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Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce

Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce is a tasty way to cook salmon on the grill with a hint of Korean spicy flavor! And this delicious low-carb salmon recipe can be cooked on an outdoor grill, on a stovetop grill pan, in the AirFryer, or in the oven!

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Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce shown on serving plate with Thai Cucumber Salad

This tasty Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce is a variation on the recipe for Grilled Mahi Mahi with Korean Dipping Sauce that has been a hit on the blog. I made this with both types of fish years ago when my former neighbors Maria and Kym came to dinner. I decided this version needed a separate post, because I’m envisioning some blog reader looking through the Seafood Recipes and passing right over the recipe because it didn’t say salmon in the title. And today I am excited to finally be updating the photos for this favorite way to cook salmon!

I’m not claiming this is an authentic Korean recipe, but it does have lots of flavors found in Korean food. We loved loved the salmon grilled with the instructions in this recipe and served with the dipping sauce. But definitely grilled fish can take some expertise, and I’m going to give you several ways to cook the delicious salmon, so take your choice on that. 

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

What gives this salmon Korean Flavors?

This recipe uses lots of ingredients often found in Korean food like soy sauce, garlic, sesame oil, green onion, and most of all spicy Korean Red Pepper Powder. Read more about Korean food and what flavors it includes.

What other methods can you use to cook the salmon?

We loved how this Korean Salmon turned out on the grill. It would also be wonderful cooked using a Stovetop Grill Pan (affiliate link); cook for about the same length of time as on the outdoor grill. You can also marinate the salmon, drain it, and then cook the salmon in the Air Fryer and serve it with the Korean Dipping Sauce. Of course you won’t get grill marks, but the Air Fryer is great for salmon! Or if you don’t have an Air Fryer, just follow the instructions for Roasted Salmon to cook the marinated salmon in the oven.

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How to Make Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce:

(Scroll down for complete instructions with nutritional information.)

  1. If using frozen fish, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then drain.
  2. This is the Korean Red Pepper Powder that gives the salmon great spicy flavor.
  3. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sweetener, garlic powder, Korean Red Pepper Powder, and sliced green onion.
  4. Divide mixture in half to use half for the marinade and half for the dipping sauce.
  5. Pat salmon dry and put into a ZipLoc bag or plastic container with a snap-tight lid. Pour the marinade into the bag with the pieces of fish and marinate in the fridge for about 1 hour (or a little longer won’t hurt).
  6. When you’re ready to cook take fish out of the fridge, brush the top side generously with olive oil, and let fish come to room temperature.
  7. Spray grill with non-stick spray or wipe with olive oil, then preheat grill to medium-high (you can only hold your hand there 2-3 seconds.)
  8. Put salmon on grill with top side down and at an angle to grill grates and grill 2-3 minutes (until you can start to see grill marks.)
  9. Carefully lift the fish to turn and rotate to the opposite angle and cook 2-3 minutes more to get criss-cross marks.
  10. Brush the other side of the salmon with more olive oil, then turn salmon over and cook about 3-4 minutes more or until fish feels firm.
  11. Salmon is easy to overcook, and if you have an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) I would use it and take salmon off the grill when it’s close to 130F/55C. Total cooking time will not be more than 8-10 minutes.
  12. Serve hot, with dipping sauce on the side.

Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce on serving plate with Thai cucumber salad

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

The Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce would taste great with Thai Cucumber Salad, which is what you see in the photo above. This would also be delicious with Lemony Green Beans, Roasted Green Beans and Red Bell Pepper, or Roasted Broccoli with Garlic.

More Tasty Recipes for Salmon:

Air-Fryer Salmon with Mustard-Dill Sauce
Baked Salmon with Pesto and Tomatoes
Salmon Patties with Tartar Sauce
Roasted Lemon Salmon and Asparagus Sheet Pan Meal
Roasted Asian Salmon and Green Beans Sheet Pan Meal
Grilled Salmon with Maple-Sriracha-Lime Glaze

Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce shown on serving plate with Thai Cucumber Salad

Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce

Yield 4 servings
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Additional Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 25 minutes

Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce is a tasty way to cook salmon on the grill, or marinate the salmon with this recipe and cook it in the Air Fryer or in the oven if you prefer!!

