Asian Glazed Salmon

After a vacation, there is one thing that we all really dread. No…it is not all the unpacking and dirty laundry to deal with, although that must be done. It is stepping on the scale and seeing the extra pounds that you brought back as a souvenir.

When you eat lots of pasta, lobster risotto with foie gras, shrimp and chorizo cake eggs Benedict with home fries, butter poached lobster, foie gras with a cider donut, key lime pie more than once and of course bedside chocolates you know that you will gain weight.

Now I could have eaten broiled fish, steamed vegetables, and fresh fruit. I wouldn’t have gained four pounds but you wouldn’t have returned to read all the posts about my husband’s and my road trip. It would have been boring for you and for me. Now that we are back home, I could cook the broiled fish, etc. but it would still be boring for you and for me.

I believe in trying to eat all things in moderation and so for the coming weeks we will go back to our real life eating habits. No more appetizers, no more rich and delicious sauces made with tons of butter, and no more desserts (except my one piece of dark chocolate each night). I’ll still cook delicious food that I hope you will enjoy trying but the portion sizes and ingredients will help those four pounds disappear.

The Asian Glazed Salmon that I prepared was served with a Thai inspired Slaw with Pad Thai Dressing. The meal was colorful on the plate and filled with umami flavors. We walked away from the table happy and guilt free for the first time in weeks.

Asian Glazed Salmon And Slaw With Pad Thai Dressing

Asian Glazed Salmon

Glaze: Heat 1 tsp. sesame oil over medium heat and add 1 clove of minced garlic and sauté for 30 seconds to 1 minute but do not let brown.  Then add:

1 tsp. grated ginger, 2 Tbsp. soy sauce, 1 Tbsp. hoisin sauce, 2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed lime juice, 1 Tbsp. rice wine vinegar, 2 Tbsp. peanut oil and 2 Tbsp. sweet chili sauce.

Simmer for two to three minutes to combine flavors. Remove from heat and set aside.

Garnish: Blanch a 1/2 cup of snow peas (cut on an angle) for 30 seconds, drain and then  refresh in ice water. Drain on paper towel. Toss with 1/2 tsp. (or to taste) of sesame oil and 1 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, salt to taste and set aside.

Salmon: Saute a 1 lb. skinned center cut piece of salmon (cut in half if you find it easier to handle) presentation side down, in a hot oven proof pan with about a 1/8 inch of peanut oil for about 1 minute or until nicely colored. Turn and repeat on the other side. Drain excess oil from the skillet and spoon the glaze over the salmon.  Then place the salmon in a 350 degree oven for approximately 6 minutes for medium rare, longer if you like your fish more done. Remove from the oven and let rest 5 to 10 minutes.

Plating: Place glazed salmon on a warm plate, garnish with the sesame seed snow pea pods. Serve with lime wedges if desired.

Slaw With Pad Thai Dressing

Dressing: Combine 5 Tbsp. bottled Thai peanut sauce, 1/2 tsp. brown sugar, 2 Tbsp. lime juice, 1 tsp. rice wine vinegar, and 1 Tbsp. peanut oil in a bowl. Whisk well.

Slaw: Empty a bag (12 – 16 oz.) of broccoli slaw (a combo of shredded broccoli, carrots and red cabbage) into a salad bowl. Pour dressing over the slaw and mix well. Salt and pepper to taste. Refrigerate for 30 minutes for flavors to mix. Remove from fridge and toss with 1/4 c. chopped roasted peanuts. Garnish with chopped cilantro and sliced green onions, if desired.


This meal is so good and it is also healthy. There is Omega 3 from the fresh salmon,  cancer fighting benefits from the broccoli and plenty of fiber. There is one additional benefit from this delicious meal…I will probably be a little lighter the next time I get back on the scale.

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125 thoughts on “Asian Glazed Salmon

  1. Are we on the same wave-lengths or something? I just took salmon out of the freezer for tonight (or tomorrow) about an hour ago. The glaze sounds great. Thanks!! ~~Bliss

    1. Hi Christina, Thank you for stopping by and your comment. I enjoy eating great food when traveling. It is easy enough to eat properly when you are back home.

  2. I cheat on the slaw and buy the package from Costco. it comes with dressing and broccoli but I’m sure your dressing is much healthier Karen! I can’t wait to try the salmon though. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Hi Flip, Thank you for your comment. I think you will enjoy the salmon. Maybe you could save the dressing that comes in your package for another time so that you could try the Thai dressing…it goes so well with the meal.

