Sesame Crusted Salmon Bowls

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Sesame Crusted Salmon Bowls with broccoli, rice, and creamy Miso-Ginger Sauce. This salmon bowl recipe is packed with bold, vibrant flavors and will instantly become a family favorite.Sesame crusted salmon bowls with broccoli, kimchi, and miso sauce

While there is no shortage of fabulous salmon recipes on my site, this one is, undoubtedly, a new favorite.

It features sesame-crusted salmon cubes, which are glazed in a honey-gochujang mixture and sautéed until golden.

Also in the mix is crisp-tender broccoli, fluffy white rice, and kimchi for gut-healthy probiotics.

Much like my Sesame Salmon Rice Bowls, this recipe would NOT be complete without a dynamite sauce.

  • Enter: Creamy Miso-Ginger Sauce. It’s similar to Yum Yum Sauce, though packs a bigger flavor punch.

In fact, you may want to go ahead and double the batch right from the start. Any leftover sauce you can use to liven up weekday lunches.

How to Make Sesame Crusted Salmon Bowls

Don’t let the ingredient list deter you, as many of the condiments are used twice!

And if you’re avoiding purchasing a tub of miso for one recipe, fear not. Miso lasts FOREVER in the fridge since it is fermented.

Plus, I have a SLEW of recipes that call for miso (start with my Spicy Miso Ramen), so you won’t run out of ideas for using it.

The IngredientsRecipe ingredients in separate bowls on a grey surface

  • Salmon: You need 1 1/4 lbs. of salmon, which can be wild or sustainably-farmed (Atlantic salmon).
    • Pro tip: ask the fish monger to cut off the skin to save you a step!
  • Sesame Seeds: I love using a mix of white and black sesame seeds for color contrast. Sesame seeds are rich in minerals and heart-healthy fats.
  • Honey: To help the sesame seeds stick to the salmon.
  • Gochujang: Gochujang is a staple ingredient in Korean cooking. If you’re not familiar with this versatile condiment, it’s a thick and spicy crimson-red paste made from red chile peppers, fermented soybeans, and salt.
  • Miso: A fermented soybean paste and secret weapon for adding worlds of savory depth to the sauce. Look for either white or sweet miso paste, which aren’t quite as intense as the darker varieties.
  • Rice Vinegar: Look for seasoned rice vinegar, which is lightly sweetened.
  • Sesame Oil: Look for toasted sesame oil, which has a darker color and more concentrated flavor than regular sesame oil. The deeper, richer flavor helps make a little go a long way in the sauce. 
  • Ginger: Fresh ginger is a must! Use a microplane to finely grate the ginger, which helps fully infuse the sauce.
  • Rice: I prefer serving this salmon with long-grain white rice, such as Jasmine or Basmati.
  • Broccoli: A fabulous source of fiber, and vitamins A, C, and K, broccoli adds bulk to the bowls. 

The Directions

Step 1: Coat Salmon in Glaze and Sesame Seeds

Start by slicing the salmon into 1×1-inch cubes and season with salt.

In a large bowl, combine olive oil, honey, and gochujang; whisk to combine. Add salmon and gently turn to coat.

Next, combine sesame seeds on a plate or in a wide-rimmed shallow bowl. Add salmon cubes and turn to coat in sesame seeds.Cubes of salmon being tossed in honey-gochujang mixture in a clear bowlSalmon cubes being coasted in white and black sesame seeds

Step 2: Prepare Miso-Ginger Sauce

In a medium bowl, combine miso and vinegar; whisk to combine. Add sesame oil, mayo, ginger, gochujang, and honey; mix until smooth.Miso-ginger sauce mixed in a white speckled bowl

Step 3: Sauté Broccoli

Heat oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Once hot, add broccoli florets. Cook broccoli for 7 to 8 minutes, tossing occasionally, until it’s crisp-tender. Season with salt and pepper and transfer to a plate.

Step 4: Sauté Salmon

Add remaining oil to the hot pan. Next, arrange salmon cubes in pan, and cook, turning to sear all sides, until cooked through.Salmon cubes being sauteed in a cast iron skillet until golden

Step 5: Assemble Salmon Bowls

To assemble. divide the rice evenly between four bowls. Top evenly with sesame crusted salmon, broccoli, and a spoonful of kimchi. Drizzle sauce overtop and dig in!Sesame crusted salmon bowl being assembled in a rustic bowl and drizzled with sauce

Recipe Variations:

The main components of this recipe are the sesame crusted salmon and sauce. As far as the grain and veggie additions, feel free to switch it up! Here are a few suggestions:

  • Salmon Quinoa Bowl: Swap the white rice for protein-rich quinoa.
  • Salmon Noodle Bowl: Instead of white rice, use any variation of brown rice noodles. 
  • Sesame Salmon Salad: Leave out the grains entirely and serve the salmon and broccoli over a bed of mixed greens.

