Sweet Chilli Salmon with Sesame Seeds

I don’t tend cook a lot of Asian Recipes – I prefer Mediterranean foods, and the balance of flavours and spices in Asian cooking tends to be a little out of my comfort zone – (I’m working on it).  My Asian Sticky Chicken Thighs were a big hit in our house!  However, I do love sweet chilli sauce but it’s full of artificial flavours, colours and so much sugar! I decided to experiment and make my own version using honey.  Salmon was on the cards for tonight so Sweet Chilli Salmon it was!  I set about creating a Sweet Chilli Marinade for the fish which I would later pan fry!

So on to the recipe…chop up the chilli and crush or finely chop the garlic.  Add the honey and then spread the mixture all over the salmon fillets.  Season with some salt and pepper and leave in a covered dish in the fridge to marinate for up to an hour.  (If  you don’t have the time to do this,  you can skip this step and cook them straight away but it will be more of a glaze on the outside of the salmon rather than having had the chance to penetrate a bit!Sweet Chilli Salmon with Sesame Seeds by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Pescatarian, Dairy-Free, Paleo, SCDWhen you are ready to cook the fish, heat the oil in a frying pan.  I like to fry mine in sesame oil.   It gives a more authentic Asian flavour but you could use whatever oil you have to hand.  When the oil is up to temperature, place the salmon in the pan so that it sizzles.  Sprinkle with half of the sesame seeds (I used black ones, purely because they looked pretty, the yellow ones work just as well).  Cook for about 3 mins and then flip the salmon over onto the other side.  Sprinkle with the rest of the seeds and cook for a further 3 mins.  This cooking time ensures you get a rare salmon which is how I like it.  If you prefer your fish a bit more well done then cook for another minute or two on each side.

I served it with some Roasted Asparagus and Tenderstem Broccoli and my Lemon & Coriander (Cilantro) Cauliflower Rice which was so delicious.  Tangy and zesty it cut through the sweetness of the salmon perfectly and the dish got a big thumbs up from Dan.  Sticky, sweet, with a hint of spice and some nice crunch from the sesame seeds, this dinner ticked all the boxes.  Everything you’d want from Sweet Chilli Salmon – an easy and quick weeknight meal that feels just a little bit special!Sweet Chilli Salmon with Sesame Seeds by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Pescatarian, Dairy-Free, Paleo, SCD

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Sweet Chilli Salmon with Sesame Seeds by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Pescatarian, Dairy-Free, Paleo, SCD
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Passive Time 1 hour
Sweet Chilli Salmon with Sesame Seeds by Emma Eats & Explores - Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Dairy-Free, Pescatarian, Dairy-Free, Paleo, SCD
  1. Chop up the chilli and crush or finely chop the garlic.
  2. Add to the honey and spread the mixture all over the salmon fillets.
  3. Season with salt and pepper and leave to marinate for up to 1 hour.
  4. Heat the sesame oil in a frying pan and add the salmon.
  5. Sprinkle over half of the sesame seeds and cook for about 3 mins.
  6. Flip the salmon over, sprinkle over the other half of the seeds and cook for a further 3 mins. (This should ensure a rare salmon fillet which is how I like it - if you prefer yours well done, leave it in the pan for a minute longer on each side!).
  7. Remove from the pan and serve.
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Allergy & Dietary Information for Sweet Chilli Salmon with Sesame Seeds

This Sweet Chilli Salmon recipe is Grain-Free, Gluten-Free, Refined-Sugar Free & Dairy-Free.  It’s also suitable for Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet (SCD), Primal, Pescatarian & Low Carb Diets.

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82 Comments Add yours

  1. Addy says:

    This looks so bomb! I loveee salmon it’s good for you and easy to prepare but I’ve never tried anything other than eating plain. #musttry

  2. Thanmayee says:

    omg!!! This is so delicious and tempting. Would love to try this for sure.

  3. Danielle says:

    Oh my goodness you made that salmon look incredible! I love how tasty it looks through my screen and how easy it looked for you to make it. Great job!!!

    Danielle | FollowMyGut.com <3

  4. sidelinesocialite says:

    This looks amazing! I have been wanting to find a way to flavor my salmon besides my usual salt, lemon, and butter. I am totally going to try this out this week!

