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Right now, I’m staring blankly at this picture of hairy ginger.

Sort of freaky right?

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It’s last night.

I’m watching new-school 90210, as opposed to old-school 90210.

I’m realizing that my constant mention of television shows is making it sound like I 1. have no life and 2. am a complete couch potato.

I ate 5-day old soup for dinner followed by copious handfuls of mini chocolate chips.

That soup that was supposed to be my husband’s lunch today.

I strategically have a blanket placed over my head to cover my entire face when that stupid Silent House movie preview comes on during every single commercial break.

Am currently debating on emptying my remaining Kate Spade shopping cart contents… into my virtual bag. Also trying to figure out how I can strategically sleep on my hair-salonified mane while keeping it “country star big” for tomorrow. Which is really today. Which really just consists of cooking four recipes, eating four recipes, exercising and making a general mess of things – all deemed big hair worthy. Realizing that my current headache prooooobably has something to do with my big hair. But at least that headache gave me free reign to hang out and watch one of the greatest movies of all time: Father of the Bride.

My taste is impeccable.

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And I’m pretty sure that my capability of discussing any and everything BUT toasted sesame ginger salmon, including my current whereabouts and scattered brain, also have to do with this big hair. Because it just doesn’t seem right that you eat salmon with big hair. Right? I feel like I should be eating grits or something. And swallowing my stereotyping.

But… I’m going to break the rules.

It’s no secret that we are huge, huge salmon fans up in this piece. I love salmon every which waytil Sunday (whatever that means) but given my recent fascination with all things toasted and sesame-like, this rocked my tiny flavor bubble. Broiling the fish is my favorite way to prepare it since it develops a somewhat crunchy crust, but you can make this however you choose and have dinner on the table within an hour or less. We ate it with rice one night, had leftovers with pasta the next, and then finally my husband stuffed it between toasted buns for the most perfect sandwich ever. Don’t even say it.

And now I feel compelled to tell you that I haven’t eaten a single vegetable in three whole days. Things are looking up.

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Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon

Yield: serves 2 to 4


1 1/2 pounds raw salmon
1/4 cup olive oil
2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
2 tablespoons rice vinegar
2 tablespoons brown sugar
2 tablespoon soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, grated
1 tablespoons freshly grated ginger
1-2 tablespoons toasted sesame seeds
4 green onions, sliced

sesame ginger honey glaze
1/4 cup honey
1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
1 teaspoon soy sauce
1/2 teaspoon freshly grated ginger
1/2 teaspoons toasted sesame seeds


Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place a wire rack over top. Spray the rack with nonstick spray.

In a large bowl or baking dish, combine olive oil, sesame oil, soy sauce, garlic, ginger, vinegar, brown sugar and whisk well until combined. Add salmon to the dish or place everything in a ziplock bag, then refrigerate and marinate for 30 minutes.

Preheat the broiler in your oven. (Or preheat your grill, etc if you prefer to use something else.)

Remove salmon with kitchen tongs and place directly on the wire rack. Sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper, then place directly under the broiler. Cook for 10-12 minutes, depending on the salmon's thickness (our's was just about an inch thick), until opaque and easily flakable with a fork. You can flip the salmon halfway through cooking if desired.

Remove and serve immediately, with a sprinkling of toasted sesame seeds, green onions and the glaze below.

sesame ginger honey glaze
Combine all ingredients in a bowl and whisk until smooth. Pour over salmon.

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Tomorrow we eat dessert. If that’s okay with you.

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318 Responses to “Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon.”

  1. #
    Ali @ Peaches and Football — March 7, 2012 @ 8:02 am

    OK with me! Dessert tomorrow.

    I’m jealous – even with salon help I’d NEVER get close to country-star big hair. Mine is fine and flat. Boo


  2. #
    Sally @ sally's baking addiction — March 7, 2012 @ 8:03 am

    LOVE all of the dinner recipes lately Jessica! the sweet potato pasta and thai beef tacos are on my list to make sometime soon! Adding this one too. I still have to make your salmon bbq burgers too. oh man, i’m slacking!


  3. #
    Erika - The Teenage Taste — March 7, 2012 @ 8:05 am

    Once I ordered salmon with a ginger soy glaze at a restaurant. It was fabulous and now, thanks to you, I can make it on my own! :-D


  4. #
    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau — March 7, 2012 @ 8:08 am

    That looks so delightfully crispy. My favorite part of the salmon is the thinner end that gets all crunch and fatty. Oh my.


  5. #
    chelsey @ clean eating chelsey — March 7, 2012 @ 8:10 am

    i LOOOOVE father of the bride. And yes, that’s what I took away from this post. I’m sorry. I just got fixated on that and I can’t stop until I watch it!!!


