Wasabi Glazed Salmon With Sesame Brown Rice And Roasted Asparagus

I am a foodie that likes to eat healthy but I also want to have every morsel of food taste delicious.  Wasabi Glazed Salmon  served with Sesame Brown Rice with Roasted Asparagus and a marinated cucumber salad is so full of flavor that you may think you are dining in a nice restaurant instead of having dinner at your kitchen table.

Glazed Salmon With Roasted Asparagus Sesame Brown Rice

Wasabi Glazed Salmon With Sesame Brown Rice And Roasted Asparagus

Salmon is a fish that has become popular and is usually easy to find at your local fish store or market, often on sale. Not only has the fish become widely available, it is also recommended as part of a heart healthy diet plan because of its Omega 3 fats. Nutty tasting brown rice mixed with sesame seeds and roasted asparagus adds nice texture and flavor to the meal.

If you have followed my blog, you know that my husband loves being in the kitchen as much as I do. Many times he will be right there helping with my mincing, dicing and all the cleanup. Remember…he calls himself  “the kitchen slave”. He is also a very good cook and many times prepares our meals.

For this meal we cooked together. The Wasabi Glazed Salmon is my husband’s dish and he never measures. I watched and will give you “his recipe” as closely as I can.  

Wasabi Glazed Salmon

Preheat the oven to 450 degrees for asparagus then reduce to 350 for the salmon.

  • 1  to  1 1/2 lb. piece of salmon (for 2 persons)* Adjust recipe accordingly.
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. tamari
  • 1/4 tsp. white pepper

Place the salmon in a bowl with above marinade, toss to coat and let marinate for up to 1 hr.

  • 2 Tbsp. dark brown sugar
  • 2 – 3 tsp. wasabi paste
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 4 tsp. tamari
  • 2 tsp. lemongrass paste
  • 2 to 3 tsp. grated ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. garlic powder

Mix the above ingredients in a bowl and set the sauce aside. In the meantime, coat a ovenproof skillet with peanut or vegetable oil and heat. When hot, place the salmon presentation side down first and cook about 1 1/2 to 2 minutes each side. Top the salmon with the sauce and bake in a 350 oven for 5 to 7 minutes according to the thickness.

Sesame Brown Rice With Roasted Asparagus

  • 1 c. brown rice
  • 6 – 8 spears of asparagus
  • 1 tsp. olive oil
  • a pinch of salt
  • 1 tsp.  sesame seeds
  •  2 additional tsp. toasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp. sesame oil
  • 1 tsp. tamari
  • 1/8 tsp. white pepper
  • 1 Tbsp. butter

Cook brown rice according to package directions. In the meantime, place the asparagus on a roasting pan and drizzle with the olive oil. Roll to coat and  sprinkle with 1 tsp. sesame seeds and a pinch of salt. Roast at 450 degrees until just starting to brown on edges. Remove from oven. When cool enough to handle cut into pieces. When the rice is done, drain and place in a bowl with 2 tsp. toasted sesame seeds, sesame oil, tamari, pepper, butter and asparagus. Toss to mix.


The wasabi glazed salmon is a dish that we prepare throughout the year. Most times we serve the salmon with a cool, crisp salad of  either marinated cucumbers or a slaw with asian dressing.


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154 Responses to Wasabi Glazed Salmon With Sesame Brown Rice And Roasted Asparagus

  1. Monique says:

    This is our kind of meal also..Favorite flavors too..
    Jacques cooks too..I must admit we don’t do it together though:) It’s his meal or my meal.not usually combined..unless there is roasted meat involved..I leave that to him..and the BBQ:)

    • Karen says:

      Hi Monique, I’m glad you like our meal. My husband is like Jacques as well…many times preparing the whole meal. He likes giving me time off from the kitchen. Thank your for your nice compliment.

