Salmon With Crunchy Peanut Ginger Sauce

This Asian inspired dish of Salmon With Crunchy Peanut Ginger Sauce will delight your taste buds. The salmon is first pan seared to develop a crispy crust. It is then drizzled with a savory, sweet and slightly spicy sauce, topped with crunchy chopped peanuts and finished in the oven. The result is a salmon dish that is full of flavor…caramelized on the outside but moist and tender on the inside. The secret to salmon is to not overcook it.

Served alongside are fresh green sugar snap peas tossed with toasted sesame seeds and shrimp pot stickers. It is a delicious meal with loads of umami flavors from traditional Asian ingredients like soy, ginger, and sesame oil.

Salmon With Crunchy Peanut Ginger Sauce
Salmon With Crunchy Peanut Ginger Sauce

Salmon With Crunchy Peanut Ginger Sauce

Peanut Ginger Sauce*

  • 2 tsp. peanut oil
  • 1 tsp. sesame seed oil
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 inch piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated (approx. 2-3 tsp.)
  • 1/4 c. natural peanut butter
  • 2 Tbsp. soy sauce
  • 2 Tbsp. sweet Thai chili sauce
  • juice from 1/2 lime
  • 1/4 c. or more water for thinning the sauce
  • 1 tsp. sriracha (optional)

Heat the oils in a small saucepan over medium heat, add the garlic and cook for 30 seconds. Add all the other ingredients except the water and cook until the peanut butter is melted and smooth. Slowly add the water a little at a time until the desired consistency. Makes about 3/4 c.  Can be stored in the refrigerator for several weeks. Thin with water, if necessary, after being refrigerated.

*This sauce is delicious on chicken, pork and seafood. It is also great as a dip, tossed with noodles or used in salads as a dressing.


Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

  • 1 center cut piece of salmon, skinned and seasoned with salt, pepper and a little sugar
  • Peanut ginger sauce (several tablespoons, depending on the size of the salmon) from recipe above
  • 1/4 c. chopped peanuts
  • 2 scallions, chopped for garnish
  • peanut oil for sautéing

Pour enough oil in a ovenproof sauté pan to just coat the bottom.  Heat oil until shimmering. Add the salmon (presentation side down) and cook for about one minute until brown, turn and cook an additional minute. Remove the pan from the heat, place salmon on a plate and pour the oil out of the pan. Return the salmon to the pan, spread the sauce over the fish and top with chopped peanuts. Place in the oven and cook for approximately six minutes. Remove from the oven and let rest for five minutes. The salmon will still be a little pink and moist in the center. If you like you salmon more done, let stay in the oven a few minutes more but remember to not over cook the fish. Garnish with scallions just before serving.


This is a mouth-watering dish…succulent, tender flakes of moist salmon that is both sweet and salty. It was delicious served with sugar snap peas and pot stickers but would also go well with steamed rice and other vegetables of your choice.

The flavors of Asian ingredients go very well with fresh seafood. If you like this recipe you might also like my Asian glazed salmon that you see below.

Asian Glazed Salmon And Slaw With Pad Thai Dressing
Asian Glazed Salmon And Slaw With Pad Thai Dressing

Salmon is a popular fish that seems to be available most everywhere. It has a rich and distinctive taste and can be cooked in so many ways. If you are not eating salmon, you should try to include it in your diet as it is a terrific source of protein and heart healthy O-mega 3 oils. I do hope you get a chance to try the Asian inspired salmon with crunchy peanut ginger sauce as I think you will enjoy its delicious flavor.

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218 thoughts on “Salmon With Crunchy Peanut Ginger Sauce

  1. Am I the first one to comment? Well I could not wait to tell you how delicious this looks and that peanut ginger sauce sounds amazing not only for your fish but for also rice noodles and chicken too. Have a super week. Take care, BAM

    1. Hi Bam, You are the first to comment. I’m happy that you like the looks of this dish. The sauce is great on many things. Actually, it is so good that it is hard not to eat by the spoonful. 🙂

  2. Karen, what a fabulous recipe – it has all the tastes that we adore, namely salmon, peanuts, fresh ginger, sesame oil and a bit of sriracha for some heat – just perfect for this time of year. And, as you so aptly pointed out, this sauce is so versatile too, I would love this on some chicken breasts!
    Have a great Monday and greetings from very sunny and warm Bonn!
    Bis bald, Andrea

    1. Guten tag, Andrea. The flavor combination of the sauce went nicely with the salmon. The sauce does go well on a great many dishes…it is delicious on chicken as well as pork. It is supposed to be a good day here on the lake as well, thank you!