  6. #
    Katharina — March 7, 2012 @ 8:11 am

    Oh this looks sooo good. I have a similar recipe of your sesame ginger honey glaze and I´m gonna combine it with chicken, early leeks, mint, ginger and pomegranate this week…


  7. #
    kathleen @ the daily crumb — March 7, 2012 @ 8:15 am

    i love salmon, don’t get me wrong, but that last sentence mention of dessert has me counting down the minutes til tomorrow!


  8. #
    Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers — March 7, 2012 @ 8:23 am

    Your so funny with your 901210. I never watched the original one and watched the first 2 years of the new one, but I just can’t get into it. I heard it’s on the list of shows to be cancelled this year. The salmon looks so yummy, the glaze over top looks incredible.


  9. #
    Kelly — March 7, 2012 @ 8:40 am

    Looks wonderful!!


  10. #
    Cassie — March 7, 2012 @ 8:41 am

    These are my go-to flavors for salmon. Love the glaze!!


  11. #
    Morgan {Confections from the Cody Kitchen} — March 7, 2012 @ 8:46 am

    I’ve made sesame salmon, but never with ginger…yum!

    Does anyone know how long fresh ginger stored in the fridge stays good? I’ve searched online, but received several different answers….


    • Stephanie — March 7th, 2012 @ 8:54 am

      i’m not sure how long it stays, but i keep mine wrapped in the freezer. just as easy to grate


    • Jessica — March 7th, 2012 @ 8:55 am

      I think it’s better to keep it in the freezer as opposed to the fridge – then it lasts for months.


    • Crickle — March 7th, 2012 @ 9:38 am

      Always always in the freezer. It thaws amazingly quickly so no worries about that, it’s pretty much ready to go as soon as you peel the section you want to use, and as Stephanie said, it makes it easier to grate (or shave or slice very thin). And it lasts, FOREVER. Even if it gets freezer burned, I’ve had a piece in mine for a couple years and it was still good.


  12. #
    Sara — March 7, 2012 @ 8:48 am

    I love salmon also – and do green onions count as a vegetable?? I say yes :) I watched Father of the Bride 2 the other day – not as good as the original!


  13. #
    Blog is the New Black — March 7, 2012 @ 8:56 am

    I do NAHT do salmon, but I would lvoe this on chicken. YUM!


  14. #
    Villy @ For the love of Feeding — March 7, 2012 @ 9:01 am

    Best father-daughter movie EVER! :) I love salmon and this looks like a perfect way to prepare it!


  15. #
    betty — March 7, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    i hate that i hate salmon.. and cilantro. it’s everywhere. and i want to like them.. i just cant seem to force my tastebuds to like them.


  16. #
    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat — March 7, 2012 @ 9:03 am

    So much amazingness going on in this post! Firstly, the salmon and the freshly grated ginger – LOVE! I bought a boatload (well, not quite, but close) of salmon for recipe testing this week and one fillet will be specifically reserved for this! And on the big hair front… as Gretchen Weiners says on Mean Girls, it must “be full of secrets”, and in your case, awesome recipes!


  17. #
    Ronda — March 7, 2012 @ 9:17 am

    Big hair is awesome and will be making this salmon. Maybe with big hair maybe not, ooh I think it could be really good with grits I will be traveling south this weekend so let the big hair party begin.


  18. #
    Kim in MD — March 7, 2012 @ 9:30 am

    My family loves salmon, and I can’t wait to try this recipe! I know it will be a huge hit in our house! Father Of The Bride is one of the best movies…EVER! :-)


  19. #
    Amanda at the red table — March 7, 2012 @ 9:32 am

    Yum! Love me some salmon too. This looks like a winner!


  20. #
    Crickle — March 7, 2012 @ 9:39 am

    I want to live in your kitchen and steal your food…


  21. #
    Claire @ Live and Love to Eat — March 7, 2012 @ 9:51 am

    That glaze looks incredible!


  22. #
    Mary Cottingham — March 7, 2012 @ 10:02 am

    I am literally drooling over that salmon, even though it’s only 9am, and I’m not really a “fish in the morning” person. Sad that I can’t make it til the weekend, because DH just left on a business trip, and I’m planning to lose 20lbs. before he gets back on Saturday. Definitely making it on the weekend!! Thanks.


  23. #
    Jennifer — March 7, 2012 @ 10:14 am

    Am I banned from reading your blog if I say I like when you post savory recipes like this one? They just look so good!


    • Jessica — March 7th, 2012 @ 10:23 am

      Never! I like cooking better than baking. :)


  24. #
    Margaret — March 7, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Oh man, your intro was making me crack up! And these pictures are gorgeous. I know what I’ll be doing with the silverbrite salmon in my freezer in a couple days… good timing!


  25. #
    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen — March 7, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    If my wallet wouldn’t rebel, I’d eat salmon every single night. But since I’m a snob and only buy Wild Alaskan King, it only happens like 1-2 times a week. I’m in love with this recipe. So much deliciousness going on :)


    • Jessica — March 7th, 2012 @ 10:23 am

      I feel your pain. Trust me.