Ingredients

Ingredients:

  • 4 salmon filets

Sauce/Marinade Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup soy sauce or Gluten-Free Soy Sauce
  • 3 T unseasoned Rice vinegar 
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 1/4 cup Golden Monkfruit Sweetener (see notes)
  • 2 tsp. garlic powder
  • 1/2 tsp. Korean Red Pepper Powder (see notes)
  • 2 green onions, thinly sliced

Instructions

  1. If using frozen fish, thaw in the refrigerator overnight and then drain.
  2. Combine soy sauce, rice vinegar, sesame oil, sweetener, garlic powder, Korean Red Pepper Powder, and sliced green onion.
  3. Divide mixture in half to use half for the marinade and half for the dipping sauce.
  4. Pat salmon dry and put into a ZipLoc bag or plastic container with a snap-tight lid.
  5. Pour the marinade into the bag with the pieces of fish and marinate in the fridge for about 1 hour (or a little longer won't hurt).
  6. When you're ready to cook take fish out of the fridge, brush the top side generously with olive oil, and let fish come to room temperature.
  7. Spray grill with non-stick spray or wipe with oil, then preheat grill to medium-high (you can only hold your hand there 2-3 seconds.)
  8. Put salmon on grill with top side down and at an angle to grill grates and grill 2-3 minutes (until you can start to see grill marks.)
  9. Carefully lift the fish to turn and rotate to the opposite angle and cook 2-3 minutes more to get criss-cross marks.
  10. Brush the other side of the salmon with more olive oil, then turn salmon over and cook about 3-4 minutes more or until fish feels firm.
  11. Salmon is easy to overcook, and if you have an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link) I would use it and take salmon off the grill when it's close to 130F/55C. Total cooking time will not be more than 8-10 minutes.
  12. Serve hot, with dipping sauce on the side.

Notes

I used Golden Monkfruit Sweetener and Korean Red Pepper Powder for this recipe. (affiliate links)

I love a non-stick spray called Pam for Grilling, (affiliate link) which really helps prevent food from sticking.

This recipe was adapted from one that came from Weeknight Grilling, a magazine-cookbook published by Cuisine at Home.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 5.9gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 1296mgCarbohydrates: 3.2gFiber: 0.4gSugar: 1.2gProtein: 52g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

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Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Made with an approved sweetener, this is a perfect main dish for low-carb and low-glycemic diets and for any phase of the original South Beach Diet.

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2007. Even though I’ve made it many times since then, I didn’t manage to update the photos until the summer of 2021, and at that time I also updated the post with more information and suggestions for some other ways to cook the salmon.

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    12 Comments on “Korean Salmon with Dipping Sauce”

  1. Rebecca, that sounds delicious! (And that's exactly why I love the SBD as well.)

  2. This recipe suited both the ingredients I had on hand and what I was craving last night. Because I wanted to wilt some spinach with my salmon, I decided to pan fry the marinated salmon in a little olive oil and throw the spinach in at the end. Even though I had reserved the dipping sauce, I wound up throwing the marinade in the pan after the salmon, and it thickened up into a delicious glaze that flavored the spinach as well. This is why I love the SBD; I can enjoy decadent, restaurant-quality meals that are still good for me!

  3. Yes, it was good with the Mahi Mahi…but even better with the salmon! Everything was very tasty, thanks again for dinner! It was a fun night.

  4. Asian flavors and salmon go so well together! Thanks for this recipe!

  5. Amy, I agree that soy sauce and salmon go so well together. As you can tell, I think this recipe is a complete keeper.

    Lisa, as you know, I love marinating. I think this would be good on so many things.

  6. This looks and sounds just wonderful. I’m going to try it this week. Can never have enough ideas for marinades!

  7. I’ve always enjoyed a soy sauce based glaze or dipping sauce with salmon. Your recipe sounds really delicious and the salmon looks gorgeous. Yum!

  8. Messo, hope you like it.

    Katie, I love this sauce.

    SK, great idea to have a grill with criss-cross grates. I like it! (I will try to get over my eyebrow envy.)

    Lydia, me too. I can tell this is a recipe I’ll be making for years to come.

  9. Salmon on the grill with any type of Asian-style marinade is one of my all-time favorite summer dinners. Thanks for another delicious recipe.

  10. such perfect grill marks! I think they should just invent a bbq grill with the criss cross grates so that you don’t have to remember to rotate.

    xoxo
    j
    eyebrow envy is baaaaddd 😉

  11. I can definitely see that saw with the sweetness of salmon….yum!

  12. Salmon is my all time favorite!!! They serve something like this at Applebee’s that I just love…this looks so good, I’m going to have to try this!