Firecracker Salmon Steaks Recipe
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Firecracker Salmon Steaks Recipe

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Red pepper flakes and cayenne provide the fiery flavor that gives these salmon steaks their name. Basting the fish with the zippy sauce while grilling creates a glossy glaze. —Phyllis Schmalz of Kansas City, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 20 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1/4 cup chili sauce
  • 1/4 cup packed brown sugar
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 teaspoons minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon minced fresh gingerroot
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes, optional
  • 4 salmon steaks (6 ounces each)

Nutritional Facts

1 each: 373 calories, 17g fat (4g saturated fat), 106mg cholesterol, 565mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (0g sugars, trace fiber), 32g protein Diabetic Exchanges:1-1/2 starch, 5 lean mea


  1. In a small bowl, combine the vinegar, chili sauce, sugar, garlic, parsley and seasonings.
  2. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Grill salmon, covered, over medium heat or broil 4 in. from the heat for 4-5 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting occasionally with sauce. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Firecracker Salmon Steaks in Light & Tasty August/September 2002, p31

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Nov. 1, 2015

"Very tasty seasoning, quick and easy and healthy too. Will definitely make again."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2015

"It was okay."

Reviewed Mar. 4, 2013

"This recipe is a keeper for real. I loved the flavor combination. Spicy, tangy and sweet."

Reviewed Aug. 1, 2012

"I added some maple syrup to make the sauce a bit thicker because I baked it in the oven. 15 min @ 400F. Delicious!"

Reviewed Jun. 15, 2010

"My husband and father (a fish connoisseur) both agreed this was a keeper!"

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