Caramelized Salmon Tossed with Sesame & Cilantro Salad

Caramelized Salmon Tossed with Sesame & Cilantro Salad

Here’s a quick broiler salmon dish that delights the palette with its salty, sweet and sour flavours. Flav-O-Matic adds sesame and a touch of garlic and onion which lifts the sesame oil and rice wine vinegar to new heights. This vibrant dish is super easy to make and outrageously healthy. We’ve become a bit addicted to this recipe.

Serves: 4

Active time: 20 minutes; Marinating time: 20 minutes


3 Tbsp soy sauce (low sodium preferred)

3 Tbsp honey or light brown sugar

5 Tbsp rice wine vinegar (unseasoned) – divided

 Kosher salt and ground black pepper

1 salmon fillet, approximately 1.5 lbs, at least 1-inch thick, skin on preferred

3 Tbsp Flav-o-Matic spice blend

2 small shallots, thinly sliced into rings

3 cups cilantro, parsley or both, tender leaves and stems

2 Tbsp toasted sesame oil


  1. Combine soy sauce, honey and 3 Tbsp rice wine vinegar in a wide, shallow bowl (or small baking dish) and season with salt and plenty of black pepper. Place salmon skin-side up in the marinade and let sit for at least 20 minutes, or up to 2 hours.
  2. Toss shallot rings with remaining 2 Tbsp rice wine vinegar in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Let sit for 5 minutes to lightly pickle, then add the Flav-O-Matic, cilantro and sesame oil and toss to combine.
  3. Place a rack in the top third of the oven and heat the broiler.
  4. Place salmon skin-side up on a foil-lined baking sheet; discard the marinade. Transfer to oven and broil until the salmon is cooked through and the skin is bubbling and lightly crisped, 5 to 7 minutes.
  5. Transfer salmon to a large serving platter and spoon the remaining marinade from the sheet pan over the fillets. Top with sesame and herb salad and serve.