Flaky, sweet and spicy, with a hint of sesame, this salmon is an easy and quick meal for one, but is easily doubled (or tripled, if you have that many friends).
For a solid chunk of my childhood I fully believed I was allergic to fish. Both of my brothers were (one outgrew his allergy a couple of years ago, fingers crossed the other will too), so we didn’t have fish in the house, and since I didn’t know any better it made perfect sense to me that I also couldn’t have any.
The truth finally came out in fourth grade. I was spending the weekend by a friend, and her family was having sushi for lunch. A quick phone call to my mom revealed that I, unlike my brothers, was not allergic. I had been living a lie! Unfortunately, my first intro to fish did NOT go over well. Sushi had a weird and unexpected texture to me, which I didn’t like at all.
Thankfully I have since seen the error of my ways, or at least developed more sophisticated tastes.
Because fish is life. And sushi is life on steroids. Especially when it comes stacked on a wooden boat.
Can you hear my stomach rumbling?
It’s actually telling me to stop taking pictures of this fish, because it’s already dark out and the lighting isn’t ideal anyway, so I may as well just eat already. The smell is literally taunting me right now.
Let’s get up close and personal with this incredible sauce. I can already see it in my future, on stir-fry, chicken, salad, you name it, IT’S THERE. I should probably just be smart and make a jar to store in the fridge, for when the sweet-and-spicy cravings strike.
We all have those days, when you have a serious hankering for salmon but don’t want to leave your house to go and get sushi. This recipe will be your savior. I’m talking dinner on the table in under half an hour, all while in your pajamas.
Life doesn’t get better than this.
- 1 salmon fillet
- 1 tbsp toasted sesame oil
- 2 tsp soy sauce
- 1½ tsp minced ginger*
- 1-2 cloves garlic, minced*
- ¼ tsp maple syrup
- Preheat oven to 350°F. Line baking sheet and put salmon skin-side down.
- In a small bowl, mix together the remaining ingredients. Pour over salmon, making sure it is fully coated.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes.