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Simple Hoisin Glazed Salmon

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But you guys. When I say simple, I really mean SIMPLE.

This salty sweet glazed salmon is making me look all fancy and it can do the same for you, and then you're all like I'mmm so fan-saay, and I'm all like you already know. We jive.

In addition to being awesome-sauced and lovingly brushed with my favorite of all the flavors, the salmon and it's clingy hoisin glaze go perfectly on a plate of fresh, vibrant veggies tossed with some sesame oil and lime juice. Say hello to your fresh self because I'm 99 million percent sure that you will have a clean eating healthy fresh feels-me-so-good kind of glow about you by the time you lick this plate clean.

Also on the list of positives about Simple Hoisin Glazed Salmon is the fact that this is ready in 30 minutes and uses less than 10 pantry ingredients. Simplity Doo Da Day.

Liquid boiling in a skillet on the stove.

Big night tonight: Bjork and I are attempting to ride our bikes together through and in and around the city of Saint Paul for the second time ever. As a person who is still riding the same bike that my parents got me for my 15th birthday, I think it's safe to label myself as a biker wannabe. Bjork has a hand-me-down bike that is something pretty close to a road bike and bonus: it's three sizes too big for him. We just try to keep it real out there on the trails, ya know?

Or wait. They're not even trails, because since we are biking through the city in order to get to the trails, we have to actually ride in a real bike lane. ON THE STREET. With cars and official bikey people calling out commands and moving in synchronized herds. Us? On our misfit bikes? Trying to follow the codes of the Bike Universe that while also staying alive? This is not a good idea.

Conveniently, that statement could double for the ceramic baking dish that I chose to use for baking the glazed salmon. My mind told me it was a good idea but my mind is a liahhh.

Raw salmon and cooked salmon.

Part of the reason I am a little nervous for go-round #2 with the bikes tonight is that our fateful first bike ride a few weeks ago involved an unplanned 30 mile jaunt along the Mississippi River and oh for the sweet love. Thirty miles?! On our first time on bikes in many many moons? MY LEGS. There was a hot and unfriendly fire ablazing in my quads as we took in the scenery of the river trails.

My peppy little purple young adult starter bike had me sitting straight up like a granny bringing some freshly baked bread to her neighbors, which, I might add, sounds a lot better than what I was actually doing which was riding it as if it was meant for something, anything, other than bread-bringing. The bike is just not meant for 30 miles, nor are my legs. And by the time we got into to the last hour of biking (seriously it took us that long SEE-REE-US-LY), Dramatic Wife had taken over my body.

So fingers crossed for round two on the bikes! *beep beep*

Hoisin Glazed Salmon on white plates on top of salad.

Do bikers eat hoisin glazed salmon? Because last time we sort of lost all self control after the Ride of Doom and went straight to the nearest pub and loaded up on fries and a burger and it was the literally best thing my mouth had ever tasted. But now that I know that 30 miles is not actually that much for a reeeeal biker and I might have been a teensy weensy bit dramatic about HOW BADLY I NEEDED TO EAT immediately after we got home last time, I think I might be able to satisfy my hangry self with some sweet and salty hoisin glazed salmon when we come back. If we come back.

Oh my gosh I just had a really awesome idea that involves a baggie of granola and dried fruit and me on a bike. Where is the snack pouch on that thing?

Simple Hoisin Glazed Salmon on a salad with limes.

Never mind. Let's focus on the task at hand which is enjoying this extremely easy and num num num recipe with a salty-sweet 6-ingredient homemade hoisin sauce brushed over a nice piece of fish, served with some fresh, crispy, colorful vegetables. It's like company dinner meets fastest weeknight dinner meets I'm so fan-saaaay.

Just how I like it.

ONE LAST THING. For all my blended stuff, I always have the best results with my Blendtec Designer Series Blender. If you're in the market for a new grown up blender, this has your name all over it.

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Simple Hoisin Glazed Salmon


This Simple Hoisin Glazed Salmon has a 6-ingredient sauce made from scratch that is brushed over the salmon and baked to perfection.


  • 1/2 cup low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1/4 cup hoisin sauce
  • 2-3 cloves garlic
  • 1 1-inch piece fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 limes
  • 1 lb. salmon - wild caught if you have access to it
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • sesame seeds for topping


  1. To make the hoisin glaze, puree the soy sauce, water, hoisin, garlic, ginger, honey, and juice of one lime in a blender or food processor. Transfer to a skillet over medium high heat. Simmer until the mixture reduces to a syrupy consistency that will stick to the salmon when brushed on. Remove from heat.
  2. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Cut the salmon into four pieces. Pour the sesame oil in a baking dish (I'd recommend nonstick) and arrange the salmon in the pan. Brush the salmon with a thin layer of glaze, reserving the rest of the glaze for later. Bake for 15 minutes; remove from oven, brush with glaze again, and bake for another 15 minutes. When the salmon is done (it will be firm and flake apart easily) remove from oven and brush with the glaze one more time before serving. Sprinkle with sesame seeds if you want to be fan-say.


I served this with a simple little salad (spinach, carrots, edamame, cilantro, and peanuts) tossed with sesame oil, lime juice, salt, and a touch of honey.

