by Olena

Thai Broiled Salmon (Video)

by Olena

5 from 8 reviews

Thai Broiled Salmon with easy homemade sweet chili sauce cooked until caramelized on top and juicy inside. Quick and healthy 30 minute dinner.

Thai Broiled Salmon

Broiled Salmon Recipe

In our household, we have been enjoying this Thai broiled salmon with easy homemade sweet chili sauce for 14 years now.

In winter, I broil fish in the oven and in summer months we turn salmon fillet into cedar plank salmon. Last recipe is unbelievably tasty but oven method is just as good minus the smoky flavour.

In case you are cooking for a family, know my kids didn’t find this Thai salmon spicy at all and they are picky with spices. My homemade sweet chili sauce has perfect amount of a heat kick and not overly sweet.:)

 easy healthy sweet chili sauce on a brush

How to Make Sweet Chili Sauce

Homemade Thai sweet chili sauce is easy and healthy to make at home. However, I have to admit that Thai Kitchen has greatly improved its sweet chili sauce ingredients since I first published this recipe in 2014. So, if you don’t have time, buy the sauce. Or make it in 15 minutes.

To make Thai sweet chili sauce, just combine maple syrup, water, white or rice vinegar, cornstarch, garlic clove, salt and red chili pepper flakes. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer for 7-10 minutes or until thickened.

Tip: You can refrigerate sauce for weeks and use with chicken and for dipping anything and everything. 🙂

easy healthy sweet chili sauce bubbling in a pot

How to Broil Salmon

I love broiling vs. baking salmon (unless it is baked in foil) because salmon is delicate meat. Especially wild salmon that is less fatty (and more healthy) than farmed, can be easily overcooked and come out dry.

To broil salmon, I like to use slices of salmon vs. whole fillet for maximum flavour penetration. Then a blast of heat on the outside is enough. You want the fish to retain its natural juices and moisture.

To broil salmon:

  • Marinate salmon for 2 hours: In a large baking dish, add salmon in a single layer. Each fillet: sprinkle with a pinch of salt and top with 1 tbsp of 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 foil or silicone mat, 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.

salmon fillets marinating in easy healthy sweet chili sauce

What Is the Best Temperature to Broil Salmon?

Ovens vary. Some ovens have different temperature options for the broiler and some don’t.

You can broil salmon at the default temperature of your oven’s broil setting. Most broilers are set at 500-550 degrees F. But if your broiler is set at 450 degrees F maximum, this broiled salmon recipe will work just as well – you might have to broil salmon longer.

Which takes us to the next Q: How do you know when salmon is done?

The best way to check is with a fork – if salmon flakes with a fork easily and its flesh is opaque, salmon is ready to eat. I would check as soon as cooking time has elapsed as per recipe and nice caramelized crust has formed on top.

Tip About Parchment Paper:

I have been broiling Thai salmon on a sheet lined with parchment paper for years. It is exactly same paper you see in the photos, I do not swap it. Mine never caught on fire. However, some readers have reported that theirs almost did. Not sure whether it’s the type of parchment paper or stove, or maybe temperature of the broiler, or maybe even distance from the broiler to the shelf. I don’t know. So, watch your salmon and if any issues next time use silicone baking mat or foil. 🙂

Broiled Salmon Recipe

Tips for Buying Salmon

  • Read labels: Today manufacturers are very marketing savvy. They have departments working 24/7 on how to sell you their farmed salmon.
  • Don’t buy farmed salmon: This fish is farmed in closed off area, artificially coloured, fed antibiotics and exposed to pesticides. It is also high in Omega 6s and is devastating for wild marine life.
  • Don’t buy Atlantic salmon: Atlantic salmon is same farmed salmon, just  different name. Surprised? I was too.
  • Don’t buy organic salmon: Organic salmon is same farmed, just fed organic feed. It’s not much better and so expensive!
  • Buy these species: Wild salmon like sockeye, coho, spring or even pink salmon. I know it’s expensive, I know. However, pink salmon is cheap – I made Thai pink salmon, was good!
  • Fillet yourself: You will pay twice less money if you buy whole fish and fillet it yourself in 10 minutes.
  • Buy trout: It’s often cheaper but be careful not to buy farmed trout – saw such thing at Costco, it’s huge and expensive.

Enjoy this broiled salmon and know where your food comes from.

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Thai Broiled Salmon

5 from 8 reviews

Thai Broiled Salmon with easy homemade sweet chili sauce cooked until caramelized on top and juicy inside. Quick and healthy 30 minute dinner.

