Broiled Salmon with Thai Sweet Chili Glaze

5 stars based on 3 votes

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Here’s a quick weeknight recipe your family will love. Salmon fillets are quickly marinated in three of my favorite ingredients — Thai sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and ginger — and then broiled until caramelized on top. Main courses simply do not get any easier, more delicious or elegant than this.

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Begin by making the marinade. The only thing you have to do is grate the ginger because the other two ingredients come straight out of jars. Be sure to use a good quality sweet chili sauce. My two favorite brands, which are both widely available, are Mae Ploy (pictured above) and Thai Kitchen.

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Set some of the marinade aside to use as a sauce at serving time, then add the salmon to the rest and marinate for one hour in the refrigerator.

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Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and drizzle a bit of the marinade over the salmon fillets. Use just enough to glaze the fillets — you don’t want it pooling too much on the baking sheet because it will burn under the broiler and fill your kitchen with smoke.

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Broil for 6-10 minutes, depending on the size and thickness of the fillets.

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Top with reserved marinade and scatter sliced scallions over top.

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That’s all there is to it! The sauce has a lot of flavor so you can keep the sides pretty simple. I like to serve it with white or brown rice and a green vegetable. Enjoy!

For more recipes with Thai Sweet Chili Sauce, check out my Thai Ginger & Sweet Red Chili Shrimp or Crispy Coconut Shrimp with Sweet Red Chili Sauce.

 

 

Broiled Salmon with Thai Sweet Chili Glaze

Servings: 4
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

  • 1-1/2 pounds (or four 6-ounce pieces) salmon, skin on or off
  • 6 tablespoons Thai Sweet Chili Sauce (best quality, such as Mae Ploy or Thai Kitchen)
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon peeled and finely grated fresh ginger
  • 2 scallions, green parts only, finely sliced

Instructions

  1. Set the oven rack 5-6 inches from the top and preheat the broiler.
  2. Make the marinade by combining the sweet chili sauce, soy sauce and ginger in a shallow baking dish. Spoon 1/4 cup of the marinade into a small dish and set aside (this will be the sauce for the cooked fish). Add the salmon fillets, skin side up, to the remaining marinade and marinate for 1 hour in refrigerator.
  3. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with nonstick cooking spray. Transfer the salmon fillets to the prepared baking sheet, skin side down, and drizzle a bit of the marinade over top. Go easy -- you don't want it to pool too much on the baking sheet because it will burn in the oven. Broil the salmon for 6-10 minutes, or until browned in spots and almost opaque in the center. Transfer the salmon to a serving platter and pour the reserved sauce over top. Garnish with scallions and serve.

Reviews & Comments

  • Hi Jenn,
    My wife loves all types of Salmon but I tend to only enjoy it raw or smoked. Cooking it seems to intensify the taste to the point that it gets too strong for me. However, I have on occasion had cooked Salmon that was very mild that was a lighter shade of pink in color that did not taste to fishy once cooked. Is this a certain type of Salmon or a prep technique that gets it to taste this way. Thanks in advance for any insights!
    Best…
    David

    - David on August 25, 2014 Reply
    • Hi David, I find farm raised salmon to be much milder than wild salmon; have you tried it? The sauce also really makes a difference — this one is very flavorful, which balances out the salmon flavor.

      - Jenn on August 26, 2014 Reply
      • 5 stars

        Thanks Jenn,

        I made this a couple of days ago and it was delish… I ended up going with hook caught king salmon which actually mellowed very nicely when cooked but I suspect the full flavor of this sauce had a lot to do with mellowing the flavor intensity. I’ll try farm raised with a milder sauce the next time. Thanks for your reply and great recipes… It’s a pleasure!

        - David on August 27, 2014 Reply
        • So glad you enjoyed, David!

          - Jenn on August 27, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    This was delicious! Easy and simple to make! Finally a weeknight meal that wasn’t boring!!

    - Elise on July 29, 2014 Reply
  • 5 stars

    I think this is my favorite recipe so far that I have made. It was so easy to make and I loved the chili sauce Mae Ploy. Thanks for the tip of using just a drizzle of marinade on the top. It did not burn at all in the oven.

    - Shari Lunde on July 17, 2014 Reply
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  • This has become a staple for me on days when I don’t have much time for dinner/tomorrow’s lunch. I pop two frozen salmon filets out of the freezer and can be eating within 30 minutes or so. Normally I’ll serve it on top of brown jasmine rice cooked in some coconut milk.

    - Todd on November 4, 2013 Reply
  • Made this the other night and it was delicious. However, I found that, because it was under broil, it didn’t cook on the bottom easily and ended up browiing too much on the top as we had to leave it in. We ended up adjusting the shelf down more.

