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Amazing Asian Salmon Recipe

My favorite Asian salmon recipe, marinated for just 30 minutes, bursts with the flavor of garlic, ginger and black pepper. Baked in the oven for about 12 minutes, makes this a fast and easy weeknight dinner.

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This Asian salmon recipe is a great simple dinner.

I love simple dinners!

Yes, I love to cook, but everyone needs a few magic tricks up their sleeve.

One of my favoritesl this Asian salmon recipe, is a roasted salmon which is full of flavor and easy to make.

I’m a sucker for anything Vietnamese and these seasonings really work for me.

In about 30 minutes you can have dinner on the table-depending on how long you want to marinate this fish-and everyone will think you’ve worked you tail off.

This black pepper salmon is also healthy, easily roasted in the oven, and can be served with rice, noodles or potatoes.

And if you don’t want to go that route, this gorgeous fish would be perfect on a bed of greens.

In my case I had leftover rice in the fridge and some smashed cucumber salad that I threw on the top at the last minute.

We ate a lot of cukes in China and now I find myself making them quite often here.

In China they give them a good whack, before they marinate them. I whack them also…great way to get your aggression out, if I must say!

Vietnamese Salmon with smashed cucumbers

Alex comes home next week-only for a week, but I can’t wait. I feel the need to get my freezer stocked with chocolate chip cookies and probably some meat.

I promised Manservant I’d make a rib roast when the boy arrives. That way he can drink up some of the red wine that he covets.

I also need to get sandwich fixin’s. He loves to make a sandwich when he arrives, as China isn’t to big on sandwiches. I feel the need to deep clean-not that he’ll notice or anything!

Now if I can just get Manservant to replace a bunch of light bulbs and hang some hooks and pictures, we’ll be off to a good start!

And if he’s nice maybe I’ll even make him this Asian salmon recipe!

Have a great weekend!

More to Love:

A few more great dishes:

Moroccan Fish with Chickpeas         

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    Roasted Salmon with Fennel 

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 Cajun Fish with Browned Butter      cajun fish with pecan butter 8 1

And try this swordfish if you want another choice!

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Vietnamese Black Pepper Salmon

Asian Salmon Recipe with Garlic, Ginger and Black Pepper

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  • Author: Abbe Odenwalder
  • Prep Time: 5 Minutes*
  • Cook Time: 8 - 12 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 Minutes
  • Yield: 2 -3 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Course
  • Method: Baking
  • Cuisine: Asian


This simple Vietnamese salmon with smashed cucumbers is quick and totally delish!



1 lb salmon fillet

1 2″ piece fresh ginger, peeled and thinly sliced

2 T fish sauce

1 t sugar

2 t fesh lemon juice

2 t freshly ground black pepper

2 t minced fresh garlic

Smashed Chinese Cucumbers (Lucky Peach)

1 T Chinkiang vinegar

1 t chili oil

1 t sesame oil

1 t turbinado sugar or brown sugar

1/4 t kosher salt

3 mini cucumbers or 1 English cucumber

1 t toasted sesame seeds

2 T chopped peanuts

2 T cilantro leaves


Combine ginger, fish sauce, sugar, lemon juice, pepper and garlic in a shallow baking dish. Mix well.

Place salmon fillet in dish and brush with marinade. Place in the fridge for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400. Bake the salmon on a foil lined baking sheet for 8-12 minutes or until fish flakes and is done to your liking.

Smashed Cucumbers

Whisk together the vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, sugar and salt in a medium bowl until the sugar dissolves. Set the dressing aside.

Halve the cucumbers lengthwise. Scoop out seeds if they are seedy. Set them cut side down on a cutting board and lightly smash them with a cleaver or chef’s knife until they crack in a few places. Slice into 3/4″ half moons.

Toss the cucumbers in the dressing and top with sesame seeds, peanuts and cilantro. Serve on fish or on the side as a salad.


*Thanks Vietnamese Market Cookbook

*Not including time to marinate

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Chef Mimi

Friday 16th of February 2024

I would love this served on a salad with cucumbers!!!


Tuesday 20th of February 2024

We eat the cucumbers with everything! Thanks Mimi!


Sunday 19th of May 2019

Everything tastes better with fish sauce and your salmon is delectable. Plus, this cucumber salad is heavenly ... now I know what to do with chinkiang vinegar . This is simply wonderful :D

Laura Dembowski

Wednesday 25th of January 2017

I am also all about easy dinners and love salmon and the bright flavors in this. I can't wait to get some aggression out on my cucumbers now :)


Wednesday 25th of January 2017

What a fabulous way to enjoy salmon! Can't wait to find a nice salmon filet so I can give this try.

Balvinder Ubi

Tuesday 24th of January 2017

I adore salmon. Have to try this recipe, it looks amazing!