I have a habit of falling into long, energetic discussions about cooking (surprised?). One topic that especially gets me gabbing is go-to ideas. Fast and easy baked salmon recipes like this Soy Ginger Salmon are at the top of my list!

Baked Soy Ginger Salmon – the best, easiest recipe for PERFECT cooked salmon! Moist and flavorful, with a delicious honey soy ginger glaze. Fast enough for busy weeknight dinners, but special enough for company. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

My most recent cooking-themed conversation was with my hairstylist. Mid-cut, she asked if I ever found myself cooking the same thing over and over again. (Apparently she was having an interlude with all things sesame/ginger and was curious if I’d gone through similar phases.) Guess which recipe I couldn’t wait to tell her about…

SOY GINGER SALMON!

Salmon is my answer whenever anyone asks about my go-to weeknight meals. We eat some iteration of it almost once a week.

I realize that describing salmon as a go-to dinner sounds a bit pinkies-up, but I promise the only thing fancy about this salmon recipe is how accomplished you’ll feel after you make it.

Salmon is healthy and versatile, and the fact that I spent the majority of my adult life being terrified to cook a piece of fish yet managed to nail baked salmon on my first attempt should tell you that anyone (and I mean anyone) can cook this Soy Ginger Salmon recipe with success!

Easy Soy Ginger Salmon – a quick and easy recipe for busy weeknight dinners. Simple baked salmon, topped with a honey soy ginger glaze. Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Soy Ginger Salmon—An Easy Recipe Everyone Loves (and Anyone Can Make!)

Aside from the few of my mother’s unsuccessful attempts to persuade us to eat tuna noodle casserole or fish sticks, we ate very little fish growing up. Even if you had told me as recently as two years ago that I’d start making salmon for dinner at least once a week, I probably would not have believed you.

Fast forward to today: this Baked Salmon in Foil makes regular appearances in our home, especially if I’m hosting a party or want yummy, healthy leftovers. Ben loves that particular salmon so much that when I told him I was going to make a new salmon recipe with an Asian spin, I thought there might be mutiny.

Guess which version is his favorite now?

Soy Ginger Salmon – Easy baked salmon, topped with a honey soy ginger glaze. Perfect every time! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

When I’m looking to cook smaller portions of fish (this Spicy Baked Salmon, for example, is fabulous, but it yields a larger amount than I sometimes need) or if I’m craving a fresh twist, today’s Soy Ginger Salmon is my pick.

It’s filling, lively, and the chili soy garlic sauce will dance on your taste buds.

You can use this recipe to cook as many or as few fillets as you like, so it’s simple to scale to suit one, two, or a few. (For another scalable salmon recipe, check out my Whole30 Salmon.)

Making Soy Ginger Salmon

The method I describe in this recipe is for a seared then baked honey ginger salmon. If you have a skillet, a stove, and an oven, you can make it!

  • First, the salmon is seared on one side. Make sure your pan is screamin’ hot or the salmon will stick. This creates a super satisfying crust on the outside. You’ll love sinking your fork into it!
  • Next, you brush an easy soy ginger glaze all over the fish. It’s like a soy ginger marinade but WAY faster, because the fish doesn’t need to rest in it in advance.
  • Last, the salmon goes into the oven to bake for a few minutes, until it’s tender and flaky.

{If you prefer a grilled soy ginger salmon, you could use the same soy ginger glaze recipe but cook the fish on the grill instead.}

This Soy Ginger Salmon takes fewer than 20 minutes and tastes like it came from a restaurant. Your salmon will be crisp on the outside and moist on the inside, and you’ll have only one pan to wash in the end!

Soy Ginger Salmon – a quick and easy honey soy ginger glazed salmon, topped with spring onions. Simple and DELICIOUS! Recipe at wellplated.com | @wellplated

Serving Soy Ginger Salmon

We garnished our Soy Ginger Salmon with spring onions and sesame seeds, but if you are particularly pressed for time or ingredients, it tastes lovely without them too. For a complete meal, try this Soy Ginger Salmon with rice (this brown rice is my go-to) and simply steamed or sautéed veggies.

I also like to make extra Soy Ginger Salmon and use the leftovers to top a salad the next day for lunch.

This Soy Ginger Salmon topped the charts in our kitchen, and I hope it becomes a greatest hit for you too!

Recommended Tools to Make Soy Ginger Salmon

  • Cast-iron skillet: If you don’t own one yet, this recipe is the perfect excuse! You can use a different sturdy skillet, but cast iron really will give you the best sear.
  • Fish spatula: I use this for EVERYTHING (veggies, pancakes, eggs), and yes, I use it for fish like this soy ginger salmon too.

Soy Ginger Salmon

Yield: 2 servings
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
20 mins
Baked Soy Ginger Salmon—An easy, foolproof recipe for moist and flavorful baked salmon with honey soy ginger glaze. Simple, healthy, and delicious!

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic — minced (about 2 teaspoons)
  • 2 teaspoons grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic-chili paste — sriracha, or 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 pound skin-on salmon fillet* — at room temperature, cut into 3–4 portions
  • 2 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • Chopped green onions — for serving
  • Toasted sesame seeds — for serving

Instructions

  1. Place a rack in the center of your oven and preheat to 425 degrees F. Place a large cast-iron skillet or other sturdy, ovenproof skillet on a burner set to high and heat for at least 10 minutes. You want the pan screaming hot or the salmon will stick to it.

  2. In a small saucepan, stir together the soy sauce, rice vinegar, garlic, and ginger. Bring to a simmer over medium high, then remove from heat and stir in the honey and chili paste. Reserve a few spoonfuls of the sauce in a separate bowl for serving.
  3. Drizzle the salmon with the olive oil and brush so that it is evenly coated. Place the salmon skin-side up on the hot skillet. Let cook for about 3 minutes, totally undisturbed, until the salmon forms a nice crust. When the salmon turns opaque on the sides and starts to turn opaque on top, use a flexible spatula to flip the salmon so that it is skin-side down. Brush or spoon the remaining glaze in the saucepan all over the top. Place the skillet immediately into the oven and let cook for 6 minutes (the salmon will appear a little undercooked in the center but will finish cooking as it rests). Remove from the oven and cover with foil. Let rest 4 to 5 minutes. Serve immediately, topped with reserved glaze, chopped green onion, and sesame seeds.

Recipe Notes

  • *You can also use salmon portions (smaller fillets), but be aware that they will bake more quickly. If you use sockeye salmon, please be aware that the fillets are thinner than Atlantic or farm-raised salmon, so it will both sear more quickly and bake more quickly.
  • Serving a crowd? Feel free to scale up this recipe to suite as many fillets as you need—just don't crowd them in the skillet or they will not sear properly.
  • This recipe is best enjoyed the day it is made. If you have leftovers, try letting them come to room temperature for about 10 minutes, then adding them to a salad or even scrambled eggs or scrambled tofu.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Chinese
Keyword: Healthy Baked Salmon, Soy Ginger Salmon

Nutrition Information

Amount per serving (1 (of 2)) — Calories: 338, Fat: 13g, Saturated Fat: 3g, Cholesterol: 150mg, Sodium: 1213mg, Carbohydrates: 9g, Sugar: 7g, Protein: 45g

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