Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

Easy oven Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus made on one pan with a sweet and savory Asian glaze that will make you swoon!  This healthy, 30 minute meal is the perfect solution for busy weeknights. 

Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

Are you a fish person? I don’t like “fishy” fish – the kind that you can smell a mile away and tastes like the water it came from (hello lake trout) unless it is cooked in some really spectacular way that takes away that super fishy taste. But most mild fish I love and I’m especially partial to mahi mahi and salmon.

Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

In fact, I still remember the first time I ever tried salmon. A friend of my dad’s brought him a huuuuuge Alaskan salmon he’d caught on a fishing trip and the whole family shared it for dinner that night. I’m just gonna say that that scrawny little seven year old tomboy version of me could pack away the salmon. Had to fight off my brothers to get the last bit but ohhhh was it worth it.

To answer your questions, yes I was a tomboy and yes, little pint-sized me could out-eat my older brothers!

Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

This salmon is one of my favorites I’ve ever tasted because that. sauce. is. heaven. It’s sweet and savory at the same time and I just have a thing for sesame flavor. The trick is to glaze the salmon and asparagus twice, once right before you put it in the oven, and again about 5 minutes before it’s done.

And I know I’ve gone on and on about the salmon but did you notice there is asparagus involved here?? Another amazing dinner AND side dish in one. Hooray! for taking the stress out of finding a side dish to go with your entree am I right???

Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

What people are saying about Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

“This is the second time I made this. So easy, and so delicious. This is a keeper.” – Gracie

Baked Sesame Glazed Salmon and Asparagus

Easy oven baked salmon and asparagus with a sweet and savory sesame glaze.

Course Main Course, Side Dish
Cuisine Asian
Keyword asparagus, baked, salmon, sesame
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people

Ingredients

  • 4 4 ounce salmon fillets (boneless, skinless)
  • 1 pound asparagus spears, ends trimmed

Sesame Glaze

  • 6 tablespoons honey
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 tablespoons cold water
  • 2 teaspoons corn starch

Garnish

  • sesame seeds

Instructions

  1. 1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees and lightly grease a baking pan.

    2. In a small-medium sauce pan combine all glaze ingredients except for water, corn starch, and sesame seeds. Whisk together ingredients and bring to a boil over medium-high heat.

    3. In a small bowl stir together cold water and corn starch til dissolved. Add to sauce and stir til thickened, then remove from heat.

    4. Arrange salmon fillets and asparagus in a single layer on prepared baking pan. Brush half of the sauce over the salmon and asparagus.

    5. Bake for 10 minutes, then brush remaining sauce over salmon and asparagus. Bake another 5 minutes or so until asparagus is tender and salmon is pink and flaky.

    6. Garnish with sesame seeds and serve.

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Comments

Love having a side dish and main dish all together! Perfect Spring recipe!

yum!! making this for my family this weekend 🙂 *crosses fingers i don’t mess up* lol!

Sounds wonderful BUT, really, SIX Tablespoons of honey!??

This is the second time I made this. So easy, and so delicious. This is a keeper.

    Yay!! So glad you like this Gracie!

We aren’t a sea food household. Could I easily just substitute chicken for the salmon?

    Yes! I would brown then chicken in a skillet on the stove for 1-2 minutes on each side, then place on the baking sheet and cook for 15-20 minutes. Because the asparagus will cook pretty quickly, make sure you pound your chicken really thin before browning and baking. 🙂

What meaSuremEnts and cooktime would i need for 2 people?

    Laura- cut the ingredients in half, the cook time won’t change too much. Maybe just shave off a few minutes and keep your eye on it!