    1. Thank you Laura, for your nice compliment. I think Thomas will enjoy this sauce on whatever you serve it with…it was delicious on the salmon.

    1. Hi Ali, Since my husband and I eat a lot of salmon, I try to come up with new ways of preparing it. I’m glad you like the recipe…thanks.

  3. Love the fact that the peanut ginger sauce will store in the fridge for several weeks. That was quite a seafood meal.
    Your slaw with pad Thai dressing combo is something I will enjoy, will check your blog posts for the recipe.

    1. Hi Norma, The sauce does store very well. I believe you will like the slaw recipe using this sauce. A lot of people have written me saying how much they enjoyed it.

    1. Thank you for your compliment, Marlene…I hope you will enjoy the recipe. I believe that the Asian flavors and the crunch of the peanuts went well with the salmon.

  4. My husband loves salmon and both dishes look amazing. I am going to make the crunchy peanut one tonight!

    1. Thank you Maureen, for your nice compliment…I’m glad you like the meal. This sauce is so good that you have to restrain yourself from eating it by the spoonful. 🙂

  5. Lovely dish, and I like the multi-colred slaw with peanuts in the last pic too. In an effort to cut my sugar intake, I bought a jar of ‘almost’ natural peanut butter (as close as I could find to natural… it has no added sugar, anyway). It is quite oily and more of a ‘sauce’ consistency… I’ll have to try something like this with it 🙂

    1. Hi John, I’m glad you like both dishes. The natural peanut butter that I use doesn’t have sugar in it as well. The oil tends to rise to the surface in the natural butters but once stirred well and kept in the refrigerator, it has a thick consistency.

    1. Thank you David, for your nice compliment. Knowing what a great cook you are, I know your “gyozas” will be wonderful. 🙂

  6. I’m not big on salmon but try it whenever it looks interesting in an effort to find that recipe that will change my mind. This one just might do the trick. Love the flavor combinations here.

    1. Hi Karen, When I first moved up to New England, I didn’t care for salmon or cod. I knew that if I was going to eat fresh fish here, I’d better learn to like both of them as they are very popular and plentiful here. I decided that adding extra flavors through sauces and different seasoned breadcrumbs was the way to go. I hope this recipe will be a winner for you.

    1. Hi Sue, If you like salmon, I believe you are going to enjoy this recipe. The Asian flavors in the peanut ginger sauce complement the fish really well.

  7. Here we go again …. my food file is so full … and there isn’t time enough for everything I want to try. This the top recipe just screams at me … but I will struggle again with one ingredients< the sriracha – we don't have any Asian shop here in Landskrona.

    1. Hi Viveka, I understand completely…there are so many recipes that I want to try as well. Don’t worry about the sriracha, I put it as an optional ingredient for those that want the sauce to be a little spicier. I have made it without sriracha and it is still delicious. If you find you want the sauce a little spicier, you can use chili flakes, cayenne or other pepper sauce of your choice.

    1. Hi Kimberly, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment. I think most markets would have all the ingredients necessary for this recipe.

    1. Hi Paula, I’m glad that you like the sauce. It goes great on chicken and pork, tossed with noodles, and for the dressing in the slaw from my other post.

  8. We’ve been feasting on salmon lately! Haven’t tried a sauce like this, though – it looks wonderful! Really great flavors. I like the food styling on the photos, too. Good post – thanks.

    1. Thank you John, for your kind words. I’m happy that you enjoyed the post and photos. If you enjoy salmon, I think you will like this dish.

    1. Thank you Ducky, for your nice compliment. I like the way the crunchy peanuts went with the soft texture of the salmon. My husband and I like ginger a lot. I always have a knob of it in my fridge. I hope you will enjoy the recipe. 🙂

    1. Thank you Dedy, I’m very glad you like the looks of this dish. I do think you will enjoy the flavor combinations in the sauce. It went so well with the salmon.

