Love eating fish but dislike all the prep work? This fool-proof Baked Salmon (Ca Hoi Nuong) recipe is a guaranteed winner and a great way to make a tasty and healthy meal for your family. We marinate a whole salmon fillet with an Asian-style sauce and then bake it in a very straightforward way–no fancy gadgets or equipment needed, just some tin foil. The results: perfectly baked salmon that is moist and flavorful!
Notes on the Recipe, Tips and Tricks
Make it into a meal by serving with rice or potatoes and one or two side dishes or serve as a salad on top of fresh greens. My favorite way to enjoy this baked salmon is to make it into fresh spring rolls. You’ll need Rice Vermicelli, green leaf lettuce, cucumbers, assorted fresh herbs (mint, spicy mint, Thai basil, cilantro, etc.), Carrot and Radish Pickles, and rice paper. Dip the rolls in the essential Tamarind Dipping Sauce and enjoy!
Asian-Style Baked Salmon / Ca Hoi Nuong
1 1/2 – 2 lbs whole salmon fillet
1 green onion
2-3 garlic cloves
1 tsp sesame oil
1 Tbsp lemon juice
1 Tbsp soy sauce
1 Tbsp oyster sauce
1/2 Tbsp sugar
1/8 tsp ground black pepper
1 tsp vegetable oil
1 pat melted butter
2 Tbsp Scallion Oil
1/4 cup crushed roasted peanuts
Peel and finely mince the garlic. Finely chop the green onions. In a measuring cup, add the sesame oil, lemon juice, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and sugar. Stir together until the sugar is dissolved. Add the minced garlic and green onions and mix together.
Rinse salmon on both sides with cool water and then pat dry with paper towels.
Line a large baking dish with 2 large pieces of foil. Leave excess foil on both sides, enough to be able to wrap the fish later when baking. Drizzle 1 teaspoon of vegetable oil onto the foil and coat evenly. Place the fish skin side down on the foil. Spoon marinade on top of the fish coating it evenly. Sprinkle ground black pepper on top. Marinate in the refrigerator for at least 1 hour.
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit. While the oven is heating up, remove the fish from the refrigerator. When the oven is up to temperature, wrap the fish using the foil from the pan creating a tent. Fold over the ends as well. This will keep all of the hot air in the tent. Bake for 15 minutes.
Remove the fish from the oven and carefully peel back the foil. Brush the fish with melted butter. Set the oven to broil and bake the fish for another 5- 7 minutes until it is golden brown.
Remove from the oven and allow to cool for 5 minutes. Transfer fish to a serving dish. Top with scallion oil and the crushed peanuts.
Serve with the Tamarind Dipping Sauce.
Yields: 4-6 servings