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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Originally Published On: August 27, 2018
Last Updated On: December 28, 2019
Salmon with Soy-Molasses Glaze over Rice and Vegetables
- 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
- 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