Asian Pan Seared Salmon

So many of you wanted the low down on the French story after posting Monday’s recipe. Well, here it goes- it’s actually nothing special but here goes. 

How it works in our high school was, before undertaking certain classes in our final year (year 12), you’d need to seek approval from the course coordinator. I loved French all throughout my younger years, but as the difficulty increased, so did my enjoyment. Saying that, I had killer pronunciation skills which I soon learnt, mattered very little in my education. If you couldn’t confidently write essays, hold conversations or do crazy gender specific verb correlations- you may as well have admitted defeat early in the game.

I, however, was a stubborn goat.

asian pan seared salmon- Paleo, Gluten free and delicious!

I went into the meeting ready to get my paper signed off and the course coordinator rejected me. I literally thought she was joking.

How could she not approve me? I could hold a French accent better than bloody Marion Cottilard.

I asked her again, and she refused…again.

“You can’t write an essay coherently and you clearly use those free translation websites to write your assignments.”

….Ooops. She was tech savvy too.

I, however, was still a stubborn goat.

asian pan seared salmon- Paleo, Gluten free and delicious!

I left the meeting, went to my course coordinator (overall for the year- not subject specific) and complained and had a rant about how unfair it was…I felt like bloody Joan of Arc getting burnt at the stake. (not really, but I wanted a dramatic French correlation).

They advised me they would speak to the French Course coordinator and to see them the next day.

…..Let’s just say when I arrived the next day to meet with them. I had a two page letter stipulating all the reasons why she refused my application to study French in my final year with the final line- ‘students can have the most native sounding of accents and pronunciation but when it comes to the actual written portion of this subject (95% of it), it is imperative to have that on point. Therefore, Arman is banned from taking French. ‘

So much for that. Way to wreck my dreams. Actually, it was time to eat humble quiche pie.

asian pan seared salmon- Paleo, Gluten free and delicious!

So today, to show my distain, I will NOT share a French inspired recipe and in fact, do the polar opposite- Here is my mum’s Asian Pan Seared Salmon.

I promise I’m not bitter.

Bon appe-shut up.

Asian Pan Seared Salmon

A simple, flavourful salmon recipe which is easy to whip up and tastes a million bucks.
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Servings: 4
Author: Arman @ thebigmansworld


  • 4 x fillets of salmon approximately 100-150 grams
  • 2 T sesame oil
  • 2 T soy sauce
  • 1 T tabasco sauce
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper
  • 2 tsp paprika


  • In a medium bowl, combine the sesame oil, soy sauce and tabasco sauce. Place the salmon fillets one side at a time in the marinade ensuring they are evenly coated. Allow to sit in the bowl and set aside.
  • On a large plate, combine the cayenne pepper, sea salt, black pepper and paprika.
  • Coat a large frying pan with oil/cooking spray. Dip each salmon fillet in the spice mix evenly on either side then add to the pan. Allow salmon to sear for 2 minutes then flip them over to the other side and sear for another 3 minutes. Remove the salmon from the pan and allow to sit for approximately 5 minutes before serving.
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80 thoughts on “Asian Pan Seared Salmon

  1. Haha those translation sites were hilarious…and so off most of the time! I took French too and soon realised that using it wasn’t going to cut it with my teacher. I also too Spanish for a couple of years but I had the opposite issue- my reading/writing were great but my accent was cringe-worthy.

  2. I did French for 5 years and still never got the accent right! This recipe is basically exactly how I make my salmon, minus the tabasco sauce which I will have to try next time. I haven’t even been allowed salmon this week so desperately craving!

  3. Well at least you weren’t banned because you did something wrong or were badly behaved – you totally did the right thing, the school were in the wrong. I was exactly the same as you, my pronunciation was amazing but essay writing and vocab, not so much. We had to take French (or German) up until the age of 16 then could stop if we wanted. I stopped!
    Salmon is the bomb! 🙂

  4. I like tabasco with soya sauce! I had a steak which has similar combination of spices on it in this restaurant. If you wanna try it sometimes, when in Toronto 😉 I’m new in the town so I keep trying restaurants here. By the way, quite funny story you shared with us! 😀 I studied German at my school and normally, I’m a language talent but German gave me some hard time during my studies! I studied it almost from primary school and I have a feeling that I wouldn’t be able to speak a normal sentence now! We couldn’t use the Internet during writing the essay and we wrote the essays only at school so no translation websites for me :-/ But I think I would have used them if we had been allowed to write the essay at home 😉 Despite the fact that I wasn’t so good at it, I plan to improve my German in the future. How about you? Do you plan to return to French later?

