Asian Grilled Salmon with Soy, Maple, Ginger, and Sesame


This recipe for Asian grilled salmon was shared with us by my friend Janelle, who used to run a blog called Talk of Tomatoes. Janelle tends to be frugal, but she said this recipe was worth the expense of some rather pricey salmon steaks she splurged on. It’s sweet, salty, umami flavor pairs well with simple sides, like rice and broccoli or bok choy. And it’s very easy to make with only a few minutes of hands-on prep time. But you might want to plan ahead, since the fish should marinate for at least a couple of hours.

Asian Grilled Salmon Recipe with Maple, Soy, Ginger, and Sesame. Dairy-free, gluten-free option.

Special Diet Notes: Asian Grilled Salmon

By ingredients, this recipe is dairy-free / non-dairy, egg-free, optionally gluten-free, nut-free, and peanut-free.

Asian Grilled Salmon with Soy, Maple, and Sesame
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This recipe was adapted from the June 2007 issue of Food & Wine.
Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Asian
Serves: 4 servings
  • ¼ cup soy sauce or wheat-free tamari (for gluten-free)
  • 3 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 4 (8-ounce) salmon steaks, 1 inch thick
  • 1 (2-inch) piece fresh ginger, peeled and minced
  • 4 to 5 garlic cloves, minced
  • Sliced scallions or sesame seeds, for garnish (optional)
  1. In a shallow dish, whisk together the soy sauce, maple syrup, and sesame oil. Add the steaks in a single layer, and turn to coat with the marinade.
  2. In a small bowl, stir together the ginger and garlic, then rub the mince on both sides of the salmon steaks.
  3. Cover and refrigerate the salmon for 2 hours, turning occasionally.
  4. Pour the salmon marinade into a small saucepan, and bring to a boil. Boil for around 3 minutes, or until syrupy.
  5. Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. Cook the steaks for 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  6. Plate the fish, and pour the marinade over top. Garnish with scallions or sesame seeds, if desired.

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About Author

Alisa is the founder of, Food Editor for Allergic Living magazine, and author of the best-selling dairy-free book, Go Dairy Free: The Guide and Cookbook for Milk Allergies, Lactose Intolerance, and Casein-Free Living, and the new cookbook, Eat Dairy Free: Your Essential Cookbook for Everyday Meals, Snacks, and Sweets. Alisa is also a professional recipe creator and product ambassador for the natural food industry.

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