  3. Beautiful, I am on a two week sensible eating plan before I head to London at the end of next week. Like you, I want to have fun when I´m there! Good to have you home, and thanks for all the sterling work you did on your trip for us! The salmon and the slaw both look delicious and not at all dull and low calorie/low fat!

    1. Hi Tanya, Thank you so much for your nice compliment and the nice welcome home. I’m glad you enjoyed the trip with us. You are a girl after my own heart…when traveling eat all the good things. I too try to loose a pound or two before traveling.

  4. This looks and sounds delicious. I was talking to someone yesterday about how much I love asian glazed salmon and this is a particularly terrific recipe for it. I love the idea of using a dressing for pad thai to dress slaw as well – its a great touch. I’m hoping to try this out some time soon

  5. Looks amazing! My mouth is watering. Definitely going to have to try a version of that soon. I even have a fillet of salmon defrosting in the fridge. 🙂

    1. Hi Smidge, Thank you for your comment. Sometimes a pound or two sneaks up on us no matter what we do. I didn’t feel guilty eating this meal at all.

    1. Hi Marie, Thank you for your nice compliment. There was no denying that I had gained weight so I figured I might as well know how much.

  6. This looks delicious, Karen, so fresh & colorful! This is proof that healthy, low-cal meals needn’t be boring or look unappetizing. Well done!

    1. Thank you John, for your nice compliment. I think people don’t do well trying to loose a few pounds because the food they eat just doesn’t have enough flavor.

  7. Karen, I really like this recipe, every single bit of it, especially the simplicity of the snow peas and sesame seeds so pretty and bright. Funny, I too have a square of dark chocolate after dinner at night. Satisfying and keeps me away from the cookies!

    1. Hi Judy, Thank you for the compliment. The snow peas and sesame seeds brightened up the dish and gave a little texture to the salmon. That one piece of chocolate after dinner makes me so happy.

  8. I know exactly what you mean about the traveling meals adding up and having to return to a “regular” diet when the traveling is over. Liz and I found ourselves in this position after most of our trips too. 🙂

    1. Hi Jed, There is no avoiding gaining a few pounds while traveling. When you return to your regular eating habits they will usually disappear in a short amount of time.

    1. Hi Tania, Thank you for your nice comment. You are correct about the missing carbs. Some nice herbed rice would have gone well with this meal but really wasn’t necessary. At least for a girl trying to shed a couple of pounds.

  9. I’m still working on trying to shed those extra pounds I picked up on vacation a few weeks ago. This recipe looks like it will help with that – and it’s tasty! 🙂

    1. Hi Kristy, Thank you for your nice comment. You had a wonderful trip and the pounds will come off. It is hard to believe but every time I eat salmon I am a little lighter on the scale the next day. This really is a tasty dish.

  10. I know the feeling only too well….unfortunately! I hate to miss out on a fabulous meal too. Consrquently I eat a lot of salmon! This recipe looks great – I’ll definately be trying it. Good luck with shedding the kilos

  11. Ha, tell me about it – when I came back from Sweden after Christmas I was well on my way to gaining all the weight back which I’d just spent the last 6 months losing 😦 -sigh

    Your salmon looks delicious Karen, and although I know it’s supposed to be the star of the show I’ve gotta say I’m thinking that slaw looks amazing too. I bet the two made a perfect combo together for dinner!

    1. Hi Charles, Thank you for your comment. It sounds like we both brought back the same souvenir from traveling…the weight. You are right about the slaw…it almost stole the show. It was a nice paring of flavors.

  12. Now this post opens up the elephant in the room. The problem with food blogging is that you inevitably eat what you cook. And the more people respond the more you cook. So unless you have some kind of bizarre metabolism you are going to gain weight. How to solve this issue? I mean do you cook the stuff and then chuck it in the bin? No. My solution is cook it and then take it to work and try it out on your colleagues. (except stir fry – no one fancies noodles at 11am on a Monday morning)

    1. Thank you for the suggestion about almond butter for Thai sauces. I’ll try it the next time as I love almonds in so many recipes.

  13. Ooo, tasty and good for you! Winning combo 🙂 funny I do the reverse whenever I’m returning from Asia (I often crave Italian food or something western) whereas no doubt returning from abroad you craved something Asian!!! 🙂

    1. Hi Alli, Thank you for your nice compliment. I think we crave what we haven’t had in awhile. Asian dishes have so much flavor but are not heavy.

  14. What a beautiful meal! My High Flavour, Low Fat philosophy is that food that’s good for you should look and taste delicious. Eating healthy should never be a chore! I’m sure I’ll be trying this dish before long. And, welcome back!