Serving Suggestions

I love adding kimchi and green onion to this salmon bowl recipe. The kimchi offers gut-healthy probiotics, plus a burst of color.

The green onion is also a lovely aromatic addition. Alternatively, you can finish each bowl with a flurry of fresh basil or cilantro. (Bonus points if you can find Thai basil!)

Make-Ahead and Storage Tips:

  • Make-Ahead: The miso-ginger sauce can be made up to 5 days ahead. Store in a jar or airtight container in the refrigerator. 
  • Store: Store sauce separately from salmon, broccoli, and rice. Salmon bowls will last up to 3 days refrigerated.
  • Reheat: Reheat individual bowls in the microwave in 30 second increments, stopping to stir and prevent hot spots. You can also reheat components gently in a medium skillet, adding a splash of water to help steam/rehydrate the rice.

Fork breaking into a piece of salmon to show inside

More Salmon Bowl Recipes to Try:

Salmon Sushi Bowls

Sesame Salmon Bowls with Ginger Sauce

Firecracker Salmon Bowls

If you give this salmon bowl recipe a try, be sure to snap a picture and tag #dishingouthealth on Instagram so I can see your beautiful creations. Also, follow along on Facebook and Pinterest for the latest recipe updates!

5 from 27 votes

Sesame Crusted Salmon Bowls

Sesame Crusted Salmon Bowls with Miso-Ginger Sauce. This salmon bowl recipe is packed with bold, vibrant flavors and will instantly become a family favorite.
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 4

Equipment

  • Large skillet
  • Mixing bowls

Ingredients  

  • 1 1/4 lbs. center-cut salmon, skin removed*
  • 3/4 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 1 Tbsp. honey
  • 2 tsp. gochujang (Korean red pepper paste)
  • 3 Tbsp. white sesame seeds
  • 3 Tbsp. black sesame seeds
  • 1 crown broccoli, cut into florets (about 6 cups total)
  • 1/4 tsp. black pepper
  • Cooked long-grain white rice for serving
  • Kimchi and thinly sliced green onion for garnish (optional)

Creamy Miso-Ginger Sauce

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Instructions 

  • Cut salmon into 1x1-inch cubes and season evenly with 1/2 tsp. salt.
    In a large bowl, combine 2 Tbsp. of the olive oil, honey, and gochujang; whisk to combine. Add salmon and gently turn to coat.
    Combine sesame seeds on a large plate or wide-rimmed shallow bowl, mixing to disburse colors. Add salmon cubes and turn to coat in sesame seeds.
  • Prepare Creamy Miso-Ginger Sauce: In a medium bowl, combine miso and vinegar; whisk to combine. Add sesame oil, mayonnaise, ginger, gochujang, and honey; mix until smooth. Set aside.
  • Heat 1 Tbsp. olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high. Once hot, add broccoli florets. Cook 7 to 8 minutes, tossing occasionally, until crisp-tender. Season with remaining 1/4 tsp. salt and black pepper, and transfer to a bowl. Cover to keep warm.
    Add remaining 1 Tbsp. oil to hot pan. Arrange salmon cubes in a single layer and let cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes. Stir, and continue cooking for 3 to 5 more minutes, turning to sear all sides, until nicely golden.
  • Serve salmon and broccoli on top of a bed of white rice. Garnish with a spoonful of kimchi, and drizzle Miso-Ginger Sauce over everything. If desired, garnish with thinly sliced green onion.

Notes

*Ask your fish monger to remove the salmon skin for you. You can still keep it and cook it, if you'd like, but it's one less step for you to do at home.
*Nutrition facts include 1/2 cup of cooked white rice.

Nutrition

Serving: 1bowl | Calories: 697kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 44g | Saturated Fat: 6g | Sodium: 922mg | Fiber: 1.5g | Sugar: 8g

I calculate these values by hand to ensure accuracy, however expect up to a 10% variable depending on food brands.

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34 Comments

  1. Amy says:

    5 stars
    I make this sauce ALL OF THE TIME. I make this recipe often – but I always have this sauce in my fridge. It is so amazingly good. Thank you so much for giving me this gift 🙂

  2. Monica says:

    Hallo,
    Love all the ingredients needed. Can this be air fried?
    Monica

  3. Adam Robitaille says:

    5 stars
    Our favorite way to have salmon. Absolutely incredible dish.

  4. Liz says:

    Yum, this looks fantastic and the perfect way for me to get in more fish! Question – I have Thai red curry paste…would that work as a stand-in for the gochujang?