Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon

Friday, July 4, 2014

So I was bored the other day (er, maybe like a month ago) and spontaneously decided to make salmon. You could also say I was a little overexcited about the white sesame seeds I had recently purchased for another recipe. (Because white sesame seeds automatically translate to salmon topping? Sometimes I don't understand where my own instincts come from.)

I must say though, this recipe was a little underwhelming - not that it was bad, but it was pretty average. I guess I should've known that it was going to taste pretty much how it sounded...a generic "Asian" style dish overdoused with overly sweet sauce. At least I added in some onions - unlike some things in life (ahem, Americanized Asian food), caramelized onions will never fail you.

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
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
4 green onions, sliced

sesame ginger honey glaze
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds

Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray.
In a large bowl or baking dish, combine olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, brown sugar and whisk well until combined. Add salmon to the dish or place everything in a ziplock bag, then refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes.
Preheat the broiler in your oven. (Or preheat your grill, etc if you prefer to use something else.)

Remove salmon with kitchen tongs and place directly on the wire rack. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper, then place directly under the broiler. Cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on the salmon's thickness (our's was just about an inch thick), until opaque and easily flakable with a fork. You can flip the salmon halfway through cooking if desired.
Remove and serve immediately, with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, green onions and the glaze below.
sesame ginger honey glaze
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over salmon.


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