Salmon with Peanut sauce and Papaya salsa

Looking for an Asian inspired seafood dish? Oven roasted salmon is simply delicious when dipped with peanut dipping sauce and served with ripe papaya salsa. 

This beautifully seared and roasted Salmon with Peanut sauce (Satay sauce) and Papaya salsa provides a good source of the heart healthy omega-3 fatty acids and vitamins. Salmon is seared using a cast iron skillet on stovetop first, which crisps the outer layer delectably. Then transfer it to the oven to finish cooking. This method is highly recommended if cooking few fillets that fits in the skillet. Do not crowd it with too many piece of fish. You can prepare chicken the same way however cooking time in the oven is longer. 

You will love this asian flavored peanut dipping sauce with the little crunchy texture. Always use the freshly pressed peanut butter (with no added ingredients), once you relish it, you will never prefer to buy the ones previously packed in jars. 

The fresh and tropical fruity Papaya salsa is a great accompaniment to a grilled fish or chicken. The pickled dill slice can be replaced with some lime juice and salt.

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salmon with peanut sauce and Papaya salsa


Category: Main
Cuisine: Fusion
Serves: 2

Nutrition Facts
Servings 2.0
Amount Per Serving
calories 203
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 7 g10 %
Saturated Fat 1 g3 %
Monounsaturated Fat 2g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Cholesterol 11mg4 %
Sodium 324 mg13 %
Potassium 426mg12 %
Total Carbohydrate 36g12 %
Dietary Fiber 4 g18 %
Sugars 19 g
Protein 8 g17 %
Vitamin A40 %
Vitamin C178%
Calcium6 %
Iron3 %
* The Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet, so your values may change depending on your calorie needs. The values here may not be 100% accurate because the recipes have not been professionally evaluated nor have they been evaluated by the U.S. FDA.


  • Salmon:
  1. Salmon - 2 boneless, skinless fillet
  2. Oil - 1 tablespoon
  3. Salt to taste
  4. Black Pepper (freshly grounded) - as required
  5. Peanut sauce - 1 teaspoon 
  6. Sesame seeds (white) - for garnishing

  • Peanut Sauce/ Satay Sauce:
  1. Peanut butter 1/4 cup (fresh pressed from whole foods)
  2. Peanuts (roasted)- 1 tablespoon (chopped)
  3. Honey or brown sugar - 1 teaspoon or less (organic)
  4. Soya sauce - 1 tablespoon
  5. Rice vinegar - 1/2 tablespoon
  6. Sesame oil - 2 teaspoons
  7. Sesame seeds (white) - 1 teaspoon
  8. Garlic (minced) - 1 teaspoon
  9. Red pepper flakes -1 teaspoon

  • Papaya Salsa:
  1. Ripe papaya - 2 cups (peeled and chopped to small cubes)
  2. Red onions - 1/4 (finely chopped)
  3. Red bell pepper - 1/4 cup (chopped)
  4. Pickled dill -1 slice (drained, chopped)
  5. Red chilli flakes or Thai green chilly (finely chopped)  - as required


1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit. 

2. Rinse the fish fillet and pat dry with a paper towel. Season with salt and freshly ground pepper. Add a spoon of peanut sauce for the honey or brown sugar to caramelize to give a rich color and add more flavor to the fish.

3. In a heated cast-iron skillet on stovetop, add 2 teaspoons of sesame oil.

4. Place the fish fillets gently in the skillet and cook for 3 mins over high heat to crisp. Flip using a broad spatula and cook for another 3 mins. 

5. Now transfer the hot skillet into the preheated oven for approximately 8 minutes until fish is cooked through. 

Peanut sauce:

Stir together all the ingredients mentioned in a bowl. Serve at room temperature or refrigerate in air tight container or freeze until required. This sauce is too good that I am sure you might not have left overs ;)

Papaya Salsa:

Stir all the ingredients mentioned in the papaya salsa above in a bowl. Serve immediately to enjoy or cover with a cling wrap and refrigerate until ready to use.

For presentation:

I used a basting brush to brush some peanut sauce on to the plate and placed the roasted salmon. Using a flower shaped cookie cutter I filled in with the papaya salsa. Thinly sliced papaya and a blueberry is arranged like a bird. More dipping sauce on the side finishes the presentation. Enjoy relishing this appetizing main course!