Easy Gochujang Salmon

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Korean gochujang salmon is the perfect fusion of sweet, spicy, and savory flavors. Buttery and tender salmon generously coated in a luscious sauce crafted from gochujang, garlic, honey, and soy, infusing each bite with layers of mouthwatering umami. As the salmon bakes, the sauce transforms into a tantalizing glaze, boasting an irresistible bite. Finished with a sprinkle of sesame seeds or diced green onions, this dish is an effortless and healthy option for a delicious weeknight dinner.

Korean Salmon Recipe

Why Fatty Fish is So Good for You!

Protein

Fish are a great source of complete protein, and essential macronutrient. Protein is broken down into amino acids which our bodies use for everything from immune function, muscle repair, and in creating digestive enzymes and amine hormones such as insulin and dopamine.

Many foods contain proteins that are broken down into amino acids, however, animal protein, like fish, is complete in that is contains all nine essential amino acids.

The nine essential amino acids and their roles are [1]:
  1. Histidine: necessary for the production of histamine and also plays a role in nervous system health
  2. Valine: necessary in energy production as well as muscle growth and repair
  3. Phenylalanine: building block for neurotransmitters like dopamine and epinephrine (adrenaline), and in the production of other amino acids.
  4. Leucine: necessary in stimulating wound healing, muscle repair, and blood sugar regulation.
  5. Isoleucine: necessary in immune function and energy regulation.
  6. Tryptophan: necessary building block for serotonin.
  7. Methionine: necessary in detoxification, metabolism, and in your body’s ability to absorb selenium (supports thyroid health) and zinc (necessary in production of HCl in your stomach).
  8. Threonine: necessary in skin and connective tissue health.
  9. Lysinenecessary in hormone production and your body’s ability to absorb calcium (bone, heart, muscle and nerve health.)

Omega-3s

Omega-3’s are an essential fatty acid due to our body’s inability to create it. It plays a vital role in our body’s anti-inflammatory pathways as well as supports healthy cholesterol, heart and brain health [2], cellular health and more.

There are 3 types of Omega-3 fatty acids:

  • ALA (alpha-linoleic acid): omega-3’s found in plants such as nuts (walnuts) and seeds (chia and flax seeds).
  • EPA (eicosapentaenoic acid): is only found in cold water fish and is considered a “marine omega-3”.
  • DHA (docosahexaenoic acid): like EPA, DHA is a “marine omega-3: found in cold water fish.

Health benefits of Omega-3s:

Anti-Inflammatory: Omega-3s support anti-inflammation [3] in the body and have been shown to be beneficial for those with auto-immune disorders [4].
Metabolic Disorders: Omega-3s have been shown to reduce the risk factors of metabolic disease including high blood pressure, insulin resistance, high cholesterol, cardiovascular disease, and other symptoms of metabolic disorders [5].
Heart Health: Omega-3s support heart health by lowering triglycerides [6], raising HDL (good cholesterol) levels, supports anti-inflammatory pathways, and may lower LDL (bad cholesterol) levels, and lowers the risk of an irregular heartbeat [7]. 
Brain Health: Omega-3s are essential in brain development in infants and into adulthood. DHA is “important in cellular membrane fluidity, function and neurotransmitter release” [DiNicolantonio JJ, et al.]. Omega-3’s may even support children and young adults with ADHD [8].
Eye Health: DHA is a primary structural component of the retina in the eye, consuming sufficient amounts of DHA supports eye health and may also improve the health of the eye [9].
Mental Health: Omega-3’s have been shown to support depression, anxiety, and symptoms where EPA is shown to be the most beneficial in supporting depression [10].

Best Food Sources of Omega-3 fatty acids:

  • Mackerel
  • Salmon
  • Herring
  • Trout
  • Sardines
  • Tuna
  • Halibut
  • Anchovies
  • Eggs
  • Walnuts
  • Chia seeds
  • Flaxseeds
  • Hemp seeds
  • Soybeans

Korean Gochujang Salmon Recipe

Why Wild Caught Fish?

Wild caught fish are caught from bodies of water like rivers and the ocean, and are not raised in holding tanks or fish farms. Since wild caught fish have lived their lives free to eat what they are meant to, the fish is more nutrient dense, higher in omega-3s [11], and does not contain antibiotics or other industrial chemicals (terephthalic acid (TPA) and polyvinyl chloride (PVC)) that are used in farmed fish. Farm raised fish are raised in holding tanks or nets that are often overcrowded, the fish are fed fish food and are not free to eat their natural diet, and can become infested with microorganisms, parasites, and are more likely to not be as healthy. Remember, you are what you eat, eats.

Equipment Needed

Baking Sheet/Bar Pan
Mixing Bowl
Spatula
Parchment Paper (opt)

Easy Gochujang Salmon Ingredients

1# Filet of Salmon, trout or other fish
1 Tbsp Pure Raw Honey
1 Tbsp Korean Gochujang Paste
1 tsp Korean Soy Sauce
1-2 Cloves Garlic, finely minced
1 Green Onion, finely diced
½ tsp Gochugaru Flakes (opt)
½ tsp Sesame Seeds
¼ tsp Ground Black Pepper

How to Make Easy Gochujang Salmon

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  2. Line the bar pan or baking sheet with parchment for easy clean up.
  3. Remove any bones in the fish and place onto the baking sheet.
  4. In a small mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and 2/3 of the green onion and mix well with a spatula.
  5. Pour the gochujang sauce over the fish and evenly spread over the fish with the spatula.
  6. Bake for 10-12 minutes until fish is cooked to your preference.
  7. Garnish with remaining green onion and serve!
Korean Salmon Recipe

Easy Gochujang Salmon

Amy Lippert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 12 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine Asian, Korean, Seafood
Servings 2
Calories 377 kcal

Ingredients
  

Instructions
 

  • Preheat the oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line the bar pan or baking sheet with parchment for easy clean up.
  • Remove any bones in the fish and place onto the baking sheet.
  • In a small mixing bowl combine all the ingredients and 2/3 of the green onion and mix well with a spatula.
  • Pour the gochujang sauce over the fish and evenly spread over the fish with the spatula.
  • Bake for 10-12 minutes until fish is cooked to your preference.
  • Garnish with remaining green onion and serve!

Nutrition

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Nutrition Facts
Easy Gochujang Salmon
Amount per Serving
Calories
377
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
15
g
23
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
6
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
125
mg
42
%
Sodium
 
202
mg
9
%
Potassium
 
1197
mg
34
%
Carbohydrates
 
13
g
4
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
10
g
11
%
Protein
 
46
g
92
%
Vitamin A
 
317
IU
6
%
Vitamin C
 
3
mg
4
%
Calcium
 
42
mg
4
%
Iron
 
2
mg
11
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Keyword Asian Salmon, Easy Korean Salmon, Gochujang Salmon, Korean Salmon, Korean Spiced Salmon, Spicy Salmon
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FAQs

Q: Is there a way to make Korean gochujang salmon gluten free?
A: Yes! There is a gluten free gochujang and you can substitute the soy sauce with GF soy sauce or coconut aminos!

Q: Do I need to marinate the fish beforehand to make Korean gochujang salmon?
A: Nope! That’s what makes this delicious recipe so easy, no need to marinate. Just make the sauce, cover the fish, bake and eat!

Q:How do you know when the salmon is done?
A: You can use an instant read thermometer to test the doneness, ususally 125 degrees is for medium and 145 degrees is for well done.

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