I decided to take a bit of a break on the cocktail side of things today and serve up this super easy sandwich instead. It’s a great lunch or dinner choice because it takes no time to make. Admittedly, I am not a huge, huge fan of salmon, although I do have some exceptions. This grilled salmon sandwich with sesame aioli is one of them. The fish is light and flaky, and the sesame aioli? It’s incredible. It has so much flavor that pairs with the fish perfectly and it’s all wrapped up between two pieces of ciabatta.
My mom was here when I made these and we were talking about office-related lunch horror stories, since we noted that this was a great lunch option, just not for the office. We both had stories of co-workers heating up their seafood from the night before in the communal microwave and we just wondered, “why?”.
Trust me, I get it. Seafood is so delicious and I love my leftover crab cake or salmon sandwich the next day just as much as the next person, but I just never could bring myself to subject other people to it.
So, if I may suggest, you should definitely make this for lunch one day (at your house!), but please don’t pack this or any other seafood for lunch if you work in an office. Your co-workers and I thank you.
- For the sesame aioli:
- 1 cup mayonnaise
- 1 tsp sesame oil
- 2 tsps soy sauce
- 1 Tbsp sesame seeds
- 1 inch of ginger, minced
- 1 clove of garlic, minced
- 2 filets of salmon
- Salt and pepper
- Ciabatta rolls
- Tomatoes, for serving
- Watercress, for serving
- Begin by making the sesame aioli. Combine the mayonnaise, sesame oil, soy sauce, sesame seeds, ginger, and garlic. Mix well and place covered in the fridge until ready to use.
- For the salmon, season both sides of the fillets with salt and pepper. Heat a large grill pan over medium heat and brush the pan with oil. Once the pan is hot, place the salmon in and cook for about 3-4 minutes a side, depending upon how you like your salmon cooked. Remove from the pan. Portion the fillets so that they will fit on the ciabatta rolls.
- To assemble, spread the sesame aioli on both sides of the rolls, then top with lettuce, tomato, and the salmon. Close the sandwich and repeat with remaining fillets. Serve immediately.