  15. Welcome home! Not so welcome extra pounds! You really show me a good way to travel, though, Karen, and I admit I would probably have obsessed a little too much about the rich food…and missed the wonderful opportunities. Your “home” diet looks pretty scrumptious to me! Love the slaw dressing! I buy the broccoli slaw all the time, and don’t do anything special with it. The dressing looks special to me! Debra

    1. Thank you for the welcome home, Debra. I knew that eating all the wonderful food would add a few pounds but I’ll never regret one morsel. I’m glad you like my idea of the food I’m eating to loose the unwanted weight and the Thai dressing…it gives the broccoli slaw a great flavor.

  16. Ahh Karen, if you only knew how hard I was drooling right now lol. I LOVE salmon.. and this reminds me of a recipe I tried. This looks absolutely delicious. Yup, I will be saving this recipe and trying it too 🙂

  17. I so agree, holidays are for enjoying and indulging. I have been playing around with a similar recipe – yours looks yummy 🙂 Enjoy your chocolate – it is the one thing I gave up for the first two month’s of the year 🙂

  18. What a great ‘slimming’ recipe. If only all food good for you looked that great. What a yummy dinner. Love all the colours and flavours. Good luck settling back into your home routine after such a wonderful and interesting time away.

  19. Karen, it’s such a beautiful, nourishing meal no one would guess you had “lighter meal” thoughts when preparing it. I see you are also a sweet peas fan! They are one of my favourite vegetables. I see in fact we have many things in common: I would die if I didn’t have my daily small bit of dark chocolate! (I have developped this habit when I moved to Switzerland). If you continue like this, you will not even notice when you lose several kilos! I cross my fingers and also try to think of losing some Winter fat layers 😉

    1. Hi Sissi, Thank you for your nice compliment. You and I have so many similar tastes in the foods we like…chocolate, lemons, and not sweet cocktails to name a few.

  20. I would consider a 4pound gain a victory after all those delicious bites. This salmon looks like perfection on a plate. Gorgeous.

    1. Thank you Alli, for your nice compliment. Yes, four pounds for three weeks of incredible meals wasn’t bad. I think walking around the cities that we visited kept the number down.

    1. Hi Carol, Thank you for letting me know how much your family enjoyed the meal. It is always nice to hear back when people like your recipes.

  21. I think I gained weight just reading about your trip. 🙂 I’m making this salmon tonight and I just happen to have each and every ingredient on hand. (except for snow peas, I’ll have to live without them). That glaze really sounds good. Thanks for posting the recipe.

    1. Hi Lea Ann, Virtual weight comes off much faster than the real thing. I’m happy that you are going to make the dish…enjoy.

  22. I’m with Greg on this, it sure doesn’t LOOK like diet food! Just a gorgeous shot, and both dishes sound wonderful. I’m always looking for slaw recipes that don’t involve mayo and this one sounds terrific. At the moment, I have some fresh whole broccoli and am wondering how that dressing might be drizzled over roasted or steamed broccoli…I bet it would be great! Welcome home and keep these “diet” recipes coming!

    1. Hi Betsy, I know…diet food has a reputation for being blah, bland and uninspiring. This meal had lots of flavor without lots of added fats. No potatoes, rice or noodles just veggies on the side. It was delicious and satisfying. I think the dressing would be good on most vegetables.

    1. Hi Susan, Thank you for your nice comment. I think it is inevitable that you gain a few pounds while traveling…but the memories of that great food is well worth it.

  23. My downfall is when the kids and grandkids are here. I always have food around I would’t normally touch with a barge pole.
    Which is the case today….I just dropped them off at the airport and deciding what to eat tonight. Salmon would be perfect. Nice flavorful glaze!

    1. Thanks Barbara, for your nice comment. Family and friends visiting also causes weight gain. We try to cook their favorite foods which sometimes aren’t what we would normally eat. I think you would like the salmon.

  24. Karen, your dish sounds and looks wonderful, those flavours are right up my street. I’m going to bookmark it so I can make it next time I can get some decent fish. and I love the pairing of the flavours and crunch of the salad. Thanks for coming home and eating so well

    1. Hi Claire, Thank you for your nice compliment. The crunch of the salad went nicely with the soft moist salmon and the flavors worked well together.

  25. Not such a bad thing to come home to! This looks wonderful – I already make several Asian-type salmon recipes but I am always open to a new one and this new one will be on my plate as soon as I can get my hands on some good salmon, YUM!

