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Best Baked Asian Salmon

When you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner, this Asian baked salmon recipe is so flavorful and incredibly healthy. This Asian-style salmon topped with a flavorful Asian sauce, is so delicious and incredibly healthy that you will want to bake it again because it is such an easy meal.

delicious baked asian salmon on a bed of rice in a round bowl.

When I am struggling to come up with recipes for simple and easy weeknight dinners, I like to go back to the basics, a protein, a vegetable, and a starch or carb.

Making a menu that is healthy is also something I take into consideration when planning my meals for the week.

This recipe is a time saver on those busy nights when you need something on the table in under 30 minutes.

Give this easy baked salmon recipe a try when you are in need of a heart healthy meal that everyone in your family will love. 

flaky baked asian salmon on a bed of rice in a round bowl.

What is Asian Baked Salmon?

What makes this recipe special is the Asian salmon marinade.

Using ingredients that are commonly used in Asian cuisine like soy sauce, ginger, and sesame oil, this sauce gives a huge burst of flavor to the baked salmon filets.

Salmon is rich in antioxidants and Omega-3s, which are a benefit to your heart, brain, and overall health. 

delicious baked asian salmon on a bed of rice in a round bowl.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • The sauce is the perfect blend of sweet, salty, and a little bit of spice that will make even the pickiest eaters reach for seconds. 
  • Not only is this a healthy recipe, it is also incredibly versatile. You can serve it alongside any roasted vegetable or grain such as white or brown rice for a perfect weeknight meal. 
  • Fresh steamed broccoli florets would be delicious with these Asian salmon filets.
  • This recipe comes together in 15 minutes, making this a quick sheet pan meal. You can even marinate the salmon overnight in the refrigerator to add more flavor and save even more time on preparation. 
  • To save even more time, use freezer ready garlic and ginger that has been minced and frozen ahead of time so it is quick and easy to use. 
uncooked salmon in a bowl with marinade on it.

Tell Me About Asian Baked Salmon 

  • Taste–  This marinade is so delicious and hits all of the flavor profiles. It’s perfectly sweet, salty, spicy and full of umami. 
  • Texture– The salmon is cooked so it is perfectly flaky and tender. The sauce is smooth and pours beautifully over the salmon.
  • Ease– With under 10 ingredients, this recipe is so easy that you will want to make it over and over again.
  • Time– You will have dinner on the table in under 30 minutes with this recipe. 
ingredients for asian baked salmon marinade.

Ingredients for Asian Baked Salmon

  • Salmon Filets– You can use pre-frozen filets that have been thawed or fresh salmon from your local fishmonger or seafood department at your grocery store. 
  • Honey– Adding honey gives the sauce a perfect amount of sweetness. 
  • Garlic– You can use fresh garlic cloves or pre-minced garlic for this recipe. Just make sure to mince it finely so that the garlic can easily whisk into the sauce. 
  • Soy Sauce– Soy sauce is sweet, salty, and perfect for Asian dishes.
  • Rice Vinegar– This is often used in different sauces.
  • Sesame Oil– This oil gives the sauce a nutty flavor. 
  • Extra-Virgin Olive Oil– You can use avocado oil if you prefer. 
  • Ginger– Use fresh ginger for this recipe for a bold kick.  
  • Sriracha– If you want your sauce less spicy you can leave this out. 
  • Black Pepper– Black pepper adds a bit of spicy flavor to any dish.

Make Asian Baked Salmon in 3 Easy Steps

  1. Prepare the Salmon– Preheat the oven to 425°F and place salmon filets on a sprayed baking sheet.
  2. Make the Sauce– In a small saucepan, whisk ingredients together and come to a low simmer.  Add honey and Sriracha. 
  3. Add the Sauce to the Salmon– Spoon the sauce on top of the salmon and cook for a baking time of 15 minutes. Enjoy! 

Substitutions for Asian Baked Salmon

  • Tamari Sauce– This ingredient can be substituted for soy sauce to make it gluten free.
  • Apple Cider or Red Wine Vinegar– These vinegars can be substituted for rice vinegar.

