Easy Sesame-Hoisin Salmon

Photo: Victor Protasio

Serves 4 (serving size: 1 fillet)

This just might become one of your go-to weeknight mains. It’s incredibly easy to make, near foolproof, and a guaranteed family pleaser. It works especially well with sustainable farmed salmon, which is oilier than wild salmon. The sweet-nutty-salty sauce is a perfect match for the rich fish and tames any sort of fishy flavors the salmon might have. Be sure to top the fillets with any remaining sauce in the baking dish—you don’t want any of that goodness to go to waste. Serve with steamed green beans and brown rice or quinoa for an easy, well-rounded meal.


  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
  • 2 teaspoons toasted sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 4 (6-oz.) salmon fillets
  • Cooking spray
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons sliced green onions

Nutrition Information

  • calories 294
  • fat 12 g
  • satfat 2.4 g
  • monofat 4.1 g
  • polyfat 4.4 g
  • protein 37 g
  • carbohydrate 8 g
  • fiber 0.0 g
  • cholesterol 89 mg
  • iron 1 mg
  • sodium 489 mg
  • calcium 26 mg
  • sugars 6 g
  • Est. Added Sugars 5 g

How to Make It

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F. Combine hoisin sauce, brown sugar, soy sauce, vinegar, sesame oil, ginger, and crushed red pepper. Place salmon fillets in a baking dish coated with cooking spray; sprinkle with salt. Pour sauce over salmon. Bake at 400°F for 15 minutes, basting occasionally. Sprinkle with sliced green onions.