I’ve made salmon a million different ways, and this Orange Sesame Salmon might be my favourite. It’s got a little bit of everything – it’s sweet and sticky, bright and fresh, and just so easy to make. Grab a nice fillet, some fresh oranges, and let’s get cooking!

Orange Sesame Salmon

Orange Sesame Salmon: Make sure it’s fresh! 

With a recipe like this, there isn’t much to hide behind, so the fish you get better be fresh!

When you go to the store, talk to the mongers; they are going to be your golden ticket to the freshest cut of fish. When looking for fresh salmon, here are a few key indicators that it’s a beautiful fresh cut!

Colour: Depending on the type of salmon, you’re going to want to see nice bright colours. Vibrant pinks and oranges are an indicator that it was put out relatively recently. If the colour seems faded or even starting to turn grey/green, it might have seen a little extra time on the shelf.

Whole fish: Some of us buy in bulk, which could mean purchasing a whole fish or even half a fish. In that case, the eyes tell all. If you see a fish and its eyes are very grey and murky, that means it’s a bit older, still good to eat, but we want the freshest and cleanest fish.

Orange Sesame Salmon

Orange Sesame Salmon: Making it perfect. 

Salmon is a type of fish that often gets overcooked, turning it from juicy, flaky, and fatty to tough, chewy, and rubbery.

When you’re cooking your fish, it’s best to make sure you don’t keep them on the heat for too long. We want them to be in the pan long enough to get some great colour.

If you’re not sure if your fish is done, take a sharp knife and cut one of your salmon nuggets in half; you want to see nice, pink and juicy meat, not pale and dry. If you think it needs more time, leave it in the pan for another 60 seconds; remember, fish cooks quickly!

Orange Sesame Salmon

Orange Sesame Salmon: What to eat it with. 

This salmon is so versatile; you can really go a million ways with it.

I went with a super fresh and crunchy salad of thinly shaved green cabbage, orange segments, red onion, and a few other ingredients I had on hand.

Adding it to a rice bowl or even in pasta salads would be a great way to introduce a bit more seafood into your everyday diet!

Other recipes to check out!

If you liked the sound of this Orange Sesame Salmon, here are a few other recipes you should check out!

Chipotle Maple Chicken Thighs

Chicken Teriyaki with Rice

Sticky Ginger Beef Rice Bowl 

Orange Sesame Salmon

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Servings 2
Orange Sesame Salmon


  • 1 fillet Salmon Skinned and boned
  • 1 clove Garlic Minced
  • 1 tbs Soy Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 large Orange Juiced
  • 1 tbs Garlic Powder
  • 1 tsp Black Pepper
  • 1 tsp Sesame Seeds


  • In a large mixing bowl, add 1 large fillet's worth of cubed salmon. Next, add 1 minced clove of garlic, 1 tbsp of soy sauce, the juice of half an orange, 1 tbsp of garlic powder, 1 tbsp of maple syrup, 1 tsp of sesame seeds, and 1 tsp of salt and pepper. Mix well to fully coat each piece of salmon.
  • Place a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add a teaspoon of oil to the pan, and once heated, gently place your marinated salmon into the pan and cook until golden brown, about 6-7 minutes.
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