Tips for Making Asian Baked Salmon

  • Baking salmon in or on top of foil will allow for the perfect caramelized exterior and flaky interior. Creating a foil “boat” for the salmon will create steam, which creates the perfect smooth texture. 
  • If you have a bit of extra time, marinate the salmon in a ziploc bag or an airtight container overnight. This will allow the sauce to really soak into the salmon and create an even deeper flavor. 
  • Do not over cook! Salmon can get really chewy if cooked too long, so make sure you check the salmon at 15 minutes. If the salmon is still pink on the inside, cook for an additional two minutes until the salmon flakes away with a fork. 
  • To really drive home the asian flavors, garnish the fish with roasted sesame seeds and green onions. 
  • If you are making this recipe with skin on salmon, be sure to lay the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet.

Add-Ins for Asian Baked Salmon

  • Sesame Seeds– These can be sprinkled on top of the sauce.
  • Green Onion– If you like the flavor of onion, dice green onion and sprinkle them on top of the baked salmon.
flaky salmon on a bed of rice in a bowl.

How Do You Store Asian Baked Salmon? 

Like any meat, you will want to store any leftover salmon in an airtight container for 2-3 days in the refrigerator. 

salmon in a bowl with a fork.

How to Reheat Asian Baked Salmon?

It’s easy to overcook when reheating any fish, resulting in a chewy and tough dish the next day.

I recommend a low-slow reheating method that prevents drying out; brush the salmon with a bit of olive oil or butter, cover loosely with foil, and reheat at 275 degrees F in the oven for about 15 minutes.

You can also steam in the microwave, covering the fish with a damp paper towel and cooking for 15 second increments until warmed through. 

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I know when the salmon is completely cooked?

The salmon is ready when you it can easily be flaked with a fork

Can I grill the salmon instead of bake it?

Yes, just make sure that you spray the grill with non-stick spray first. Grill it skin-side up first with the lid of the grill down for 6-8 minutes. Then, flip the salmon filets and grill for 6-8 more minutes. Again, you will know that it’s done if the flesh flakes easily with a fork.

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salmon with an asian marinade with rice.

Baked Asian Salmon

Liz Quick
When you are looking for an easy weeknight dinner, this Asian baked salmon recipe is so flavorful and incredibly healthy. This Asian-style salmon topped with a flavorful Asian sauce, is so delicious and incredibly healthy that you will want to bake it again because it is such an easy meal.
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
0 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Chinese
Servings 4 people
Calories 100 kcal

Equipment

  • aluminum foil
  • 1 baking sheet
  • 1 sauce pan small
  • 1 whisk

Ingredients
  

  • 4 salmon filets
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tbsp reduced sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 1 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tsp ginger freshly grated
  • 1 tsp Sriracha optional
  • black pepper freshly ground, to taste

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F and line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the foil.
  • Lay your salmon on the pan and start making your salmon glaze.
  • In a small saucepan, whisk the soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, garlic, and ginger. Allow the sauce to come to a low simmer and then remove from the heat.
  • To that add the honey and Sriracha sauce. Season with black pepper.
  • Spoon the sauce on top of the salmon and bake for 15 minutes or until the salmon is flaky when manipulated with a fork.

Notes

  • Baking salmon in or on top of foil will allow for the perfect caramelized exterior and flaky interior. Creating a foil “boat” for the salmon will create steam, which creates the perfect smooth texture. 
  • If you have a bit of extra time, marinate the salmon in a ziploc bag or an airtight container overnight. This will allow the sauce to really soak into the salmon and create an even deeper flavor. 
  • Do not over cook! Salmon can get really chewy if cooked too long, so make sure you check the salmon at 15 minutes. If the salmon is still pink on the inside, cook for an additional two minutes until the salmon flakes away with a fork. 
  • To really drive home the asian flavors, garnish the fish with roasted sesame seeds and green onions. 
  • If you are making this recipe with skin on salmon, be sure to lay the salmon skin side down on the baking sheet.
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