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Asian Salmon Recipe (Candied Salmon)

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Asian Salmon Recipe (Candied Salmon) – Sweet and smoky Candied Smoked Salmon with crispy flash fried ginger. A quick dinner idea to serve with rice and steamed veggies.

asian salmon recipe

Candied Salmon

My cooking style and culinary outlook have changed drastically over the years. Looking back, I remember coming home from work and spending hours in the kitchen, whisking, roasting, pureeing, bruleeing… learning. It was my hobby and my escape. As with all things I enjoy, I studied cookery. I was on a mission to prove something, if only to myself. My goal was always to create a masterpiece.

After the birth of child number one, things changed.

As a former teacher, I pompously thought to myself, “How hard could taking care of a baby possibly be? I wrangle 25 kids at a time all day long! This is going to be a piece of cake!”

Yet, sleep deprivation and constant screaming do funny things to a person. Two weeks into motherhood, I had the daunting realization, I was in over my head. This was no easy task. With a greater sense of humility, I asked questions, read parenting books, and researched.

Asian Salmon Recipe

I found a new mission, a new passion.

My passion for food hasn’t changed, but my willingness to devote a third of my waking hours to it has. I’m constantly looking for ways to make recipes quicker and easier, without sacrificing health and flavor.

Nowadays I’m a “less is more” kind of cook. Big flavor, fewer ingredients, no one to impress. I like to let the food speak for itself.

An ingredient’s natural flavor, texture, and color should shine, not get covered up by throwing the whole pantry in one dish.

I still occasionally make a 30 ingredient, cook-all-day, type of meal. Just not quite as often.

candied salmon

Smoked Asian Salmon

This Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe is a perfect example of simple, flavorful cooking. I marinated the salmon in soy sauce, brown sugar and liquid smoke. The liquid smoke gives the salmon the essence of fish cooked over a cedar plank, without having to make a trip to the lumberyard. It’s sweet and smoky with a crisp exterior and sumptuous interior.

The Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe is elevated by crispy, flash-fried ginger strips as a garnish. These of course are optional, but offer a little extra punch to the finished dish.

Throw in a veggie and some rice and you have a wonderful, healthy dinner.

Asian Salmon Ingredients 

  • Salmon Fillets – you can make this with or without the skin
  • Soy Sauce – regular or gluten free
  • Liquid Smoke – any flavor you prefer
  • Brown Sugar  – saving a little extra for sprinkling as well
  • Fresh Ginger 
  • Oil for Frying – This could be vegetable, peanut, or coconut oil
  • Salt
  • Pepper
asian glazed salmon

How to Make this Asian Salmon Recipe

  1. Place the salmon, soy sauce, liquid smoke and brown sugar in a baking dish, and let it all marinate together for at least an hour. You could even let it marinate overnight for more flavor and tenderness, making sure to flip it at least once. 
  2. When you are ready to make the recipe, preheat the grill or an iron skillet, to high heat. 
  3. Peel the ginger and then slice it thinly, julienne style. 
  4. Heat a small skillet over medium-high heat with some oil in the pan. Once the oil is hot, place the ginger slices in and pan-fry them until they are light brown. Usually, it will take 1 to 2 minutes, continually moving the ginger around with a spatula. Then remove the ginger from the pan, to drain on a paper towel, and sprinkle with salt. 
  5. Carefully brush the grill with vegetable oil. Then pepper the salmon and lay it top-side-down in the grill. Cook the salmon for about 3 minutes. Then flip it over and sprinkle the tops with some brown sugar and grill for another 3 to 5 minutes or until it is fully cooked through. 
  6. Serve warm with fried ginger on top.

Get the Full *Printable* Smoked Asian Salmon Recipe (Candied Salmon) Below. Enjoy!

smoked salmon

Frequently Asked Questions

How long does grilled salmon last in the fridge?

You can store cooked salmon in the fridge for about 3 days in an airtight container. 

How do you reheat grilled salmon?

Reheating salmon low and slow will help to keep the fish from drying out and becoming rubbery. Place it in the oven around 275 degrees F for 10 to 15 minutes until the internal temperature of the salmon reaches 125 to 130 degrees F. 

What Can You Do With Leftover Salmon? 

You can use the leftover salmon in our salmon dip recipe and smoked salmon deviled eggs. Even though both these recipes use pre-packaged smoked salmon, this smoky grilled salmon can be used as well!

grilled salmon

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Asian Salmon Recipe (Candied Salmon)

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 18 minutes
Sweet and smoky Candied Smoked Salmon Recipe. A quick dinner idea to serve with rice and steamed veggies.
Servings: 4


  • 4 salmon fillets with or without skin
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 1/2 teaspoon liquid smoke
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar + a little extra for sprinkling
  • 4 inch piece fresh ginger
  • 1 tablespoon oil for frying (vegetable, peanut, or coconut)
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • Place the salmon in baking dish with the soy sauce, liquid smoke, and brown sugar. Let it marinate for at least 1 hour—but you could marinate overnight. Flip once. When ready to use, preheat the grill or an iron skillet to high heat.
  • Peel the ginger and cut into thin (julienne) strips. Heat a small skillet over medium-high. Add 1 tablespoon of oil to the skillet. When the oil is hot, drop the ginger in and pan-fry for 1-2 minutes, moving with a spatula, until they are light brown. Remove from the pan and drain on a paper towel. Sprinkle with salt.
  • Carefully brush the grill with vegetable oil. (You could also use grill spray.) Pepper the salmon and place it on the grill, top-side-down. Cook 3 minutes. Flip, then carefully sprinkle the tops with a little extra brown sugar and grill for another 3-5 minutes—until just cooked through. Serve warm with fried ginger on top.