  2. Spree says:

    Karen! This is EXACTLY the sort of meal we’d love on our table! My Guinea Pig goes crazy for wasabi, we love Asian flavors (including lemon grass!) and with our fresh runs of salmon, this is a tailor made dish for us! Pass on a thanks to your husband, and thank YOU for taking such careful notes! This may well be Sunday’s dinner! If I can wait that long! 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Spree, I’m happy to hear that you like our meal. If your Guinea Pig likes wasabi, you can up the wasabi amount to taste. I hope you will enjoy the meal as much as we do when you prepare it.

  3. Danny says:

    Karen, this looks so good and I love how healthy it is as well! Love the flavors!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Danny, for your nice compliment. Healthy food can still have lots of flavor…I’m glad you like the looks of this meal.

  4. hotlyspiced says:

    That’s so lovely that you and your husband cook together. I think salmon and asparagus go so well together. What a lovely dish that would be so full of flavour. My naturopath has told me to only eat organic brown rice. I’m getting used to the nutty, more chewy flavour xx

    • Karen says:

      Hi Charlie, My husband and I really enjoy being in the kitchen working side by side. This meal has lots of flavors that do well together. We try to eat brown rice over white as much as possible unless the flavor just doesn’t go well in a particular recipe.

  5. musingmar says:

    What a tasty, healthy dinner! I’m not familiar With tamari but can see that I need to be. Love the image of you and your husband cooking together in the kitchen. The Culinary Enthusiast and I like to be in the kitchen together too; such a companionable way to spend time and with such delicious results.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marlene, for your nice compliment. I’m glad you like our meal. Tamari is a lower sodium soy sauce which still has the flavor but not as high in sodium. It is nice that you and The Culinary Enthusiast enjoy cooking in the kitchen together. I agree that it is fun and goes produce a delicious meal.

  6. Karen, you got it right on both counts: it looks both healthy and delicious! I like the idea of serving the salmon with both the hot rice and the cold cucumbers you mentioned. Lovely!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Victoria, Thank you for your nice compliment. Even though we do like to indulge with a decadent meal occasionally, we try to eat healthy as much as possible. When we do, it has to have lots of flavor. I’m glad you like the meal.

  7. How lovely to cook together (that only really happens in our house at Christmas!) and what a beautiful recipe. I adore Wasabi and always make sure ot buy some when I am in the UK 🙂

    • Karen says:

      Hi Tanya, My husband and I really do enjoy working in the kitchen together. I’m sure at Christmastime that Big Man is lots of help as special holiday meals require a lot of preparation. If you like wasabi, I think the wasabi glaze could be adapted to use on chicken.

  8. YUM – love salmon:) Happy Saturday!

  9. I like how the sauce is given time to bake on the salmon, the flavors would meld beautifully that way–sounds delicious! Another great recipe, Karen.

  10. lvaletutto says:

    Sounds delicious, I love salmon! The rice looks great too! It’s so nice that the two of you cook together. You complement each other well by the looks of this meal!

  11. So lovely that you not only eat together (of course!) but take time to prepare the meal as well. Double the enjoyment & fulfilment if you ask me!

  12. Little Sis says:

    Looks great. We do salmon from time to time and this will be a welcome addition to the preparation repertoire. Thanks so much!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Little Sis, Thank you for your nice compliment. If you enjoy cooking salmon, I think you would enjoy adding this recipe to your repertoire.

  13. Mad Dog says:

    That’s very tempting – i love wasabi!

  14. Nice one, Karen. Isn’t it great having a husband who knows his way around a kitchen?
    What is your cucumber salad dressing for this version?

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Marie, for your nice compliment. It really is nice having a husband that enjoys cooking as much as I do. Not only do we enjoy working in the kitchen together but it gets us in and out faster as well. For the marinated cucumbers that I serve with Asian inspired dishes, I like to use lime juice and rice wine vinegar, sweet chili sauce, fish sauce and sometimes a touch of sugar depending on the cucumbers themselves.