  5. momknowsbest15 says:

    Salmon is my favorite fish. I will be trying this one very soon

  6. This looks fabulous! My family would LOVE this!

  7. robin masshole mommy says:

    That sounds so good. I need to make this for my family!

  8. kristamae12 says:

    Oh this sounds so good! I’m allergic to salmon but I bet I could substitute something else!! Yum!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Of course – scallops or sea bass or even chicken would work!

  9. creativethriftychef says:

    One of my favorite fish to eat is salmon. It’s sometimes hard to cook them because they get dry pretty easy. This recipe looks delicious. Thanks you for sharing.

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      I agree – that’s why i cook it really rare – then it doesn’t dry out!

  10. I have never tried Salmon because, well, its fish. It seems to be a phobia with me, Im not sure. Its a little weird. This looks really good though so I may have to give it a go.

  11. Omg! I love everything with Salmon. This recipe looks awesome! Love it so much!

  12. Yummy, this sounds amazing. I love cooking salmon so will definitely try this recipe.

  13. Amber says:

    Ooo this looks so tasty! I’m all about stuff with spice. I don’t like seafood but I think the seasoning on this would cause me to chow down on it.

  14. Amy Jones says:

    I’m a sucker for any salmon recipe. I swear it tastes good with almost everything you put in it. This recipe made me so hungry!

  15. Sarah Bailey says:

    Sweet Chilli Salmon was one of my favorite seafood dishes and I can actually eat this every day. It looks so tender and juicy and I want to know how it tastes with a sesame seed in it.

  16. I don’t know how this dish tastes, but the photos look incredible appetizing. Salmon is one of my favorite dish and I’d love to try your recipe. Thanks for sharing with us!

  17. This looks so good!!! We grilled up some Salmon last weekend, I am sure this would be amazing as well.

  18. Salmon is by far the sexiest food on the face of the planet. I just can’t not look at it without wanting to gobble it ALL up! THIS recipe included! 😉

  19. Talya says:

    Oh my goodness this sounds so yummy – pinning this for another time!

  20. Victoria Heckstall says:

    This looks really good and delicious! We love salmon but we use only one recipe with it. I need to try this soon.

  21. Becki Svare says:

    This looks fabulous! We are huge salmon fans in our house, so we definitely need to try this recipe! And, the best part is we have all these ingredients anyway!

  22. Wow this looks amazing with all the flavours. Salmon is so good for your heart too and your brain with all the omega 3 oils.

  23. This look amazing! Salmon is my favorite fish and I’m always looking for new ways to spice it up!

  24. Hrakaridi says:

    Wow this is perfect!! i love salmon, i would definitely try it this <3

  25. bitesofflavor says:

    This looks delicious and healthy! I love Asian flavors and salmon, so this is a perfect combo!

  26. Ooh this looks delicious! I LOVE salmon so anything like this would be a huge hit! I must try it!

  27. candy says:

    After living in Alaska for so many years and eating fresh salmon it is one of our favorite dishes. Always looking for great salmon recipe.

  28. I love all this ingredient and I will try this recipe can’t try it 😀

  29. New Labels Only says:

    That’s looks absolutely tasty. All that is missing is a lemon to bring out the taste a bit more.

  30. bethany1980 says:

    This looks amazing. I will have to try this very soon.

  31. Omg this looks so yummy!!! I love how you made your own sauce to cut down the sugar. I hate when store bought sauces are loaded with sugar!! I’m gonna have to try this this week!

  32. Ance Antovska says:

    I like this recipe looks so yummy this salmon, and cauliflower rice looks delicious I can’t wait for the recipe 🙂

  33. This looks so good!! I love salmon, I’ll definitely be trying this out!

  34. I’ve been in such a seafood mood lately, despite being in the dead of winter. This recipe is right up my alley; I sent this link to my partner for us to use later on. Thanks for writing this!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It’s a great one for Valentine’s day!

      1. Oooh, that’s a great idea! I’ll suggest it for that! (:

  35. featherflint says:

    This sounds SO good. I love salmon & sauces made with honey!

  36. My mouth literally starting watering reading this! I love the mixture of spicy and sweet. I imagine the honey allows the salmon to carmelize nicely. This is a must try!

