Dinner for one: Soy-sesame glazed salmon with a side of asparagus

After my ‘quick and dirty’ bacon pasta a couple of days ago, I felt the need to have something ‘clean’ again. As I’ve still got a cold, I wanted something warm and comforting rather than a salad, so I decided to try a new form of baked salmon, with a side of veggies, no carbs, for ultimate health feelings (of course, you can serve it with rice if you want to, and I probably will do just that every now and then)!

Before the oven

I didn’t really like asparagus up until a wee while ago, when I realised that it just needs to be cooked right (i.e. not for very long). I then also realised that when you douse something in a soy-sesame glaze, it will always taste good! I love how quick and easy this dish is – it takes less than 10 minutes in the oven, and making the glaze is a matter of around 45 seconds. Perfect for a weeknight staple, and I just love the vibrant colours on the plate, too!

Dat glaze

Serves one – I’m enjoying dining alone and reading my book these days!

  • One salmon fillet, around 100g
  • 100g asparagus tips


  • 2 tbsp light soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp dark soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 tbsp rice wine
  • 1/4 flat tsp sugar
  • 1/4 flat tsp (corn)flour
  • 1 tbsp roasted sesame seeds

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celsius. Take a baking tray that has slightly raised edges and place the salmon fillet and asparagus on it. Drizzle your marinade on top, making sure it’s distributed evenly. Let it marinade for a bit if you can, and then pop it in the oven for 8-10 minutes. Transfer to a plate, and make sure to pour any remaining sauce over the salmon and asparagus!