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Korean Style Alaska Salmon Belly Skewers

Korean Style Alaska Salmon Belly Skewers
Salmon belly is considered one of the most delectable parts of the fish because of its high fat content. Serve them with a spicy Korean-style sauce for a truly tasty treat. Recipe courtesy Keoni Chang
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Servings: 8


  • 2 pounds Alaska Salmon belly pieces, skin removed, cut into 1-inch cubes    
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons rice wine vinegar
  • ¼ cup honey
  • 3 Tablespoons ko choo jung sauce (Korean hot bean paste)
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons paprika
  • 2 teaspoons Korean chili powder or cayenne
  • 1 Tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted
  • 3 stalks green onion (scallion or chive), chopped
  • 8 bamboo skewers, 6 inches each


  1. Step 1 Make sauce and skewer salmon

    In a small bowl, combine all the ingredients and mix till salmon is well coated. Divide the salmon belly pieces between 8, pre-soaked 6-inch wooden skewers, threading the skewers into the fish pieces like a needle.

  2. Step 2 Grill, plate, garnish and serve

    Heat grill to medium high (400F). Clean the grates and lightly spray with cooking spray. Grill for 2 minutes, then flip and grill for 2 more minutes. Place on a platter and drizzle with remaining sauce. Sprinkle remaining scallions and sesame seeds on top.

    Chef’s note: The dish is best made with king, coho, and sockeye salmon. If salmon belly is in short supply, cubed salmon fillet may also be used.