  5. I loved french (and actually have a killer accent as well) but I took latin. I can read (ish) other languages, but I can’t process other accents/languages/English well when it is spoken.
    Thus, I eat according to the ethnicity. It is my way of communicating with them.

  6. Yum! I am trying to have fish once a week to assist with my training, and this is very similar to one i LOOOOVVEE for salmon, interesting to use the tabasco sauce though….just not sure we can find it here! Hahaha free translator, I forgot that existed, but YES I used it for German and French….a lot, but they can allllwaayyys tell by your context hahah

  7. Haha…I wouldn’t say that you’re a stubborn goat, you just have a lot of moxie for demanding to get back into French. I took Japanese in high school to “rebel” against my mom. She wanted me to take Spanish because she thought it would be more useful in California. Ok, so maybe she ended up being right, but I haven’t admitted that to her yet!

  8. hehe…loved your story! In high school I took Spanish and Latin – problem is, I can barely remember any of it at this point. If you don’t use it, you lose it!

    Love this salmon! It’s funny because just last night, I was telling Justin we should make salmon this weekend. Good timing!

  9. Arman! These photos look great! You must be practicing with your new camera, they look really good. Also, this recipe sounds delicious, we love salmon over here.

  10. You stubborn goat, you.

    I still need to finish my Rosetta Stone french…I’ll get around to it eventually, I swear. And you have to have a decent accent when you use that thing otherwise it won’t pick up that you’re saying the word correctly. The first few lessons I was ready to throw my laptop out the damn window.

  11. I took spanish In high school (don’t remember a thing!) and german in college. Loved german and actually lived there for a summer. We are currently learning French, because I am in love with France after our trip. And this salmon? Yes!!

  12. I know I’d love this salmon! Super simple & delish.
    “I felt like bloody Joan of Arc getting burnt at the stake. (not really, but I wanted a dramatic French correlation)”
    You are the best.
    I took French in HS too but I was terrible. When I visited Paris I was ordering gelato and I was like “Je voudrais…” and the hottie behind the counter was like “I speak American.” I was like OH WELL OK THEN.

  13. Ferme la bouche! Dumb teacher. I for one, could read and write French fairly well but my pronunciation was dreadful. Who would have got along better in France? You, of course. Speaking the language is so much more important than being able to correctly compose an essay. I highly doubt you would be barred entry to the Eiffel Tower if you failed to hand in an essay. If anyone wants to send me to Paris to test this theory I will happily comply.
    I took French in high school but the first year the school could not afford a french teacher so they had the Spanish teacher, Mr. Rollalazo, teach French 1. Needless to say, we all spoke French with a Spanish accent. 🙂 I do wish I had kept up with my studies following graduation but, alas, much of my former knowledge has gone by the wayside. C’est la vie!
    I have been craving salmon lately. In fact, I am trying to figure out how to telepathically get my mom to select salmon as our Christmas dinner. So, celebrate away!

  14. I can’t believe they turn students down from this!! I studied Spanish, and it was just start at the bottom and work your way up kind of thing. Sure, if I didn’t pass the first one I couldn’t move on, but they never restricted anyone from starting. What a snatch, I hope she spills chocolate croissants on her white clothes forever.

  15. Hahaha, you’re so hilarious Arman! What a great story, can’t believe she wrote a two page letter. I’ve been taking Japanese for a year now but basically rely on translation sites to understand the textbook. I can’t form a grammatically correct sentence and lack your amazing pronunciation skills. Studying Japanese gives me a serious headache and I keep kicking myself for not picking English. Oh well, just one more year of Japanese to go.

  16. Love this dish, it looks amazing it, pinning it now. And go you for standing up and shouting – I’ve got a degree in French, lived there for 12 years, married a Frenchman and can’t stand bad French accents! And the best way to learn a language? Get a boyfriend/girlfriend of that nationality! It worked a million times better than my 11 years of French schooling, degree included!

  17. Thanks for linking up at our Gluten Free Fridays party! I have tweeted and pinned your entry to our Gluten Free Fridays board on Pinterest! 🙂 I can’t wait to see what you share this week! Its LIVE!

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  18. Whoa… they actually banned you from French?? That’s so intense. Either way, this recipe looks fantastic – the combo of soy sauce and tabasco seems like it would be a really intriguing one. Going to have to try it when we have salmon next!

  19. Hello Arman! Glad to get connected with you and your blog, too! I would take your Mom’s Asian Pan Seared Salmon anytime over a French dish – looks so delish! Glad to know you got to know some Pinoy bloggers. Have you been to Manila yourself? Perhaps you can go with your dad one time. Sent a personal like to your FB page, too. 🙂

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