Sesame Soy Salmon

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Sesame soy salmon is a simple, yet flavourful, dish that is quick and easy to make - perfect for weeknight dinners. It is also a great way to incorporate more fish into the diet.

Sesame Soy Salmon

Sesame, especially toasted sesame, is one of my favourite flavours. The delicate and nutty aroma is only enriched and enhanced by the toasting. Sesame oil, especially toasted sesame oil, is a popular ingredient in Chinese and many other Asian cuisines. My favourite toasted sesame oil is a gorgeous deep amber shade with with a rich aroma that is ideal for both cooking with and using as a condiment for flavouring.

Sesame soy salmon is a simple dish requiring only six ingredients, yet each one packs a strong flavour. Together, the combination yields a luscious meal that tastes sweet, savoury and nutty. I prefer to use light soy sauce for this dish, as the more concentrated dark soy sauce is too overpowering for the delicate balance of flavours.

Sesame Soy Salmon

This dish is one of my go to weeknight meals, as it's very quick and easy to prepare ahead of time, and the actual cooking time is very short. I prefer to serve the salmon over rice, your choice of either brown or white, long grain or short grain. Rice is also great for absorbing excess sauce from the salmon!

The rice and side dish can be easily cooked dish whilst the salmon is marinating - it's a great multitasking meal. Cook the salmon just before serving for a fresh-from-the-grill taste.

Sesame Soy Salmon

For a balanced meal, serve this sesame soy salmon with a side of your favourite greens. I often serve it with sesame soy broccolini because the flavours are very similar, and so the two complement each other. Broccoli with oyster sauce would also add nicely to the meal.

Sesame Soy Salmon

Here's what you'll need to make this sesame soy salmon:
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750g skinless salmon fillet, cut into chunks
2 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
3 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp runny honey

And here's what you'll need to do:

  • You will need at least an hour for the salmon to marinate.
  • If your salmon fillet has skin on, remove the skin, cut it into bite sized pieces, and put it in a mixing bowl.
  • Slice/chop the garlic and grate the ginger, and add it to the salmon.
  • In a small mug or container, mix together the light soy sauce, sesame oil and runny honey. Pour it over the salmon, and mix everything together until the salmon is well coated.
  • Cover the bowl, and put it in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour.
  • Preheat the grill/broiler to the medium setting, and line a roasting tin with foil.
  • Arrange the salmon and marinade in the tin in a single layer.
  • When the grill is at temperature, place the tin in the oven, on the middle rack, for about 6-7 minutes. Stay close, and watch the salmon, as it can burn very quickly if left under the grill too long.
  • Remove the tin from the oven and cool for a few minutes.
  • Serve over rice with your choice of greens on the side, or make it into a bowl meal. Garnish with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.
Sesame Soy Salmon
Sesame Soy Salmon

Sesame Soy Salmon

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Sesame Soy Salmon

Sesame soy salmon is a little bit sweet, a little bit savoury, and so easy to make that it is sure to become a midweek staple.

Prep Time: 10 minutes plus time to marinate
Cook time: 7 minutes
Serves: 4-6
Course: Main, Fish
Cuisine: Modern Asian, Fusion
Tags: Fish, Fusion Food, Asian Fusion

Ingredients

750g skinless salmon fillet, cut into chunks
2 cloves of garlic, sliced or chopped
2 tsp freshly grated ginger
3 Tbsp light soy sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp runny honey

Method

  1. You will need at least an hour for the salmon to marinate.
  2. If your salmon fillet has skin on, remove the skin, cut it into bite sized pieces, and put it in a mixing bowl.
  3. Slice/chop the garlic and grate the ginger, and add it to the salmon.
  4. In a small mug or container, mix together the light soy sauce, sesame oil and runny honey. Pour it over the salmon, and mix everything together until the salmon is well coated.
  5. Cover the bowl, and put it in the fridge to marinate for at least an hour.
  6. Preheat the grill/broiler to the medium setting, and line a roasting tin with foil.
  7. Arrange the salmon and marinade in the tin in a single layer.
  8. When the grill is at temperature, place the tin in the oven, on the middle rack, for about 6-7 minutes. Stay close, and watch the salmon, as it can burn very quickly if left under the grill too long.
  9. Remove the tin from the oven and cool for a few minutes.
  10. Serve over rice with your choice of greens on the side, or make it into a bowl meal. Garnish with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds.

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