Easy Firecracker Salmon

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Firecracker salmon is full of fiery flavor, spicy, umami flavors. This recipe will be your new favorite way to cook salmon. It’s garlicky good with a hint of ginger and just a touch of sweetness to balance it all out.

Firecracker Salmon on a cutting board.
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Why You Need To Make Firecracker Salmon

This meal is light, filling, it’s always a surprise when I serve it for guests. You can choose your level of heat! It’s an easy dish, mix up the marinade and pour it over the salmon to bake. You can choose different sides but I prefer rice and broccoli. My husband isn’t the biggest fan of salmon, but he LOVES this one and requests it often.

Ingredients Needed

Firecracker Salmon ingredients on a counter with plates.

Salmon. I like to use high quality wild caught salmon when it’s affordable but any salmon will work no matter what your budget.

Olive Oil. High quality, neutral taste is best.

Seasonings. Red pepper flakes, pepper.

Sriracha. This is a main flavor component. You can use less or more depending on your spice preference.

Soy Sauce. Low sodium. You can also use coconut aminos or tamari as well.

Brown Sugar.

Ginger. Fresh ginger is best.

Garlic.

Green Onions.

White Rice. Optional for serving.

Broccoli. Optional for serving.

Steps To Make This Recipe

Steps to make firedcracker salmon in a ceramic dish.

Step One. In a small bowl whisk all the marinade ingredients together (sriracha, oil, seasoning, ginger, soy, brown sugar, onions, garlic). Place salmon in a baking dish and pour marinade over the salmon. Rub the marinade over both sides making sure the entire salmon is covered. Cover the baking dish with foil and let it marinate in the fridge for 2 hours up to 24 hours.

Step Two. Preheat oven to 375º Remove salmon from the fridge. Pop the baking dish into the oven bake for 15 minutes. Uncover after 15 minutes and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes depending on size and preference on doneness for salmon. Note that the baking time could vary depending on the thickness of the salmon. Garnish with more chopped green onions and serve immediately.

Firecracker Salmon on a green plate with rice and broccoli.

Recipe FAQ’s

Can I use different sides?

Side ideas for this recipe are endless. Sautéed zucchini, roasted brussels sprouts or carrots or cauliflower would all be great. Use any grain or potato of choice.

Can I make this less spicy?

Make this less spicy, more kid friendly by just only doing one tbsp of Sriracha and skip the pepper flakes

Make Ahead & Storage Tips

If you would like to make ahead, you can get the sauce poured over the salmon, let it marinate for a few hours or up to 24 hours and bake it when you are ready to enjoy the meal.

Storage tips. Store any leftovers in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. I do not recommend freezing this dish to avoid any weird textures once thawed.

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Firecracker Salmon
5 from 16 votes

Firecracker Salmon

Firecracker salmon is full of fiery flavor, spicy, umami flavors. This recipe will be your new favorite way to cook salmon. It’s garlicky good with a hint of ginger and just a touch of sweetness to balance it all out.
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

  • lb skinless raw salmon filet
  • 2 tbsp green onions
  • 3 garlic cloves, chopped
  • tsp fresh ginger, peeled and chopped
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • ¼ cup low sodium soy sauce
  • tbsp brown sugar
  • 1 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • tbsp Sriracha , *see notes
  • 1 tsp black pepper

For the sides

  • 1 cup cooked rice
  • 4 – 6 cups steamed broccoli

Instructions 

  • In a small bowl whisk all the marinade ingredients together (sriracha, oil, seasoning, peeled and chopped ginger, soy, brown sugar, onions, chopped garlic). Place salmon in a baking dish and pour marinade over the salmon. Rub the marinade over both sides making sure the entire salmon is covered. Cover the baking dish with foil and let it marinate in the fridge for 15 min – 2 hours
  • Preheat oven to 375º Remove salmon from the fridge. Pop the baking dish into the oven bake for 15 minutes. Uncover after 15 minutes and cook for another 5 – 10 minutes depending on size and preference on doneness for salmon. Note that the baking time could vary depending on the thickness of the salmon. Garnish with more chopped green onions and serve immediately.

Notes

*for more spice add more Sriracha 
*use any sides of choice with this dish
*Ginger powder will work in place of fresh ginger if needed. 

Nutrition

Calories: 526kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 36g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 7g | Monounsaturated Fat: 23g | Cholesterol: 94mg | Sodium: 789mg | Potassium: 944mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 257IU | Vitamin C: 5mg | Calcium: 42mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Author: Bailey
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 526
Keyword: 20 minute, Salmon
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20 Comments

  1. Made this for dinner it was REALLY good. I added jalapenos for extra spice – highly recommend it.

  2. 5 stars
    Made this today for my family and everyone loved it. J can’t wait to make it again!

  3. 5 stars
    As a guy that doesn’t cook often, this salmon helped me seal the deal with my new girlfriend. She was so impressed!

  4. 5 stars
    Saved this from IG ages ago but only made it. What’s taken me so long? Absolutely delicious! Thank you!

    1. So happy you finally made this one! It’s always in rotation over here. xoxo