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Firecracker Grilled Salmon Recipe

Firecracker Grilled Salmon Recipe

Let this sensational salmon perk up any dinner. With a super-flavorful glaze that kicks you right in the taste buds, this dish is anything but boring! —Melissa Rogers, Tuscaloosa, Alabama
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 5 min. YIELD:4 servings


  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon sesame oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 4 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)


  • 1. In a small bowl, combine the first 10 ingredients. Pour 1/4 cup marinade into a large resealable plastic bag. Add the salmon; seal bag and turn to coat. Refrigerate for up to 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  • 2. Drain salmon, discarding marinade. Using long-handled tongs, moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and lightly coat the grill rack. Place salmon skin side down on grill rack. Grill, covered, over high heat or broil 3-4 in. from the heat for 5-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork, basting occasionally with remaining marinade. Yield: 4 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet: 306 calories, 18g fat (4g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 367mg sodium, 4g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 0 fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fat.

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Corwin44 User ID: 7541400 268997
Reviewed Jul. 5, 2017

"Made this for our 4th of July BBQ. I doubled the recipe which served 15 with no leftovers (we had burgers too). This is honestly the best recipe I've tried. I'm from the northwest where salmon is prepared regularly since it's so plentiful. Everyone commented on how good it was. I used wild sockeye salmon and put the filets in foil and BBQ for 6 minutes in one side and 3 on the other. Perfect! Also, I marinated them 5 hours. I will be making this again."

mumsay User ID: 7742579 253823
Reviewed Sep. 7, 2016

"This salmon is so delicious! I followed the recipe and BBQ'd it. We loved it and I'll definitely make it again and again."

anselr User ID: 2011539 232840
Reviewed Sep. 13, 2015

"This was delicious. So easy and tastes just like some I've had in restaurants cooked on a cedar plank but without the plank. Will definitely make again."

firstsoprano50 User ID: 6311840 122737
Reviewed Dec. 17, 2013

"I have received rave reviews every time I have made this recipe. ... I don't tell anyone how easy it is!"

JCV4 User ID: 628113 194020
Reviewed Sep. 6, 2012

"Just used a pinch of the red pepper flakes as we don't like things too spicy. The flavors are great, especially being cooked on the grill. Thanks for the recipe!"

I'm The Maid User ID: 5494513 131530
Reviewed Jun. 26, 2012

"quick & easy recipe. Very tasty!"

NotMyGuitar User ID: 4970600 115716
Reviewed Feb. 6, 2012

"Hands down a keeper recipe! My husband was not a big fan of salmon until I introduced him to this recipe... now he has a mini-celebration when I tell him it's on deck for dinner. Very quick, healthy (delicious too!), and light on labor, I'd strongly suggest anyone to give this recipe a go."

mangolamont User ID: 5403091 191652
Reviewed Aug. 4, 2011

"Great! Did it on a cedar plank on the BBQ, turned out awesome!"

auds1102 User ID: 4340751 194109
Reviewed Jul. 9, 2011

"This ones a keeper! Light and healthy with tons of flavor! Even my kids cleaned their plates!"

justmbeth User ID: 1196484 109282
Reviewed Jul. 1, 2011

"To be honest, this is the best salmon recipe I have ever made, other than the Spicy Salmon Kabobs. Very flavorful! Definitely a keeper!"

bburke2k10gb User ID: 5088915 193977
Reviewed May. 28, 2011

"Used frozen coho (silver) salmon, farm-raised in Chile. It was surprisingly fresh tasting. Pre-cut into 5 pcs (20 oz total), and less than 1" at thickest part, chose to broil instead of grilling. Placed skin-side down on foil-lined baking sheet coated with cooking spray. Broiled 4" from heat 7 min total, basting with reserved marinade last 2 min. easy, fast, flavorful - expect a thicker fillet would be great on the grill!"

atdymoke User ID: 4817217 194108
Reviewed Feb. 22, 2011

"My picky husband and 14 year old son, loved this! Wonderful recipe!"

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