• Ginger Sesame Salmon

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    Ginger Sesame Salmon
    Prep: 10 min Cook: 8 min Servings: 4
    by John Spottiswood
    300 recipes
    This is an outstanding asian-flavored salmon. It's a bit more interesting than your typical teriyaki salmon. Think of it as teriyaki salmon with a kick! I'm a huge fan of grilled salmon and I don't think it gets much better than this.


    • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
    • 2 Tbsp. minced fresh ginger
    • 1 Tbsp. wasabi powder
    • 3 Tbsp. rice vinegar
    • 2 Tbsp. sugar
    • 1 Tbsp. fresh lemon juice
    • Pinch of salt
    • 1/4 cup soy sauce or low-sodium soy sauce
    • 1 Tbsp. sesame oil
    • 4 salmon fillets (4-6 oz. each, skin on or off is OK)


    1. Whisk together vegetable oil, ginger, and wasabi in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2 minutes. Remove saucepan
    2. from heat and stir in vinegar, sugar, lemon juice, and salt. Transfer
    3. marinade to a small bowl (that you can take outside to the girill) . Set aside 1/3 cup of marinade to use as vinaigrette for the Spinach Salad recipe linked below.
    4. Add soy sauce and sesame oil to remaining marinade in bowl; whisk until marinade is thoroughly mixed. Place salmon fillets in a glass baking dish. Pour soy marinade over salmon; cover and refrigerate for 30-60 minutes.
    5. Preheat grill to medium. Brush or spray grill grate with oil. Place salmon on grill, skin side down if skin on. If skin off, consider using a grill basket. Transfer marinade to a bowl. Grill salmon, uncovered, until fish is firm to the touch, about 8 minutes depending on thickness. Baste salmon every 2 minutes with the remaining marinade.

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    • Salad Foodie
      Salad Foodie
      A tasty salmon marinade that doubles as the dressing for the go-with spinach salad. BRILLIANT! I am also not a fan of wasabi so I subbed red pepper flakes to my heat comfort level and it had the right kick. I did enjoy trying this recipe and it was just as tasty as you promised. But my grilled salmon seasoning of choice remains humbly and simply - fresh lemon. The marinade sauce used for the Spinach Salad linked to this recipe though is another story - I loved it and wouldn't change a thing.


      • ShaleeDP
        I love salmon. It's one of the few fishes i enjoy most! Thanks for sharing this.
        • Lara burton
          Lara burton
          Where is the link to the spinach salad? I do not see it here.
          • Galina R. Gibson
            Galina R. Gibson
            I'm trying this tonight! Thanks! I'll post something new this week! By the way, I love all of your posts and comments!
            • John Spottiswood
              John Spottiswood
              Thanks Galina. Hope you enjoy it!
            • Lorrie Marroquin
              Lorrie Marroquin
              I'm such a crackhead...please disregard my question about the calorie count since it's right there next to the recipe. Oops!

              • Lorrie Marroquin
                Lorrie Marroquin

                This sounds like something my husband and I would really love. However, I was wondering if it would be possible to substitute the wasabi powder with cayenne powder. I'm not a big wasabi fan although I really do like spicy food. We eat blackened salmon on caesars salad all the time and this sounds like it would be similar but with a nice change.

                Also, would you happen to know the calorie count on this one?


                • John Spottiswood
                  John Spottiswood
                  I think you can always substitute cayenne for wasabi...but I would use maybe 1/2 tsp or 1 tsp at most. Cayenne is much spicier than wasabi!
                  • Lorrie Marroquin
                    Lorrie Marroquin
                    Thank you John. I went to the store last night and bought the Wasabi Poweder as it was on sale. I thought I should at least try it. Who knows, it may become one of my favorites.
                    • Lorrie Marroquin
                      Lorrie Marroquin
                      Sorry, one more thing. I was unable to find the link for the Spinach Salad. Can you help me find the link?

                  • Cecelia Heer
                    Cecelia Heer
                    This is definitely one "for the history books" (okay..Joe Tuna here in NYC says that). Seriously, being a fish person, it is perfect.
                    • John Spottiswood
                      John Spottiswood
                      Hope you enjoy it Cecelia!
                    • Sean Macey
                      Sean Macey
                      Wow John that sounds amazing
                      • John Spottiswood
                        John Spottiswood
                        It's nice Sean. Hope you like it!

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