Salmon With Savory Fish Sauce Glaze

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Salmon is a beloved fish appreciated for its rich texture, heart-healthy fats, and versatility in the kitchen. But sometimes, even the most delicious protein can benefit from a flavor boost. Enter the magic of fish sauce! This Southeast Asian staple adds a unique savory depth that complements salmon beautifully.

This recipe unlocks the potential of fish sauce, creating a simple yet incredibly flavorful marinade that elevates your salmon game. It’s perfect for grilling, pan-frying, or baking, and requires minimal effort for maximum impact.

Salmon with Herb & Garlic Cream Sauce - RecipeTin Eats
Salmon with Herb & Garlic Cream Sauce – RecipeTin Eats


1 pound salmon fillets (skin-on or skinless, your preference)

  • ¼ cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • ½ teaspoon Sriracha (optional, for a touch of heat)
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • Instructions:

    1. Marinate the Salmon: In a large bowl, whisk together the fish sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, lime juice, garlic, ginger, Sriracha (if using), and vegetable oil. Season with black pepper. Add the salmon fillets to the marinade, ensuring they’re evenly coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to overnight for deeper flavor.

    2. Cook the Salmon: Preheat your grill, oven, or pan to medium-high heat. Once hot, remove the salmon from the marinade and discard the marinade (don’t reuse it for food safety reasons). Season the salmon with additional black pepper, if desired.

    Grilling: Grill the salmon fillets for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and slightly flaky.

    Pan-frying: Heat a drizzle of oil in a pan. Add the salmon fillets and cook for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and slightly flaky.

    Baking: Preheat your oven to 400°F (200°C). Place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 12-15 minutes, or until cooked through and slightly flaky.

    3. Serve: Flake the cooked salmon with a fork and serve immediately with your favorite sides, like steamed rice, roasted vegetables, or a simple salad.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    This recipe yields approximately 4 servings. Please note that nutrition information can vary depending on the specific ingredients used.

    Calories: 350

  • Fat: 18g
  • Saturated Fat: 4g
  • Protein: 40g
  • Carbohydrates: 10g
  • Sugar: 5g
  • Sodium: 800mg (depending on the fish sauce brand)

  • Conclusion

    This fish sauce marinade adds a whole new dimension of flavor to your salmon, making it a guaranteed crowd-pleaser. The combination of savory, sweet, and slightly spicy notes creates a depth of taste that will leave you wanting more.

    With its simplicity and incredible results, this recipe is sure to become a go-to for your weeknight meals. So, fire up the grill, preheat the oven, or heat up your pan, and get ready to experience salmon like never before!

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I substitute another type of sauce for the fish sauce?

    While fish sauce is the key ingredient in this recipe, you can substitute soy sauce in a pinch. However, the flavor profile will be slightly different. Soy sauce offers a more salty and umami flavor, while fish sauce adds a complex savory depth with a hint of sweetness.

    2. How long can I marinate the salmon?

    You can marinate the salmon for as little as 30 minutes, or up to overnight. Longer marinating times will result in a deeper flavor penetration. However, marinating for more than 24 hours can make the salmon slightly mushy.

    3. What if I don’t have Sriracha?

    No problem! You can omit the Sriracha altogether for a milder flavor. If you still want a touch of heat, you can substitute red pepper flakes or a pinch of cayenne pepper.

    4. Can I reuse the marinade?

    No, it’s not recommended to reuse the marinade for food safety reasons. The marinade has been in contact with raw salmon, which can harbor bacteria. Discard the marinade after use.

    5. What are some good side dishes to serve with this salmon?