Salmon With A Savory Surprise: Fish Sauce Glaze

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Salmon is a beloved protein, praised for its health benefits and versatility. But sometimes, even the most delicious fish can fall victim to a bit of, well, blandness. Enter the magic of fish sauce! This Southeast Asian staple adds a depth of umami that elevates salmon to a whole new level.

This recipe utilizes a simple fish sauce marinade to transform your salmon from ordinary to extraordinary. In under 30 minutes, you’ll have a restaurant-worthy dish that’s sure to impress.

Salmon with Herb & Garlic Cream Sauce - RecipeTin Eats
Salmon with Herb & Garlic Cream Sauce – RecipeTin Eats


2 salmon fillets (around 6 oz each)

  • 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup fish sauce
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • 1 teaspoon grated ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon Sriracha (optional, for a kick)
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

  • Instructions:

    1. Marinate the Salmon: In a large bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, fish sauce, brown sugar, lime juice, garlic, ginger, Sriracha (if using), and black pepper. Add the salmon fillets, making sure they’re coated evenly in the marinade. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes, or up to 2 hours for even deeper flavor.

    2. Cook the Salmon: Heat a grill pan or skillet over medium-high heat. Remove the salmon fillets from the marinade, letting any excess drip off. Sear the salmon for 3-4 minutes per side, or until cooked through and slightly flaky.

    3. Serve and Enjoy! Plate the salmon and drizzle with any remaining marinade from the pan for extra flavor. Serve with your favorite sides, like roasted vegetables or rice.

    Nutrition Facts (per serving)

    Calories: Approximately 350 (depending on the size of the salmon fillet)

  • Protein: Around 40g
  • Fat: 15g (including healthy fats from the fish)
  • Carbs: 10g

  • Please note: This is an approximate nutritional breakdown. Actual values may vary depending on the specific ingredients you use.


    This fish sauce marinade is a game-changer for salmon lovers. It’s incredibly easy to prepare, yet delivers a burst of umami flavor that takes your salmon to a whole new level.

    Now, let’s answer some common questions you might have about this recipe:

    Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

    1. Can I substitute another type of fish for the salmon?

    Absolutely! This marinade works well with other firm-fleshed fish like cod, halibut, or mahi-mahi.

    2. I don’t have fish sauce. Is there a substitute?

    While fish sauce is the key ingredient for that unique umami flavor, you can substitute an equal amount of soy sauce with a teaspoon of oyster sauce added for a touch of depth.

    3. How can I tell if my salmon is cooked through?

    The best way to check for doneness is to gently flake the salmon with a fork. If it flakes easily and appears opaque throughout, it’s cooked through.

    4. What sides pair well with this dish?

    This recipe offers a lot of flavor flexibility. Consider roasted vegetables like broccoli, asparagus, or zucchini. You can also serve it with rice or quinoa for a complete meal.

    5. Can I bake the salmon instead of grilling it?