    1. Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice comment. Dorm food is in a category all by itself. I hope you will get a chance to make the salmon. I’m glad that you enjoyed the post.

  26. I know exactly what you mean! Every day I’m on vacation I feel my clothes getting a bit snugger–it’s the price we pay for having a good time. However, this salmon doesn’t feel like diet food, unless it’s gourmet spa diet food–it gorgeous!

    1. I totally agree with you…it is a price we pay when we travel and eat well. I will never change nor feel guilty while enjoying great food on a vacation. When we are on a long trip, I sometimes include a pair of slacks that are a little large “just in case” and sometimes I’m happy I have included them. My aim is to show readers that you don’t have to eat steamed food with a sprinkle of herbs and a squeeze of lemon to loose weight.

  27. Hi Karen!
    Thank you thank you thank you!!
    I need more of these beautiful and tasty recipes that will not make me feel awful about myself (weight) afterwards 🙂 Besides, we follow Lent tradition of eating fish on Fridays, so your recipe is perfect for us.
    Happy weekend,
    Giovanna

    1. Hi Giovanna, Thank you so much for your nice comment. I’m so happy that you enjoyed this post and recipe. I have learned one thing and that is that people are interested in learning how I can eat delicious food while traveling and still maintain an overall weight. Yes, I gain four or five pounds but I try to loose it when I return. I’ll try to include more of the dishes that are full of flavor but will help keep you on the right track as far as weight is concerned.

  28. This looks spectacular! I love both dishes…and may have to make this for one of our meatless Friday meals very, very soon!

  29. What a lovely dish. Kind to the hips and the palate. This sounds delicious. Thanks for the tip about the pumpkin seeds. That is really good to know. Have a great weekend. Blessings…Mary

    1. Thank you Mary, for your nice comment. We all need recipes that are kind to the hips. You are very welcomed about the tip. Ground pumpkin seeds make a great thickener and add wonderful flavor to a dish. Have a lovely weekend as well.

  30. Oh yes we love vacations but stepping on the scales or trying to fit into clothing can take the post holiday glow away! This looks delicious and like an excellent way to counter it and also be sustainable and interesting 🙂

    1. Hi Lorraine, Thank you for your compliment. Gaining pounds is inevitable while traveling. You just have to eat well when you return. This is a tasty meal.

  31. Karen, I am with you! I think I gained 4 pounds just reading your list of luscious vacation foods. Really 4 pounds isn’t too bad with all of that yumminess. Your salmon looks good enough to be vacation food too! The slaw sounds like the perfect side dish and your photo is gorgeous. Makes a girl want to be good!!!!

    1. Hi Jacqueline, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and you nice compliment. Four pounds really wasn’t bad for all the great food we had on our trip. The nice thing about this meal is it’s flavor…you don’t feel deprived and it’s delicious.

  32. It’s mouth watering! I had quite similar dish when I was holidaying in Portland-not the one in the US, but the one in Australia. It’s heavenly delicious! 🙂

    Warm regards from Down Under,

    Subhan Zein

  33. I agree with the everything in moderation concept and when you are on vacation you should eat food like that! However, it doesn’t sound like you are missing out on any flavor with these! Your salmon looks great, but I really love that Thai Slaw – yum!

    1. Hi Becki, Thank you for your compliment. Everything in moderation works well for me. The Thai slaw was delicious and went well with the salmon.

    1. No need to be boring at all. Thank you T.W. for your nice comment. Making a dish look pretty and giving it lots of flavor can keep you happy while eating in moderation.

  34. Oh my, this looks WONDERFUL. We eat salmon at least once a week – I LOVE how good it is for you with an amazing flavour – and this is a delightful recipe! I’m definitely going to try it – perhaps with some stir-fried bok choy or something! And that slaw looks like it could be almost enough for lunch by itself!

  35. What a gorgeous meal! I just tried salmon for the first time a few months ago when I discovered I wasn’t allergic to it. I’m now hunting down delicious salmon recipes!

    1. Hi Mary, Thank you for your nice compliment. I think that is important to make food look good…especially when trying to eat a little lighter. You don’t what to feel like you are doing without.

    1. Hi Carol, Thank you for letting me know that you enjoyed the meal. It means so much when someone comes back to say they enjoyed your recipe.

    1. Hi Yvonne, Thank you so much for letting me know that you prepared and enjoyed the recipe. Always nice to hear when someone likes one of my recipes.

    1. Thank you so very much Yvonne, for not only trying my recipe but sharing it on your blog. I really appreciate your enthusiastic compliment.

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