A close up of a piece of meat on a plate
November 16, 2023
A close up of a piece of meat on a plate

Brain Healthy Ingredients: Cold water fish, Sesame

Serves: 2

Salmon is full of good-for-you DHA and relatively low in bad-for-you mercury, making it an excellent health choice for brain and body.

Roast the sesame seeds on a pan over low heat, with no oil, for 2 minutes. Cool to room temperature, then add to recipe for a nuttier sesame flavor!


  • 1 ½ lbs wild salmon fillet
  • 1 Tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp rice vinegar
  • 1 tsp sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp roasted sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp freshly grated ginger
  • 2 tsps canola oil
  • 1 scallion, chopped (for garnish)


  1. In a bowl, mix together soy sauce, brown sugar, rice vinegar, sesame oil, grated ginger, and sesame seeds with 2 tablespoons water.
  2. Put salmon in a lidded container and pour 2/3 of the marinade mixture into the container. Reserve remaining marinade. Close the lid and shake gently, making sure the marinade has covered entire salmon. Place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
  3. Heat frying pan coated with canola oil over high heat. Add salmon and lower the heat to medium. Cook for 5-6 minutes, until salmon is no longer translucent. Flip with tongs and continue cooking the other side, for another 5 minutes.
  4. Pour remaining marinade into the pan. Cook over low heat until sauce has evaporated.
  5. Remove from pan and serve with chopped scallions on top.