  9. Oh my goodness, Karen! I agree with Angie — the fish and the sauce is having the same effect on me. I feel like I just want to grab the fish out of the monitor. Amazing! 🙂

    1. Thank you Ray, for your very nice compliment. The salmon with the peanut ginger sauce was so good, especially with the crunchy topping of chopped nuts…I’m glad you like the recipe.

    1. Hi Tiny, I love Asian flavors with salmon and thought this was a delicious combination. The crunchy peanuts are a nice contrast to the soft texture of the salmon. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  10. MMM! Love the whole thing! And anything with a potsticker is a keeper. I almost wish I had seen this post before I went to the grocery so I could fix this tonight. We are having grilled pizza. That’s pretty good too 🙂

    1. Hi Anna, I’m happy that you like the meal. I thought the potstickers went well with my Asian themed meal. You are right, grilled pizza sounds great. If the rain stops, I’m grilling steak tips tonight. 🙂

  11. I need to pick up some salmon soon as I haven’t had it in ages. Delicious with the peanut sauce … and using the sauce as a dip for the pot stickers sounds terrific.

    I have to make some pot stickers soon. My last batch is only a lingering delicious memory. Maybe this time I’ll try pleating the skins.

    1. Hi Boleyn, We eat salmon at least once a month, if not more. I like Asian flavors with it and the peanut ginger sauce went well. I didn’t use the sauce as a dip for the pot stickers but it would work. I made a sauce from ponzu and chili garlic sauce for the pot stickers. 🙂

  12. Thank you for this wonderful recipe with salmon. I like to change the way I cook it and you have inspired me with this. Just delicious!

    1. Hi Alida, Thank you for stopping by for a visit and your nice compliment…I’m happy that I have inspired you. I’m like you, I’m always looking for new ways to cook salmon. I think the flavors in this dish worked well together.

    1. Hi Lizzy, I cook salmon often but sometimes I like to think out of the box and want to create something different. I think this salmon dish was a winner. I’m glad you like the recipe…thanks.

    1. Thank you Nancy, for your nice compliment. I’m happy to know that you like the recipe, my husband and I thought it was delicious.

    1. Thank you Natalia, for your nice compliment. The slaw that I made with the Asian glazed salmon is delicious. It goes well with so many dishes…perfect for a summer BBQ.

  13. What a beautiful recipe of the kind I most relish. Have just eyed a lovely piece of salmon in my fridge and said ‘eeny-meenie-maani-mo ?’ but now I know how it will be prepared 🙂 ! With some steamed bok choi in my case! Have been buying kind’of homemade Chinese prawn dumplings from someone close by: would be interesting to make them into pot stickers for that extra burst of flavour!! Thanks for all the wonderfuli ideas 🙂 !

    1. Thank you Eha, for your compliment. I’m happy that you like the meal that I prepared and that it has given you ideas for the salmon in your fridge.

  14. I’ve just Googled pot stickers as I’ve never heard of those before. Wontons yes.
    – I have to say you’re inspiring me to do more close-up photos of my food. Yours really are, as you’ve put it, mouth-watering!

    1. Hi Johnny, Pot stickers are a chinese dumpling that are similar to wontons but they are panfried and delicious. I’m happy that you enjoy my photos and appreciate your very nice compliment. 🙂

  15. mmm, this looks delicious! Love the sides you served with it too. You’re so good at putting together nice plates 🙂

    1. Thank you Amy, for your lovely compliment. I do try to think of my sides when preparing a meal and I’m glad that you enjoy the end result. 🙂

    1. Now that is a real compliment, Michelle. I can understand where you are coming from…I used to not like salmon at one time myself. 🙂

    1. Hi Julie, Thank you for stopping by. I’m like you…I like creating new ways to prepare salmon. I hope you enjoy the recipe and thank you for your compliment.

    1. What a sweet thing to say, Uru. I’m sorry that I don’t prepare very many vegetarian dishes. This sauce is delicious tossed in with noodles and is terrific used in the slaw recipe as a dressing.

  16. I can almost taste that sauce! Every ingredient is so distinctive in its taste, and I love that it’s so versatile. For salmon this is a great option, but I’m kind of intrigued about the idea of using it as a salad dressing. Now that’s a winner, Karen! 🙂

    1. Hi Debra, The sauce is very versatile and works great as a salad dressing. It is especially good during hot weather when you don’t want a mayo based dressing.