  15. A_Boleyn says:

    I’d love to try the spicy marinade you used on the salmon. Interestingly I recently reread a baked miso chicken wing recipe and now this one … all using Japanese ingredients in an innovative fashion.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Boleyn, The marinade isn’t spicy but the glaze has a little bite from the wasabi. If you like the Japanese ingredients in this recipe, I’m sure you will enjoy the dish…just up the wasabi amount to your taste.

  16. Mary says:

    How I wish my husband liked salmon! I love it! So when I want it I have to cook fish for him too! This looks delicious and I’ll be giving it a try!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mary, Thank you for your nice compliment. I hope you will enjoy the recipe. I can understand you husband not caring for salmon…some people think it has a strong taste.

  17. I really enjoy a meal that I know is also healthy, and I eat salmon “out” very often. But I haven’t really found an at-home technique I feel confident using. I’ve had a few attempts just fall a little flat! I’ve come to really trust your expertise, Karen, so I’m going to try this! 🙂 The wasabi would add a really nice bite, which I would appreciate. I think my cast iron skillet would come to good use with this recipe! Debra

    • Karen says:

      Hi Debra, I must thank you so much for your confidence in my recipes…that is so nice. This is an easy recipe which can be adapted to your taste with the glaze. You might want to cut the salmon into portion sizes for easier turning…other than that I don’t think you would have any problems with the recipe. I think your cast iron skillet would work great.

  18. Holy Camoly Karen – I don’t know if it’s because I’m hungry or just have good taste but every single bite of that looks incredibly good! You and your husband are rock star cooks!

    • Karen says:

      Wow Kelli, Thanks…I like the idea of being a rock star cook and I know my husband will be very happy as well with the title. This really is a good meal.

  19. This is very nice! I love that restaurant feeling at home.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Anna, You really can prepare dishes that have the restaurant look and taste. The good part is that it is easy to prepare and doesn’t cost anywhere near what you would pay it you had it out.

  20. emmycooks says:

    This all looks amazing! You’re right that it looks like a restaurant dish, but it sounds very doable!

  21. Karen, we adore salmon (and ocean trout), and this recipe looks like a great way to prepare it. I’m not a big fan of brown rice though – do you think it might work with white rice instead? And I think your first line is so true – I want every mouthful I eat to be glorious. I’ve never been one to eat something just for fuel. 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi Celia, I’m glad you like this meal. Absolute, use white rice if you don’t care for brown. You will actually have a better contrast of color on your plate using the white. Yes…every mouthful should be exciting when you eat or you are only eating to live.

  22. What a gorgeous looking fish! Great sides to it and this says hot! 🙂

    Choc Chip Uru

  23. ChgoJohn says:

    This is one of those dishes I’ve enjoyed when dining out but never thought to make it at home. It’s the wasabi. I really enjoy it on salmon and beef. Thanks to you, Karen, and your husband, a dish I thought was complicated know seems far more approachable.

    • Karen says:

      Hi John, This is a very approachable meal especially for an accomplished cook like yourself. It will be a walk in the park. If you love wasabi, add as much as you like.

  24. megtraveling says:

    It looks delicious, and you and your husband got to prepare it together – perfect!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Meg, Thank you for your nice compliment. My husband and I do enjoy preparing a meal together…we each have dishes that we like to cook.

  25. glamorous glutton says:

    Mr Glam is never cooking in the kitchen but he is happy to do the clearing up. I’m not good at sharing my kitchen space so maybe it’s just as well. This is a lovely recipe and one I’ll definitely try. GG

    • Karen says:

      Hi GG, I think each family develops routines in the kitchen. It is very nice that Mr. Glam will do the cleanup…that is a huge help. I’m glad you like the recipe and hope you will enjoy it.

  26. I love meals that pack a flavorful punch in every bite. Thanks!

  27. Looks so good I could eat that right now!!!!

  28. Norma Chang says:

    Yes, sure is upscale restaurant quality meal and presentation. I am a brown rice person but cannot get my kids to eat it. May be if I use your recipe, need to give a try next time they visit.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Norman, for your nice compliment. Hopefully with the seasonings, sesame seeds and asparagus, your children will enjoy the brown rice.

