Sesame ginger salmon is a huge win for Asian inspired salmon. We eat salmon at least once a week. It’s our favorite fish because it’s versatile, flavorful, and good for you. We have a few simple go-to recipes, however recently I’ve been experimenting with more diverse ingredients.
This recipe is a spin-off of my very popular salmon/trout in foil with garlic butter. If you haven’t tried that recipe yet, it’s one for the books…except for us, right now.
Ginger salmon is a winner because it’s so simple with minimal cleanup. It’s also packed with so much flavor thanks to the freshly grated ginger and honey.
I’d describe this as a sweet and savory sauce with a kick of fresh ginger and sriracha. The honey will caramelize under the broiler, giving your salmon a slightly sticky glaze.
How to Cook Salmon in Foil
If you’ve never cooked salmon in foil, today is the day to start. The foil seals the flavors and juices in and keeps whatever sauce or rub you’re using in close contact with the salmon while it cooks.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper and place on a large piece of greased tin foil. Fold up all four sides of the foil slightly to prevent the sauce from spilling out. Pour your ginger gaze over the salmon.
- Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon covering completely, and seal into a closed packet. Place on oven rack and bake until cooked through, usually about 15-20 minutes.
Sesame Ginger Glaze
The sesame ginger glaze is a simple mix of garlic, grated fresh ginger (don’t substitute with the dry spice, it just doesn’t compare!), sesame oil, honey, fresh lime juice, and a dash of sriracha (add more for more prominent heat).
It’s tangy, sweet, and has a subtle kick. Douse a piece of salmon with this sauce, wrap in a foil packet, and throw in the oven. No frills.
Finish With a Broil
Whenever I cook salmon or trout in foil, I always opt for an uncovered, 5-minute broil at the very end. This lends a crispy final touch that slightly sears and caramelizes the outer crust and gives you a delicious browned finish.
More Salmon Recipes You’ll Love
- Bourbon glazed salmon
- Grilled cedar plank salmon
- Salmon piccata
- Salmon with creamy avocado sauce
- Grilled salmon with basil butter
- Blackened salmon with cilantro lime butter
- Cilantro lime salmon in foil
Baked salmon topped with a sweet ginger glaze made with fresh ginger, honey, lime juice, and a pinch of sriracha.
- 1 pound salmon filet
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- green onions, chopped
- Salt and pepper, to taste
Sesame Ginger Glaze
- 1 tablespoon ginger root, grated
- 1/2 teaspoon sriracha (add more if you want extra spice)
- 2 tablespoons honey
- Juice from half a lime
- 1–2 garlic cloves, minced
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- Preheat oven to 375° F.
- In a small bowl, mix together ginger glaze ingredients and set aside.
- Spray a sheet of aluminum foil with cooking spray and place the salmon fillet in the center (note: you may need to use two overlapped pieces of foil for larger surface area). Fold up all 4 sides of the foil. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
- Pour the ginger glaze over the entire piece of salmon. It’s okay if some pools around the sides.
- Fold the sides of the foil over the salmon, covering completely, and seal into a closed packet. Place on a baking sheet and bake until cooked through, about 15-20 minutes for medium.
- Remove from the oven and carefully open the foil, exposing the top of the fillet. Spoon some of the runoff ginger glaze over the top of the fillet, return to the oven and broil on high for 3-5 minutes for a browned top.
- Serve immediately garnished with green onions and sesame seeds.
Keywords: salmon in foil, ginger glazed salmon, sesame ginger salmon