Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Asparagus

Healthy dinners that are packed with flavor are always a winner in my book! This Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Asparagus is healthy and delicious. And it’s super simple to make!

Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Asparagus. Healthy and super simple to make! From www.thisgalcooks.com

Summertime and grilling. They go hand in hand. Well actually, grilling and Florida go hand in hand. You can pretty much grill during any time of the year. Now Ken, who grew up in Minnesota, says that you can grill when it’s very cold and snowing outside but who wants to do that?

We love our grill. I enjoy preparing the foods to cook on it and Ken enjoys grilling. He’s the grill man. Ha! That’s the silly name that I call him sometimes. Usually when I want him to grill. Maybe in my mind I think it is motivation. However, I don’t think it is. I don’t think Ken thinks it is either. It’s just a silly nickname that I came up with. Trust me. I come up with a lot of those!

We have this silly little thing we do when we grill. We both say “another great dinner, thanks to me” as we are about to eat. Funny, right?! I say it’s because I prepped it and made all of the sides (unless we grill the sides as well) and Ken says it because he did all of the grilling. In the end it’s all due to teamwork, right? Hehe, it’s all because of me. ;)

Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Asparagus. Healthy and super simple to make! From www.thisgalcooks.com

A couple of weeks ago I wanted to have a healthy dinner. We had been dining out often and I think I may have had two cheeseburgers that week. Say what?! Two cheeseburgers? Yea so a healthy meal was a must have. I turned to one of my favorite cook books, my Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book, and settled on Teriyaki Salmon for the healthy protein and Sesame Asparagus for the healthy side vegetable. It sure looks healthy doesn’t it? And it’s quite simple to prepare which means you have more time to spend with the friends and family! Enjoy this easy to make Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Asparagus!

Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Asparagus
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Recipe type: seafood
Serves: 2
For the Salmon:
  • ¾lb salmon (have your friendly seafood associate cut it into two pieces or be daring and cut it yourself!)
  • 1 clove garlic
  • ⅓ C soy sauce
  • 1 tsp fresh ground ginger
  • 2 tbsp orange juice
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tbsp sherry
  • 1 tsp honey
For the Sesame Asparagus
  • 1lb asparagus spears, end of the base removed
  • 8oz baby bella mushrooms, sliced
  • 1 tbsp butter
  • 1 tbsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp lemon juice
  • ¼ tsp sesame oil
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
For the Salmon:
  1. Whisk together all ingredients minus the salmon.
  2. Rinse salmon and pat dry. Place in a baking dish.
  3. Pour the teriyaki sauce over top of the salmon and marinate for about ½ hour.
  4. Place each piece of salmon on a piece of aluminum foil (individually) and then brush some of the marinade on top.
  5. Grill on medium indirect heat for about 10 minutes or until opaque. Do not overcook or you will have chewy salmon. No one wants that!
For the Sesame Asparagus:
  1. Steam the asparagus. I used a microwaveable steamer. It took about 4 minutes to steam.
  2. Melt the butter in a saute pan. Add the mushroom and sesame seed and cook until the mushroom is tender. Add the lemon juice, sesame oil and soy sauce. Mix well.
  3. Place the steamed asparagus in a baking dish and pour the mushroom sauce over top.
  4. Serve with the salmon.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: 1 piece

Teriyaki Salmon with Sesame Asparagus. Healthy and super simple to make! From www.thisgalcooks.comThis is the perfect, easy meal to add to your weekly meal plan. Don’t want to use asparagus as your side? Simply substitute broccoli. Broccoli tastes great with sesame sauce!

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  1. Jamie @ Love Bakes Good Cakes says

    Salmon is my favorite fish – and I love the Asian flavors! From what I understand, we can pretty much grill year round here in Phoenix, too! We’ll see this winter! :) Pinned this, Julie!

    • says

      Thank you, Jamie! I think you are right about Phoenix. I’ve never been there but I’ve been to Las Vegas, which I believe is a similar climate. During the time I was there, which was late December, early January, the days were mild and the nights/mornings were chilly but it was bearable!

    • says

      Teehee! I love when people say NOM NOM NOM. I like to say it too! Teriyaki is made of all sorts of win. You can’t go wrong with it…wait, I guess you could. I don’t think it would taste too great on ice cream. LOL. Thanks for pinning and sharing, Claire!

    • says

      You know, I think I did hear it sing after we put it on the grill. ;) It’s such a good combination. I love teriyaki sauce, soy sauce, sesame sauce. It’s all so good and packed with great flavor! Thanks for pinning and sharing, Krista!

  2. says

    We’re like how Ken was, we grill all year long! And, our winters are so cold. We grill the turkey on Thanksgiving every year. Some years, it’s gotten down to 4 degrees!! It just means MORE coals on the grill. But definitely not hanging out there. We actually have a remote thermometer so we don’t have to go out as much.
    Love how appetizing this salmon looks. My boys really love teriyaki. So, they love this dish! Pinning and printing out the recipe.

    • says

      You are brave, Gloria! Ha, Ken is from Northern Minnesota where it often is in the negative digits for the high! I really can’t believe that people will grill when it’s that cold! Four degrees sounds like nothing compared to double digit negative temps! But you know, if we ended up moving somewhere where it was cold, I’d probably end up being outside for some of the grilling too. :)

      Glad your boys will enjoy this! Have a good evening!

  3. says

    What a beautiful pairing, Julie! It’s definitely my kind of meal!

    PS…my hubby will grill in the snow, too :)

    • says

      Thank you so much, Liz!

      Want to know a well known secret? I’ve never even seen snow! *sigh* Maybe one day this Florida gal will get out of the state during the winter to a place where it is snowing!

  4. says

    Julie we don’t have any outdoor area to grill on a real grill (top floor apartment, NYC) do you think I could make this in the broiler or on a stove top grill? I really really want this. i haven’t enjoyed salmon in years. i have eaten it, just haven’t enjoyed it. (chewy salmon, blah)

  5. says

    I like the orange juice in teriyaki sauce – I should give that a try next time! Healthy and light meal – this is definitely a winner in my house. We eat salmon often and kids love salmon dishes!

  6. says

    I think grilling is almost every man’s favorite pastime. Chris loves to do it, and my brother-in-law does too, haha! This salmon sounds wonderful. Love the teriyaki sauce and the crispy edges… yum! Pinning! :)

  7. says

    While I am not a salmon fan, this recipe sounds so good that I am going to try it and grilling it – even better. I love new ways to prepare asparagus, too. Found you through GYB and following on bloglovin

  8. says

    Sometimes I really crave a healthy meal too! Salmon is probably my favorite fish and luckily, my kids love it too. I haven’t grilled it in some time, think I’ll have to add this to our menu! Great recipe Julie!


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