Dinner Tonight: Seared Salmon Recipe

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Dinner Tonight: Seared Salmon Recipe

It’s back to the cupboards for another recipe from Off the Shelf by Donna Hay. This time I had a nice piece of salmon and not a whole lot of time. I don’t usually like to fuss with seafood, trying to keep things as simple as possible and letting the natural flavor of the fish shine. But this looked like an easy way to add another dimension to what can become a standard—and a tad boring—week-night meal.

This recipe is anything but complex. The ingredient list is tiny, and the marinating time is short. Yet, the flavors caramelize beautifully over the high, high heat, creating a dead-simple recipe that takes less than 30 minutes.


  • 4 salmon filets (6 ounces or so a piece)
  • 2 teaspoons ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce


  1. 1.

    Mix together the ginger, sesame oil, and soy sauce in a large bowl. Add the salmon and let them marinate for 10 minutes per side.

  2. 2.

    Place frying pan over high heat, and let it warm up for a minute or two. When nice and smoking hot, toss in the salmon. Cook for about a minute or two per side, until nicely seared and roughly cooked through.