It seems every country has its own take on Salmon. After all, there’s no denying the fact that it tastes absolutely delicious! Also, it’s one of the easiest fish to make. Its rich flavor makes it a favorite for seafood lovers. The internet is filled with yummy salmon recipes but today, we wanted to take a different route. We love experimenting so today we’ll be making the Thai Basil Salmon recipe. We can’t wait to see how it turns out! 

Thai Basil Salmon Recipe

Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Course dinner, Entrée (main meal)
Cuisine Asian, Thai
Servings 2
Calories 426 kcal


  • 6 oz salmon fillets, 2 fillets
  • 1/2 medium white onion, sliced
  • 1 cup basil leaves
  • 3 Thai peppers, crushed
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 1 pinch stevia
  • Oyster sauce (to taste)
  • 2 tbsp olive oil


  • Turn on the stove and set it to medium heat. Add 1-2 tablespoons of oil and heat it up
  • Add the salmon fillets skin side down onto the pan 
  • Sear it until it’s tender (You can choose to cook till it’s cooked to your preference)
  • To make sure it cooks evenly, try to maintain the temperature between 140-160 degrees
  • Take the salmon out and keep it aside
  • Add 1-2 tablespoons of olive oil into the pan, keeping the heat medium-high
  • Add the onions, and stir-fry until they start turning transparent
  • Add in basil leaves, soy sauce, oyster sauce, fish sauce, Thai chili, and stevia
  • Keep stir-frying till the mixture turns a darker green
  • When the sauce is done, pour it over the seared salmon
  • Serve hot and enjoy!
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And there you have it, tasty and delicious Thai basil salmon recipe is ready!

Side Dishes

You can choose an assortment of sides to go with this dish. If you want to make a festive spread, we have got a trove of suggestions for you. You can pair it with steamed vegetables if you want to keep it low-carb. If you want a leafy side, try our scrumptious Dutch lettuce or our chicken lettuce wraps.

Else you can opt for rice sides such as fried rice. For weight-watchers, you can add brown rice options such as Indian brown rice. Salads also make a delicious combo with the Thai Basil Salmon. Our top picks are the kale salad, Whole Foods California quinoa salad, and the Barbuto kale salad

If you want to make a salmon curry or paste for dinner, you can add the following main courses too:

Choosing the Salmon 

While the salmon is a delectable and easy meal to prepare, it’s important to choose the right one. Else you might have to compromise on the taste and the flavor. The following tips will help you avoid major culinary disasters while you cook up a storm! 

  • Salmon is easily available at departmental and grocery stores but be careful when you choose. However, it’s best if you can purchase it from a fish market or fishmonger
  • Always buy the fresh salmon available. Do not opt for the frozen and packed fillets available
  • Fresh salmon is light pink in color. If the salmon has a brown or black tinge, it’s likely to be stale. It will also spoil sooner
  • Fresh salmon also has clear, sharp eyes. Dull eyes are an indication of the salmon rotting
  • If you sense an overpowering smell of fish, avoid the salmon. Fresh salmon should not have a very strong fishy smell. Cooking this salmon will result in your meal having a fish odor, spoiling the experience
  • Try to pick salmon that is firm, and is a solid piece with no bruises on the skin. If the salmon isn’t handled properly, it develops ridges and tends to break off. Be careful to avoid such pieces as they prove harder to cook. They’re also more likely to fall apart

Salmon: the Weight-Watcher’s Favorite

Salmon, like other fish, is a rich source of protein. This makes it a hit with those on a diet. Eating protein-rich food on diets ensures lower calories consumed. While people on low-carb diets also particularly aim to reduce fat, fatty salmon becomes an exception. 

The fish is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which serve as a treasure trove of nutrients and medical benefits. They add to the brain and eye health while providing you the energy to go about your day. The salmon, thus, helps you maintain your energy levels as well as boost mental health.

For those looking to shed pounds and lose inches, salmon may be one of the best foods to incorporate into your diet. Studies indicate that having omega 3 fatty acids contributes to weight loss if combined with proper nutrition and an active lifestyle. 

The high-quality protein keeps you full for longer, reducing the craving for frequent eating. Health experts suggest taking omega-3 rich foods rather than supplements, making fish, especially salmon, a popular choice of meat.