This Pan Seared Salmon with Soy Ginger Glaze is the perfect weeknight meal. It’s easy to make, affordable and the glaze takes the flavor to a whole new level. Plus, the entire recipe only has 7 ingredients! It’s a great recipe to make for your family or just for yourself – it heats up surprisingly well for being salmon (just try not to do it at work).
My first blog post ever was actually a salmon recipe. The stock photo is hard to look at, but the recipe itself is very good. It’s a go-to recipe of mine that I cook all the time, and if you like this Pan Seared Salmon with Soy Ginger Glaze recipe then I suggest you check out the original economical salmon recipe too.
Back to the current salmon recipe…
Making this recipe is quite easy. Even making the glaze, which sounds fancy, is not hard to do. All you need to get it done is a solid pan and spatula:
T-fal Pan: (the economical choice)
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Taking a look at the recipe, it all starts with a nice fillet of salmon. Wild Caught Salmon is the way to go if you can afford it, but this is the “Economical Chef” for a reason, and I went with the fresh $9.99/lb salmon from my local Jewel that was no doubt farm raised in some way (even if it was “natural”, etc.). It’s still delicious, and $9.99/lb for protein is costly enough as it stands.
Making the glaze is the key to this whole recipe. It gives the salmon a nice, caramelized flavor around the exterior of the fish.
To make the glaze add the olive oil, soy sauce, rice wine vinegar, ginger and garlic to a pan over medium heat. Simmer the mixture for 2-3 until it gets slightly bubbly, like below.
While the glaze is simmering, cut your salmon into clean 1/3 lb pieces. Try to cut them cleanly with a sharp knife one time through (sometimes the butcher at the grocery store will do this for you too). Then, add the pieces skin side down to the hot pan that contains the glaze (add the sesame oil at this time too).
You want to start by cooking the salmon for about 5 minutes on the skin side, and then flipping it to cook for about 3 minutes on it’s top. From there, depending on how rare vs. well-done you want your salmon, cook the fish on the sides for a minute or two each. I went for about 90 seconds on each side and the salmon was perfectly cooked to my liking.
After, remove the salmon from the heat and serve it with some fresh lemon! I also made some quinoa and broccolini to create a full meal for about $5 a serving. This Swiss Chard would work great as a side as well.
We all know salmon has come into the mainstream food scene for it’s health omega-3 fats, but there are many other health benefits to salmon beyond just healthy fats. It also has a wide variety of useful vitamins, and protein as well. Check out this article from Dr. Axe to learn more, and see below for the nutrition for this recipe specifically (per 1/3 lb serving).
- Calories: 265.5
- Total Fat: 9.7 g
- Total Carbs: 2.8 g
- Protein: 39.4 g
- Total Sugar: 1.7 g
As noted above, there are plenty of health fats and salmon is packed with protein. The one thing I like most about this recipe compared to other “glazed” recipes is that the sugar content is very low. I avoided adding maple syrup, honey or brown sugar to the recipe. All can be delicious ingredients in a glaze, but also add sugar and calories quickly.
Now, let’s get economical with this Pan Seared Salmon with Soy Ginger Glaze.
- 1 lb of salmon – $9.99
- 1 tbsp olive oil – $0.30
- 2 tbsp soy sauce – $0.16
- 1 tsp sesame oil – $0.12
- 1/2 tsp ginger powder – $0.12
- 1 clove garlic – $0.10
- 1 tsp rice wine vinegar – $0.05
- Optional: Lemon
The grand total is $10.84. The cost per serving is only $3.61 for a tasty salmon portion that could run $15+ at a nice restaurant.
The majority of the cost, not surprisingly, comes from the salmon. So invest as much or as little as you want in the quality of the salmon, and the glaze will cost you less than a buck. Not bad.