  17. Oh how I love salmon especially with Asian flavours. This is a great combo and the crunchy peanuts would be just perfect. Your lucky husband

    1. Thank you for your nice compliment, Tania. I think all the flavors in this Asian inspired dish worked well together…I’m glad you like it. 🙂

    1. Hi Katerina, Asian flavors go so well with salmon and teriyaki is a very popular way to prepare it. I think you would enjoy the crunchy peanut ginger sauce for something a little different.

  18. Karen, I don’t think there’s anyone who can describe a dish the way you do & it makes me want to rip it
    right off the screen. I love salmon & this is a sure winner that I’ll be trying soon.

  19. Karen, I am crazy for peanuts in savoury dishes (but I hate sweet peanut cookies, cakes, etc.). Your sauce looks deliciously creamy and crunchy at the same time. I love it.

    1. Thank you Sissi, I love the taste of peanuts in savory dishes as well. Finishing this dish in the oven gives the nuts a nice roasted taste. I’m happy that you like the recipe.

  20. I have made a similar peanut sauce for Asian rice noodle wraps, and you were wise to use it on seared salmon. such terrific flavors and crunch! hope you are having a good growing season. we have gotten a slower start this year with our planting—weather and travel got in the way!

    1. Hi Nancy, I’m glad that you like my idea of the peanut ginger sauce on the salmon. Nice to have you back from your trip to Rome. Our garden in Maine is behind schedule because of the weather as well. Hopefully now that we are having some sun and warmth for the next few days, the gardens will start to catch up. Good luck with your garden this year.

    1. Thank you Raymund, I’m happy that you like the sauce. I thought the crunch of the peanuts went very well with the soft texture of the salmon.

  21. I’ve decided I’d like to come for dinner at your house every night. You do prepare some of the best sounding dishes and they are healthy, too. Are you in Maine yet?

    1. Thank you Linda, for your kind words. Yes, we got back to Maine this past Friday. Perfect timing as summer officially starts on Friday. 🙂

  22. I’ve had dished like this in restaurants and wondered how they got the outside so crispy. Plus the flavors in this sound incredible. Pinned.

    1. Thank you Lea Ann, for your nice compliment and for the pinning the recipe. I do hope you will enjoy the salmon as much as we did.

  23. My mouth flew open as soon as I saw that salmon. I have been dreaming about making salmon for two straight weeks and haven’t gotten around to making it. I will most definitely make your salmon.

    1. Hi J+C, Thank you for stopping by for a visit. I’m glad you like the salmon with the peanut ginger sauce. I hope you enjoy the recipe.

  24. Hi Karen, that salmon looks incredible! I quite like salmon myself, but I must admit that it really exploded in popularity when I was younger and suddenly everyone was buying it all. the. time! As a result I got a little tired of it and usually prefer to have trout now. It’s similar to salmon in many ways, but the flavour is so delicate – I guess you’ve had it before though?!

    1. Thank you Charles, for your nice compliment. The salmon was as good as it looks. 🙂 I love the delicate flavor of trout…prepared Almondine style is especially good.

  25. I ‘ooooh’d’ and ‘ahhhhh’d” at the ginger and peanut sauce but then you posted the Asian glaze picture and now I’m drooling! I really do love Salmon with asian flavours, they work so well!

    1. Thank you Lisa, I’m happy that you liked both of my Asian inspired salmon dishes…I agree the flavors do work well with salmon.

    1. Hi Lorraine, Salmon seems to be popular and available in so many parts of the world. I’m glad you like the recipe…thanks.

  26. It’s my lucky day. I just bought a beautiful piece of salmon and I can’t wait to try this peanut sauce with it. And then I’m going to toss it with some noodles and veggies. Yum.

    1. Hi Cathy, I do hope you will enjoy the peanut sauce on the salmon as well as the noodles and veggies. I’m glad you like the recipe…thanks!

  27. Well, since your five spice scallops have become a hit here, I have no doubt this will too. As you know the kids are very inclined toward Asian dishes. This will be a BIG winner and a great way to get them to stop complaining about salmon night. 🙂

    1. Hi Kristy, I’m glad that the kids enjoy the scallops recipe and hope they will enjoy the salmon just as much. I hope you and your family have a great summer.

  28. Hi Karen! Two great salmon recipes in one post! Love it. And love salmon, which we eat often. Am always looking for new marinades or sauces. These are two keepers. Did you make the shrimp pot stickers too? I found a lovely recipe for them in a cookbook last year and they were so good! Fun to make and not as difficult as I expected either.
    That is one gorgeous plateful!

