How To Marinade Salmon

Salmon is a good staple for anyone who is trying to have a healthy diet. It tastes yummy and it has an exceptional nutritional value that is not found in most foods. Take for instance the omega 3 fatty acids that salmon carries. In addition, salmon is low in saturated fat and is much lower in calorie content as compared to other sources of protein like beef and pork.

Preparing salmon is quite easy. There are a lot of recipes that you can research online and you can even invent your own recipe if salmon is cheap and in season. If you are trying to refrain from cooking salmon in a pan with oil, then grilling is your best option.

If you are thinking how sickening it might be sticking to a single salmon marinade, then do not fret. This article is for you. Salmon is a versatile type of fish and there are endless ways to cook and prepare it. Remember that in Japan, they even serve their salmon raw?! If you do not want to go that far, there are actually a lot of marinades to choose from so you wouldn’t get sick and fed up with the same and usual salmon marinade. Here are four recipes to rotate in your weekly healthy salmon meals.

Recipe 1: The Ginger Miso Salmon Marinade


  • Salmon fillets
  • 2 teaspoons of green onions (minced)
  • 2 teaspoons of miso
  • 1 tablespoon of soy sauce (low in sodium preferably)
  • 1 and ½ teaspoon of fresh ginger (minced)
  • 1 teaspoon of sesame paste or tahini

Recipe 2: The Dilly Salmon Marinade


  • ¼ a cup of olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons of freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • A clove of a garlic (crushed and minced)
  • Half a teaspoon of salt
  • 2 tablespoons of red wine vinegar
  • ¼ a teaspoon of white pepper

Recipe 3: The Basic Salmon Marinade


  • A 10-ounce bottle of premixed Italian salad dressing
  • A cup of white wine (preferably dry)
  • 1 whole fresh lemon (squeezed)

Recipe 4: The Teriyaki Flavored Salmon Marinade (this one’s good enough for sauce too once cooked)


  • Two cups of ready-made teriyaki sauce
  • Crush garlic (2 or more cloves)
  • Chopped green onions
  • 1 teaspoon of ginger (chopped, minced or shredded)
  • ¼ a cup of brown sugar

While the process of marinating your salmon simply entails mixing all your ingredients together, these recipes differ in the length of time that you will have to leave your salmon to marinade in order for its full flavors to be absorbed by the meat of the salmon. Here are the tips on how to marinade your salmon to perfection.

  • For the Ginger Miso Salmon Marinade, the best time to marinate would be from 30 minutes to an hour.
  • For the Dilly Salmon Marinade, it takes roughly two to four hours for the marinade flavors to stick in your salmon.
  • Marinade salmon for an hour when you are using the Basic Salmon marinade.
  • Best to marinade overnight if you opt to make the Teriyaki Flavored Salmon Marinade.

Now, it would be good to take note that the outcome of your salmon dish will also depend on the quality of your salmon. So do the marketing yourself and choose the freshest ones. Enjoy your grilled salmon!


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