Sesame Ginger Salmon

I’ve been on an Asian flavor kick lately.  I found myself craving those flavors with salmon and ran by Whole Foods to pick up a nice piece of fish for dinner.  I had pinned this recipe from Jessica ages ago and thought it was time to try it.  I was not disappointed at all.  It came together really quickly and was super delicious to boot!

I served this with a vegetable stir fry, which was perfect.  It would also go well with a simple serving of basmati or jasmine rice as well.  I would double the glaze recipe if I was serving with rice…I like a lot of sauce!
sesame ginger salmon

for the salmon, you will need:
1 pound raw salmon
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
6 green onions, sliced

for the sesame ginger honey glaze, you will need:
¼ cup honey
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1 teaspoon sesame seeds

In a baking dish, combine olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, brown sugar and whisk well until combined. Add salmon to the dish and mix it all up, then refrigerate for 30 minutes.

When you are ready to cook the salmon, move your rack to the top third of your oven and preheat the broiler to high.

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray.  Place salmon directly on the wire rack, skin side down (if there is skin). Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper, then place directly under the broiler.

Cook for about 10 minutes, depending on the salmon’s thickness (our’s was just about an inch thick), until flaky. My trick for testing if fish is done is by sticking a metal cake tester in the center of the piece of fish.  Pull it out and touch it to your lip.  If it is warm, the fish is done!

While the salmon is in the oven, prepare the glaze.  Whisk together the honey, sesame oil, soy sauce, ginger and sesame seeds in a medium bowl and set aside. Pour about half of the glaze over salmon as soon as you take it out of the oven.  Plate the salmon with toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions.  Save the rest of the glaze for serving…I wanted to add more as I ate!

serves: 2
time: 10 minutes prep + 30 minutes marinating + 10 minutes cooking
adapted slightly from: How Sweet It Is

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