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Crispy Sesame Salmon

Fresh salmon gets chopped into bite-sized cubes then pan-seared to crispy tender perfection in this simple yet amazing Crispy Sesame Salmon Recipe. Sweet and savory sticky salmon will surely bring life to your weeknight meals!

Cooked salmon in a bowl with white rice, sauerkraut and cucumber salad

If you’re like me and your affinity for crispy salmon runs deep, you’ll delight in the fact that each and every bite of this Crispy Sesame Salmon greets you with perfect texture.

Because the salmon is chopped into cubes and then pan-seared in a skillet for maximum surface area crisp, the salmon turns out undeniably maximally crispy, yet it remains tender on the inside and has a flavorful Asian flair.

I enjoy the sticky salmon with Coconut Rice, Asian Cucumber Salad, and sauerkraut or kimchi, but you can also serve it up with your favorite sides. 

Make a fun bowl out of it with avocado, mango, edamame, and your favorite Vegetable Fried Rice

When your bowl is fashioned up, you’re in for an amazing unique meal to keep healthy weeknight healthy eating fun and interesting.

Close up image of crispy salmon fresh out of the skillet

Let’s discuss the fresh, simple ingredients for this recipe.

Ingredients for Crispy Sesame Salmon:

Fresh salmon filets (I use King salmon or Atlantic salmon), coconut aminos, toasted sesame oil, avocado oil, garlic, and rice vinegar.

This combination of ingredients makes for a sweet and savory delicious Asian sesame salmon. You can easily substitute soy sauce or liquid aminos for the coconut aminos if you’d like. If you do so, I suggest adding 2 teaspoons of pure maple syrup to make a sweet sauce, as coconut aminos has a natural sweetness that soy sauce lacks.

Consider adding red pepper flakes or sriracha to the sauce ingredients to kick up the heat or your favorite teriyaki sauce for an even saucier adventure. For sesame ginger salmon, add 1 tablespoon of grated fresh ginger to the skillet while you’re cooking it. You can also add orange zest for citrusy flair.

For the best result, use fresh salmon filets instead of frozen salmon, as the texture will turn out absolutely perfectly. If you only have access to frozen salmon, thaw it completely before proceeding with the recipe.

If you have the time, you can marinate the chopped salmon in the marinade ingredients for up to 24 hours prior to cooking it. This will make the salmon even more flavorful and enticing!

For Crispy Asian Salmon Bowls:

If you’re doing as I did and turning the crispy salmon into bowls for a complete meal, make my Asian Cucumber Salad, steam up some white rice or brown rice, chop some green onions, and pick up some kimchi or sauerkraut from the grocery store.

You can drizzle the rice with low sodium soy sauce, coconut aminos, fresh lemon juice, or teriyaki sauce for more flavor if you’d like, and squirt everything with sriracha for a nice kick.

Get creative and take bowls in any direction by picking your favorite bowl ingredients! Seaweed salad and crab salad will give you a sushi bowl vibe. Sautéed or stir fry veggies will add bulk, fiber, and vitamins to the meal. A simple green salad or cauliflower rice is a great low-carb option as well.

Let’s make this amazing salmon recipe!

black bowl with crispy salmon and white rice inside

How to Make Crispy Sesame Salmon:

In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the coconut aminos (or soy sauce), rice vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil. Set aside until ready to use.

Asian sweet sauce for salmon

Chop the salmon into cubes (if you prefer your salmon skinless, you can cut the skin off and discard it before chopping it. I leave the salmon skin on).

Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over high heat and allow the skillet to heat up for a couple of minutes.

Carefully place salmon on the hot surface of the skillet and allow them to cook undisturbed for 2 to 4 minutes before carefully flipping them to another side using tongs and cooking for an additional 2 to 4 minutes, until two sides are deeply golden brown.

Salmon chunks cooking in a skillet

Pour the sauce into the skillet and gently swish it around until all of the salmon is exposed to sauce. Cover the skillet and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes, stirring/flipping occasionally), or until the salmon has cooked through. Salmon is considered fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a meat thermometer to spot check the fish by inserting the thermometer into the largest pieces. The exact cook time will vary depending on the size of the chunks and the temperature of the fish before it goes into the skillet.

Taste the salmon for flavor and add more coconut aminos, rice vinegar, or a splash of fresh lime juice, and a sprinkle of sea salt to taste.

Close up shot of Asian Sesame Salmon in a skillet with green onion on top

Serve the crispy sesame salmon with your choice of side dishes. I love the salmon with steamed white rice, Asian Cucumber Salad, kimchi (or sauerkraut), chopped green onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Bowl of asian salmon on top of a golden napkin with chopsticks to the side.

When all is said and done, this simple recipe can easily be a 30 minute meal from start to finish, depending on what else you’re making to accompany it.

Enjoy cooking Asian-inspired food at home? Check out my Easy Honey Garlic Chicken and Asian Baked Boneless Chicken Thighs for more crispy yet tender meat.

horizontal photo of Crispy Sesame Salmon Bowl

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Crispy Sesame Salmon

Yield: 3 Servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes

Sweet and savory sticky Asian-inspired Crispy Sesame Salmon is here for crispy salmon lovers! Make it in less than 30 minutes for healthy weeknight meals.

Ingredients

Instructions

    1. In a small bowl or measuring cup, whisk together the coconut aminos (or soy sauce), rice vinegar, garlic, and sesame oil. Set aside until ready to use.

    Asian sweet sauce for salmon

    2. Chop the salmon into cubes (if you prefer your salmon skinless, you can cut the skin off and discard it before chopping it. I leave the salmon skin on).

    3. Heat the avocado oil in a large skillet over high heat and allow the skillet to heat up for a couple of minutes. Carefully place salmon on the hot surface of the skillet and allow them to cook undisturbed for 2 to 4 minutes before flipping them to another side and cooking for an additional 2 to 4 minutes, until two sides are deeply golden brown.

    4. Pour the sauce into the skillet and gently swish it around until all of the salmon is exposed to sauce. Cover the skillet and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes, stirring/flipping occasionally), or until the salmon has cooked through. Salmon is considered fully cooked when it reaches an internal temperature of 130 degrees Fahrenheit. You can use a meat thermometer to spot check the fish by inserting the thermometer into the largest pieces. The exact cook time will vary depending on the size of the chunks and the temperature of the fish before it goes into the skillet.

    Pouring sweet Asian sauce into the skillet with salmon

    5. Taste the salmon for flavor and add more coconut aminos, rice vinegar, or a splash of fresh lime juice, and a sprinkle of sea salt to taste.

    Asian salmon cooking in a skillet

    6. Serve the crispy sesame salmon with your choice of side dishes. I love the salmon with steamed white rice, Asian Cucumber Salad, kimchi (or sauerkraut), chopped green onion and a sprinkle of sesame seeds.

    horizontal photo of Crispy Sesame Salmon Bowl

Notes

*Use liquid aminos, low-sodium soy sauce or coconut aminos. If using soy sauce or liquid aminos, add 2 tablespoons of pure maple syurp or brown sugar and don't add any salt unless you feel the salmon needs it at the end.

Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Nutrition Facts are calculated for the salmon only, not including any sides.

Nutrition Information
Yield 3 Serving Size 1 Serving (of 3)
Amount Per Serving Calories 339Total Fat 20gCarbohydrates 6gSugar 5gProtein 31g
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