October 20th, 2017

Firecracker Baked Salmon

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All of my boys love salmon, so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. They also love spicy foods, so this Firecracker Baked Salmon was a huge hit at my house.

Firecracker Baked Salmon

I love making salmon for my family because it’s so good for them, and so easy for me to prepare. And it cooks in a matter of minutes.

This dish was on the table in less than 30 minutes, not counting the time it took to marinade. All you need is a salad or some steamed veggies and you have a fabulous, healthy meal ready in no time.

So even though we always feel like we’re eating in a fancy restaurant when we have salmon for dinner, it’s honestly one of the quickest, easiest meals in my recipe repertoire.

And there wasn’t a bite left when I made this sweet and spicy glazed salmon for dinner. My teenage boys made sure of that!

Firecracker Baked Salmon

If you’re worried about this being too spicy, feel free to cut back on the red pepper flakes. The heat was just right for my family, and we didn’t find it too spicy at all.

And since the salmon is marinaded in the sauce for several hours, then glazed in additional sauce, it’s absolutely loaded with flavor.

I usually bake this in the oven, because it’s easiest for me, but the salmon can also be grilled. It’s fabulous that way!

I also like to finish it off with a sprinkling of green onions and sesame seeds.

Just don’t forget to reserve some of the marinade before adding the salmon to make the finishing glaze. Although I can say from experience that even if you do forget, this meal will still be delicious.

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Firecracker Baked Salmon

Firecracker Baked Salmon

Preparation 10 min Cook Time 15 min Total Time 25 mins
Serves 6     adjust servings

Salmon fillets are marinaded in a sweet and spicy sauce, then baked to perfection in about ten minutes.


  • 8 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 cup vegetable oil
  • 4 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 tablespoons green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 2 teaspoons red pepper flakes
  • 1 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper


  1. Place salmon fillets in a large glass baking dish dish. In a medium bowl, combine the vegetable oil, soy sauce, vinegar, green onions, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, red pepper flakes, sesame oil, salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk to combine. Reserve 2/3 cup of the marinade and refrigerate. Pour remaining marinade over the fish. Cover and and refrigerate for 4 to 6 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray. Arrange the salmon on the prepared pan. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until salmon is done and flakes easily with a fork.
  4. While salmon cooks, add reserved marinade to a small saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and simmer until thickened slightly, about 5 minutes.
  5. Remove salmon from oven and turn on broiler. Brush salmon with reserved marinade and place under broiler for an additional 2-3 minutes. Sprinkle with sliced green onions and sesame seeds for garnish, if desired.

Recipe Notes

Prep time does not include marinading time.

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