Recipe: Lime and Soy-Marinated Salmon


I detailed why this is one of my favourite dishes to make in my interview with A Quarter Young. The below is a slightly adjusted version of a Bonnie Stern salmon dish from my childhood, but no less delectable.


For marinade:

1/3 a cup of soy sauce

1/3 a cup of lime juice

1 tablespoon of Dijon mustard (I prefer grainy kind, but either works)

1 tablespoon of sesame or olive  oil

3-5 cloves of minced garlic

For salmon:

One (red or regular cooking onion), diced

4 large portions of salmon

Fresh black pepper


  1. Dice onion and spread out over the base of a walled cooking dish, so the sauce won’t overflow
  2. Place salmon portions over the onions
  3. Crack fresh black pepper directly onto the tops of the salmon fillets
  4. Combine all ingredients for the salmon marinade in a bowl
  5. Pour over salmon and onions, coating everything
  6. Bake at 375 for 10-15 minutes, depending on how well done you like your fish. Definitely check in after 10 minutes, because every oven is different! I like mine when the fish flakes easily.

To really make this into a meal, you can rustle up a few sides. I usually go with wild rice to soak up all the juices, and some kind of green vegetable like asparagus, bok choi, etc. Another pro tip- sometimes I double the sauce because I'm saucy like that.