by Henry Gould – Oct 14th, 2020
It’s no secret that fresh wild salmon is one of the best sources of protein you can eat. Loaded full of Omega-3 fatty acids, B Vitamins and other antioxidants, it’s not only delicious but arguably the healthiest fish, and maybe the healthiest animal protein – period.
Salmon tends to be more expensive than other proteins so it’s best to save it for when you can buy wild caught salmon as opposed to farmed, which unless it’s farmed on land, tends to be not so great for the ocean environment.
Sockeye salmon is popular in BC, but recent fisheries have been limited due to low returning stocks. Check out Finest At Sea on Arbutas St or The Fish Counter on Main St for two great fish stores that focus on sustainable fisheries.
This recipe is inspired by Asian flavors of soy sauce, ginger and garlic. It also favors cutting the fish into smaller strips to marinate and then cook, as more surface area gets exposed to the marinade.
Cooking under the broiler is great, but if you’re confident cooking fish on the BBQ go right ahead.
Sticky Soy Glazed Salmon
- 2 x 150-200g pieces of fresh Salmon (serves 2)
- 1 small piece of peeled ginger, grated
- 2 cloves of garlic, grated
- 1 jalapeno, cut into large chunks
- 1 cup Soy sauce
- 3 tbsp Sesame oil
- Black pepper
- Green onions, sliced finely
- Sesame seeds
- Steamed rice
Cut your pieces of salmon across the grain (opposite of lengthwise) into strips about the width of 2 fingers wide.
In a large bowl, mix the soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic, jalapeno and black pepper together. Add 2 tbsp of sugar and dissolve completely, then taste. It should have a good balance of sweet to salty. If it’s not quite sweet enough, add another tbsp and taste again.
Add the pieces of salmon and allow to marinate 1 – 4 hours (overnight would likely make them too salty).
Arrange your oven rack closest to the broiler. Get a large pan or sheet tray and cover in aluminum foil, then rub in oil to help the fish from sticking. Arrange the pieces of salmon on the foil, then sprinkle with sesame seeds. Stick under the broiler and cook for 2-3 minutes. Take out from the oven and brush with some of the marinade, then stick back under and continue cooking for another couples minutes.
Sprinkle with the greens onions and serve over steamed rice.