  • Author: Olena of ifoodreal.com
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 13 minutes
  • Total Time: 28 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Oven
  • Cuisine: Thai
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Ingredients

  • 6 x 6 oz wild salmon fillets, skin on/off
  • Pinch of salt
  • 1/2 cup + 2 tbsp Thai sweet chili sauce, divided
  • 23 tbsp green onions, finely chopped
  • Cooking spray (I use Misto)

Instructions

  1. Make Thai sweet chili sauce.
  2. In a large baking dish, add salmon in a single layer. Each fillet: sprinkle with a pinch of salt and top with 1 tbsp of 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).
  3. Turn on oven’s broiler on High and position top oven rack 5″ – 6″ below the heat source. Line large baking sheet with foil or silicone mat, spray with cooking spray and place salmon fillets skin side down (if any). Coat with remaining marinade from the dish (if any).
  4. 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.
  5. Serve hot garnished with green onions, extra sauce (if desired) and brown rice or quinoa + any salad.

Store: Refrigerate in an airtight container for up to 3 days.

Notes

About parchment paper.

I have been broiling Thai salmon on a sheet lined with parchment paper for years. It is exactly same paper you see in the photos, I do not swap it. Mine never caught on fire. However, some readers have reported that theirs almost did. Not sure whether it’s a type of parchment paper or stove, or maybe temperature of the broiler, or maybe even distance from the broiler to the shelf. I don’t know. So for safety reasons, use silicone baking mat or foil. 🙂

 Did you make this recipe? Please give it a star rating in the comments.

olena osipov in the studio

Hello and welcome to iFOODreal.

My name is Olena Osipov. I'm a mom to 2 boys and a wife to Alex. And this is our healthy family recipes blog. I grew up in Ukraine on real food. As an adult, I tried many diets without results. Now for over 10 years, I cook quick and easy healthy meals for my family. I can help you with “What’s for dinner?” too.

What You Will Find Here

Healthy family recipes with simple ingredients. Many are inspired by my Ukrainian heritage. I share mostly dinner recipes because it just never ends... I’m obsessed with healthy freezer meals. And more than in love with my Instant Pot.

A Little More About Me

Originally from Ukraine, I now reside on magic Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada with my family. I started this blog in 2012 when I ended up at home with 2 small kids unemployed and a wee bit chubby.

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    1. Love the flavor profile of this dish. It almost has my husband eating salmon. ( He TRIED it , a milestone event!)

  1. Hi, would love to try but can’t find anywhere the amounts to make the sauce…you just list ingredients… how much water? Maple syrup? Vinegar? Maybe I’m missing it. Even watched video.

  2. Making this tonight and so excited. Just finished making the Thai sweet chili sauce. How long do I have to let it cool, if at all, before putting it on the salmon to marinate?

  3. Great recipe and very unique! I get tired of making lemon and garlic salmon or honey orange glazed salmon. This was a perfect for a last minute meal too! My husband loved it and so did I.
    My only issue is that broiling the salmon made my smoke alarms go off! But not the recipes fault just my own. I will absolutely make this again.

    1. Yup, I got tired of those years ago haha. I’m so happy to read this! Thanks for your positive feedback, Kiersa! Some broilers and smoke alarms are very sensitive. I have those in my studio. So I recommend to use silicone baking mats instead of parchment paper and if you can change broiler T to 500F or move rack lower.

  4. We’ve made this salmon several times and it never disappoints. Adults and kids both love this! For kids, I use less red pepper flakes but they always ask for seconds!!

  5. Made this last night and everyone loved it….even my son who just tolerates eating seafood told me this was the best salmon I ever made. Thank you for sharing!

  6. Made this But my parchment paper. But my parchment paper burned as well!( it’s a new electric oven and I hate it!) It also splattered everywhere! Can you bake it and if so how long and at what temp?it really was delish

    1. Hi Diana. Oh my, that’s a mess.
      OK, I bake my other one pan salmon at 425 for 25 minutes on the bottom rack, then you can broil it.
      I would recommend to use silicone baking mats to avoid burning parchment paper.
      If you had splatters, sounds like your broiler’s temperature is high. Try to move rack lower and further away from the broiler. Hope this helps!

  7. I’ve been remiss not to comment on this amazing recipe sooner. I first made this dish several months ago and it has become an instant favorite for my family – that aren’t always salmon lovers. We love the Thai chili sauce and how easy and quick it is to get this on the table. I love to make it with Jasmin rice and a veggie stir fry. You nailed it with this recipe. Thank you very much for creating and sharing this yummy dish.

    1. I can’t put an oven T in this recipe because cooking method is by broiler which my gas stove offers only in 2 options: Low and High. You would have to trust your eyes and nose on this one, see you did it because it was tasty, so not a big issue.:)

      1. Tried this for dinner and really liked the flavor, however did have the same issue with the parchment paper burning. It didn’t catch on fire, but I feel like it would have had I not removed it when I did. It was smoking like crazy which is what made me open the door (my oven requires you to broil with the door closed). I then read the instructions on the parchment paper box and realized it said don’t use for broiling. I transferred the salmon to just a baking sheet sprayed with Pam and finished cooking. Definitely something to be aware of before you prepare this dish. Love the sauce though.

