Woman's hand holding a spoon with soy-molasses glaze dripping onto a fillet of cooked salmon next to a bed of rice with roasted yellow bell pepper and broccoli on a round white and grey marbled plate on top of a grey placemat on a white and grey marbled surface (with logo overlay)

Salmon with a Bold Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables

Combine the bold flavors of soy sauce and molasses to make a delicious glaze for salmon fillets served over rice with fresh vegetables.

Well, I did it, I made a salmon recipe that I truly enjoyed! I’ve only had salmon a few times and never cared for it much. I thought it was the fish. I am beginning to wonder if it was the way it was prepped. This recipe for Soy Molasses Salmon is delicious!

I have always liked food with bold flavors. Salmon covered with a soy and molasses sauce easily fits in that category. Don’t get confused, I don’t like spicy. I like bold and a lot of flavors. My favorite chips are Cooler Ranch Doritos and for crackers. I like the Sun-Dried Tomato Basil Wheat Thins (much to Justin’s dismay). They aren’t spicy, but bold. Not bland or subtle. I hope that makes sense.

Funny story about making this recipe the first time: I just about set off the smoke alarms. Well, not from this exact recipe. I made a Banana Cream Cheesecake earlier in the day, and something must have leaked in the oven. When I turned the temperature up to 400F to preheat for the salmon and opened the oven to put it in, white smoke came billowing out. It was almost 100 degrees outside and I was going around opening a bunch of windows, turning on the fans, and waving my oven mitts to try to help dissipate the smoke before the fire alarms started blaring.

Salmon with Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables
Salmon with Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables
Tyler trying to help clear the smoke out of the house before the alarms went off.

Luckily, the smoke alarms did not go off thanks to the combined efforts of both the boys, Justin, and me. It also meant I needed to clean the oven before it was used again. And I was definitely not cooking dinner in there. We went through our options: try it on the stovetop, cook it on the grill, or use someone else’s oven. Thankfully, my in-laws live on the next street so Justin drove it over to his parents and used their oven.

It was quite an adventure. I had to do some serious scrubbing of the oven after it cooled. But we were still able to eat dinner that night. Luckily, it was a delicious meal so (almost) worth the effort that went into it.

Ever since then, we’ve had no issues making the meal. This is still the only salmon recipe I like, so if we want salmon we know what to do with it.

Step by Step

Preheat the oven to 400F. In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the soy sauce, molasses, ginger, vinegar, and garlic. Stir the mixture often while it comes to a simmer. Heat until it reduces by half, which takes about 5 minutes.

Medium saucepan with soy-molasses glaze over a white and grey marble surface

Meanwhile, prepare the vegetables by slicing the yellow bell pepper and chopping the broccoli. Lay these out on a rimmed baking sheet or a jellyroll pan and drizzle with the olive oil. Place the salmon, skin side down, between the vegetables.

Metal sheet pan with two salmon fillets in the center surrounded by sliced yellow pepper and chopped broccoli all drizzled with olive oil next to a medium sauce pot of soy-molasses glaze all on a white and grey marble surface

Spoon about two tablespoons of the molasses mixture over the fillets. You want about one tablespoon per fillet. Sprinkle everything with some salt and pepper,. Bake for about 15-20 minutes. The salmon will be cooked and the glaze golden.

Metal sheet pan with two salmon fillets in the center surrounded by sliced yellow pepper and chopped broccoli all drizzled with some soy-molasses glaze next to a medium sauce pot of the remaining soy-molasses glaze and a spoon with glaze on it all on a white and grey marble surface

While the salmon is cooking, prepare your rice according to the package. I always use my rice steamer for the rice, so I started that when I started the recipe. Divide the rice evenly among the serving plates and top with the vegetables. Serve the Soy Molasses Salmon with the remaining sauce to drizzle over the fish, rice, and vegetables.

