Easy Asian Salmon Marinade

Easy Asian Salmon Marinade

An easy Asian salmon marinade adds a delightful blend of sweet, savory, and tangy flavors to your salmon. Here’s a simple recipe for an Asian-inspired marinade:


  • 4 salmon fillets (about 6 oz each)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (use low-sodium soy sauce if preferred)
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil (optional)
  • 1 tablespoon chopped green onions (for garnish, optional)
  • Sesame seeds (for garnish, optional)


  1. Prepare the Marinade: In a bowl, combine the soy sauce, honey, rice vinegar, fresh lime juice, minced garlic, grated ginger, and sesame oil (if using). Whisk the ingredients together until well blended.
  2. Marinate the Salmon: Place the salmon fillets in a shallow dish or a resealable plastic bag. Pour the Asian marinade over the salmon, making sure each fillet is coated evenly. Seal the bag or cover the dish and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes to allow the flavors to infuse. For even better flavor, you can marinate for up to 2 hours.
  3. Preheat the Grill or Oven: If you’re grilling, preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If you’re using an oven, preheat it to 375Β°F (190Β°C).
  4. Cook the Salmon: Remove the salmon fillets from the marinade and let any excess marinade drip off. If grilling, place the salmon fillets directly on the grill grates, skin-side down, and grill for about 4-5 minutes per side or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork and has grill marks. If baking, place the salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper or a greased baking dish and bake for about 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  5. Garnish and Serve: Once the salmon is cooked to your desired doneness, remove it from the grill or oven. Garnish with chopped green onions and sesame seeds, if desired.
  6. Serve: Serve the Asian-marinated salmon hot with your favorite side dishes, such as steamed rice, stir-fried vegetables, or a crisp salad.

This easy Asian salmon marinade infuses your salmon with wonderful flavors and creates a delicious, caramelized glaze when grilled or baked. It’s a simple and flavorful way to prepare salmon for a delightful meal.