  29. Looks like a wonderful dinner, lucky you that your husband likes to cook!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Chris, I’m glad that you like the looks of this meal. I am lucky that my husband enjoys cooking. It is nice to share time in the kitchen.

  30. This sounds very yummy! I think sesame oil gives a nice light touch…great flavor…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maggie, This is a nice meal that comes together quickly but is so full of flavor. It doesn’t take much sesame oil to add loads of flavor to a dish.

  31. rsmacaalay says:

    Nice glaze, I love that you added a zing of wasabi in that nice piece of salmon

    • Karen says:

      Hi Raymund, Wasabi does add a nice zing to the glaze. We like to serve salmon with pickled ginger to compliment of flavors of this meal.

  32. Food Forays says:

    Karen, you’ve done it again! I’ve drooled all over my keyboard! I have some salmon in my freezer, and I’ll be going to buy some more wasabi paste, and some asparagus! This looks absolutely delicious!

  33. Karen, your recipes are always so inspirational and what my hubby likes to call a taste explosion.
    🙂 Mandy

    • Karen says:

      Hi Mandy, I appreciate your kind words. It is nice to know that my recipes give inspiration. I like you husbands “taste explosion”…which I’m sure you prepare for him all the time. Thank you for your lovely compliment.

  34. lulu says:

    Love your recipes and the fact that most of what you share does not require hours in the kitchen.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Lulu, for your nice compliment. I really try to make recipes that anyone can prepare with ease. Our lives are too busy to spend hours in the kitchen.

  35. I just finished dinner and you are making me hungry all over again. Is that grilled Diakon in the small dish?

  36. Larry says:

    The meal definitely sounds like it’s packed with flavor and the fish looks and sounds delicious. I like your philosophy – “I also want to have every morsel of food taste delicious”

  37. Yum, the combination of sesame brown rice and wasabi salmon sounds very good. Gives me some ideas about our meals next week. Thanks! 🙂

  38. Hmmm. I thought I commented on this yesterday when I read it while we were on the road, but I see that I didn’t. What a great meal. All these items and flavors are so complementary to each other, and I love the little kick of the wasabi in the glaze on the salmon. Definitely umami going on in these two dishes. How nice that your husband likes to cook, too, and that he’s so adept in the kitchen…even if he doesn’t measure to make it easy for the rest of us! 😉

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Betsy, for your nice compliment. This meal does have umami going on…lots of flavor. My husband and I do have fun cooking together in the kitchen.

  39. Beth says:

    I don’t know which looks better – the salmon, or the brown rice. Together they must have made an amazing meal!

  40. This is gorgeous!!
    Just the kind of meal we like.. Healthy and Delicious!!!
    The color on the salmon in the picture is Yum!!

  41. This looks gorgeous indeed! I will have to try your wasabi salmon…looks extremely tempting.

  42. Kathy says:

    This looks so darn good, Karen! Thanks for the recipe. We eat like this all the time. Still have a frig full of leftovers after the kids left, but maybe next week…

    • Karen says:

      Hi Kathy, Thank you for your nice compliment. I know what you mean about leftovers. We entertained friends at the lake all weekend and have lots of leftovers as well. I love many of the leftover dishes though as the flavor improves. I hope you will enjoy the recipe when you get a chance to try it.

  43. twbarritt says:

    This looks delicious – that salmon is just glistens with flavor! It’s just the kind of healthy and exquisite meal I would love to sit down to.

  44. Wow, that looks amazing! I love salmon but I usually just cook it plain in the oven with a squeeze of lemon juice. This looks like a more exciting salmon recipe….definitely one to try the next time I cook salmon for dinner.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Grace, I’m glad to hear that you want to try this recipe. I think you will really enjoy it for a change…plain can get very boring. Thank you for your very nice compliment. Enjoy!

  45. Carolyn Chan says:

    That looks sooooo moorish and would go really well with marinated cucumbers ! Any suggestions on what to marinade the cucumbers in ?

