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Salmon with Garlic, Ginger and Black Pepper (Fast and Easy) Plus Smashed Cucumbers

“This salmon 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.”
salmon with pepper and scallions

I love simple dinners! Yes, I love to cook, but everyone needs a few magic tricks up their sleeve. This roasted salmon 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 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 dinner! Have a great weekend!

yield: 2-3 ServingsAuthor: The Vietnamese Market Cookbookprint recipe

Salmon with Garlic, Ginger and Black Pepper with Smashed Cucumbers

This salmon 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.
prep time: 20 MINScook time: 12 MINStotal time: 32 mins


  • 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


  1. 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.
  2. 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

  1. Whisk together the vinegar, chili oil, sesame oil, sugar and salt in a medium bowl until the sugar dissolves. Set the dressing aside.
  2. 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.
  3. Toss the cucumbers in the dressing and top with sesame seeds, peanuts and cilantro. Serve on fish or on the side as a salad.
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    Gingi Freeman
    January 21, 2017 at 12:05 am

    This is insanely good looking! Will have to pin for later! Thanks for sharing! <3 –

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    Kitchen Riffs
    January 21, 2017 at 6:13 am

    I'm sure you and Manservant will be delighted to see Alex again! When it comes to red wine and mat, rib roast is really good, but I'd opt for short ribs or lamb shanks braised in red wine. Anyway, this dish looks ferric! Love ginger and garlic, and they combine wonderfully with salmon. Thanks!

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    Angie Schneider
    January 21, 2017 at 9:27 am

    My favourite fish! This looks incredibly delicious and flavoursome!

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    Liz Berg
    January 21, 2017 at 1:25 pm

    I love Asian flavors with salmon. Your fish looks fabulous—and I can't wait to give it a try!!!

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    Anna and Liz Recipes
    January 21, 2017 at 2:36 pm

    There is something about Salmon when it's made simple with only ginger and garlic and black pepper that we go bonkers for… yours looks amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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    Sippity Sup
    January 22, 2017 at 2:22 am

    Yes we all need magic tricks and this one is miraculously beautiful. GREG

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    Cheri Savory Spoon
    January 22, 2017 at 2:23 am

    How wonderful your son is visiting, Vietnamese and salmon are my two favorite foods, looks amazing Abbe!!!

  • Reply
    January 23, 2017 at 12:10 am

    The flavours sound great. Hope you had a great weekend!

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    All That I'm Eating
    January 23, 2017 at 1:16 pm

    This sounds like just the thing for a cold evening.

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    SavoringTime in the Kitchen
    January 23, 2017 at 2:35 pm

    What a simple but flavorful salmon preparation, Abbe! I love the addition of the smashed cucumbers. Enjoy your son's visit!

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    Holly @
    January 23, 2017 at 8:56 pm

    I need to turn to salmon more often for weeknight meals– your preparation looks just right!

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    Balvinder Ubi
    January 24, 2017 at 3:26 pm

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

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    January 25, 2017 at 3:31 am

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

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    Laura Dembowski
    January 25, 2017 at 5:55 pm

    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 🙂

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