Serving: 1g, Calories: 276kcal, Carbohydrates: 20g, Protein: 24g, Fat: 11g, Saturated Fat: 1g, Cholesterol: 62mg, Sodium: 870mg, Potassium: 640mg, Fiber: 1g, Sugar: 18g, Vitamin A: 45IU, Vitamin C: 0.3mg, Calcium: 32mg, Iron: 1.4mg
Course: Fish, Main Course
Cuisine: American
Author: Sommer Collier

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45 comments on “Asian Salmon Recipe (Candied Salmon)”

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  2. Hello,
    I love all of the awesome recipes and have followed you since your beginning and this is my 1st. comment. Probably because we eat Salmon weekly (always looking or new ways to prepare) and I never thought of using liquid smoke. This was so easy and delish!!! My only deviation from your recipe was that I grilled it on Cedar Planks. Also, I always remove the skin on my salmon.

  3. That candied ginger is everything on this salmon! The flavor is amazing!

  4. My whole family loved this salmon! Great flavor and so easy!

  5. Candied salmon just SOUNDED so good. We had salmon in the freezer from costco and I gave it a go… What an easy and delicious dish! Thank you for this yummy dinner recipe. We’ll definitely make it again.

  6. I love Salmon, ginger is a perfect for this recipe, you got it

  7. This looks amazing!!!

  8. Liquid smoke for the win! The contrast between it and the brown sugar is everything!

  9. A stunning well flavoured salmon dish!!

    I so love fresh ginger!

  10. looks like a great meal and the pictures are absolutely amazing

  11. I am passionate about salmon and the sweet and smoky angle here is so unique Cant wait to try

  12. Dear Sommer – This is perfect for the summer and the flavors with the fried ginger and the Asian inspired salmon + that gorgeous rice is wonderful!

    Your pics are also totally drool worthy in addition to the delicious food!

    Ciao, Devaki @ weavethousandflavors

  13. This is one of my favorite ways to cook salmon. Love love love ginger with salmon! I use the same ingredients for short ribs too. yummy yummy yummy:)

  14. I couldn't agree with you more!! The salmon looks delicious!!

    Laurie @simplyscratch.com

  15. Both cooking and motherhood sound like good passions/missions to me! And this salmon looks great by the way-so pretty a dish it is…

  16. I love cooking with ginger. My children always want me to add more ginger…weird huh. It's very delicious with fish. Your salmon dish looks simple and very delicious. Thanks for sharing.

  17. This looks delicious ! So with you before our second was born I would spend so much time on very elaborate dishes and now my mantra has changed :) I love asian inspired fish dishes – going to note this one.

  18. I love the fried ginger and sweet and savory is my favorite way to eat salmon! I am always looking for ways to make delicious meals fast – this looks wonderful, Sommer. ( :

  19. This looks so appealing with the flavors in it and its ginger topping. Never cook ginger in this way, must try it.

  20. This is a gorgeous salmon dish! I certainly understand what you mean by changing priorities in time allocation once kids come along.

  21. what a perfect dish….everything works and your presentation is just phenomenal!!! love the mahogany rice!

    thanks so much for sharing and keep up the good work!!! as I am sure your family does, we certainly appreciate it too!!

  22. This looks like a fantastic and healthy meal, and it sounds like you do a great job of balancing your cooking passions and your family. :)

  23. I'm just jumping in to thank you for the birthday wishes. Blessings…Mary

  24. Less is more – that's absolutely true, I share this opinion too. The dish looks extraordinary! Have a sunny weekend…

  25. This dish looks fantastic. What a great combination of flavours. I love your thoughts on cooking too… good food is so achievable and it's wonderful that you are sharing that message.

  26. Thanks guys! This really is one a my favorite salmon preparations–and it's SO EASY! The flavor is quite amazing, if I do say so myself.

    Mother Rimmy~ I think TJ would carry it…I usually find it in the bulk bins at a few of our "organic" markets.

  27. This is really a lovely dish. We so love salmon that it is sure to be a hit here. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  28. Beautiful dish. I can't say I've ever seen mahogony rice. I love the color. I wonder if Trader Joes would carry it?

  29. Umm, that was meant to read GOOD ingredients. Goo ingredients just does not sound right!

  30. If you have goo ingredients let them sing. I agree with your idea of less being more sometimes. Beautiful dish.


  31. This is a lovely dish, simple yet elegant and healthy. Thank you for sharing.

  32. what would we do without liquid smoke – that glaze on the salmon is just great and the crunch and taste of the ginger must be awesome… just a great job – and yeah, love the ease of it all

  33. Simple and tasty dish

  34. This sounds absolutely fantastic! Love the sweet and smoky flavors!

  35. I love your step-by-step photos – this looks and sounds like a very delicious meal.

  36. Quick, easy and yummy became my motto a long time ago as well.
    I love the idea of the fried ginger with the salmon. Thanks.

  37. The salmon with that marinade looks wonderful. The Chinese use a lot of ginger in their cooking and sometimes it is fried to a crisp like that serve with fish. This is a tasty meal!

  38. What a wonderful meal!

  39. Mmm. Like the idea of liquid smoke – and that rice is beautiful.

  40. Less IS more – more time and more sanity! I love this – so spare, so bold both in appearance and flavour and those ginger shreds are the clincher, for me! Love it!

  41. Wow, just look at that ginger! Yum! Love salmon, in fact it is pretty much my all time fav:) This is great…

  42. I tend to agree with you, less is more, sometimes too many ingredients are too much, and this is such a lovely salmon dish, I can just imagine the wonderful flavors…

  43. Brilliant! This dish looks so good. I used to come home from work and try to make a lasagna from scratch, but I leave that for the weekends now. Most of my week night meals are simple and quick.

  44. Oooh, I love the fried ginger! What a great idea :)