Salmon can be pricey. However, it’s a beautiful “sensible splurge” for special occasions or when you’re looking to pamper yourself. Fish can be intimidating when you’ve had no experience cooking it, but I’m here to tell you the recipe for Baked Ginger Salmon. Baked Ginger Salmon is so simple to cook that it’s an excellent novice recipe for fish. I also like this recipe because leftovers are very durable and ideal for preparing meals.


Salmon filets are available in various sizes; sometimes, within a single filet, there is an exceptionally thick portion. In contrast, the opposite side is slim (like the filet in the images below). Fortunately, this recipe can be adapted to any. For thicker fillets (1-2 inches wide), you must bake the salmon for around 20 minutes. However, smaller fillets ( half-inch or less) will likely take about 15 minutes. Because my fillet was extraordinarily thick and thin, I baked it for 20 minutes, and the narrow portion was not dry.


Sesame oil toasted is a critical element of the dish. It is an oil that comes from the sesame seeds that have been toasted, which means it’s a surprisingly deep taste nutty. A little bit of this oil can add flavor, and you shouldn’t skip it. Sesame oil that has been toasted is available on most supermarkets’ global food aisle. While it’s not often identified as “toasted,” you can tell the oil is toasted by its deep brown hue. Regular sesame oil (not torn) is transparent and light straw, similar to canola oil.


Because the main dish is so easy, I prefer to keep the rest of the meals accessible. Today, I prepared my Baked Ginger Salmon with Sesame Roasted Green Beans and plain rice; however, I think this salmon would be excellent served with coconut Rice and the crunchy Cabbage Salad. It could also be done with a simple dish like steamed broccoli or Sesame Rice.


1 tsp fresh ginger grated ($0.10)

One clove of minced garlic ($0.08)

Two tablespoons brown sugar ($0.08)

1 tsp soy sauce ($0.02)

1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil ($0.02)

One lb. freshly caught salmon ($7.57)


Preheat the oven to 425oF. Grate approximately one teaspoon of fresh ginger. Mix the ginger, garlic soy sauce, brown sugar, and toasted sesame oil in one bowl.

The salmon can be cut into equal portions. Place the pieces of salmon on a baking tray lined with foil or parchment with the skin side up.

Spread the glaze with ginger on top of each piece of salmon.

Cook the fish for approximately 20 mins (15 15 minutes for thin fillets) until internal temp reaches 145oF. Serve immediately.