Slow Baked Asian Salmon
This Asian salmon is slow-baked and always turns out flaky and tender. It is the easiest Asian salmon recipe that's packed with flavor from the most delicious honey soy marinade. You will love it!
This is a salmon recipe that we've been making for years. The simple glaze has that irresistible sweet and salty thing going on and the salmon always turns out tender.
We have two well-loved methods for cooking salmon. One is quick and one is slow. If you're in a hurry and are willing to pay close attention, opt for the quick baked salmon. If you want a salmon recipe that you don't have to fuss over and is nearly impossible to overcook, go with this slow-baked Asian salmon.
Why we love slow baked Asian salmon
Let's be honest … most of the time when we eat salmon it's dry, tough and not all that exciting. Right? Right. I'm going to share with you the trick to cooking tender, juicy and absolutely perfect salmon. Wanna hear it?
It's called: Low and Slow
You see, every time you put your salmon in a hot oven or on a hot BBQ the proteins in it seize up and turn an otherwise yummy fish into a rock. You don't want that.
By cooking the salmon at a low temperature you let it slowly heat up. It has time to chillax and the proteins relax with it. What you're left with is salmon that looks almost the same as it did when it went into your oven but is fully cooked and still super tender.
It'll take a little longer to cook through than you're used to but trust me, this is the way you want to cook your salmon.
One of the things I love most about making this Asian salmon is that it literally takes me about 5 minutes before it's in the oven and I can sit down and get back to watching cat videos. Wait, did I just say that? I meant to say get back to reading super important, intellectual books, obviously.
Because this salmon takes a little longer to cook you will want to start dinner at least 40 minutes before you plan on eating it.
How to make slow baked Asian salmon
- Lay a piece of aluminum foil on the counter.
- Put the salmon on top of it.
- Mix the honey, sesame oil, ginger, and the few other delicious Asian flavors and pour them over the salmon.
- Bundle the salmon up so that it is in a sealed package and pop it in the oven.
- Go sit down, watch cat videos, or make a cocktail. Don't come back to the kitchen for at least 40 minutes.
See how easy that was?
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What to serve with Asian salmon?
This salmon will be the star of the show, so the sides can be pretty simple. We often make our Best Roasted Broccoli recipe and crank the heat in the oven up after the salmon comes out so that the broccoli crisps. If you're quite hungry, a pot of rice or quinoa is a good idea. Here are a few of our other favorite sides.
- Sauteed Green Beans with Garlic
- Simple Cauliflower Rice
- Sauteed Asparagus with Garlic and Parmesan
- Paleo Cauliflower Fried Rice
- Miso Butter Roasted Radishes
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Other Amazing Salmon Recipes:
- Asian Honey Glazed Salmon and Green Beans
- Salmon Cakes with Avocado Tartar Sauce
- Lemon Salmon Burgers with Lemon Dill Sauce
- Slow Baked Chili Salmon
- Coconut Orange Poached Salmon
Slow Baked Asian Salmon Recipe
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- 1 ½ lb. salmon fillet
- 3 tablespoons honey
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce, gluten-free or coco aminos, as needed
- 1 tablespoon sesame oil
- 1 inch piece of ginger, very finely minced
- 1 clove garlic, very finely minced
- Optional: 1 finely chopped red chili
- For garnish: toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions
- Preheat your oven to 200 degrees Fahrenheit.
- Lay a piece of aluminum foil that is large enough to wrap the salmon in on a baking sheet. Place the salmon on top.1 ½ lb. salmon fillet
- In a small bowl mix together the honey, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger and garlic. Pour the glaze over the salmon and wrap the aluminum foil loosely around the salmon.3 tablespoons honey, 2 tablespoons soy sauce, 1 tablespoon sesame oil, 1 inch piece of ginger, 1 clove garlic, Optional: 1 finely chopped red chili
- Bake in the preheated oven for about 40 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Another way to check for doneness is to insert an instant read thermometer into the thickest part of the salmon. You want the temperature to be 140 degrees fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius).
- Serve the salmon with some sesame seeds and green onions sprinkled over the top.For garnish: toasted sesame seeds and sliced green onions
Absolutely delicious! I’ve made it at least a half dozen times, following the recipe exactly. It’s our new go-to favorite for salmon. Before discovering this recipe, I used to marinate then cook in a grill pan on the stove top. Tasty, but dealing with the heat and mess was a pain. This preparation takes the same amount of time, but is so easy, and I don’t have to worry about overcooking. Since I don’t have a double oven, I serve it with mashed potatoes or rice, and asparagus wrapped in paper towels cooked in the microwave, a la Alton Brown.
Very, very good.
I baked exactly as directed and it was raw after 40 minutes. I ended up broiling it for 6 minutes and it cooked then. Gave it 3 stars since the sauce was great and tasted wonderful after broiling it.
Just made this for me and my husband tonight with some rice and honey roasted carrots , ??? you could say that this dish is absolutely AMAZING. We both love salmon and this just upped its game by 100% taste absolutely delicious. Also the honey roasted carrots .. to die for. Such a good side dish and I could eat those all day long ???????
The flavors are amazing in this recipe
My wife didn’t eat any so I at it all. Now she wishes she would have. Will definitely make this again
I added cilantro just because I love it
I followed the recipe exactly and it turned out great. The salmon was tender (for once!) and the glaze was really tasty. Thank you for the recipe!
That’s wonderful to hear! Thanks, Manny!
Wow this glaze tasted amazing!!
I’m so happy to hear it was a win!!
Love this receipe 200F for 40 minutes was not enough cooking time for my salmon i changed it to 325 for 25 minutes. It had a lot of juice so I hope it won’t dry. I made this receipe before for my family and they loved it. I can’t remember what tempurature I used though. also I bought my salmon in the frozen section where it was prepackaged and it was very thick cut.
I’m so happy you like the recipe!
Looking for healthy, low calorie meals, and this salmon looks scrumptious and very easy to make. Thank you very much. I can’t wait to try it and to enjoy browsing through your other delicicous looking creations.
You’re so welcome, Karin! Thanks for stopping by The Endless Meal!!
Sounds delicious but 200 degrees sounds pretty hot for 40 minutes cooking time. I’m worried it’s going to dry up??
Oh no not at a all! 200 degrees fahrenheit (not celsius!) is close to as low as most ovens go. It’s actually pretty hard to overcook a thicker fish, like salmon, when it’s being cooked at 200 degrees. If you’re worried about it at all you can always check it earlier.
This looks really good!
I would like to cook this also but do you know how many minutes the salmon needs when it’s in 4 seperate pieces instead of 1 big piece? I bought salmon fillets …
Thanks for the recipe!
Thank you so much! I would start with 30 minutes, then have a peek to see how they’re coming along. They will take a little less time, but not a lot less.
Hope that helps!
thanks for the tip, Your pictures are beautiful.
Thank you so much!! 🙂