An incredibly nutritious dish that's bursting with sweet and spicy flavors!
There aren’t any real firecrackers used in this recipe, but there will be some explosions. Explosions of flavor, that is! Not only does our firecracker baked salmon taste amazing, but it’s also incredibly nutritious and easy to make! Enjoy it on a busy weeknight, or prepare it for your weekend dinner guests. You can’t go wrong with a recipe this good.
A Dish that’s Bursting with Flavor
The combination of sweet and spicy flavors in this firecracker baked salmon is nothing short of amazing. Sriracha, red pepper flakes, and ginger offer a spicy kick, while the sweet maple syrup creates a lovely balance. The garlic, soy sauce, and sesame oil add savory notes to the mix that really tie everything together. Once the mild and meaty texture of the salmon soaks in all of these mouthwatering ingredients, you’re left with a dish that dreams are made of. Prepare your tastebuds, explosions of flavor are imminent.
Salmon: a Nutrient-Dense Powerhouse
Salmon is one of the first foods to come to mind whenever we start thinking about a healthy and delicious dinner. After all, there’s a reason that salmon is considered a superfood!
In addition to the long list of impressive nutrients, such as protein, B vitamins and iron, this fish is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids. These essential fatty acids play an important role in the formation of cell membranes within the body. They also contribute to a healthy cardiovascular system, immune function, and more. Omega-3’s are considered essential because they must be consumed through diet or supplementation; they cannot be produced by the body. So, not only does salmon taste great, but it also offers plenty of this important nutrient!
Making Our Firecracker Baked Salmon
The first thing you need to do is prepare the marinade. In order to achieve the most flavorful salmon possible, you need to let the fish marinate for at least two hours. To make the marinade, combine the Sriracha, maple syrup, garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes in a large bowl. Stir well and then place the salmon skin side up in the bowl. Place the salmon in the fridge and let it soak up all that yummy flavor!
Once the salmon is finished marinating, preheat the oven to 400F. Heat the avocado oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Place the salmon in the pan skin side up and sear it for 3 to 4 minutes. Carefully, flip the salmon and pour the remaining sauce over it. Bake it for about 7 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145F. That’s it! How easy, right?
Finishing Touches for a Grand Finale
As good as this Firecracker Baked Salmon is solo, it never hurts to have a few tasty side dishes to go with it. Luckily, we have plenty of delicious and nutritious sides to choose from. Find your perfect pairing to create a grand finale of a meal:
Firecracker Baked Salmon
- 1 tablespoon Sriracha
- 2 tablespoons maple syrup
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 1/2 inch piece of ginger grated
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce low sodium
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- ⅓ teaspoon red pepper flakes
- 3 6oz salmon filets
- 1 tablespoon avocado oil
- In large bowl, mix the the Sriracha, maple syrup, garlic cloves, ginger, soy sauce, sesame oil, and red pepper flakes. Place the salmon skin side up in the bowl and marinate for 2 hours in the fridge.
- After the salmon is done marinating, preheat the oven to 400F. Heat the avocado oil in a large oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Place the salmon in the pan, skin side up and sear for 3-4 minutes.
- Carefully flip the salmon, then pour the remining sauce over it and bake for 6-7 minutes, or until it reaches an internal temperature of 145F.
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If you try our firecracker baked salmon, we’d love to hear what you thought in the comment section. And if you try it and love it, we think you might also like:
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