    However, it is simple and delicious and I’ll be making it again.

    - Jacquie on April 24, 2013 Reply
  • Hi – this receipe is so delicious – my daughter, age 14 actually makes it for our family all the time. She loves to cook, and usually makes this dish with the brocolli slaw with edamame on the side. Every bite is wonderful!

    - Becky Slater on March 11, 2013 Reply
  • I absolutely love this recipe!! I have made it so often for our family and for company– it is my favorite fish recipe. Always comes out perfect and is so easy. Thanks Jennifer for a fabulous recipe!!

    - Karen Tanenbaum on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • So so so good, I seve this with a littleJasmine rice and a side salad with a ginger carrot dressing. Thanks Jennifer for your simple but delicious recipes! As a working mother I love the ease of your recipes

    - Sharyn on March 10, 2013 Reply
  • This is my favorite salmon recipe to date. The only change I have made is to unintentionally let it marinate for longer than an hour. I use frozen wild or farm raised salmon and it always comes out perfect. My four year old twins and husband love this recipe. Thanks for such an easy and delicious recipe.

    - Tonya on March 9, 2013 Reply
  • This is so delicious! Found it on Pinterest and have made it several times…whole family LOVES this!

    - MeganN on January 28, 2013 Reply
  • Hello Jen! Do you think this recipe would still work if I replace salmon with king prawn?

    - anna on December 28, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Anna, Yes I think it would be delicious, but you may need to reduce the cooking time.

      - Jenn on December 28, 2012 Reply
  • Thanks

    - Kainub on December 27, 2012 Reply
  • Has anyone tried grilling this? It’s that time of year, and I’ve done other salmon recipes on the grill. Wondering though if the sauce would burn?

    - Amy on August 23, 2012 Reply
  • I love this recipe. I make it without the green onions. And I’m too lazy to cut the salmon into smaller pieces. It still turns out wonderfully. Hubby really likes it too.
    We have a gentleman that comes to our local farmers market that sells wild sockeye salmon which he and his brother catch then flash freeze after filleting.

    - Patti on June 22, 2012 Reply
  • My husband loves this as well as my 2 and 4 year old and it is so easy to make. :-) It goes well with fried rice and steamed asparagus. Make sure to watch it closely because the marinade burns quickly.

    - Becky on June 20, 2012 Reply
  • Please excuse my ignorance, but I am writing from Australia & I am not sure what “broiler” means. Is it a griller in the oven, or does it just refer to the oven itself?

    - Kathy Ross on June 8, 2012 Reply
    • Hi Kathy, the broiler is the top burner in the oven…most ovens have a broil setting, which is intense heat from the top burner. The idea is to set food on the top rack under the broiler so that it browns.

      - Jenn on June 9, 2012 Reply
  • I just tried this recipe. I ran out of Sweet Chilli sauce and put too much ginger and it still tasted AMAZING!!

    - Renee E on June 1, 2012 Reply
  • This was fantastic. Very simple but great.

    - Julie on May 17, 2012 Reply
  • I wish I could eat this all day every day

    - Arnold on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • Always loved salmon fish, but never could get a hold of a good recipe. But this absolutely solves my dilemma. Great dish once again!

    - Sarabjit Cheema on May 15, 2012 Reply
  • Just made this last night, what a huge hit! Even the kids loved it. And so easy! Made it with the corn muffins. Everyone had a full tummy when they left the table. Thank you for another keeper!

    - Christina on March 14, 2012 Reply
  • My favorite recipe. It’s always a huge hit.

    - Alink on March 6, 2012 Reply
  • LOVE this recipe! Any recipe that tastes this good and has five ingredients is a winner in my book. I’ve made it several times now, always to rave reviews from the family. Like another reviewer, I make a little extra sauce and let my toddler dip her broccoli florets in it. I also experimented with baking, rather than broiling, the salmon, and that turned out fine, too. Thanks again, Jenn! Please keep more recipes like these coming!

    - Allie on March 4, 2012 Reply
  • Perfectly cooked salmon in just minutes. Love that sweet chili sauce.

    - Sheila on March 3, 2012 Reply
  • I made this the other night. I added pressed garlic & it was wonderful. Hubby really liked it. I will definitely make this again.

    - Patti on March 2, 2012 Reply
  • This sounds wonderful! next time I see salmon on sale, I am making this!

    - Shannon Stamp on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • A great recipe to entertain with. Very yummy and it seems to impress guests! My mom, who does not particularly care for salmon, even liked it.

    - Beata Harnett on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • WOW. Can’t wait to try. Love me sweet chili sauce anyway…glad to see it used in a good recipe.

    - Jackie Gaskins on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This is a great and delicious dinner for me to make when I’m short on time. Thanks for another great recipe!

