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Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon with Warm Napa Cabbage Salad

Use the freshest salmon you can find (I get mine from the fish market and ask for sushi grade to make sure it can be eaten raw or undercooked safely). I like my salmon nearly raw; if you prefer it cooked, sear it first and finish it in the oven so the walnuts don't burn; alternatively, you could bake the salmon.
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 21 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 534 kcal


  • 1/2 cup steamed brown rice

Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon

  • 1/8 teaspoon wasabi powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon gluten-free low-sodium soy sauce
  • 3 ounces fresh salmon sushi grade
  • 1 ounce walnuts raw
  • 1 teaspoon olive oil

Warm Napa Cabbage Salad

  • 1 teaspoon gluten-free low-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon honey
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1 dried red hot chile pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon ginger minced
  • 1 cup Napa cabbage
  • 1/4 cup carrot thinly sliced (I used a peeler)
  • 1/4 cup red bell pepper cut into slivers
  • 1 teaspoon rice wine


Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon

  1. Mix together wasabi powder and soy sauce in a small bowl. Rub all over salmon. Let marinade for 5-10 minutes.
  2. Place walnuts in a small sandwich bag and pound into smaller pieces using a rolling pin. You can do this in a mortar and pestle or food processor (pulse it). Roll all sides of salmon in crushed walnuts.
  3. Heat olive oil in a cast iron skillet. Sear walnut crusted salmon until desired doneness. Remove from pan. Slice crosswise into pieces.

Warm Napa Cabbage Salad

  1. In a small bowl, mix together soy sauce, vinegar and honey.
  2. Heat sesame oil in a saute pan. Add chile pepper and ginger. Saute 10-15 seconds, and add cabbage, carrot and red pepper. Saute a minute. Add rice wine and saute another minute. Turn off heat and stir in soy sauce mixture. Toss.

To Serve

  1. Place warm brown rice in a bowl or on a plate. Arrange Warm Napa Cabbage Salad alongside rice. Gently place slices of Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon next to salad.

Recipe Notes

Cabbage salad adapted from A Spoonful of Ginger by Nina Simonds.

Raw or undercooked fish is not advised for people with weak immune systems, including young children, pregnant women, the elderly and people with cancer. Cook fish thoroughly if you have a weak immune system.

Nutrition Facts
Walnut Crusted Seared Wasabi Salmon with Warm Napa Cabbage Salad
Amount Per Serving
Calories 534 Calories from Fat 270
% Daily Value*
Fat 30g46%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 46mg15%
Sodium 316mg14%
Potassium 866mg25%
Carbohydrates 40g13%
Fiber 5g21%
Sugar 10g11%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 6600IU132%
Vitamin C 57mg69%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.