        1. I might know the solution to your problem. If you cut parchment paper just enough to fit into the sheet without flaps hanging even a bit, it shouldn’t burn – it’s the sides sticking out too much usually burn, not the part that is under food. I never had this issue, honestly. Or your broiler is too close to the rack. I always broil food on parchment paper without any issues. I use unbleached parchment paper (not wax paper) and it says nothing about not using under the broiler. I also broil with oven door a bit open – that is my gas stove requirements. Hope this helps! Also silicone baking mats are a great option too.:)

  8. Omega 6 is NOT unhealthy. It fights inflammation, helps nerve pain in people with fibromyalgia and lowers the risk of heart disease.

  9. I’m finally making this! Started with the Thai Chili Sauce a day in advance to make it easier. That sauce is AMAZING! Thanks for sharing your wonderful recipes!

    1. Yes, you have to otherwise it will be hard to clean the tray and possibly the fish will get stuck to it. I prefer unbleached parchment paper due to health reasons. Foil is made out of aluminum and when heated leaches toxins into your food.

  10. Just tried the recipe and it tasted great, but we agree the salmon is overcooked and dry. I grill salmon outdoors year round and tried this for a change of pace. I would never grill it for as long as 13 minutes, so next time I’ll shave some off your times.

  11. Love it and I have been doing something similar. My kids like the “candy” salmon I BBQ. I cut the sweet Thai Chili sauce with some natural maple syrup for a little more sweetness. I am fortunate to bring home 70-lbs of fresh King and Coho salmon every year from my fishing trip to Alaska. We cook salmon several times a week and this is always a winner!

    1. You are very lucky! That salmon is like gold!!! Good for you! So, how do you BBQ it? I think there is a typo in your “recipe”. I would love to know.:)

    1. Yes, for sure. Originally this is a grilled recipe. Soak cedar plank in cold water and grill covered. Check on it. Grills vary. Pinch with a fork the middle to see how ready it is.

  12. This was delicious!! The only issue I had was the parchment paper burning. Thought it was going to start an oven fire, but it didn’t.

  13. great recipe, great article! I only have one thing I need to point out, in your article it stated:
    “we must understand that wild seafood, game meat and fair trade dried fruits and teas from countries like Combodia do not necessarily have to be certified organic to be pesticide and yucky stuff free”, having grown up in a 3rd world country in that region till my early 20s, the pollution and the condition ANYTHING grows is horrendous and horrifying!!! if you’ve seen human waste floating on major rivers where so called “wild” fish grow, raw human and animal waste used for fertilizing plants/trees/veggies, you’ll NEVER make this statement again!!! Also America and along with other Industrialized world have the most strict food safety guard in place. I lived both worlds, so I know 🙂

    1. I’m sorry, I meant Colombia. And I talked about fair trade certified plants. And wild seafood and game meat I meant local. Fish sold from developing countries is farmed in its majority. The entire point is in a context of “organic salmon” being not better option than wild salmon that sometimes not organic stuff, if you know where it came from (good brands do tell you), are better than some USDA certified organic.

    1. Which wild salmon? There are tens of species! It is wild sockeye salmon from Pacific Ocean straight into my freezer. Are you trying to say that after a 500 word essay and hours of research about farmed fish I’m cooking it and lying about it? I don’t understand what is your agenda?! Just having a bad Sunday morning?!

  14. I’m cooking this tonight. For people with dry fish, the white stuff coming out the side of the fish is the fat. Fat from salmon is good for you and that’s where a lot of the omega 3’s are. It is also what makes the fish juicy, so as soon as you see it, the fish is usually done. NEVER go strictly by time in a broiler, because it cooks too fast and you risk burning. Many chefs won’t tell you how long it takes, because they want you to just watch it. I hope this helps the people that are having trouble. I’ll let you know how the salmon turns out. The sauce tastes good.

  15. I just tried this tonight. LOVE the chili sauce recipe! Thank you for that! It is delicious.
    My oven must run hot. I ended up with dry salmon but now I know and I will definitely try it again.
    The parchment paper was getting very dark it was making me nervous! Next time I’ll use foil.

    1. Hi Monique. Yes, your oven must run hot or try to move the rack lower from the broiler. Can you control broiler T? I know some ovens can. I only have High and Low. Yes, you can use aluminum however keep in mind it is leaching chemicals in your food when heated.

      1. That’s probably a better idea – keep the rack further from the element and I’ll continue with parchment. I prefer parchment anyway.
        Last night I used the chili sauce on some chicken wings – they were to die for! And tomorrow I’ll be using it in a stir fry.
        Seriously good! Thanks again!!

