June 23, 2021

by Alyssa

Best Firecracker Salmon Recipe

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This is the best firecracker salmon recipe with sriracha, maple syrup, ginger and soy sauce, baked in the oven for an easy and delicious dinner. 

close up on flaking firecracker salmon with a fork

Salmon is one of my favorite kinds of seafood. It's full of healthy omega-3 fats and has the best buttery, flaky texture. Plus, it's not complicated or difficult to cook salmon well. Especially if you use your oven, you can make flaky, tender and flavorful salmon in under 30 minutes.

This firecracker salmon recipe features a sticky and spicy soy-based sauce brushed on the salmon. It's a great simple dinner for entertaining or for meal prep.

What's Great About This Recipe

  • It's a simple seven-ingredient dinner that always impresses
  • It's sticky, sweet, savory and buttery
  • Full of heart-healthy and satiating fats
  • It pairs well with fresh veggie sides and grain salads

large piece of salmon in a foil wrapper with ingredients for sauce in small bowls on the sideHow to Make Firecracker Salmon

For the deepest firecracker flavor, marinate the salmon in the sauce for at least 30 minutes. If you don't have time, of course, you'll still get great flavor from just brushing the sauce on the fish before cooking, so no worries if you're in a pinch.

Make sure to line your baking sheet with tin foil. The sauce can get pretty sticky as it cooks, so this will save you a lot of effort on the clean-up.

I like to make this with one side of salmon, but you can easily do it with individual fillets of fish. Note that smaller pieces will take less time to cook. A general rule of thumb is to cook salmon for 8-10 minutes per inch of thickness, depending on how done you like your fish.

Large piece of salmon on a pice of foil covered in brown and red sauce

Ingredient Notes and Swaps

  • Soy sauce. For gluten-free firecracker salmon, use tamari.
  • Sriracha. You can use a different hot sauce if you prefer, just make note of the spice level.
  • Olive oil. You can also use avocado oil or melted butter.
  • Rice vinegar. Mirin will also work.
  • Maple syrup. Other liquid sweeteners, like honey or agave, are good substitutes if you don't have maple syrup.
  • Red pepper flakes. This is optional if you like an extra kick of spice in your salmon.

cooked side of salmon on a piece of foil with green herbs on top

Can I Grill Firecracker Salmon?

Yes, if you have a grill, you can certainly make this recipe outdoors. Make sure to preheat the grill. Then cook the salmon wrapped in foil with the lid down over indirect heat for 10 minutes per inch of thickness.

Check halfway through to ensure your fish is cooking evenly, as grills tend to have hot and cold spots. Move the salmon around as necessary.

plate with a piece of salmon and mango salsa

What to Serve with It

This is a fun recipe for entertaining because it makes a stunning centerpiece. If you're having a party, serve your beautiful spicy salmon with colorful side dishes like:

slices of spicy salmon on a piece of foil with scallions on top

More Healthy Seafood Recipes

If you try this Firecracker Salmon recipe, be sure to let me know what you think with a comment below!

The BEST Firecracker Salmon

Make the Best Firecracker Salmon with a six-ingredient sauce that's savory, spicy and sticky to coat baked salmon.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 18 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 203kcal
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slices of spicy salmon on a piece of foil with scallions on top
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  • Preheat the oven to 425ºF.
  • Place the salmon in a foil-lined baking pan.
  • Whisk together the marinade ingredients. Pour over the salmon and pop in the fridge for at least 30 minutes.
  • When ready bake, pop the salmon in the oven and cook for 14 - 17 minutes depending on the thickness of the filets. The salmon should easily flake when you poke it with a fork.
  • Serve immediately with a sprinkle of fresh herbs, scallions or my spicy mango salsa!


Serving: 0.25lb | Calories: 203kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 3g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 641mg | Potassium: 586mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 88IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 18mg | Iron: 1mg

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  1. Loved this recipe so much. My whole family devoured it. I followed the directions exactly but my sauce did not thicken and stick to the top like in the pictures, but rather kind of melted down the sides with a thin coat left over. I wonder if I need to baste is half way through or make extra sauce to reapply once or twice during cooking.


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