Hoisin Salmon with Quinoa & Zucchini

Jan 25, 2012 by

Salmon and Quinoa were first paired together by me about 4 years ago when I started to make serious changes to my diet. My chiropractor at the time, taught me about the benefits of whole grains and consuming less sugar. I was determined to learn more about how food can help heal the body. It took me a while to get used to eating certain vegetables that were fairly new to me. Zucchini was one of them. With benefits like – being a great source of vitamins A & C, folate, fibre and potassium, I had to find a way to LOVE this green goodness. Combining it with Quinoa, a grain I fell in love with immediately, seemed pretty practical :-)

Simple. Healthy. Delicious.


Hoisin Salmon with Quinoa & Zucchini



Hoisin Salmon with Quinoa & Zucchini
Recipe Type: Main
Author: Lyn of Lovely Pantry
Prep time: 15 mins
Cook time: 30 mins
Total time: 45 mins
Serves: 2
Salmon seasoned with hoisin sauce and served with Quinoa and zucchini
  • 2 pieces skinless, boneless, salmon steaks
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 Tbsp Hoisin Sauce
  • 1 Cup Quinoa, rinsed and drained
  • 2 Cups fat-free, reduced sodium Chicken Broth
  • 1 Medium zucchini cut up into 1/4 inch pieces
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  1. In a medium sauce pan, add chicken broth and quinoa. Bring to a boil, reduce heat and cover for about 10 minutes
  2. Add chopped zucchini, stir and cover for another 5 minutes or so until all the broth has been absorbed
  3. Season salmon steaks with salt and pepper
  4. using a brush or the back of a spoon, spread hoisin sauce on both sides of the salmon
  5. Add olive oil to a skillet and set heat to high
  6. Add salmon to the hot skillet, presentation side down first
  7. cook for about 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through. Remove from heat
  8. Remove quinoa from heat and fluff with a fork
  9. Serve and enjoy

Optional: Add sweet corn or diced sweet peppers to the quinoa in addition to or instead of using zucchini


I always say that eating healthy doesn’t have to be hard. Perhaps I say it often to remind myself. At the same time, I hope I am reminding others. I think this recipe is a perfect example. I started making this dish a few years ago and now I make so many variations of it, I can hardly keep track. Adding various vegetables in the quinoa mix is always a great idea. Diced Carrots, Sweet Peas, Sweet Corn, Sweet Potato, Butternut Squash, to name a few. All these things go nicely with quinoa.

I hope everyone is having a great week so far. Take good care :-)


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  1. What a simple but delicious way of serving salmon! YUMM!

  2. Looks amazing! This is a must-share! :)

  3. Loved this idea, never heard of the sauce but will look for it, thank you for sharing!

    • Claudia, you are so welcome. Check for Hoisin sauce in the asian section of your local supermarket or even at an asian supermarket! Its very easy to find and tastes GREAT. Its an awesome chinese sauce – love it! I always have it on hand. :-) Thanks for your comment and for stopping by!

  4. This meal looks perfect. The salmon is so delicious looking. All is all, everything looks very healthy!!! What’s more is that none of it looks hard! Thanks for a simple and tasty recipe.

    • Thanks so much, Tia! Sometimes, simple is all it takes to make a great tasting meal. Very easy too. Thanks for stopping by!

  5. Judy

    I absolutely LOVE Hoisin sauce and am always looking for ways to incorporate it into my cooking! Thanks for the wonderful idea – we love salmon and am looking forward to trying this!

    • I’m so glad to have helped, Judy. Hoisin is indeed a staple for me. Actually, I made Hoisin chicken yesterday. Seasoned my drumsticks, used the Hoisin sauce as a marinade. Baked it and voila! Dinner is served! So easy :-)

  6. LJC

    Sunds delicious. Would changing out the chicken stock to vegetable alter the taste drastically? I was looking for a vegetarian friendly quinoa recipe. Thanks.

    • Hi LJC! I’m sure that using vegetable broth will not affect the taste that much. I have used vegetable broth before. Broth (to me) is better than just water. I’m a believer in using what is at hand, so by all means, use the vegetable broth to make it meat free. Go for it! Thank you so much for stopping by :-)

  7. Michelle Hooper

    I am cooking this right now as I type this. I am so excited to try it. I will definitely come back and let you know how it is. Glad I found your site for sure!!

  8. Michelle Hooper

    Omg!! This was easy to cook and so Delish!!!!!!!

    • Michelle, thank you for visiting and I’m so happy that you liked this recipe! Its a keeper, for sure!

  9. Question

    I never really have used hoisin sauce, so I don’t have any – think if I used a teriyaki marinade and reduced it down that it would be a good substitute? Maybe add a little sugar for sweetness?

    • Doesn’t hurt to try! I’m all for experimenting. Taste the reduction before you apply and tweak as you see fit. Thank you for your comment/question! :-)

  10. I love salmon so to me this looks like a perfect dinner. I’ll be making this very soon! Thanks for sharing.

    • Christy, thank you for your comment. And I’m glad you’ll be making it soon! This is one of my favourite ways to prepare salmon.

  11. Annie

    Tried this recipe for 2 reasons : It mixes my 2 favorite things, fish and quinoa! And it’s VERY simple.
    They only sold one size of Hoisin Sauce at my grocery but after tasting this recipe I can assure you it won’t go to waste!

    I’m always on the lookout for simple recipes so feel free to recommend me some. Next up, I will try the Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs.

    Thank you :)

    • Simple is GOOD! Annie I’m so glad you like this recipe. I always have hoisin sauce. Its a great marinade for baked chicken too! You will LOVE the Fall Off The Bone Chicken Thighs. Very herby and flavourful! I hope you let me know that you made it :-) I’d love to hear how it came out. Best wishes, Annie!

  12. I’m going to make this this week. Do you ever freeze your cooked quinoa? It freezes well.
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