Tuesday, 5 April 2011

Pan Seared Chilli Soy-Marinated Salmon with Sesame Spinach

Finally! A horrible two weeks of deadlines after deadlines is over!

And to treat myself, I decided to slowly marinate a piece of salmon steak in spicy garlicky tamari and sesame oil for a couple of hours instead of my throw-it-all-together meals the past few days. The actual cooking and preparation time is still very short though, and there's nothing extremely unique or wow about this, but it's one of my favourite (comfort) flavour combinations.

Pan Seared Chilli Soy-Marinated Salmon
serves 1
1 piece salmon steak
1 tbsp groundnut oil 

2 tsp soy sauce (naturally fermented and aged, I used tamari)
1/2 tsp sesame oil
1 small clove garlic, grated
1 cm piece of ginger, grated
1/2 tsp chilli flakes
1/2 tsp unrefined cane sugar

1. Combine marinade ingredients and cover the salmon with it. Leave in the fridge for a couple of hours. Remove from marinade and bring to room temperature 20 min before cooking.
2. Over medium-high heat, add the oil in a pan and place the salmon into the hot pan. Don't keep poking it, or you won't get a nice sear. Salmon steaks are a bit trickier than the fillets because I can't see the colour change along the sides, but I give it an estimate of about 2 minutes before flipping over and letting it cook for another 1-2 min. Remember tt will continue cooking off the heat.

Sesame Spinach
2 big handfuls of spinach
2 tsp sesame oil
2 cloves garlic, chopped finely

1. Heat the sesame oil in a pan and add the chopped garlic, stirring often till they get browned.
2. Meanwhile, wilt the spinach in boiling water or you can steam it. Refresh in cold water.
3. Toss with the garlic-infused sesame oil.

Sprinkle the toasted garlic all over the spinach and the salmon and serve with rice!

Salty spicy and sweet with the aroma of toasted sesame and garlic --Ah, happy (:


  1. This looks so good- I love salmon and greens!

    Thanks for the reminder to do more marinating.


  2. This looks like a wonderfully healthy meal. I love the deep flavors of this salmon dish.

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  4. I am the biggest salmon fan. This is a worthy recipe and I hope to make it soon.

  5. Yummy Shu Han! I love Salmon and Spinach...but haven't tried cooking them together like this! You gave me another salmon recipe to try...thanks! :-*

  6. I don't know about that - your dish looks "wow" to me :) Sometimes the simplest combinations are the best...fresh ingredients, the perfect blend of flavors, and talented preparation...lovely!

    Thanks for sharing at the Hearth and Soul Hop!


  7. Wow!! Your recipes ALWAYS impress me :)

  8. This sounds really good, and the presentation is beautiful. Thanks for stopping by Texas Cottage and letting me know about your recipe. I definitely need to try this.