Wasabi Crusted Asian Salmon

What I am about to show you has to be the best piece of salmon I have ever put in my mouth. Thank God for lazy days! If it wasn’t for seeing Ina Garten bring out the big guns for her weeknight dinner by making Asian Salmon I would have never thought to do this particular dish. My Wasabi Crusted Asian Salmon is rich with distinct flavors of ginger, coconut and lime and a sweet and spicy twist to the sauce with none other than my trusty old bottle of Tabasco. Healthy and Delicious!

I love the versatility of salmon. It can be steamed, broiled, grilled, baked and even fried (Yes Fried, I had the pleasure of eating fried salmon sticks recently). Out of all the times I have made salmon not once did I even think to coat it in panko. Why? Don’t know- but it is genius. I knew after seeing Ina’s version of Asian Salmon that I wanted to mirror it in some way but with my own Belleicious twist. Since I was going to be using Asian ingredients I thought let’s do a wasabi crust. Wasabi is a Japanese horseradish with a little extra heat. It comes in a variety of ways- all of which are perfect for using in your cooking. One of my favorite things to munch on in fact are dried wasabi peas. (Oh, now I wish I had those peas and I could have ground them up and used those in the crust- Next Time)

Yes, I am one of the few in my circle of friends who actually eats the wasabi  and ginger slices on the end of your plate at sushi restaurants. Its spicy and cleansing and I love it! Pair wasabi marinated panko crumbs with a Tabasco chili Asian marinade and you have a surprisingly healthy and delicious meal with so many layers of flavor. For those who don’t really want to walk on the wild side or rather hot side, by all means feel free to skip the Tabasco in the sauce and just use half of the wasabi. Although I have to say it is mighty good just as is. Oh and leftovers? If you have any- hint. hint. This makes the BEST SALMON CAKES EVER!


Wasabi Crusted Asian Salmon (adapted from Ina Garten’s Asian Salmon)


  • 2  pounds center-cut salmon fillet
  • 1 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup rice vinegar
  • Juice of 2 lemons
  • 2 TBSP coconut milk
  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar
  • 2 TBSP orange marmalade
  • 1 tablespoon toasted (dark) sesame oil
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 cup chopped green onions
  • 2 tablespoons minced garlic (just use the canned garlic)
  • 2 tablespoons ginger
  • 1 TBSP wasabi powder
  • 1 1/2 cups panko (Japanese bread crumbs)


Line a baking pan with aluminum foil and place the salmon in the pan. Mix together all of the ingredients above except for the wasabi powder and panko. Pour 1/2 of the marinade over the salmon. Cover with foil and refrigerate for at least 1 hour.

Meanwhile, toss your panko with the wasabi powder and a dash of salt and pepper. Set aside. Remove Salmon from the refrigerator and sprinkle the wasabi panko mixture evenly over the fillet. Pour the rest of the marinade mixture evenly over the panko.

Roast the salmon for 18 to 20 minutes at 500 degrees. Remove from the oven, wrap tightly with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 10minutes.



  1. Erica

    I wish I liked salmon…although I guess in my current state, its a good thing I don’t 😉 This looks just gorgeous! And doesn’t Ina have some of the best ideas? I’ve never made a dish of hers that I didn’t like

  2. Kelly

    Ina always has the best recipes! This one looks so good!

  3. Kelli

    Im going through a fish cooking phase right now so this would be perfect to try!
    Yes you must try Orange Leaf next time you are in Monroe. It is located over there by Portico and Pie Works.

  4. Courtney

    Goodness, I can’t wait to try this! Right up my alley! YUMMO!

  5. Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking

    This Salmon looks so delicious! I love Ina’s recipes! So glad that I found your blog!!

  6. Candace

    Omygoodness! This looks fabulous. I’m a wasabi eater too, Jessica. I, also, never thought of using panko on salmon. It’s inspired! Now I’m craving salmon. 🙂

  7. anne

    ooh, love me some wasabi!!

  8. Strawberry CAKE

    This recipe looks like a keeper. My family loves salmon.

  9. Sara

    This looks yummy- I don’t really like salmon, but I know I should eat it and so I force myself. I think I will try this next time!!

  10. Biz

    I wish I liked salmon, because I LOVE wasabi – the spicier the better! Your dish looks delicious though!

  11. Christina

    This sounds amazing! I love wasabi and pickled ginger.

  12. Maria @ Scandifoodie

    I love wasabi! If only I could get the real wasabi here in Sydney, this sounds delicious!

  13. Sara @ Saucy Dipper

    I eat the wasabi and ginger with my sushi, too. The dipping is the best part!

  14. Kori

    This looks absolutely amazing! Hope you had a great weekend doll! Kori xoxo


  15. Shea

    Haha, I know exactly which Barefoot Contessa episode you’re talking about 🙂 And that salmon looks amazing. Salmon is definitely one of my favorites, and I’m going to have to make this when it goes on sale!!

  16. Jenn L @ Peas and Crayons

    No wasabi for this girl! hehe! I’d die! But I could sub sriracha in there and be a happy camper! this looks delicious! you’re such a rockstar in the kitchen =)

  17. Betty @ scrambled hen fruit

    This salmon looks great! I love salmon and wasabi too. 🙂

  18. melissa@IWasBornToCook

    Thanks for visiting my blog – because of that I was able to find this delicious recipe 🙂

  19. sara@domesticallychallenged

    Sorry! i don’t like salmon, but it was a pretty picture!

  20. Torrie @ a place to share...

    Tooooooooooo diiiieeeeeeee foooorrrrrrr.

    I am starring this right now and WILL incorporate it into our menu this week… for sure!

    I haven’t had the chance to reply to your suuuuuuuper sweet comments, but I will. Miss you!! xoxo

  21. stephanie

    my husband doesn’t like salmon but i am going to make him eat this. no dessert otherwise. 😉

  22. Joanne

    Perfect timing given that I have some fresh wasabi in my fridge that I NEED to use before the guilt starts to pervade my soul. This sounds amazing!

  23. ModernMom

    Those salmon cakes look so so good:) Thanks for sharing your inspiring recipes!

  24. Mary

    The wasabi adds such an interesting touch to this recipe. It looks delicious and I’m sure it tastes every bit as good as it looks. I’m new to your blog and have spent some time browsing through your earlier entries. I really like the food and recipes you feature here and I’ll definitely be back. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  25. Kristin

    I’m not a big salmon gal, but you had me at coconut!

  26. Rivki Locker (Ordinary Blogger)

    I HEART Ina! I make a variation of this – with a honey mustard glaze coated with panko. I agree with you about how versatile salmon is. I can eat it every week and never tire of it!

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