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New Recipe: Chinese 5-Spice Salmon

Updated: Aug 30, 2020

Before I get to my simply delicious and EASY to make recipe, let me explain just a little about Chinese Five Spice powder. Until recently, I did not know that this flavorful spice mixture is actually based on the Traditional Chinese Five Elements - fire, water, wood, earth and metal.

In Traditional Chinese Medicine, TCM (NOT Western Medicine), it is believed that these five elements represent the five main TCM organs in the body - liver, lung, spleen, heart and kidney. According to TCM, when imbalances occur in the body/organs, that is when we get sick.

For thousands of years, TCM has used many spices and herbs to heal the body and restore it back to balance. Chinese Five Spice is a powerful combination of cinnamon, cloves, fennel, star anise and Sichuan peppercorns, which each have their own healing properties.

Check out the recipe below!

Chinese 5-Spice Salmon

Prep Time: 20 minutes

Cook Time: 20 minutes

Yields: 3 servings


1 pound wild salmon, 2 inches thick

1/3 cup coconut aminos

2 tablespoons Chinese 5-Spice

1 teaspoon salt

cilantro, chopped, for garnish


Preheat oven to 400.

Line a sheet pan with parchment paper and grease with oil.

Place fish in a bowl with coconut aminos, Chinese 5-spice and salt.

Let marinade for 20 minutes or up to 2 days depending on date to cook by.

Place the fish on the sheet pan and bake in the oven. If your fish is 2-inches thick, bake for 20 minutes. If your fish is 1 inch thick, bake for 12 minutes.

Fish is done when it is cooked through and no longer opaque in color.

Garnish with cilantro or any herb.


Download the recipe here.


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