Japanese Baked Salmon Belly

Being low-carb/keto, we’re always looking for sources of healthy fats such as omegas.  I even know someone that eats packets of coconut oil just to have enough energy while being keto!

Japanese Baked Salmon Belly

While that’s all well and good, we prefer something with a little more flavor to it!  So what’s better than having one that packs proteins, omega 3s, and also tastes delicious!?

That source would be salmon belly in our Japanese Baked Salmon Belly recipe!

If you’re familiar with sushi, then you may have heard of ‘toro’.  Well, this is the ‘toro’ of the salmon (toro is just belly meat).

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Salmon belly by itself does taste pretty plain, but don’t worry!  We have a simple recipe right here that will bring out the best flavors from the salmon belly and all of its omegas!

This recipe is very low-carb/keto friendly with ~1g of carbs, so you can enjoy it guilt free!

To make this dish, you’ll need to pick up some yuzu which is available on Amazon or a local Asian Supermarket.   Salmon belly is usually available at a Japanese or Asian supermarket.  You also might be able to request some from your local supermarket’s fish department.

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Lastly, we use a toaster oven but a standard oven will work fine as well (we prefer the toaster oven because there’s no preheating).

Now, let’s get started!

Prepping Time 5M

Cook Time 8M

Total Time 13M

Net Carb/Serv ~1g

Servings 1

Ingredients

  • 3-5 Pieces of Salmon Belly
  • 1/8 tsp Cooking Spray Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp of Yuzu (can substitute with lemon juice)
  • 1 Drop Sesame Oil (literally just a drop)
  • 1/2 Stalk of Green Onion
  • 1/8 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds

Directions

1) Gather all the ingredients.

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2) Pat salmon dry with a paper towel and lightly sprinkle salt on the salmon bellies.

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3) Cover toaster oven tray with aluminum foil and lightly spray cooking oil or use a silicone baking mat. Place salmon belly on the tray and cook at 425F for 7-8 minutes.

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4) In a small mixing bowl, add Soy Sauce, Yuzu, Sesame Oil and set aside.  Note – for the Sesame Oil, it’s literally just a drop.

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5) Finely slice green onions and set aside.

6) Once salmon bellies are cooked, take out and plate.  Sprinkle chopped green onions, Toasted Sesame Seeds and drizzle sauce on top.

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Hope you enjoy your low-carb/keto Japanese Baked Salmon Belly!

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Japanese Baked Salmon Belly

The BEST Asian Low-Carb/Keto recipe for Salmon Belly. Full of Omegas Oil and Soy Yuzu flavors. Net Carb/Serv ~1g. Step by step directions with pictures makes this recipe quick and easy.
4.66 from 40 votes
Course: Side Dish
Cuisine: Japanese
Keyword: baked Asian salmon, Japanese baked salmon, keto seafood, low carb seafood, salmon belly cooked, salmon belly recipe
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes
Servings: 1
Print Recipe
Calories: 208kcal

Ingredients

  • 3-5 Pieces Salmon Belly
  • 1/8 tsp Cooking Spray Oil
  • 1/8 tsp Salt
  • 2 tsp Soy Sauce
  • 1/2 tsp Yuzu can substitute with lemon juice
  • 1/16 tsp Sesame Oil literally just a drop
  • 1/2 Stalk Green Onion
  • 1/8 tsp Toasted Sesame Seeds

Instructions

  • Gather all the ingredients.
    Japanese Baked Salmon Belly Recipe (1)
  • Pat salmon dry with a paper towel and lightly sprinkle salt on the salmon bellies.
    Japanese Baked Salmon Belly Recipe (20)
  • Cover toaster oven tray with aluminum foil and lightly spray cooking oil. Place salmon belly on the tray and cook at 425F for 7-8 minutes.
    Japanese Baked Salmon Belly Recipe (4)
  • In a small mixing bowl, add Soy Sauce, Yuzu, Sesame Oil and set aside. Note - for the Sesame Oil, it's literally just a drop.
  • Finely slice green onions and set aside.
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  • Once salmon bellies are cooked, take out and plate. Sprinkle chopped green onions, Toasted Sesame Seeds and drizzle on sauce.

Video

Nutrition

Calories: 208kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 962mg | Potassium: 42mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 62IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 8mg | Iron: 1mg
*Values Based Per Serving
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4 Comments

  1. Made this tonight but it looked nothing like yours. There was a grayish skin covering the meat. What did I do wrong?

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hey Cindy! It’s hard to say without seeing a picture of the salmon belly cut you used, but my guess would be the inner lining of the belly meat/membrane wasn’t removed when filleted. If you have any salmon belly leftover, see if there is a layer (whatever was grey) you can peel off with your hands. Hope that helps!

  2. sabrina friedman

    21 kcal per serving dies not seem correct. What are the calories per 6 oz serving? Thank you

    • LowCarbingAsian

      Hi Sabrina – I looked at the database the nutritional fact program pulls the values from and noticed it was using regular salmon and not salmon belly. I went ahead and manually inputted the numbers so it should be correct now.

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