Baked Asian Salmon in Foil is an easy weeknight dinner, but is impressive enough for guests on the weekend. The marinade is full of Asian ingredients which is key to this flavorful dish.
We are seafood lovers at our home, and try to eat salmon or some other type of fish at least once a week. So it’s time I get some fish recipes on the blog. My sister, Jackie, recently hinted about wanting some easy fish recipes. Like I told her, “You ask, I deliver”! 🙂
After I posted my Shrimp Fried Rice recently, I became a little Asian inspired. By inspired I mean, concocting ALL KINDS of Asian recipes in my head. I finally wrote one down for this Baked Asian Salmon, using a lot of the ingredients that I used in my Fried Rice.
ALL the ingredients are important for this recipe, so don’t skip any, if at all possible.
- low-sodium soy sauce
- chili paste
- oyster sauce
- brown sugar
- juice of one lime
The oyster sauce is KEY. I tried another Asian recipe without it, and it makes a HUGE difference.
I bought a three pound salmon fillet, but cut it in half for my Asian concoction. With only
three two of us around to eat (Zach is usually at Fuzzy’s with friends), one and a half pounds is plenty. We even had leftovers.
Skin-on salmon is my preferred cut, because it’s more tender and you can simply use a dull knife to peel it away. Just look at it the picture below. The salmon looks like butter, so soft and delicate.
About those chopsticks…YAASSS! Use them for the full experience. I bought a bunch, so whenever I serve Asian fare, I bring them out. The boys are pretty clumsy, but practice makes perfect.
Make this Asian recipe next: Shrimp Fried Rice
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Baked Asian Salmon in Foil
- 1.5 pounds salmon – skin on preferred
- 1/4 cup soy sauce
- 1 Tablespoon chili paste – or chili sauce
- 1 Tablespoon oyster sauce
- 3 Tablespoons brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- 1 lime freshly squeezed
- 2 cloves garlic – minced
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger – minced
- salt and pepper – to taste
- brown rice, edamame, cilantro – to serve
- Preheat oven to 375 degrees.
- Prepare a baking sheet by laying a large piece of foil on it. You will need enough to totally wrap the salmon.
- Place salmon on foil, skin side down. Season lightly with salt and pepper (optional). Fold foil partially up along the sides forming a shallow bowl for the marinade.
- Mix the marinade by whisking the soy sauce, chili paste, oyster sauce, brown sugar, sesame oil, fresh lime juice, garlic, and ginger. Pour over the salmon, making sure the marinade stays in the foil.
- Wrap the foil around the salmon, completely covering it. Bake for 20 – 25 minutes, depending on the the thickness of the salmon. You may need to cook for longer. Uncover for the last 5 minutes or so.
- Remove from oven (unwrapped) and let it sit for 5-7 minutes. Salmon should flake easily with a fork, but be careful to not over-cook.
- Serve with brown rice, cooked edamame, and a sprinkle of fresh cilantro.