Nutrition information only includes about two-thirds of the glaze - I found that we didn't actually use all of it, but I kept the measurements the same for the recipe because I would rather you have a little extra glaze to deal with instead of not having enough.

  • Prep Time: 10 mins
  • Cook Time: 30 mins
  • Category: Dinner
  • Cuisine: American

Keywords: glazed salmon, hoisin salmon, salmon recipe, glazed hoisin salmon

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  1. Skillful Cook Logo

    Oh my gosh Lindsay, you are speaking my language with this recipe! I’m going to be heading out to Vancouver for some holiday time next week, and plan to eat as much wild salmon as I can get! Have a great time on your bike trip today. City biking kinda scares me too (mainly because I have a road bike that requires me to clip my cycling shoes in so stopping always requires a reminder to myself to un-clip), but I’m sure you guys will have lots of fun. 🙂

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    Oh man. I hope bike adventure, the sequel is not like it’s prequel. The hubs and I did alot of biking last week on our vacay. and it’s fun until it hurts your bum. Poetry FTW.
    Also, I love simple dishes that involve 6 ingredient home made hoisin sauce, so pass me this fish and call me a happy camper!
    P.s I am LOVING your new white-background photos! <3

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      Thanks Taylor! I polled the audience on my VIP Facebook group and most people preferred wood. I was really surprised – I thought the white was all snappy and jazzy and stuff. 🙂 But glad you like it!

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        I was one of the pro-white-back ground people. Brightly colored food on white = this post = awesome. 🙂 We once took a bike trip on the Bahamas to a “nearby” beach (“oh, yah, man, you can get there by bike,” the local said, stifling what must’ve been an enormous laugh). It was soooo far, with a bike that seemed like it was made of rocks. We should’ve taken a cab back (legs!).

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    “Where is the snack pouch on that thing?”

    I want to know where the cup holder is! Seriously, I know a couple who are in their late 60’s and they bike UP MOUNTAINS. And worse yet…they wear that biking gear. I could never do that! I’ll stick to my garden boots and shovel!

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    You have the same exact biking fears that I do! Riding my bike on a real life street with cars and where I didn’t have room to veer four feet to the left on accident is what kept me walking to class all through college. And being a little less adventurous than my road bike owning boyfriend (now fiance) liked.

    When I’m in Portland I usually have more salmon than I know what to do with thanks to my dad who spends most of his time on his boat. Usually I just go a pesto lemon route, this is a great way to shake up my routine! Thank you!

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    I am still cracking up over your granny bread reference, too funny ( not for your legs but!)

    This looks perfect for a mid week meal! I am always looking to get more salmon in my belly (not that I need an excuse to eat something as delicious as this)

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    Looks so delicious. I need some hoisin and some fresh salmon and I’m def gonna do this up sometime soon!

    Good luck with the cycling! I commute by bike so I’m used to the busy streets now, but when I first started venturing out into the rush hour traffic I was so sure I was gonna die… Now I’m only scared, like, 40% of the time 🙁

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    Fabulous recipe, love the use of lime in it too. Also, don’t be nervous about biking on the streets, once you do it you’ll realize it’s not that bad. I biked about 10 miles around D.C. last week and I think it’s the perfect way to view a city 🙂

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    I’m trying to get my girlfriend to learn to ride a bike, so we’ll skip the busy streets. This recipe looks great, I made a similar flavored salmon burger, but will try this with the hoisin sauce. Sesame seeds are a great choice garnish and photography.

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    I might need to steal that term “pantry ingredients”. I have been on a mission to create recipes that have very few ingredients, but when I use something that has ingredients within, I have been calling it components. Not very appetizing. But I hate those recipes that use boxed over-processed foods and then call it 2 ingredients.

    PS – I did mention ingredients in another comment and I hope you do not think I was being snarky in any way! Of course I am now self-conscious about it and yet you might not have even seen my comment.

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      Hahaha – yes I know. Like, two ingredient pizza! Eek. And I don’t remember that other comment (although I read them all so I’m sure I saw it) – I’m sure it did not come across as snarky at all. 🙂

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    I didn’t appreciate how much I enjoyed your ‘voice’ until I just read a post about salmon. I despise salmon. But the pics make me wish I felt differently. Thanks!

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    Aaaaah I just love those accidental bike marathons – gives you every right to be a hangry and dramatic wife!

    That salmon looks delicious – and I’m saying that despite having felt repulsed by salmon for the past nine months during pregnancy (I usually LOVE it)! Can’t wait to get my appetite for it back (hopefully very, very soon!) and try this recipe!

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    This dish looks amazing! And I love your biking story! My husband and I road-bike all the time, and girl…30 miles is nothing to turn your nose up at – especially when you’re riding an older bike! I’m totally with you on feeling ravenous after a ride, and this hoisin glazed salmon recipe looks like a perfect meal after a good ride!

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      Okay so I’m not crazy. I felt like I had just done a marathon, and then my brother was telling me about the Habitat 500 (LIKE 500 MILES) ride he did for Habitat for Humanity and I was all like uhhh shoot.

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    the salmon looks wonderful – love the lime! good luck with the biking – I think practice makes perfect!