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carolyn, I’m glad you like the recipes. To go with this particular meal I marinated the cucumbers in lime juice, rice wine vinegar, sweet chili sauce, and a dash of fish sauce.

  46. Tandy says:

    This sounds delicious! I was thinking of you yesterday – I hope all is well (and dry) with you 🙂

  47. Sissi says:

    Wasabi glazing sounds already so amazing, any fish must taste fabulous covered with it. I love the way you combined sesame and brown rice. Their nutty flavours must go very well together (I also am crazy for sesame seeds and have them almost every day). Gorgeous dish!

  48. Sissi says:

    Oops! I meant “I love the way your husband combined sesame and brown rice” 😉

  49. Nothing better than cooking together. We don’t do it often but when it happens I just love it.

    What a delightful salmon dish and the sesame brown rice sounds delicious!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Maureen, Glad that you and your husband enjoy cooking together…it is fun. Thank you for your nice compliment about this meal.

  50. Such a beautiful way to serve salmon. Can’t wait to try it. My husband helps with our cooking also and he never measures anything. I have to follow him with pen & paper in hand. He calls himself my “sous chef” ..lol.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Mary, for your nice compliment. I hope you will enjoy the salmon. I think it is nice to have a second cook in the kitchen. It sounds like our husbands are alike in that your “sous chef” doesn’t measure either.

  51. I loved your last glaze for salmon so I know this is a winner, too. I have to get more salmon, this will definitely be on the menu soon!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Carol, Thank you for your nice compliment. I’m happy that you liked my Asian glazed salmon. My husband and I have discussions all the time about which one is the best. They are different in their ingredients…mine leaning towards Thai flavors, my husband’s leans towards Japanese flavors.

  52. I’m impressed by your use of wasabi!

  53. Katerina says:

    I love salmon and we try to have it at least once every month and I agree with you is the food and not the place that makes the difference. You are one lucky lady to have a husband with such a talent in the kitchen. The dish looks superb!

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Katerina, for your lovely compliment. I do consider myself very lucky that I have a wonderful husband. He really loves cooking as much as I do. We have great fun in the kitchen.

  54. This is the perfect meal for my family! Looks fantastic!

  55. Ruth says:

    I’m super jealous your hubby helps with the clean up! Shawn and I cook together, but somehow he always manages to duck out of the clean up part…and he is a super messy cook! lol

  56. Yum….I love the way your rice looks especially. I could have rice for every meal, so I am always looking for interesting ways to prepare it. Thanks for the recipe.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Teresa, My husband and I really enjoy rice. It is a very versatile and inexpensive grain that should be used more often. I think you will enjoy this recipe.

  57. Oh, Karen.. this is just the sort of meal I love to cook up in the summer.. especially out at the lake. These three dishes make the perfect combination of flavors. I definitely haven’t made a sesame roasted asparagus before, yummy!! I’ve made a vaguely familiar salmon.. but not one with the addition of wasabi!! My kids would love that, as they love wasabi with sushi! xo

    • Karen says:

      Hi Barbara, This is a simple meal with lots of flavor. I think you will enjoy the sesame roasted asparagus whether you use it in the rice or by itself. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  58. wasabi is perfect in a marinade for seafood and even better with salmon. the roasted asparagus is perfect with it and i am hoping to have this soon

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jessica, Thank you for your nice compliment. I love wasabi with salmon and tuna…the flavors are a perfect match. I think asparagus is such a nice compliment to salmon. I hope you will enjoy the meal.

  59. Eva Taylor says:

    The sound of this dish has a lot of appeal to me, Karen. I adore wasabi and salmon. I had no idea you could get lemongrass paste, I’m going to keep an eye out for it in the future. I usually make my own by pulverizing the lemon grass with a blender, but it’s still really difficult because it’s still so woody.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Eva, I know that you try to cook and eat healthy and I think this is a meal that you will like. Yes, I buy lemongrass paste in the produce department. It comes in tubes and you keep it refrigerated. It is a lifesaver for me as markets where I live don’t carry lemongrass. I’m growing it in my lakeside Maine garden and will pull the plant when we close the cottage. Hopefully I’ll have some nice stalks at the end of the season.