    1. Thank you Barbara, for your nice compliment. I’m glad that you like the two salmon recipes. I’m like you…always looking for new ways to prepare salmon. Pot stickers are on my to do list. 🙂

  29. Karen, I just posted my most recent Salmon Saturday post. I’ve turned this weekly post into a Linky event. I’m hoping you’ll share this link on my site, or if you don’t want to take the time, allow me to share.

    1. Thank you Kristi, for your nice compliment. The peanut sauce is delicious and pairs well with the salmon…I’m glad you like the recipe.

    1. Thank you Mary, for your lovely compliment. I believe this dish is one that you would enjoy since you like peanut sauces and salmon…the flavors go very well together. I hope you are having a nice weekend as well.

  30. Mouth-watering. Since my husband has been catching fresh salmon in the bay this spring–this might be a good recipe to try. I love Asian flavors.

    1. Hi Kathy, If you love Asian flavors, I think you will enjoy this recipe…especially with your fresh caught salmon. There is nothing better than fresh fish.

    1. Hi Sophie, I’m so happy to know that you and your husband enjoyed the meal. I appreciate when my readers gets back to me to let me know that they enjoyed one of my recipes. Thank you very much for your compliment.

    1. Thank you Jen, for your nice compliment. If you are an “extra sauce” girl, I would suggest doubling the recipe. The sauce is really delicious.

  31. If you can get wild salmon, it is such a treat and so nutritious and with the peanut sauce, it would be perfection. Adriano is not so keen on peanut sauces so I seldom have them except when we eat out, which isn’t often.

    1. Hi Suzanne, Living in New England, we are fortunate to have the availability of such lovely fresh seafood. Adriano would probably like the Asian glazed recipe…no peanuts. 🙂

  32. Well, this is my lucky day! I am defrosting some salmon and was thinking I needed a new recipe since I’m tired of mine. Thanks for sharing, I think I may have all the ingredients for this except the peanuts, but it will still be yummy! xx

      1. Thank you Barbara, for getting back to me. I really appreciate you letting me know that your tried the recipe and enjoyed it.

    1. Hi Rachel, I can totally relate to your comment. I kept tasting this over and over…yes, it is easy to eat spoonfuls of the sauce. 🙂

  33. Great looking salmon. It is our favorite fish so I know we would love this presentation. Thanks for your comments on our France trip. We are having a great time.

    1. Hi Penny, Thank you for taking time out of your trip to stop by for a visit…I appreciate that. I’m happy to know that you like the recipe.

    1. Hi Becki, I do think you will enjoy this recipe, especially since you like Asian flavors. The peanut sauce goes so well with many dishes.

  34. Karen, these photos are so breathtaking. I would love to visit Maine. You should be their official marketing director. The salmon looks glorious as well. I love being introduced to new ways to prepare salmon. Looks scrumptious.

    1. Thank you Geni, I appreciate your kind words. I hope that you get a chance to visit Maine someday. We eat a lot of salmon and I’m like you about trying out new ways to prepare it. I’m glad you like this recipe.

    1. Hi Rhonda, I’m glad that you like the salmon recipe…we loved it. Several readers have prepared the dish and liked it too. I hope you enjoy it as well. Thank you for your nice compliment.

  35. Your salmon sounds delicious, Karen, and the photos could not be more appealing. I must say, though, that your peanut sauce really caught my eye. Such a wonderful group of flavors and I bet, as you say, it would go very well with any number of dishes.

  36. This looks brilliant. Isn’t it amazing how much better homemade peanut sauce tastes compared to the ones from a bottle? I smiled at this: ‘sriracha (optional)’- optional?How can sriracha EVER be optional? LOL

    1. Thank you Jerry, I’m glad that you like the looks of the salmon. Yes, I’m like you and use a lot of sriracha but we both like spicy food. 🙂

  37. Sorry I fallen so far behind here, Karen! We ate a fair amount of salmon here and would love to try mixing it up with a new recipe and this is one I think my DH would love – with the sriracha, of course!

    1. Hi Susan, I’m always happy whenever you have a chance to stop by for a visit…don’t worry. I’m happy to know that you like the recipe and I hope you and your husband will enjoy it.

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