Soft, flaky, and packed full of flavor- this pan-fried sesame salmon recipe is an absolute must-try if you’re looking for a quick and easy meal to whip up.
If you’re on the hunt for a quick and easy dinner recipe you can make in your kitchen with just a few ingredients, I must tell you, this is one you need to try!
The tenderness and juiciness of salmon and the flavor burst of the sauces and seasonings- this pan-fried sesame salmon recipe is a marriage made in heaven.
But before you go ahead and jump right into the recipe, here’s everything you need to know about it.
Ingredients Needed for Sesame Salmon:
- Vegetable Oil
- Green Onions
- Minced Garlic
- Worcestershire sauce
- Soy Sauce
- Sesame Seed Oil
- Sesame Seeds
What Else Can I Add to the Sesame Salmon?
Salmon is literally the most versatile fish that you can work with- not to mention it is also loaded with vitamin A, protein, and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. I’ve kept the recipe simple and minimal, but if you really want to go the extra mile, you can throw in some veggies of your choice to make it a more healthy, balanced meal.
Here are a few good options you can consider.
- Diced bell peppers
- Bok choy
- Broccoli florets
- Cauliflower florets
- Green beans
- Baby corn
- Any Asian greens of your choice
Can I Try This with Another Fish?
Salmon is the best choice for this recipe, considering how easy it is to cook, and how subtle it is in terms of flavor. However, if you want to try this exact recipe out, but with another fish, you could totally do that too.
Just remember that the cooking time will differ depending on the kind of fish you choose, and its thickness. In fact, considering how simple the recipe actually is, you can try this out with any other protein of your choice too.
Can I Bake the Salmon Instead?
While pan-frying is a good way to get that little crispiness on the salmon, you can choose to bake it instead too. Just remember to seal the salmon along with the delicious sauce in aluminum foil and then cook the fish. Then, get it out, carefully open up the foil a bit and broil the fish for a few minutes to get it to brown and caramelize a bit.
Tips and Tricks to Nail the Sesame Salmon Recipe:
The pan-fried sesame salmon might be incredibly easy to make, but you wouldn’t want to miss out on these little tips and tricks that make it all the better!
- To lend a touch of sweetness to this recipe and balance out the flavors, you can add a bit of maple syrup or honey.
- While this recipe needs you to pan-fry the fish first and then add in the ingredients for the sauce, you could also marinate the fish in the sauces for 20-30 minutes, and then cook them all together- if that’s what you prefer.
- Sealing the fish in the aluminum foil is an important step that you wouldn’t want to miss- especially with a delicate fish like the salmon. This additional effort will ensure that your fish is all nice and juicy, and all the flavors of the sauce are soaked into the fish.
Can you Eat Salmon Medium Rare?
We never recommend the consumption of raw or undercooked fish because it can increase your risk of foodborne illness.
Chefs recommend eating salmon medium or medium rare because it has the best flavor when it's flaky on the outside with a moist middle that melts in your mouth. The new standard for cooking salmon in restaurants is medium and you may see it saying so (as I have seen recently).
Serving Ideas and Suggestions:
You can serve the pan-fried sesame salmon as is, or team it up with some honey ginger salad or sweet and sour meatballs on the side. And of course, don’t forget to finish it all up with a nice dessert like peach upside-down cupcakes.
- ½ lb salmon skin on, cut into 4-5 portions
- ½ tsp salt
- 2 tbsp vegetable oil
- 4 green onions
- 1 tbsp garlic minced
- 1 tbsp Worcestershire sauce
- 1 tbsp soy sauce
- 1 tbsp sesame seed oil
- 1 tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 tbsp honey
- 1 tsp mirin
- Preheat the oven to 350 F.
- Sprinkle the salmon with the salt.
- Heat the oil in a large cast-iron or nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
- Place the salmon, skin-side up, in the oil and cook for about 3-5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, finely chop the whites of the green onion and slice the greenparts.
- In a small mixing bowl, whisk the green onion whites, garlic, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, sesame seed oil, sesame seeds, honey, and mirin.
- Carefully flip the salmon and spoon the sauce over the fillets.
- Transfer the pan to the oven and bake for about 3-5 minutes, until the fishflakes easily with a fork.
- Garnish the salmon with the sliced green onion and more sesame seeds.