In our household, we have been enjoying this baked salmon recipe with sweet chili sauce for 14 years now. In winter, I bake it in the oven and in summer months Alex grills it on a soaked in water cedar plank. Second version is unbelievable tasty but oven method is as good minus the cedar smoky flavour.
Ever since we went 90% organic, we are more aware of GMOs and coming up with a homemade version of Thai Sweet Chili Sauce was a must to keep enjoying our Thai baked salmon recipe. That sauce can be refrigerated for months and you can use it in so many other Thai dishes or simply with grilled chicken. If you are a fan of Thai Kitchen sauce, you gotta try mine – exact copy but healthier.
In our household we eat a lot of wild sockeye salmon – good quality fish with healthy Omega 3s that is affordable in Pacific Northwest. I highly suggest you stay away from farmed salmon! Atlantic salmon is farmed salmon, don’t be fooled by its name. It is artificially coloured, fed antibiotics and is exposed to pesticides, high in unhealthy Omega 6s and is a devastation for wild marine life.
Source: David Suzuki
Also don’t be fooled by “organic” salmon. Last month, at CHFA West I came across a stand with samples of “organic” smoked salmon. I know you can’t certify wild salmon “organic” because it is hard to know exact conditions it has lived in. But come on, world, common sense and we must understand that wild seafood, game meat and fair trade dried fruits and teas from countries like India and Colombia do not necessarily have to be certified organic to be pesticide and yucky stuff free. Not all world’s food is poisoned like North America’s. So, I asked a few questions and got my answer – “Yes, our organic salmon is farmed”. OK, thank you very much – no “organic” salmon for my family for exact same reasons as Atlantic.
I love broiling salmon instead of baking because it is such a delicate meat that cooks fast. A blast of heat on the outside is enough, just like with steak. You want fish to retain its natural juices and moisture. My kids didn’t find this baked salmon recipe spicy at all and they are picky with spices. It was a perfect amount of a heat kick and nobody complained about sweetness.:) I would omit green onions for kids and a must for adults!
Enjoy and Know Where Your Food Comes From!
- 6 x 6 oz sockeye salmon fillets, skin on or off
- Pinch of salt
- 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce, divided
- 2 - 3 tbsp green onions, chopped
- Cooking spray (I use Misto)
- In a large baking dish, lay down salmon fillets in a row. Each fillet - sprinkle with a pinch of salt and top with 1 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce. Brush or rub with your fingers to coat fish with sauce evenly on top, bottom and sides. Cover and let marinate in the fridge for at least 2 hours or overnight is the best (up to 24 hours).
- Turn on oven's broiler on High and position top oven rack 5" - 6" below the heat source. Line large baking sheet with unbleached parchment paper, spray with cooking spray and place salmon fillets skin side down (if any). Coat with remaining marinade from the dish (if any).
- Broil for 8 minutes, rotating baking sheet once. Remove from the oven and brush top of each fillet with 2 tsp of Thai sweet chili sauce. Return to the oven and broil for another 5 minutes or until salmon has caramelized. Serve hot garnished with green onions, extra sauce (if desired) with brown rice or quinoa on a side.
Servings Per Recipe: 6
Amount Per Serving = 1 fillet:
Total Fat: 18.3 g
Cholesterol: 145.0 mg
Sodium: 435.0 mg
Total Carbs: 15.8 g
Sugars: 13 g
Dietary Fiber: 0.0 g
Protein: 45.0 g
WW Points+: 11