I have many recipes for Asian Salmon using traditional ingredients for Asian cooking, such as hoisin, soy sauce, mirin, garlic, ginger, and more. Somehow, no two recipes are alike, and all are wonderful yet different. I found this recipe in Eating Well magazine in 2020, sadly no longer in paper publication, but available online. This recipe demonstrates that sesame seeds are not simply a garnish but add great flavor and texture to the glaze for the salmon.
I encourage you to build your pantry with common Asian ingredients, ready for use in so many recipes. I have several recipes on this site for you to try. From Asian Sloppy Joes to Asian Lettuce Wraps and Shrimp and Broccoli Stir-fry. The ingredients add great flavor, lending towards quick-cooking recipes, and so very pleasing to the palette.
Pan-Roasted Sesame Salmon
4 green onions, white and green sections separated
1 clove garlic, minced
1 tablespoon hoisin sauce
1 tablespoon soy sauce
1 tablespoon sesame oil
1 tablespoon sesame seeds
1 teaspoon honey
1 teaspoon mirin
4 6-ounce pieces of salmon. skinless
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1 tablespoon canola oil
Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
Cut the green onions into 2 sections separating the white from the green. Thinly chop the white section, and thinly chop the green section, keeping each separate. Place the white chopped onions into a small bowl. Set aside the green chopped onions to use as a garnish for the finished salmon dish. Add the minced garlic, hoisin, soy, sesame oil, sesame seeds, honey, mirin into the bowl with the chopped white onions, stir to combine.
Pat the salmon pieces dry using a paper towel, sprinkle with the salt. Heat a 12-inch oven proof non-stick skillet over medium-high heat with 1 tablespoon of canola oil. Place the salmon pieces, skin-side up, (what would have been the skin-side if the skin has been removed) into the heated skillet. Cook the salmon for 4-5 minutes. Flip the salmon over skin-side down. Spoon the sesame sauce mixture over the salmon pieces. Transfer the skillet into the hot oven, roasting the salmon for 4-5 minutes. Remove the skillet from the oven. Remove the salmon pieces from the skillet, sprinkle the chopped green onions over the salmon as a garnish. Serve with sautéed vegetables or rice, if desired.
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