Delicious Salmon Bites: A Quick and Flavorful Recipe

Salmon bites are a delectable treat that you can whip up in just 10 minutes with only five simple ingredients. These bite-sized pieces of salmon are marinated in a delightful honey sesame soy sauce and then pan-seared to crispy perfection. The best part? You can make them without marinating, allowing you to satisfy your cravings in a moment’s notice. Trust us, once you try this recipe, you’ll want to put the marinade on everything!

Close up photo of salmon bites in a white bowl with green onions and sesame seeds on top.

Salmon is not only delicious but also a nutritional powerhouse. Packed with omega-3s and Vitamin D, it’s a fantastic source of nutrients. Plus, it’s readily available at any grocery store. By cutting the salmon into bite-sized pieces, you can make it go further while still enjoying its amazing flavors. You don’t need large, expensive fillets for this recipe. Any kind of salmon will do, so you can choose the affordable options without sacrificing taste.

The marinade for these salmon bites is simple yet flavorful. It’s the same marinade used for searing ahi tuna, combining soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, and honey. The result is a mouthwatering combination that will leave you craving for more.

When serving these salmon bites, consider pairing them with cooked rice and sautéed veggies. You can even cook the veggies in the same skillet as the salmon for maximum flavor infusion.

Ingredients and Substitutions

  • Salmon: Any kind of salmon will work, whether it’s wild, farmed, or sockeye.
  • Soy sauce: Use regular soy sauce or opt for a gluten-free alternative like tamari or coconut aminos if needed.
  • Toasted Sesame Oil: You can find this in the Asian section of your grocery store.
  • Honey: Feel free to substitute honey with maple syrup or brown sugar, or omit it altogether if desired.
  • Canola oil: Use canola oil or any other neutral tasting oil for searing.
  • Optional Ingredients: If you like some heat, add sriracha or your favorite hot sauce. Additionally, you can garnish the salmon bites with green onions and sesame seeds for extra flavor and presentation.
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How to Make Pan-Seared Salmon Bites

  1. Start by cubing the salmon and mixing up the sauce. Combine soy sauce, toasted sesame oil, honey (and sriracha if desired), and pour the sauce over the salmon. Toss to coat evenly.
  2. If time allows, marinate the salmon for 30 minutes to 6 hours in the fridge, tossing occasionally to redistribute the sauce. This step enhances the flavor, but if you’re in a hurry, you can skip it.
  3. Heat a large skillet and add the canola oil. Remove the salmon pieces from the marinade and place them in the skillet, skin-side down if there is skin. Sear the salmon for 2-3 minutes on each side or until fully cooked.
  4. Pour the remaining sauce from the marinade into the skillet and gently toss to coat the salmon.
  5. Serve the salmon bites garnished with green onion and sesame seeds.

Process collage showing how to prepare and pan-fry salmon bites in a skillet.

Helpful Tips and Tricks

  • Ensure you sear the salmon well on at least two sides until it’s nicely browned. This not only adds a ton of flavor but also helps the salmon hold together better. As a flaky fish, salmon tends to fall apart easily, and the sear helps maintain its shape.
  • Make sure the salmon bites are in a single layer in the skillet. Crowding the skillet can hinder achieving a good sear, so cook them in two batches if necessary.
  • Cook the veggies in the same skillet as the salmon for an extra burst of flavor. After cooking the salmon, throw the prepped veggies directly into the skillet (without washing it) to benefit from the remaining sauce and oil.
  • Remember that the skillet needs to be very hot for a good sear. However, if the salmon is browning too quickly and not fully cooked, reduce the heat.
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Salmon bites, sautéed corn and zucchini, and rice on a white plate with a fork.


These salmon bites are a quick and delicious way to enjoy the incredible flavors of salmon. Whether you’re cooking for yourself or a gathering, this recipe is sure to impress. The simplicity of the ingredients combined with the versatility of the dish makes it a go-to option for any occasion. So, grab some fresh salmon, follow these easy steps, and get ready to savor the delightful taste of these pan-seared salmon bites.

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