Hoisin Asian Salmon

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This easy hoisin salmon recipe contains just a few ingredients but is packed with flavor. Fresh salmon is coated with a mixture of hoisin sauce, garlic, ginger, and spicy sriracha to create a truly delicious dish that is not only easy but good for you.

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This easy Hoisin Salmon recipe has just six ingredients and is ready in less than 15 minutes including prep work. Perfect for busy weeknights. Usually, I serve it with Stir Fried Veggies and Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice.

Hoisin salmon is one of my absolute favorite quick and easy dinner recipes. Not only is it packed with flavor, it’s a dish that anyone can make (no more fear of cooking fish at home, this is easy!) and one that I have found even kids and picky eaters love. You can adjust the spice level to meet the needs of anyone your cooking for and it pairs great with any veggies. All in all, it comes together in under 15 minutes, which is always a win in my book.

To bring you this recipe today, I used delicious Alaskan sockeye salmon in the recipe. Did you know that Alaska has five species of salmon, several varieties of whitefish, and numerous shellfish species? I usually only think of salmon and crab when I hear Alaskan Seafood, so this was exciting to learn. I also found out that since seafood from Alaska come from naturally cold water this leads to seafood and fish with lean flesh, a firm texture, and great flavor. They are also full of high-quality protein, heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids, naturally low in sodium and saturated fat, as well as packed with vitamins, minerals, and oils that are essential to good health. So next time you are shopping, look for the Alaska label when you are choosing seafood.

As a young child salmon was my favorite fish to eat. Since salmon is a milder fish, my mother often served it since it was more kid-friendly. I particularly liked salmon because it was the least fishy smelling of them all. It is funny to think back on the preferences of my young tastebuds, but years later salmon is still one of my favorite foods to eat.

Now it is one of my go to dishes, especially during the summer season. It is delicious, nutritious, and so versatile. You can grill it, steam it, pan sear it, or even bake it. You can season it with dried herbs, like dill or parsley, or coat it in lemon juice and freshly minced garlic. You can even shred it and make a delicious salmon burger, which is a surprisingly satisfying alternative to fatty hamburgers. When it comes to preparing salmon, the options are endless. Every now and then I like to get a little bit adventurous in the kitchen, which is where this delicious hoisin salmon recipe owes its creation. This salmon recipe uses hoisin sauce, traditionally used in Chinese cooking, to provide a sweet and spicy flavor. This dish is unique and dynamic, making it the perfect choice to impress dinner guests.

Change it Up

At the center of this Asian fish recipe is a delicious marinade. It tastes delicious on a fresh salmon fillet, but why stop there? This Asian salmon recipe can be modified depending on your dietary preferences or the meats you have available. You can easily replace salmon with other types of meat including swordfish, chicken, or tuna. If you are vegan or vegetarian, consider switching out salmon for tofu. The marinade used in this recipe pairs well with a variety of meats.

Follow the same instructions for preparing the meat as listed below, but just adjust cooking time or method depending on the salmon alternative you choose. This marinade could also be modified into a dressing or dipping sauce. By adding some olive oil or yogurt you can easily make a spicy and flavorful sauce perfect for dipping chicken wings in, adding to a steak fajita, or tossing with some couscous. If you are a lover of spice and heat, then the options are endless.

Hoisin salmon on a plate with stir fried vegetables.

What is Hoisin Sauce?

The star of this hoisin salmon recipe is hoisin sauce. Used in many Asian fish recipes, hoisin sauce is a sweet and salty sauce popular in Chinese cuisine. You can find this sauce at most groceries stores or even online. You’ll often see it as a dipping sauce for spring rolls or as a glaze for meats. This flavorful sauce often contains vinegar, soybeans, sugar, garlic and a variety of spices. It is an easy way to liven up any dish, which is exactly what it does in this salmon recipe.

Is Hoisin Salmon Healthy?

This hoisin salmon recipe is relatively healthy thanks to its base: salmon. There are endless good things that can be said about the health benefits of salmon. It is full of healthy fats, including omega 3s. Omega 3s are great for improving cardiovascular health and reducing inflammation throughout the body. It is also packed full of vitamins and other nutrients; it is a great source of protein, potassium, and b vitamins. Yet hoisin sauce often contains a fair amount of sodium and sugar, so keep this in mind if you are on a strict diet. If you are curious about the health benefits of salmon, check out this complete salmon guide to learn more.

Sure hoisin sauce is the key to this Asian salmon recipe, but if this is an issue, consider reducing the amount of sauce you use. Another way to make this dish more healthy is to serve it with some nutritious vegetables. Salmon pairs amazingly with a fresh arugula salad or roasted asparagus. This recipe, in particular, would go well with some stir-fried vegetables, too. Throw in some green beans, chopped bell peppers, mushrooms and soy sauce into a frying pan and voila! You have got yourself an easy stir-fry to serve alongside your hoisin salmon.

Hopefully I have convinced you that this dish is well worth a try. Here is how to make this delicious hoisin salmon recipe.

The Recipe
Hoisin Asian Salmon

Hoisin Asian Salmon

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  • 1 lb. salmon (wild is best)
  • 3 tbsp. Hoisin sauce
  • 2 tsp. low sodium soy sauce
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 1 tsp. minced ginger
  • 1/2 tsp. Sriracha

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Preheat the broiler.


Mix together the Hoisin, soy sauce, garlic, and ginger. If you like things spicy, add 1-4 tsp. of Sriracha. You can also add this individually to the servings of fish you would like to be spicier.


Brush the salmon with the Hoisin sauce mixture. Place on a foil covered baking sheet.


Place the fish about 6 inches from the broiler. Broil for 5-10 minutes (depending on thickness of the fish), until it is opaque and flaky. Alternatively you can cook at 500 degrees to 8-12 minutes.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 4 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 265
Calories from Fat 141
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g
Saturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 0g
Polyunsaturated Fat 0g
Cholesterol 63mg
Sodium 357mg
Total Carbohydrate 6g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 3g
Protein 24g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.

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