Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Ginger Sauce

Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Ginger Sauce

2 Reviews
From: Diabetic Living Magazine, Summer 2019

Ginger, fish sauce and honey combine to create a delicious basting sauce in this easy grilled salmon recipe. Look for Thai red chiles in the produce section of your grocery store, or use a green or red jalapeño instead. Not only is this salmon dish delicious, it also takes just 25 minutes to prepare, making it the ideal centerpiece for a healthy weeknight dinner.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • Cilantro-Ginger Sauce
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 teaspoon fish sauce
  • 1 teaspoon minced seeded Thai red chile (about 1 large) or jalapeño pepper
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1 medium clove garlic, mashed into paste
  • Salmon
  • 1 pound skin-on salmon fillet (about 2 inches thick), preferably wild-caught, cut into 4 portions
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • ½ teaspoon ground pepper
  • ¼ teaspoon salt


  • Prep

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  1. To prepare sauce: Whisk oil, lime juice, cilantro, fish sauce, chile (or jalapeño), ginger, honey, and garlic in a small bowl. Reserve 1 Tbsp. of the sauce in a separate small bowl to use for basting.
  2. To prepare salmon: Preheat grill to medium-high (see Tip). Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Rub oil all over the salmon. Sprinkle both sides with pepper and salt. Place the salmon on the grill, skin-side up. Grill until the salmon lifts from the grates without sticking, about 6 minutes. Flip the salmon and brush with the reserved 1 Tbsp. sauce. Cook until the salmon lifts from the grates without sticking and flakes with a fork, 1 to 2 minutes more. Serve with the remaining sauce.
  • Tip: Clean grill grates well before grilling to prevent the fish fillets from sticking. To oil the grates, soak a paper towel with vegetable oil, hold it with tongs and rub it over the grates. (Do not use cooking spray on a hot grill.)
  • Equipment: Charcoal or gas grill

Nutrition information

  • Serving size: 3 oz. fish + about 2 tsp. sauce
  • Per serving: 204 calories; 11 g fat(2 g sat); 0 g fiber; 2 g carbohydrates; 23 g protein; 14 mcg folate; 53 mg cholesterol; 2 g sugars; 1 g added sugars; 192 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 48 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 320 mg sodium; 437 mg potassium
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 0

Reviews 2

September 18, 2019
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By: Nat
Delicious and bright tasting! Served with edamame rice pilaf with cilantro to carry over the flavor. Threw some pickled carrot shreds over all of it. Superb dinner!
September 14, 2019
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By: killercookmom
This is a very flavorful and easy grilled salmon recipe. I made it Exactly as written and grilled it on a gas grill . I served it with the excellent lemon-dill green bean and baby potato salad in the same issue. Superb summer meal.
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