Woman's hand holding a spoon with soy-molasses glaze dripping onto a fillet of cooked salmon next to a bed of rice with roasted yellow bell pepper and broccoli on a round white and grey marbled plate on top of a grey placemat on a white and grey marbled surface (vertical)

Recipe

Originally Published On: August 27, 2018

Last Updated On: December 28, 2019

Woman's hand holding a spoon with soy-molasses glaze dripping onto a fillet of cooked salmon next to a bed of rice with roasted yellow bell pepper and broccoli on a round white and grey marbled plate on top of a grey placemat on a white and grey marbled surface

Salmon with Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables

Combine the bold flavors of soy sauce and molasses to make a delicious glaze for salmon fillets served over rice with fresh vegetables.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: molasses, salmon, soy sauce
Servings: 4 servings
4.88 from 8 votes

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup molasses
  • 1 tsp ground ginger
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic (minced)
  • 1/2 lb broccoli
  • 2 yellow bell peppers
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 16 oz salmon fillets
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 2 cups brown rice

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400F
  • In a small saucepan, over medium heat, combine the soy sauce, molasses, ginger, rice vinegar, and garlic
  • Cook for about 5 minutes until reduced by half
  • Meanwhile, slice the bell pepper and chop the broccoli
  • Place the vegetables on a rimmed baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil then spread out into an even layer
  • Place the salmon fillets on top of the vegetables and spoon about one tablespoon of the soy-molasses on each fillet
  • Sprinkle everything with salt and pepper, to taste
  • Bake for about 15-20 minutes, until the fish is cooked and the glaze is golden brown
  • While the fish is baking, prepare the rice according to the package
  • Divide the rice among the serving plates and top with salmon and vegetables
  • Serve with extra sauce to drizzle on the fish, rice, and vegetables as desired
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Nutrition Facts
Salmon with Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables
Amount Per Serving (4 oz)
Calories 678 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 62mg21%
Sodium 1473mg61%
Potassium 1455mg42%
Carbohydrates 98g33%
Fiber 6g24%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 34g68%
Vitamin A 518IU10%
Vitamin C 160mg194%
Calcium 127mg13%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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Woman's hand holding a spoon with soy-molasses glaze dripping onto a fillet of cooked salmon next to a bed of rice with roasted yellow bell pepper and broccoli on a round white and grey marbled plate on top of a grey placemat on a white and grey marbled surface (vertical with title overlay)

44 thoughts on “Salmon with a Bold Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables”

  1. A protein paired with vegetables and rice is one of my favorite combos. This looks like it would not only be delicious but also easy enough to make on a busy weekday.

    1. This was the first time I had a salmon recipe that I really enjoyed. I can’t do it raw, though. I’ve tried when we make homemade sushi and just can’t! But my husband loves it, so we get it for him 🙂

  2. I never taste salmon. This Salmon with a Bold Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables looks yummy and delicious I hope I will taste this kind of recipe soon I’m hungry 🙁

    1. I am not a big fan of salmon because I don’t like fish that tastes fishy, but this worked so well together. Anything milder wouldn’t hold up with the boldness of the glaze.

  3. Hi Stephanie! This looks delicious! Back when I was not a vegan, salmon was my favorite fish. It’s so easy to cook and so delicious! Your recipe looks like it has all the elements of a success! I am definitely making this for my guests this weekend!

  4. Ok my mouth was literally watering while reading this haha! I love salmon and this recipe sounds amazing, definitely trying this one

    XO-Lisa

  5. That molasse sauce looks so delicious and adding that to the salmon is heaven in a plate. I will definitely make this soon.

    1. We don’t eat a lot of salmon, but I will with this recipe every time. And it gets me to eat veggies with the glaze so that right there makes it healthy for me!

  6. It has happened to me in the past. Tyler is such a big helper. He is too adorable trying to clear the smoke out. As the meal, it sounds so delicious. Im not a big seafood eater but I do like salmon. 🙂

    1. Yeah, the boys don’t like the loud sound from the smoke alarm, so he was doing everything he could to help. My youngest went to his bedroom, shut the door, and went under the covers to block the sound as much as possible!

    1. Hah, that’s usually when we make meals like this, too! They were home this time and both tried the veggies and rice with the glaze, but refused to touch the salmon.

  7. Last week I bought molasses to make gingerbread cookies. The next day, I looked at the molasses and said, “When am
    I ever going to use this again?” So anyway, thank you for the perfect timing of this post!

    1. I haven’t tried it on tuna since I don’t care for tuna. But the glaze is absolutely delicious and would probably enhance almost anything it’s poured over.

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