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Cholula and Agave Seared Salmon

  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x


Sweet and heat, this seared salmon offers a slight crunch before the flaky center!



Ingredients for red cabbage slaw

  • 1 small red cabbage, chopped
  • 1/2 tbsp Cholula (or sriracha )
  • 3 tbsp rice vinegar (or white vinegar )
  • 1 large carrot, julienned (or 4 baby carrots julienned )
  • 1/4 cup scallions, chopped
  • 1 tbsp lime
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp granulated sugar

Ingredients for salmon

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce (or coconut aminos)
  • 2 tbsp ginger, minced
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1&1/2 tbsp Cholula (or sriracha )
  • 1 tbsp rice vinegar (or white vinegar )
  • 2 tbsp agave (or honey)
  • 2 tbsp sesame oil for searing (or olive oil)


Make the marinade for the salmon

  1. Place salmon in a tupperware, glass container with lid or ziploc bag. Add soy sauce, agave, cholula, lime, rice vinegar, garlic and ginger. Stir to combine and cover the fish. Place the fish in the fridge and marinade at least 1 hour, up to overnight.

Make the slaw

  1. Combine cabbage, carrots, scallions in a bowl.
  2. In another small bowl, mix together rice vinegar, sugar, lime and sesame oil. Mix until the sugar is mostly dissolved and pour over the cabbage mixture. Stir to coat.

Sear salmon

  1. Pre heat the oven to 350 degrees
  2. When the salmon is done marinading, remove from the fridge and leave until room temp.
  3. Heat sesame oil in a large non-stick skillet. Add the salmon, reserving the marinade. Sear over medium high heat until a crust begins to form, about 3 mins each side. Be careful not to burn.
  4. If you like your salmon rare, transfer to a plate and let sit 5 mins with aluminum foil over before serving. If you want to cook it more. place it on a foil lined baking sheet and bake in the oven at 350 for 15 mins. Baking time will vary depending on preference and size of salmon.
  5. To garnish sprinkle sesame seeds and scallions over the top. Serve with red cabbage slaw and enjoy!




  • Due to the sucrose in the agave, the salmon will burn if you cook it at high heat for too long.  I like to finish mine in the oven because I like my salmon cooked through.  Salmon does tend to dry out, so check it every 5 minutes to make sure it is not losing its oils. 
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Category: Dinner, Entree
  • Cuisine: asian

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