

One night this week, I was in the midst of blog-reading, bookmarking, pinning (finally got my account restored!), starring, and general oogling over all the recipes out there marathon.  I was about to add a recipe for an incredible sweet-salty ginger-glazed salmon, when I realized something.  I had already flagged the same recipe weeks before.  The original was still sitting in my virtual pile of recipes “to make” and I was about to flag it again.  It’s time to break the cycle.  At least for a few days.

So this week, I’m taking a breather in my search for something “new” and focussing on some of those fantastic recipes that I’ve already discovered.

I am pleased to say that this salmon that we had for dinner last night – it deserved to be flagged twice.  It is a definite step up from my standard hoisin glazed salmon, but comes together incredibly fast.

This cooking method is by far my favorite way to cook salmon.  The filet is placed as close to the broiler as you can manage.  It results in mild fear that the fish is going to burn (don’t worry –  just keep an eye on it).  However, 10 minutes of apprehension while the salon sizzles under the broiler is quickly rewarded with perfectly cooked fish with a crisp, browned crust on top.

We had the salmon with World’s Best Roasted Broccoli, and I proceeded to engage Frank in a discussion about the fact that it really is the greatest vegetable side dish in existence, despite the fact that we make it once a week.  (I think it’s safe to say we are on the same page about its goodness.)

PS.  I was totally channeling If You Give a Mouse a Cookie when I started this post. Now all I need is a cookie….


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Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon

Servings: 4


  • 1 1/2 pounds raw salmon
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1-2 tablespoons white sesame seeds
  • 4 green onions, sliced


  • Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray.
  • In a small bowl combine olive oil, sesame oil, rice vinegar, brown sugar, soy sauce, and ginger. Whisk well. Transfer 1 tablespoon of the liquid to a small jar (for the glaze) and set aside. To the remaining liquid, add garlic and whisk again. Pour liquid in a dish or plastic bag. Add salmon, making sure it is covered in marinade, and refrigerate for 30 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, to make the glaze, add honey to the 1 tablespoon of reserved marinade. Shake or whisk well to evenly combine.
  • Preheat the broiler in your oven.
  • Place salmon directly on the prepared wire rack. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper. Place the baking sheet directly under the broiler. Cook for 10-12 minutes (depending on the salmon’s thickness) until opaque and easily flakable with a fork. In the last minute of cooking, sprinkle the surface of the salmon with sesame seeds. (The seeds will toast under the broiler.)
  • Remove salmon and drizzle with the glaze and the green onions. Serve immediately.


Adapted from Jessica’s irresistible original at How Sweet Eats.
I took one shortcut from the original recipe, by reserving a bit of the marinade and creating the final glaze from that (Jessica has you mix them separately). The result was fantastic, and saved a couple dishes – always welcome in this dishwasher-free kitchen.

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Author: Jess Smith via Inquiring Chef
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Jess is the recipe creator and photographer at She spent nearly a decade as the Chief Recipe Developer for the award-winning meal planning app Cook Smarts. Her colorful, healthyish recipes have been featured in popular online publications including Parade, Hallmark, and HuffPost.

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  1. 5 stars
    hey! this looks amazing!I am making this tonight and had one quick question…. do you remove the skin from the salmon? and if so how? I am copying this whole meal, my first attempt ever at salmon but am super excited! thanks

    1. Good question, Sarah. I leave the skin on the salmon when it’s cooking because I find it tricky to remove it when the salmon is still raw. I put the skin-side facing down on the wire rack (in the second picture above). When the salmon is done cooking, it’s really easy to slide a large knife between the salmon and the skin and lift the salmon right off in one piece (leaving the skin stuck to the wire rack). This is an absolute favorite in our house – hope you like it!

  2. Made it and LOVED it. So mild… Sometimes our salmon turns out a little fishy. You really get all the sweetness from the honey and the crunch of the sesame seeds was excellent!

  3. This looks incredible! I’m unable to broil so might modify somehow … and I have that problem, too, of tagging/pining recipes and then forgetting about them. But I think I’ll have to pin this one, anyway. It looks too good to pass by!

  4. even though i am a vegetarian, but it sounds delicious and looks good too. i definitely need to figure out a way of making it in my kitchen, without the fish off course. Thank you for sharing.

    1. If you like tofu, this marinade and glaze would be wonderful on tofu that is roasted in the oven and then broiled for just a few minutes on top. It would need to cook more slowly and for longer at the beginning, but I think the flavor combination would be perfect!

      1. i was thinking of using Indian cottage cheese (Paneer) or Soya chunks for the same. Tofu seems like a good option too. thank you for sharing. 🙂