  26. #
    Kelly @ Laughter, Strength, and Food — March 7, 2012 @ 10:16 am

    Not going to lie….the ginger picture creeped me out. ;-)


  27. #
    Chelsy — March 7, 2012 @ 10:27 am

    No way…I watched Father of the Bride last night too! That is my fave movie of all time! I wanted to be Annie…or Kimberley Williams Paisley when I was little…still do! baha!


  28. #
    Elizabeth @ chronic venture — March 7, 2012 @ 10:29 am

    mmm this glaze looks absolutely delicious!


  29. #
    Lori @ RecipeGirl — March 7, 2012 @ 10:32 am

    Everything about this looks absolutely perfect. I adore salmon in every way!!


  30. #
    Heather (Heather's Dish) — March 7, 2012 @ 10:46 am

    Why oh why am I not eating this right now?! I want it for breakfast!


  31. #
    The Mrs @ Success Along the Weigh — March 7, 2012 @ 10:49 am

    I am salivating over that baby! I can’t wait to make it. We’re adding salmon back into the diet and this is a great recipe!


  32. #
    Kelsey@ ReadySetFeast — March 7, 2012 @ 10:53 am

    I don’t even fancy salmon but I’m pretty sure i NEED this.


  33. #
    Emilie @ Emilie's Enjoyables — March 7, 2012 @ 11:35 am

    love all things Salmon, especially when you add honey


  34. #
    Liz @ Tip Top Shape — March 7, 2012 @ 11:38 am

    This looks delish!! And I love your tv rambling! Makes me feel better about my own tv ramblings, lol.


  35. #
    Kaylee — March 7, 2012 @ 11:45 am

    Is toasted sesame oil different than regular sesame oil?


  36. #
    Bev Weidner — March 7, 2012 @ 11:52 am

    Father of the BRIIIIIIDE. Oh, my freaking heart.

    And that salmon? STOP. And then get it in my mouth hole.


  37. #
    sara — March 7, 2012 @ 12:15 pm

    This looks wonderful! What a tasty-looking piece of salmon! :)


  38. #
    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy — March 7, 2012 @ 12:37 pm

    This looks delicious! I bet it would be wonderful grilled! Since Minnesota is having a warm spell I want to grill everything!


  39. #
    Krysten @ Mrs. Schwartz's Kitchen — March 7, 2012 @ 12:45 pm

    I don’t even like fish but I need this in my belly. NOW.


  40. #
    Tina @ mylifeasamrs — March 7, 2012 @ 1:14 pm

    I hate salmon, but this recipe (and these photos) make me think I love it! ;) haha and that says a lot!


  41. #
    Lisa [With Style and Grace] — March 7, 2012 @ 1:19 pm

    I want, I want, I want !!


  42. #
    Kelli H (Made in Sonoma) — March 7, 2012 @ 1:27 pm

    Holy yum.


  43. #
    Lora @cakeduchess — March 7, 2012 @ 1:36 pm

    I love old 90210 and LOVE love your salmon. Toasted sesame with ginger is perfect together. Your photos are stunning of something that can be a not that exciting. You rock, as always.


  44. #
    From Valerie's Kitchen — March 7, 2012 @ 1:38 pm

    This is gorgeous and oh, so Pinworthy.


  45. #
    Vivian — March 7, 2012 @ 1:45 pm

    I’ve been following your blog for a while now, your recipes are ah-mazing and I think you’re so hilarious! This recipe looks fantastic, it’s what’s for dinner tonight. Oh! And your cans-of-coconut-milk-in-the-fridge problem?? Make breakfast pina coladas…frozen bananas with pineapple (or even oranges?)…and if you throw in some rum I won’t tell and no one on here will judge (heck, we’ll do the same thing). If you make this, please post the recipe!


  46. #
    Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips — March 7, 2012 @ 2:03 pm

    Cracking up about the chocolate chips. I have done that way too many times in the past couple of months. More than I care to admit to. Except I did if AFTER I had already eaten dinner.

    This may go on my menu for a Lent Friday. I try to get myself to eat salmon, but I need ti to have lots of other strong flavors. I think this will fit the bill.


  47. #
    Margarita — March 7, 2012 @ 2:09 pm

    Everything in this salmon looks wonderful!


  48. #
    Natalie @ Cooking for My Kids — March 7, 2012 @ 2:11 pm

    I cannot even tell you how much I love your recipes and your blog. I look so forward to you posts every day. This salmon looks AMAZING, and I cannot wait to try it.


  49. #
    LisaG — March 7, 2012 @ 2:22 pm

    oh man this looks good. I may try it with some mahi I have. I think the onions can count as you eating a vegetable right?!


  50. #
    Maren — March 7, 2012 @ 3:18 pm

    This might be inappropriate, but this is what I said when I saw the pictures, “holy shit this looks good”.


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