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Sesame Crusted Salmon and Quinoa with Asian Vegetables

If you enjoy salmon, you'll love this fun twist! This sesame crusted salmon is easy to make and served with a delicious side of quinoa and Asian vegetables.
Course Entree
Cuisine American
Keyword asian vegetables, baked salmon, crusted salmon, salmon, sesame seeds
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 2 Servings
Calories 531kcal
Author Alyssa



  • Preheat your oven to 400° F.
  • Fold your two pieces of parchment paper in half, width wise. With scissors, cut the paper into a half heart shape, using as much of the paper as you can (it doesn't have to look like a perfect heart). Lay the hearts flat and open on a baking sheet.
  • Sprinkle your salmon with the sesame seeds and then with the Chinese five spice. Place the salmon fillets on one half of the heart-shaped parchment paper. Squeeze the lime over the salmon. Now, for the tricky part! Fold the other half of the parchment paper over the top of the fillets and roll/fold the edges together so the salmon is sitting in a small "pocket" (a tip: secure the edges with paper clips if you have them).
  • Place the salmon in the oven for 10 - 12 minutes depending on the thickness of your fillets. When the salmon is flaky, it's done!
  • While the salmon is cooking, start the quinoa. Set 1 cup of water to boil, add quinoa, and let simmer for 8 - 10 minutes.
  • In a small saute pan, heat the oil over medium heat. Add the carrots and saute for 3 minutes. Add the celery and saute for another 2 minutes. When these veggies are tender, add the steamed broccoli. Saute all together - make sure to toss it around the pan so the veggies absorb the sesame flavor.
  • When the quinoa is done, transfer it to a small bowl and add the in your veggies. Add your brown rice vinegar, ginger and salt and pepper and toss to combine.


  • If you can, add some sauce to the quinoa. Since I can no longer eat soy sauce, I overloaded the vinegar a bit. I would use the soy sauce to balance this flavoring.
  • Watch your salmon carefully. Ours turned out the be overcooked and dry. Make sure you pull it out and check its progress!


Calories: 531kcal | Carbohydrates: 41g | Protein: 38g | Fat: 23g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 77mg | Sodium: 253mg | Potassium: 1351mg | Fiber: 7g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 4660IU | Vitamin C: 68mg | Calcium: 193mg | Iron: 6.3mg