Sesame-Seared Salmon Recipe

Happy Monday everyone!

I hope you had a great and fun weekend! Now that you’re back to your work week, here is a very easy, delicious recipe to help you kick off a healthy week in 5 minutes. I originally saw this recipe in Olive Magazine, a foodie mag in the UK. I made a few tweaks to it to make it a little healthier, like cooking it in grape seed oil, but the rest of the idea came from Jamie Oliver, a conscientious chef across the pond.

Monday’s can be a difficult day to get back on track with your health goals, but with this recipe you can get back to your healthy routine in just minutes. All you need is a piece of salmon, some sesame seeds, Himalaya salt and olive oil.

If you’re too tired to make anything else, have the salmon with a simple salad of leafy greens. If you have the time and are inclined to make a more robust meal, then I suggest you pair this dish with the Sesame Cucumber Salad or the Spring Quinoa Salad, both of which are on this site. If you are looking for low-carb options then check out the cucumber salad. If you prefer some grains with dinner, then the quinoa salad is the way to go. Both are delicious and would go very well with the salmon.

Not only is this dish delicious but it is amazing for your health. Salmon is loaded in Omega 3 essential fatty acids that help with circulation, have anti-inflammatory properties and also can help modulate mood and improve focus and concentration! All very important benefits~

I hope you enjoy today’s recipe and do let me know what you think once you’ve tried it. I think you’re going to love it!

Have a happy and healthy week!

Seared Salmon Recipe

sesame- seared salmon recipe


  • Wild Alaskan salmon
  • Sesame seeds
  • Himalaya salt
  • Olive oil to drizzle on salmon to help sesame seeds adhere to fish
  • Grape seed oil for cooking


  • Combine several tablespoons of sesame seeds (depending on how many pieces of fish you are making. It should be enough to coat each piece of fish with a layer of seeds) with a few pinches of Himalaya salt (again, depending on how much of the seeds you prepare)
  • Bring one tablespoon of grape seed oil to high heat in a pan. While this is heating…
  • Drizzle olive oil on salmon and then flesh side down, drudge in sesame seed mixture until it is coated in seeds.
  • When the grape seed oil is hot, place salmon in pan, flesh side down. Cover and cook for about a minute per 1/2” of fish. When it is cooked , turn the salmon over and cook on the skin side down, again 1 minute per 1/2” or until cooked through.
  • Plate and serve with any of the recipes mentioned above.


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18 comments on “Sesame-Seared Salmon Recipe

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez RPh MS Post author

      Depends on the fish. If you eat sardines 3 to 4 times a week, not a problem. But if you’re having salmon, tuna or other fishes that often, then you may be running the risk of mercury toxicity. One way to know is to have your levels tested which is easily done with your doctor

  1. Avataramici

    Hello Barbara, an unrelated question – Do you have any info on white mulberry tea. Is one of the side effects to make you sleepy? My mom is diabetic and I tend to eat foods that may spike my glucose. We tried half a cup each and it worked faster than chamomile tea. (just wondering if sleepiness is a normal side effect) thanks for the recipe…

    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey Amici~ Apparently, in Chinese Medicine, Mulberry is used for insomnia although there does not appear to be any scientific evidence as to why… But if it helps, and it is good for your blood sugar, then great! Two birds…
      Stay well~

      1. AvatarAmici

        Thank you….I learned something new…I have an interest in Chinese Medicine. Are there any books, websites, that you would recommend? Maybe new videos on applying as possible remedies….Thank you for all the great videos…

        1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

          There’s a book called the Web Has No Weaver that I’ve been told is the top book on the philosophy of Chinese Medicine and Acupuncture.. might be a good place to start~
          Stay well~

  2. AvatarMichael Troy

    Greetings Barbara,

    You might remember me from Dr. Fratellone’s practice. I love your weekly videos. However I am perplexed by one aspect of your Salmon recipe? From what I read, grape seed oil is unhealthy and, yet you use this here. I’m pasting just one, of many excerpts containing grape seed oil:

    Bottom Line: Grape seed oil is extracted from grape seeds, a by-product of wine making. This process usually involves various chemicals, including the toxic solvent hexane.

    Please explain your take on grape seed oil.


    1. AvatarBarbara Mendez, RPh, MS Post author

      Hey Mike! I definitely remember you. I actually recommend John Sarno’s book to everyone I know with back pain because of you~

      I did a little research on-line about your question and found several articles supporting the use of grape seed oil. I see that even Dr Hyman uses it in his recipes. Would you mind emailing me an article you are referring to? One will do and then I can look into it further. I definitely would like to follow up on this, as it is my understanding that it is beneficial and useful and b/c of it’s high smoke point, a better oil to cook in than olive oil.

      You can email me at

      Thanks Mike!

  3. AvatarCarla

    Hi Barbara – This is amazing since I planned to have salmon for a dinner guest tomorrow. Sounds delicious. As always, I look forward to your videos and writings, and have referred other folks to your services. You’re the best! Regards, C.

  4. AvatarJonathan Sheppard

    Enjoying a 7 green as I start my week well , thanks to you B and thought this video was next step of a healthy day! Will definitely be trying this with the Sesame cucumber salad 🙂 !
    Yu-u-mmm and thanks !!


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