salmon with asian-style glaze

glazed salmonI really love Asian flavors ~ the combination of sweet and savory is wonderful and can be interpreted in so many ways.

When it comes to baked salmon, although I’ve always liked the classic creamy-dill type sauce, after I tried it with an Asian flair I knew that was a perfect match for me!

This recipe is quick to put together and simple to bake off ~ you’ll have enough glaze for 3 pounds of fish.


  • 4 cloves garlic, minced or microplaned
  • 1 tablespoon fresh ginger, minced or microplaned
  • 2 tablespoons butter
  • 1 cup apricot and/or peach preserves
  • 1/4 cup fig and/or date preserves
  • 1/2 cup dark brown sugar
  • about 1/3 cup soy sauce or tamari, to taste
  • 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1/2 tablespoon peanut butter
  • pinch or so of pepper
Asian glaze

key flavors for a sweet & salty Asian sauce


  • In a medium saucepan, melt the butter; add the garlic and ginger and saute for a few minutes
  • Transfer the garlic-ginger mixture to a ramekin; set aside
  • Combine the remaining ingredients in saucepan, stirring until blended and heated through; add the garlic-ginger mixture and stir until incorporated
  • Take off heat, cover pan and set aside; leave the glaze to sit, preferably for a few hours

If you don’t have {or don’t care for} peach, fig or the other preserves mentioned, I’m sure many other fruit or berry jams would work just fine.

salmon fillet

atlantic salmon is delicious & nutritious

When you’re ready to bake the salmon, preheat oven to 400F.  Place fillets on a baking sheet that’s been covered with a long piece of aluminum foil.  Brush or spoon the glaze over the salmon, then pull up all sides of the foil;  take a second sheet of foil as a “lid” and, crimping it securely to the edges of the base foil, create a well-sealed packet so the fish steams while it’s in the oven.

Place on center rack and immediately turn the oven down to 350F.  Bake for 20 minutes, then turn off the oven and allow the radiant heat to continue baking the salmon for another 20-25 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.

The salmon will be tender and juicy ~ an option after this is to spoon a bit of the glaze back over the fillets and place them under the broiler for a few minutes to caramelize.



8 comments on “salmon with asian-style glaze

  1. Num-num! I will try this. I love salmon, oh so much!

  2. cookingwnana says:

    My gkids love salmon…but salmon with jelly….hahaha…a sure hit! Thanks! Come visit me too.

  3. lignumdraco says:

    Sounds interesting and tasty. I would never have imagined a dish with salmon and peanut butter in the same recipe.

    • thank you! i agree salmon doesn’t sound great with peanut butter, but it isn’t detectable. this and most recipes here were handed down to me by a friend who is a very gifted chef. i am learning that many ingredients are used to bridge primary flavors or give depth, and i’d say the peanut butter would be an example of this. thanks so much for visiting!

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