Gochujang-Glazed Salmon

If you're reluctant to cook fish because you think it'll stink up the house, this is the recipe for you. As long as you discard the foil right after broiling, there won't be any lingering odors. This recipe is also perfect for a dinner party, because it takes so little time--about 15 minutes total--and attention. The glaze is so tasty and will work with other types of fish as well.
  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 15 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Vegetable oil, for brushing

Four 5- to 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets, preferably center cut 

Kosher or sea salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Gochujang Glaze:

3 tablespoons gochujang (Korean chile paste)

2 1/2 tablespoons mirin 

2 teaspoons roasted sesame seeds 

2 teaspoons sugar 

1 teaspoon thinly sliced scallions (on the bias) 

1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil 

1 handful thinly sliced scallions (on the bias), for garnish 

Black sesame seeds, for garnish 

Dried chile threads (silgochu), for garnish 

Steamed white rice, for serving 


  1. Preheat the broiler; position an oven rack 4 to 5 inches from the heat source. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and grease the foil.
  2. Put the salmon on the prepared baking sheet, lightly brush with vegetable oil, and season with salt and pepper. Broil for about 2 minutes. (If using thinner tail pieces--which cook faster--skip this initial broiling.)
  3. For the gochujang glaze: In a small bowl, stir together the gochujang, mirin, sesame seeds, sugar, scallions and sesame oil.
  4. Brush the salmon with 6 tablespoons of the glaze, then broil until cooked to the desired doneness, about another 5 minutes for medium-rare. Transfer to a platter, and top with scallions, sesame seeds and chile threads. Serve with rice.

Cook’s Note

If you happen to get skin-on salmon, don't bother removing the skin yourself; just skip greasing the foil. Put the salmon skin-side down on the ungreased foil, and lightly brush the top with oil. When cooked, the skin should stick to the foil and the fillet can be easily lifted from it with a spatula.