    - Gillian on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I was looking for a salmon recipe for dinner, my husband does not care for seafood, but WE are trying to eat healthier :) Needless to say, it was delicious !!! My Hubby gobbled it up, ask for seconds, then thirds !!! Now we are working on portion control ! Thank You. I love your recipes !!!

    - Chris on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • The salmon was a little on the sweet side when we made this recipe, next time I would try a different sweet chili glaze – more emphasis on the chili. Still, a simple, quick and great recipe!

    - Erin on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • Fabulous, and reduced the extra marinade and drizzled over broccoli.

    - sara on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • This recipe is equal parts easy and tasty. I have made it a few times now and it never disappoints. Its great for a night when one is running late. Grab some fish on the way home and presto-dinner in no time. So yummy.

    - susan on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I’ve been looking for some good fish recipes during Lent. This was delicious! Thanks!

    - Michelle on March 1, 2012 Reply
  • I normally don’t comment on blogs, but I must say that this is the most delicious salmon I’ve had in a long time. It was so easy to make too! Thanks for the wonderful recipe!

    - Sandy on February 16, 2012 Reply
    • Thanks for your comment, Sandy. So glad you enjoyed it!

      - Jenn on February 16, 2012 Reply
  • Love this dish. I would serve it to guests (and look like I can cook!). This is one of my favorites.

    - Tobi on January 26, 2012 Reply
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  • We had friends over for dinner tonight and made the salmon and it was amazing!! (The green beans with walnuts and cranberries and the asparagus and red onions were awesome too! I can’t wait to try the black bean soup next!) You are wonderful!
    Tami and Idan

    - Tami Kupfer on January 7, 2012 Reply
  • Not a huge fan of ginger, so I left it out. Loved the marinade otherwise. Cooked mine on my George Foreman grill in about 3 minutes! Made a lovely char on the fish. The overall flavor is to die for!! Thanks so much for sharing such a flavorful combo!

    - Marsha Gordon on January 7, 2012 Reply
  • I tried this last night and I was super impressed with how tasty and EASY it was!

    - Life of a Doctor's Wife on January 5, 2012 Reply
  • I made this recipe for a dinner party last night and it was a big hit! Thanks a lot.

    - estherpalermo on December 12, 2011 Reply
  • This salmon recipe looks so delicious! Thanks for the tip about over-saucing the salmon. Sometimes, you just want more flavor… but not at the cost of filling your home with smoke!

    - Sea Cuisine on November 4, 2011 Reply
  • Your slamon looks delicious. I love Asian inspired salmon dishes.

    - Christin on October 20, 2011 Reply
  • Made this last night. Yum. The salmon cooked perfectly in the broiler. Will definitely make it again. David said it was the best salmon he ever had!

    - Robyn Blond on October 20, 2011 Reply
  • Can’t wait to try this tonight… :)

    - Beth Jakubiak on October 18, 2011 Reply
  • Salmon is a surprising favorite with my kids. This recipe is on my menu plan for the week. I’ll be serving it with brown rice and baby bok choy. Thank you!

    - Courtney J on October 16, 2011 Reply
  • Der Jenn, I love getting your recipes and I often try them out. I have never been disappointed. Thanks so much, Beth

    - Beth Hoffman on October 15, 2011 Reply
  • Hi Jenn,

    All of this looks so good, it is inspiring me to cook (more). I’m trying the salmon tomorrow. Was telling my friend that I was drooling over your blog and she told me you are at Wayside.
    My son just started K there :)

    Take care.

    - Missy on October 15, 2011 Reply
  • Made this tonight to rave reviews. Even my husband, who doesn’t love salmon, enjoyed it. Thank you for another wonderful recipe!

    - Lynn on October 14, 2011 Reply
  • sounds so good and easy to make!

    - Ashley @ Wishes and Dishes on October 14, 2011 Reply
  • Salmon is my favorite type of fish and I am always looking for new recipes to incorporate it. I love how easy this is; I can’t wait to make/try it!

    - Cynthia on October 13, 2011 Reply
  • Hi! I love being on your mailing list. Nothing better than getting an email with a recipe that I can’t wait to make. This salmon recipe is next – we fish a lot and have LOTS of salmon to cook and this simple combination of some of my favorite flavors sounds too good to pass up. I have too many zucchini sitting on my counter right now and this afternoon am going to use your zucchini bread recipe, followed by the zucchini, feta and walnuts. Thanks for the great ideas for using up our on-hand ingredients. Keep the recipes coming. Love it!!!

    - kathy james on October 13, 2011 Reply
  • sounds simple and delicious. will put it on my menu for next week. I always look forward to your wonderful recipes. You have such a nack for what you do!

    - Robyn on October 13, 2011 Reply

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