Super Simple Mandarin Soy Salmon


Makes 2 servings


2 salmon fillets, 1-2cm thick

1 tsp sesame seeds

1 cup soy sauce or tamari

juice from 2 mandarins/clementines/tangerines or 1 orange (~1/4 cup)

1tbsp rice wine or other light cooking wine

1 tsp sesame oil

1tbsp high smoke point oil (coconut, safflower, canola)

½ tsp crushed black pepper

1tsp honey

½ tsp smoked paprika

½ tsp ground ginger or ½ inch freshly minced ginger

1 tsp cornstarch

1 scallion, diced (optional, for garnish)


  1. Make marinade: mix honey, soy sauce, mandarin juice, wine, oil, pepper, paprika, ginger
  2. Marinate Salmon: Add salmon to marinade or add marinade and salmon to large ziplock bag, seal and press out air. Store at room temperature 20-40 minutes or in fridge up to 2 hours
  3. Preheat oven: 20 min prior to baking preheat oven to high broil setting
  4. Dry and season salmon: Remove salmon from marinade (set aside marinade) to paper towels, and pat dry. Place on baking sheet and add untoasted sesame seeds and sprinkle with a pinch of sea salt. Drizzle or spread a tbsp of high smoke point oil (i.e. coconut oil, safflower, canola) onto salmon.
  5. Bake: 8-12 minutes or until center of thickest part is medium rare. Do not overcook if possible or it may dry out.
  6. Enjoy!: Remove from oven and serve immediately, with scallion garnish.

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