Sticky Sesame Salmon with Orange Sauce




Yield 4

My kids are always happy to eat salmon. This recipe is a riff on a dish that we order at our favorite Chinese restaurant in Brooklyn. The sesame seeds coat the surface of the fish, adding a nice nutty crunch. Use the 4 tablespoons sugar if you prefer your sauce on the sweeter side.


For the sauce

For the fish


  1. Preheat the oven to 350° F.
  2. Make the sauce: In a large bowl, stir together the ketchup, orange juice, sugar, chili paste and sesame oil. Set aside.
  3. Make the fish: Season the salmon generously with salt and pepper, then drizzle with 2 tablespoons of the olive oil. Place the seeds on a plate and dredge the tops of the fillets in the sesame seeds to coat.
  4. In an ovenproof skillet, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon olive oil over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, sesame seed side down, to the pan and sear, turning once, until golden brown, about 3 minutes on each side.
  5. Transfer the skillet to the oven and roast the salmon until cooked through, about 6 minutes.
  6. Generously brush with the orange sauce and serve.

Courses Main Dish

Recipe by Gluten-Free Homemaker at