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      It really does – it gets really sticky and the seeds give it a nice crunch!

      1. Oh, that sounds delectable! I can’t wait to try it!

  37. wha2wear says:

    omg how nice all those ingredients together in the same meal! hahah I love it, it looks awesome xx

  38. jiselle jones says:

    oh my looks awesome and simple to do thanks for sharing with us

  39. Wow food looks very delicious. My sister would love this, she loves salmon.

  40. This looks and sounds delicious, my partner would love this dish x

  41. omg this looks so tasty. You know what am gonna try this tonight for dinner

  42. Elizabeth O. says:

    Wow! Can this dish get any better! I think it’s lovely and it’s also very flavorful. I would love to try the recipe!

  43. Cathy Glynn says:

    This looks so delicious and tasty for any day of the week. x

  44. Jessica says:

    This looks delicious! It does not seem hard to make either. I’m a fan of easy recipes!

  45. Danielle says:

    I’ve been trying to add more fish to my diet. This looks like it could be a winner! Thanks for sharing. 🙂

  46. Elizabeth says:

    I’m a big fan of salmon and this sounds like a great quick and easy way to prepare it. Yum!

  47. MaryAnne says:

    It sound like a really delicious receipe! thanks for sharing

  48. Larry Shaw says:

    I see a lot of new recopies, and this has to be the best one of 2017! I’ve never thought of this combination, but it looks and sounds delicious!

  49. thebookswag says:

    Oh no you did’t! It is all your fault the family will be having salmon for dinner even though we hadn’t planned for it! be ready to explain yourself as I will lead them to the blog! Great post! you are my favorite food blogger 🙂

    1. emmaeatsandexplores says:

      Thanks so much! Thats such a sweet thing to say 🙂 hope the family enjoy it!

  50. dearlydainty says:

    Omg! The salmon looks amazing and paired with my favorite vegetable !! Broccolini! I have to try this! xoxo

  51. Krysten says:

    I generally prefer Mediterranean food as well. Although, the sweet and spicy flavors of Asian food really makes me happy. I really want to try this salmon recipe now!

  52. Uuuuh! This looks absolutely delicious! I have to try it out this Friday, thanks for sharing a recipe!

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  53. Jazz says:

    This looks delicious and the flavor combination is so creative!

  54. I am not a huge fan of salmon, but goodness gracious!! This looks so delicious. I am going to have to give it a try.

  55. Sounds delicious. I love sweet and spicy recipes and this is just the perfect recipe to cook this Sunday.

  56. I just love Salmon and was looking for some new ways to cook it up. Sweet chili Salmon would be good enough, but adding sesame seeds is genius. Cant wait to try this one.

  57. Ance says:

    OMG this look so tasty you make me hungry …:) Great recipe and great ideas for lunch. Thank you !!!

  58. thehealthfulideas says:

    I love salmon! I havent had it for quite a while now but I really think I should because this looks amazing!! 🙂

  59. Lindsey says:

    This looks truly scrumptious, I so should not of come on to your page I’ve yet to have lunc lol! x

  60. ChelseaMamma says:

    I am not a fan of fish but the marinade sounds delicious so will try it over a white meat instead

  61. perfectstormbff says:

    This looks so good! Love to try salmon with these flavor notes

  62. Omg can we say yum?!? This salmon looks absolutely delicious!! Must try

  63. Donna says:

    This is my ideal meal right here!!! I adore salmon with chilli, not tried sesame seeds with it before, looks delish!

  64. Wow! It looks great and seems like from a finest restaurant. You nailed it!

  65. Beauty that walks says:

    I certainly looks like a tasty meal, something I should try in my meal planning.

  66. It certainly looks like a tasty meal, something I should try in my meal planning.

  67. Zena's Suitcase says:

    This recipe is right up my street. I love salmon, and the flavours sound amazing. Will be trying this very soon

  68. I’m starting to eat more fish and keen to try this! It looks so lovely and yum 🙂

  69. Mike says:

    Hey Emma this sounds so Yummy i would like to try it. 🙂


  70. Middle Eats says:

    Saving this for later! I’ve just recently started eating salmon and this looks delicious!

  71. This looks really easy. I think I could cook this!

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