  16. Tasty. My husband and I love salmon… I was looking around for a new-to-me method of cooking/serving it, and BINGO! This is it.
    However, next time I’ll definitely stay away from using parchment — the direct heat was too much for it. Despite the burnt paper, the broiled filets not only came out very well, but beautiful too!

    1. Awesome! Really burnt paper for so many readers?! I have gas stove so I wonder if that is why my paper doesn’t burn. I swear we always broil salmon on High with parchment paper and no problem with burning. Oh well, use aluminum or I was thinking a narrower parchment paper piece.

  17. I made this tonight and it was delicious! Both my husband and I loved it!!! I used wild sockeye salmon for the first time and it was worth the few extra bucks! Thank you!

  18. Just made it! The only thing-I put it in a baking dish because the parchment paper burnt. Also, had to cook it longer-was not done.

  19. This was the easiest and best recipe I have made from Pinterest so far! I have never broiled my fish but it turned out amazing! Thanks for sharing!

  20. The image of the broiled salmon looked so good that I had to try. I absolutely used the exact ingredients, followed the directions, but… salmon was too dry..
    I am a good cook, this recipe is not what it seems like.

    1. Ovens vary due to various reasons including malfunctions. Google it. Haven’t had any complaints on this recipe out of hundreds. If salmon was too dry means it was over cooked.

  21. Is there a specific temperature to set the broiler because my oven doesn’t do “high” it wants a certain temp.

  22. I have a Panini press and cook my salmon in that. Works great. For items that I don’t want squashed, I have a small can to place on the counter top that the panini press lid sits on so it just hovers over the food.

    1. I’m impressed I could impress you, Ally. Sometimes the best recipes are the ones we think nothing special of. I have no idea why I didn’t share this sooner…

  23. I just made this salmon with your recipe for the sauce. I grow my own chili peppers, so this was something very special and with home ingredients in it. We are already talking about who we will have over to make the most amazing salmon we’ve ever had!!! Thank you for sharing this recipe – it’s absolutely amazing!!

  24. Hi, great recipe! Love salmon; all fish. How does the grilling on a soaked cedar plank work? It is always better to enlist help with preparing meals isn’t it? I can marinate the fish while I relax my husband can do the grilling . . . if I knew grilling instructions including time.

    1. Oh my, super simple. Just place marinated salmon on a pre-soaked cedar plank (about an hour or more to soak) on a direct grill. I would say low-medium heat, cook covered. I don’t know how long, just check for doneness with a fork and when white “stuff” appears. When flakes are light pink fish is done. You will see. I would say about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of a fillet. If small pieces then quicker. However, o na plank we always make a whole fillet.
      My husband helps rarely. Smth else always has to be done around the house or he is at work or with the kids. I’m more tired of planning what to make these days. Help is always great! I seem never get enough of it LOL

  25. Just made a sauce similar to this yesterday. Didn’t think to put it on salmon. Now I know what to do with that salmon that’s been in the freezer. Thanks!

  26. I’m not a big fan of salmon. Can you suggest a similar textured fish in its place? A friend is bringing us some sea scallops this Friday and I’m pretty sure some of them will get sauce.

    1. They will do anything to f*** our brain to make more money for themselves! Apparently they can call farmed salmon Atlantic or trademark “100% Angus Beef” where it is not even close what it claims to be. And then be clean and clear – it’s a trademark, “oh sorry you didn’t Google it before feeding it to biting your hands hungry kids”.

      1. The Atlantic Salmon, which is the only salmon native to the Atlantic Ocean, was one of the first fish to suffer from over fishing, and is now endangered. In the United States, and other countries as well, it is illegal to fish for Atlantic Salmon. Additionally, with wild caught fish the issue of bycatch is a serious problem, especially with shrimp.While bad fish farming practices are rampant, there are responsible fish farms. For example the Faroe Island have very stringent standards for farming fish.

        1. Hmm, maybe but where is Faroe Islands and where is North America! Plus I am still not sure about nutrition of farmed salmon like Omegas 6. Wild salmon growing like the nature has intended (even taking into consideration environment) makes more sense to me personally.

        2. You say that the Faroe Islands have very stringent standards for farming fish – before you buy any Faroese fish products please, please check out the whale Grind that goes on in Faroe each year. Living less than 200 miles away from Faroe we are disgusted with what goes on as I am sure you will be!

  27. Omg this looks amazing! I’m a huge fan of baked Salmon but my husband doesn’t really eat Salmon and that sucks because I don’t eat it as often as I used to. It looks very delicious though, I need to try it soon! 🙂

      1. thank you so much Olena for the “organic” information. ..now that engineered salmon is available I’m very skeptical of it all.

        1. Crazy, right?! If we start digging deep it is all sceptical. Even wild salmon who knows how polluted it is but still the best available out there right now.

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