This sweet and spicy glazed salmon is an easy 15 minute sheet pan dinner. The glaze is a deliciously sticky combo reminiscent of teriyaki or sweet soy sauce.
I haven’t cooked salmon in a super long time. Honestly my home-cooked seafood is usually limited to shrimp, tilapia and occasionally some scallops (for fancy days!). When Tim and I were strolling through Trader Joe’s the other day though, my eye caught hold of some super vibrant wild salmon filets and I thought “maybe it’s time to put salmon back into the rotation?”.
Because salmon has a stronger, more fishy flavor than tilapia or shrimp, I think it tastes best when paired with equally bold flavors. This sweet and spicy baked salmon recipe is sort of like a teriyaki salmon. It’s cooks in a slow steam bath of marinade and then it’s quickly crisped up in the broiler to get all nice and glazed.
While we were in Trader Joe’s I also spotted some coconut aminos, so it got slipped into the cart along with the salmon. If you’ve never used coconut aminos before, it’s made from coconuts but it essentially tastes like sweet soy sauce. If you have allergies to gluten or soy, this is a great alternative. I like that it’s a one stop shop, so you don’t need to add additional sugar or honey to the marinade.
Cooking TIP: If you can’t find coconut aminos in your local grocery store, you can use a combination of soy sauce and honey. See the baked salmon recipe below for the exact replacement measurements.
So what’s in this sweet and spicy baked salmon marinade?!
- Coconut Aminos: It’s extracted from coconuts but it tastes like sweet soy sauce. Gluten free and soy free!
- Ginger: For a spicy kick!
- Curry Powder: Added spice and pepper
- Garlic: Because it makes everything taste better!
If you’ve been following along, then you know I love using the broiler. It’s especially for great for fish, that you might not have had enough thawing time for. For this baked salmon, it’s cooked in the marinade, so the fish stays nice and moist. Then you remove the foil and let the broiler do its magic. A beautiful, sweet and spicy glaze coats the salmon and it makes for a great quick dinner!
Great healthy side options for this sweet and spicy salmon:
- Grilled Eggplant
- Sauteed Cabbage
- Roasted Brussel Sprouts
What types of glazes and marinades do you like to put on your baked/broiled fish dishes? Let me know in the comments below!
- 2 salmon filets wild caught, if possible
- 2 cloves garlic, chopped or grated
- 1 tbs fresh ginger, grated If you don't like too much spice, use 1/2 as much ginger
- 1/4 cup coconut aminos or soy sauce If you opt for soy sauce, mix it with 1 tsp of honey
- 1 tsp curry powder
- 1 tbs olive oil
- pinch of thyme fresh or dried
- salt and pepper to taste
- Set the broiler to the high setting.
- Place salmon pieces (skin side down) in a glass or ceramic baking dish. Press the grated garlic and ginger on top of each filet. Sprinkle each filet with curry powder, thyme, salt and pepper. Pour coconut aminos or soy/honey over the fish and around the fish in the dish. Drizzle olive oil over and around the filets.
- Cover the dish with foil paper. Place in broiler for 10 minutes, covered. Uncover and broil and additional 2-4 minutes until tender. Enjoy!