Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Asian Greens & Tamari Dressing

  • serves 4

The sesame seed crust adds terrific crunch to the tender salmon and locks the moisture in. The combination of black and white sesame seeds on the bed of greens adds a visually appealing colour contrast to this delectable meal.

38 Ratings
Directions for: Sesame-Crusted Salmon with Asian Greens & Tamari Dressing


Salmon and Rice

1 cup (250 mL) long-grain brown rice

1 ½ cups (500 mL) water

2 Tbsp (30 mL) white sesame seeds

2 Tbsp (30 mL) black sesame seeds

⅛ tsp (0.5 mL) sea salt

4 fillets (6 oz/170 g each) salmon, skinless

2 Tbsp (30 mL) extra virgin olive oil, divided

10 cups (2.5 L) washed and chopped bok choy

One 1-inch (2.5 cm) piece fresh ginger, minced

2 cloves garlic, minced

Tamari Dressing

3 Tbsp (45 mL) sodium-reduced hoisin sauce

3 Tbsp (45 mL) sodium-reduced tamari

1 ½ Tbsp (22 mL) rice vinegar


Salmon and Rice

1. Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C).

2. Add brown rice and water to a medium-sized pot set over high heat. Bring to a boil uncovered. Once boiling, reduce heat to medium-low, cover, and simmer for 45–50 minutes or until tender. Add more water if necessary so rice does not burn. Or, alternately, cook in a rice steamer.

3. Combine the white and black sesame seeds and salt on a plate. Press each salmon fillet in the seeds to evenly coat one side. Heat 1 Tbsp (15 mL) of the oil in a large, ovenproof skillet over medium heat. Cook the salmon, seed side down, for 5 minutes. Transfer to preheated oven and cook for 10 minutes, or until fish is opaque and flakes easily with a fork.

4. Heat the remaining 1 Tbsp (15 mL) oil in a large wok or skillet over medium heat. Add the ginger and garlic and stir-fry for 1 minute. Add the bok choy and stir-fry for 5 minutes or until almost wilted.

Tamari Dressing

1. To make the tamari dressing, in a small bowl, whisk together hoisin, tamari and vinegar. Stir well. Add half the dressing to the bok choy. Toss to combine.

2. To serve, divide the rice among serving plates, top with bok choy and one piece of salmon, and drizzle the remaining dressing on top.

Tips and Substitutions

611 calories, 30 g fat, 5 g saturated fat, 740 mg sodium, 50 g carbohydrates,
7 g fibre, 7 g sugars, 37 g protein. Very high in fibre. Excellent source thiamin,
niacin, folate, vitamin B6, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin B12 and magnesium.
Good source of vitamin A, folate, calcium and iron.

Source and Credits

Recipe courtesy of Nettie Cronish and Cara Rosenbloom, RD, Nourish: Whole Food Recipes featuring Seeds, Nuts, & Beans 2015 © Whitecap Books

See more: Asian, Bake, Fish, GCC seafood, Great Canadian Cookbook, Rice/Grain, Salad, GCC Spring

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