Salmon is a bit expensive, but it’s a really nice to have on special occasions or when you want to treat yourself. Apronese would like to share with you this ginger salmon recipe in this article. It’s a great beginner fish recipe. Let’s get it!

Baking Time Depends on The Thickness of Your Salmon Filets

Salmon filets come in a variety of thicknesses. Sometimes within one fillet, you’ll have one end that is very thick, while the opposite end is very thin. That’s why the baking time will vary.

For thicker fillets (1-2 inches thick), bake your salmon for about 20 minutes. And for thinner fillets (1/2-inch or so), you only need around 15 minutes to bake it.

To make sure that you’ve cooked your salmon long enough, you can use an instant read thermometer in one of your thicker pieces and make sure it has reached 145ºF.

What is Toasted Sesame Oil?

Toasted sesame oil is an important ingredient in this dish. This is an oil that is expressed from toasted sesame seeds. It has a super deep nutty flavor.

While it is not always labeled “toasted”, you can tell that’s the toasted sesame oil by the deep brown color. Not roasted sesame oil is a light straw color, like canola oil.

What to Serve with Baked Ginger Salmon?

In this recipe, I served my baked ginger salmon with sesame roasted green beans and plain rice. But this salmon would be great to serve with coconut rice or crunchy cabbage salad as well.

You can also pair it with something simple, like steamed broccoli and sesame rice.

Side view of baked ginger salmon on a plate with green beans and rice

Ginger Salmon Recipe

This baked ginger salmon is a fast, easy, and delicious way to prepare salmon.

Author: Beth

Prep Time: 10 mins / Cook Time: 20 mins / Total Time: 30 mins

Servings: 4


  • 1 tsp grated fresh ginger ($0.10)
  • 1 clove garlic, minced ($0.08)
  • 2 tbsp brown sugar ($0.08)
  • 1 tsp soy sauce ($0.02)
  • 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil ($0.02)
  • 1 lb. fresh salmon ($7.57)


  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Grate about 1 tsp fresh ginger. Combine the ginger, garlic, brown sugar, soy sauce, and toasted sesame oil in a bowl.
  • Cut the salmon into four equal portions. Place the portioned salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment or foil, skin side down.
  • Spread the prepared ginger glaze over the top of each piece of salmon.
  • Bake the salmon for about 20 minutes (15 minutes for thin fillets), or until the internal temperature reaches 145ºF. Serve immediately.


Serving: 4 oz. ・ Calories: 173.73 kcal ・ Carbohydrates: 7.18 g ・ Protein: 23.23 g ・ Fat: 5.25 g ・ Sodium: 159.75 mg ・ Fiber: 0.03 g

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How to Make Baked Ginger Salmon – Step-by-step Photos

grated fresh ginger on a cutting board
Step 1: Preheat the oven to 425ºF. Grate about 1 tsp fresh ginger.

If you’re new to working with ginger, it is actually easier to grate when it’s frozen.
ginger glaze ingredients in a bowl
Step 2: Combine the grated ginger with 2 tbsp brown sugar, 1 clove of garlic (minced), 1 tsp soy sauce, and 1/4 tsp toasted sesame oil.
mixed ginger glaze in the bowl with a spatula
Step 3: Mix the glaze ingredients together until combined.
Salmon fillet cut into four portions on a cutting board
Step 4: Cut a one pound salmon fillet into four portions.

If your salmon has skin and scales, you don’t need to remove it. The salmon will be baking skin down, and the salmon flesh easily comes off the skin after baking.
Glaze being spread onto salmon portions
Step 5: Place the salmon portions on a baking sheet lined in parchment or foil (for easy cleanup), then spread the ginger glaze over the surface of the pieces.

You can smear a little on the sides, but leave most of it on top. It will drip down the sides as it bakes.
Baked ginger salmon on the baking sheet
Step 6: Bake the salmon in the fully preheated 425ºF oven for about 20 minutes (a little less if your fillets are thin), or until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 145ºF.

The glaze that drips off the side of the salmon may burn on the baking sheet, but the fish and the glaze that is on the fish will not burn.

Step 7: Serve immediately or refrigerate up to 3 days. Enjoy!

I love this recipe because the leftovers hold up really well, so it’s a really great item for meal prep. This is a great way to refresh your salmon dish. Come back to us for more recipes!