  60. It all sounds delicious Karen. I really enjoy the flavour of wasabi / horseradish and can imagine how well it would work with the rich flavours of salmon.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Claire, The wasabi in the glaze goes so well with salmon. I agree with you…horseradish is another great complement to rich flavored fish. Thank you for you nice compliment.

  61. Misky says:

    And guess what: we just bought some salmon fillets. Now to find some wasabi paste.

    • Karen says:

      Hi Misky, If you can’t find wasabi paste, you will probably be able to find wasabi powder which you can mix with water to make a paste. I hope you will enjoy the dish.

  62. aprilarnold says:

    This looks so delicious! Can’t wait to try it. By the way, I nominated you for the Versatile Blogger Award! Here’s my post: http://3hungrymonkeys.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/i-won-something-woot/

    • Karen says:

      Thank you April on two counts. First I am happy that you like this meal. Second and more importantly, I appreciate your nominating me for the Versatile Blogger Award. I’m so lucky to have receive this award but will add your name to those who have awarded my blog the the VBA. Thank you so much.

  63. Lady Kaldea says:

    what is it with men & salmon. I am trying it for lunch today. Hubster saw it and said it sounded wonderful so I decided to try it. Wish me luck… We love your food posts by the way.saved me more than once when I couldn’t think of something to fix. Hubby is diabetic so choices are sometimes limited, but your dishes are health and fresh. He loves them. Keep up the GREAT work!!!

    • Karen says:

      Hi Lady K, Thank you so very much for such a lovely compliment about my recipes. I appreciate you comment that you have been preparing so many of my dishes and that you and your husband enjoy them. I do try to cook healthy dishes…of course there will be the occasional dish that is decadent but that is life don’t you think. I try to let people know that food doesn’t have to be bland to be healthy. Thank you for being a loyal reader of my blog.

      • Lady Kaldea says:

        Just a note to say it turned out great! Not enough left for his evening meal, but I will be adding the salmon to my garden lettuce for my lunch. I do agree that an occational treat is great. I have loyal fan to my cheesecake and he raves about it on the air every spring when I make it for him. I tell everyone that it is the quntity of food which can kill you, not the food itself. Portions are everything. Might make this for mom next month when we come over for the new TV shows. That and some dessert. Should go great! For me, I gotta get back to working on bran muffins for a client a batch of pumplin quick bread and carmel rolls for my sale tomorrow in the park. Got plenty of paintings, now just need to finish the baked goods. :))

      • Karen says:

        I’m glad that you enjoyed the salmon. The leftover sounds perfect in a salad.

  64. Wasabi is such an under utilized ingredient in the kitchen, but should never be ignored as a component to create delicious salmon. 😉

    • Karen says:

      Hi Jed, I totally agree with your comment. Wasabi adds such a punch and zing to so many dishes…especially seafood. Thank you for your comment.

  65. France says:

    Wow that sounds delicious. I’ll definitely be trying out the glaze! Yum

  66. adamleone01 says:

    This looks awesome, will definitely give this dish a go

  67. Yum, wasabi glazed salmon sounds heavenly!

  68. viveka says:

    Little Chef … you are keeping up the standards … this is something I would enjoy very much, except for the brown rice. Looking good and I’m sure it taste great too.

  69. I love the flavor profile for this meal and the wasabli adds that nice little kick at the end. As always a fabulous recipe and I’m sure a delightful all around healthy, well balanced meal.

    • Karen says:

      Thank you Richard, for your very nice compliment. I’m glad you enjoyed the recipe. A healthy, well balanced meal certainly can be both delicious and interesting.

  70. This will be something perfect to try with all the salmon we eat in the summer… always looking for new glazes… I’m not as much a fan of sauce.

  71. Karista says:

    What a perfect dinner Karen. I think salmon has to be one of my favorite fish and this dish looks delicious.

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