Our sesame garlic baked salmon recipe is so quick and easy—it’s the perfect combination of spicy and sweet and a super healthy meal.
All you have to do is whisk together the sauce ingredients in a bowl or measuring cup then drizzle on top of the salmon filets. While the fish bakes, whip up your favorite sides like steamed veggies or some 90-second rice. Bada-bing, dinner is served!
If you like your fish slightly crispy, pop the salmon under the broiler for just a few seconds so the sauce can form a dark crispy glaze. Just don’t take your eyes off of it or it will burn!
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Sesame Garlic Baked Salmon Recipe
- 1 1/2 - 2 lbs salmon fillets, 4–6 fillets
- 1/2 cup low-sodium soy sauce, or ⅓ cup regular soy sauce
- 2 tsp sesame oil
- 2 Tbsp lemon juice
- 1/3 cup dark brown sugar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 Tbsp ginger, minced
- 2 tsp sesame seeds
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes, optional
- steamed rice
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Lightly coat a 2-qt casserole dish with cooking spray then place salmon filets skin side down, spaced evenly apart.
- Whisk soy sauce, sesame oil, fresh lemon juice, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, sesame seeds and crushed red pepper together until sugar is completely dissolved. Pour sauce over salmon filets.
- Bake salmon 18–24 minutes, depending on thickness and desired level of doneness. Baste salmon with sauce several times throughout the baking process.
- Remove from oven and let rest for a few minutes while spooning sauce over salmon until nicely coated. Serve with plenty of steamed rice and additional sauce on the side.
To make things even easier and less messy at home, ask the butcher at the grocery store to skin and portion your salmon so it’s all ready to go.