I can’t say enough good things about salmon. It’s rich in omega-3 fatty acids along with B vitamins, potassium, and antioxidants. Because studies have shown that it reduces the risk of heart disease, the American Heart Association recommends eating fish like salmon twice a week. Not only that, but it’s a also great source of lean protein, packing in 22- to 25-grams of protein per 3.5-ounce serving. It’s not all about nutrition, either. Salmon has a mild flavor and flaky texture that makes it taste good with almost anything. You can encrust it in pistachios, cook it with white wine and garlic, or turn it into this recipe for Steamed Salmon with Sweet Ginger Soy Glaze. It work just as well with Asian-inspired flavors as it does with French flavors!
The only problem with salmon is that it’s a little intimidating. People who haven’t cooked salmon before might not know that it also happens to be really easy to cook. Previously, our favorite, easy way to cook salmon used foil packets. Recently, we discovered that steamed salmon is even easier! Following this steamed salmon recipe is one of the best ways to introduce yourself to cooking salmon at home. It’s easy, fast, and requires little-to-no cleanup.
How To Make Steamed Salmon
This is going to be much easier than you think, I promise! Steaming is a great way to cook foods while preserving their water-soluble vitamins. Vitamins in the B-complex group (such as thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, and folate) along with vitamin C are absorbed by water. That means that poaching or boiling foods in liquid can actually strip them of their nutrients.
In comes steaming: the way to easily cook your food without removing any of those vitamins. All you need to do is set up a steamer basket above boiling water, add your food, and cover the pot. That’s it! In the case of our salmon, it’s finished cooking after it steams for 8- to 10-minutes. You’ll know for sure that the salmon is finished cooking because it will flake easily when you pierce it with a fork.
While the salmon cooks, we’ll make the super-easy sweet ginger soy glaze. The soy sauce brings salty, savory flavors to the coating while the honey sweetens things up. Combine them together over low heat and you get a glaze that will pair perfectly with our steamed salmon. The ginger, garlic, and red pepper flakes add depth of flavor and a little bit of spice, creating a sweet-and-spicy complement for the rich salmon.
That’s it! A tasty, healthy meal that only takes about 15 minutes to pull together! Serve it over brown rice or cauliflower rice with a side of your favorite vegetables for a fully balanced meal. This is the perfect introduction to how to cook salmon, and we think you’ll agree that steamed salmon is super easy to make!
Yields: 4 servings | Serving Size: 4 ounces salmon, 2 teaspoons glaze | Calories: 316 | Total Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Trans Fat: 0g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 642mg | Carbohydrates: 20g | Fiber: 0g | Sugar: 18g | Protein: 25g | SmartPoints: 10
- 4 (4 ounce) skinless and boneless salmon fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
- 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons ground ginger
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1/4 cup low-sodium soy sauce
- 1/4 cup pure honey
- 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- Season the salmon with salt, pepper half of the ginger, and half of the garlic powder. Set aside.
- Fill a skillet or sauce pot with about 1 inch of water. The skillet or sauce pot needs fit a steaming basket. Bring to a boil. Once boiling, carefully place the seasoned salmon in a steaming basket (or bamboo steaming basked for extra flavor). Place the basket into the pot so it sits just above the water. Cover and steam for 8 to 10 minutes or until salmon is firm and cooked through.
- While the salmon cooks, combine the soy sauce and honey in a shallow sauce pot on low heat. stir constantly until honey is dissolved. Add crushed red pepper, remaining ginger and remaining garlic. Bring to a simmer and remove from heat. Pour hot over the steamed salmon and enjoy.