Easiest Asian-inspired salmon dinner.

Seriously.  Easiest thing ever.  You only use one pan, and measure nothing. Which means less cleanup.

You can probably put the whole thing together in the time it takes to listen to “The Shape of You.”  Or “Cold,” the new one from Maroon 5 and Future.  Which is kind of growing on me.  Just don’t watch the video right before bed.

asian salmon eliz

But back to the salmon…like pretty much everything I post, this meal is paleo, primal, gluten free, grain free, dairy free, low carb and meets the requirements of a Whole30.  And my vegan friends could just leave out the fish sauce and sub tofu for the salmon.  

Oh yeah…and it tastes great.  Because otherwise why waste your time, right?  The mix of ginger and sesame is nice when you are craving Asian inspired flavors but don’t want sticky sweet teriyaki.

So here’s what I used:

Wild salmon is the only kind I will buy.  Alaskan Sockeye is my favorite, and that’s what I used here.  Salmon is an awesome source of protein, omega 3 fatty acids, and antioxidants like astaxanthin that are awesome for your skin.  Fatty fish is even good for the health of your brain.

If you want to know why I pick wild over farmed salmon, read this post:

We were waiting for our toes to dry…

Broccoli is one of my favorite veggies, for taste and nutrition.  Cruciferous veggies are loaded with antioxidants and may protect against certain forms of cancer.  Not only that, they can be helpful for hormonal balancing.

Fresh ginger is another favorite of mine.  I use it for tea, in green drinks, and pretty much anywhere else it fits in.  I love the bright, spicy taste, and ginger is loaded with antioxidants that protect against aging.  Isn’t that what we all want?

Other ingredients I used were fish sauce, coconut aminos, and sesame oil.  And a little bit of avocado oil to grease my giant baking sheet.

Fish sauce is a staple in Southeast Asian cuisine and gives that umami flavor.  It’s made from fermented fish, which sounds gross but somehow works.  You can find it in the Asian section of most grocery stores, and a bottle will last you forever, since you really just need a few drops.  Look for one with clean ingredients…mine was pretty much anchovies and salt.

Coconut aminos are used instead of soy sauce.  But hey, if all you have on hand is soy sauce, don’t let that stop you.  Coconut aminos have a similar taste, but are made from coconut instead of soy.  They are also lower in sodium and are GMO free.  These may be a little harder to find but that’s what Amazon is for!

Sesame oil is so amazing…I can’t get enough of it.  You can also find this in the Asian section of the grocery store.

I use avocado oil in the kitchen frequently, even if it’s just to grease the pan.  It withstands higher heat than some oils, and I like the flavor.  As much as I love coconut oil, I don’t think the flavor goes with everything I cook.  I get my avocado oil from Primal Kitchen.

asian salmon plate

So here’s what I did.  If you need precise measurements, this is not the recipe for you!  But I love throwing things together and not feeling like everything needs to be perfect.

Easiest Asian-inspired salmon dinner

Salmon filet (mine was just under a pound)

Fresh broccoli florets (as many as you want)

Avocado oil

Fresh ginger

Fish sauce

Coconut aminos

Sesame oil

Preheat oven to 375 degrees

Drizzle a little avocado oil on your baking sheet.  I used a paper towel to spread it around.  Lay your salmon on the baking sheet, skin side down.  Surround it with broccoli florets.  Peel a chunk of ginger and grate it right over the salmon and broccoli.  Then lightly sprinkle the fish sauce, coconut aminos and sesame oil all over.

Pop the whole thing in the oven and check for doneness after 10 minutes.  Mine took 15 for the salmon to be nice and flaky and the broccoli done to my liking.  


Can this easy recipe help you feel happy, healthy and hot?  Hell yes!

You’ll be happy eating something so delicious and easy…with just one pan to clean.  The ingredients are incredibly healthy.  Eating this way can support weight loss and gorgeous skin…very hot!


Primal Kitchen Avocado Oil

Coconut Aminos




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