Firecracker Grilled Salmon

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. + marinating Grill: 5 min.


4 servings

Updated: Sep. 15, 2023
Let this sensational firecracker salmon perk up dinner tonight. With a super flavorful glaze that kicks you right in the taste buds, this weeknight dish is anything but boring. —Melissa Rogers, Tuscaloosa, AL
Firecracker Grilled Salmon Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 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 container. Add the salmon; seal container and turn to coat salmon. Refrigerate for up to 30 minutes. Cover and refrigerate remaining marinade.
  2. Drain salmon, discarding marinade in container. Place salmon, skin side down, on a greased 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.
Firecracker Salmon Tips

Can you cook firecracker salmon on the stove or in the oven?

This easy salmon recipe is made on the grill, but it can be broiled, baked or cooked on the stovetop, too. Broil 3 to 4 inches from the heat for 5 to 10 minutes. If baking the salmon, bake at 425° for 15 to 18 minutes. Or, cook the salmon in 2 tablespoons of oil or butter in a heavy skillet over medium heat for 3 to 5 minutes on each side.

What do you serve with firecracker salmon?

A cool cumber salad recipe would be a perfect pairing for this spiced-up salmon. For a heartier meal, serve with a rice side dish.

How should you store firecracker salmon?

Store leftover firecracker salmon in the refrigerator in an airtight container for 2 to 3 days. Reheat it in the microwave for just 1 to 2 minutes or until heated through.

Peggy Woodward, Taste of Home Senior Food Editor

Nutrition 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.