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Salmon Fillet with Sake Sauce and Wild Rice

Easy, Asian-inspired salmon recipe: Salmon Fillet with Sake Sauce and Wild Rice.

Course Main Course
Cuisine Asian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 392 kcal
Author Julia



  • 1 cup wild rice
  • 4 cups water
  • salt to taste

Sauce for salmon and rice:

  • 1/3 cup sake
  • 1 tablespoon soy sauce
  • 1/2 teaspoon white wine vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon dry English mustard or wasabi paste

Ingredients for glaze:

  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons honey


  • 1 tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup spinach chopped (for garnish)


  1. Cook wild rice for 30 minutes(1 cup of rice in 4 cups of water = 1 to 4 proportion), until it’s soft but not mushy. You can also use different type of rice, such as basmati, and cook for less amount of time, usually about 15-20 minutes. Once cooked, season rice with salt.

  2. To make sauce, boil sake in a small pan, uncovered, about 3 minutes. Remove from heat and add other sauce ingredients.

  3. Preheat broiler. In a small bowl, combine all ingredients listed for glaze, mix well. Heat the mixture in the microwave for about 20 seconds or longer to soften honey. Brush mixture over the skinless side of salmon.

  4. Heat stainless steel skillet until hot, add remaining 1 tablespoon sesame oil, cook salmon for 3 minutes on one (skinless) side on high heat, 2 minutes on the other side (with skin). I usually cook salmon with skin on, and remove skin easily after salmon is cooked. Brush the top (skinless) side of salmon with more glaze and place salmon under broiler for about 4 minutes.

  5. Slice salmon into thin slices. Mix wild and white rice.  Lay sliced salmon on top of rice, pour sauce over the salmon and some rice. Garnish with chopped spinach on top.

Recipe Notes

Loosely adapted from Nigella Lawson.

Nutrition Facts
Salmon Fillet with Sake Sauce and Wild Rice
Amount Per Serving
Calories 392 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 809mg35%
Potassium 626mg18%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 2g8%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 210IU4%
Vitamin C 0.5mg1%
Calcium 26mg3%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.