Easy Ginger Sesame Salmon – this recipe is packed with flavor, comes together so easily and family-friendly! Don’t forget to make extra so you have some to take to work for lunch the next day!!! And the ginger sesame salmon glaze/marinade will become a favorite for sure!!
Everyone in your family will LOVE this super easy weeknight recipe!!!
We eat salmon on a weekly basis in our house. Our kiddos love it and it always hits the spot! We normally make this recipe, but I was craving a more Asian-inspired salmon recipe. So, I got cooking and this recipe is the result! I know I will be making this SO many more times!!
Ginger Sesame Salmon Glaze / Marinade
The recipe for the sauce can be used as a marinade or a glaze or both!! It is so versatile and seriously PACKED with flavor!! Making a note to myself to make a double batch of this next time!!! Here are the ingredients:
- Orange Juice Concentrate (which is totally Whole30 compliant and Paleo!)
- Balsamic vinegar
- Coconut Aminos
- Fresh Lime Juice
- Minced Garlic
- Sesame Oil
- Fish Sauce
- Pinch of salt
How Long Should I Marinate the Salmon?
So if you choose to use the sauce as a marinade, you can marinade the salmon overnight IF you do not add the lime juice!! Since the lime juice is acidic, that acid will break down the salmon. Once you add the acid (lime juice), only let the salmon marinate for 15-30 minutes.
Is this Recipe Whole30 and/or Paleo
Yes!!! I was so excited that it worked out perfectly! The key is the orange juice concentrate and coconut aminos!! So good together!
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Easy Ginger Sesame Salmon – A super easy asian-inspired salmon recipe that is PACKED with flavor! (Whole30/Paleo)
- 1 1/2 Teaspoon orange juice concentrate
- 1/2 Teaspoon balsamic vinegar
- 1/2 cup coconut aminos
- 1 Tablespoon fresh lime juice
- 2 Teaspoons minced garlic
- 1 1/2 Teaspoons freshly grated ginger (or ginger paste)
- 1/2 Tablespoon sesame oil
- 1/2 Teaspoon fish sauce
- Pinch of salt
- (4) 4-6oz salmon fillets (skin on)
- olive oil
- Combine ingredients in small saucepan and whisk to combine.
- Bring pan to a medium high heat and let simmer, reducing heat as needed, while you cook the salmon.
- Remove from heat and let cool slightly.
- Pat salmon dry with paper towel.
- In a 12 inch cast iron skillet, drizzle some olive oil around the pan and then sprinkle some salt and pepper (helps keep the skin from sticking) in an even layer.
- Place salmon fillets, skin side down, in the skillet.
- Sprinkle the top of the salmon with additional salt and pepper to lightly season.
- Cook salmon over medium heat 6-8 minutes.
- While the salmon cooks, baste once with a little of the glaze (I suggest pouring about a Tablespoon or two in a little bowl to keep it separate).
- Use a fish spatula to carefully flip the salmon.
- Cook without moving the fillets until the center reaches 125 internal temp, about 6-8 minutes.
- While the salmon cooks skin-side up, baste with a little glaze again, especially if you feel the pan is getting a little dry. Take a basting brush and just brush a little glaze along the edges of the skin and the glaze will fall down and cook into the salmon.
- Transfer fillets to plates and spoon glaze on top, as much as desired, for serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds (optional).
- Serve with Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice and Braised Baby Bok Choy.
- Whole30/Paleo: If you are concerned with Whole30/Paleo check your ingredients on your orange juice concentrate and ensure there is no added sugar!
- Glaze/Marinade: The Glaze can also be used as a marinade. If you are marinating your salmon, place salmon in glass container or reusable bag with as much marinade that will allow salmon to be covered. Let sit for 15-30 minutes. Then cook salmon as desired and discard the marinade.
- Oven Method: You can also cook the salmon in the oven: place salmon skin down on a piece of parchment or foil; sprinkle each piece with a little salt and pepper; spoon a little glaze over each piece and then wrap in the foil or parchment; place on baking sheet and bake at 415 for approx. 20 minutes.; once salmon is fully cooked place each piece on plates and spoon additional glaze on top before serving.
- Sides: If you aren’t concerned with Whole30/Paleo feel free to serve with some brown rice!
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