This healthy and easy wasabi salmon recipe looks fancy enough for guests, but it requires so little hands on time that you’ll cook it up any ole night.
I adore salmon. Why not? It’s loaded with protein, vitamins, selenium and anti-inflammatory omega-3 fatty acids. And eating fish is linked to less risk of developing heart disease. Actually, I like nearly all fish, but I cook salmon quite often because it’s easy to prepare, readily available and very versatile.
I ordered a dish similar to this one on vacation in Abingdon, Virginia. I liked it so much that I had to recreate it at home with a few healthy twists. It took a few tries, but alas, here it is. The combination of sweet honey and spicy wasabi is phenomenal. If you like a lot of spice, add more wasabi paste.
I recommend eating a variety fish (just like it’s a good idea to eat a variety of fruits, nuts and every other food group). Other fish high in omega-3 fatty acids are barramundi, black cod, Arctic char, trout, sardines and herring. To learn about making good choices for both your health and the health of the planet, check out the Monterey Bay Acquarium.
- 4 tablespoons lower sodium soy sauce
- 2 teaspoons freshly grated ginger
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 teaspoon wasabi paste, divided
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 4 salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each
- 2 tablespoons light mayonnaise
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- In a small bowl, make the marinade by whisking together the soy sauce, ginger, lime juice, 1 teaspoon of the wasabi paste and the honey.
- Place the salmon and the marinade in a plastic bag with a zipper seal. Marinate in the refrigerator for 15 - 30 minutes, but not longer.
- Place the marinated salmon fillets on a broiler pan. Discard the plastic bag with the remaining marinade.
- Bake for 20 minutes or until the salmon flakes with a fork (generally about 10 minutes per inch of thickness.
- While the salmon is baking, mix together the light mayonnaise and the remaining 1 teaspoon of wasabi paste. Serve with the salmon.
Let me know how you like this recipe and if you have a favorite easy salmon recipe that’s both quick for weeknights and fancy for guests.
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