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Sweet & Sour Glazed Baked Salmon Recipe

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If you’re tired of cooking salmon with the same old garlic butter glaze, then do I have just the recipe for you! This baked salmon recipe is packed full of flavor and tastiness. Not to mention, it’s a good source of protein, vitamins, and omega-3 fatty acids. Read on to see how to make this deliciously healthy meal.


The first thing that you’ll need to prepare is the marinade. In a nonstick skillet, heat up a tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil on medium heat. Once it’s hot, place in a 1/3 cup of diced red onion and a tablespoon of minced garlic. Let it cook for a few minutes until the onions start to turn light brown and glossy.

Then, add in 3 tablespoons of tamarind paste, 2 tablespoons of lite soy sauce, and 2 tablespoons of honey or agave. Lightly simmer it for around 3 to 5 minutes before turning down the heat to low. Let it cook for 2 to 3 more minutes before taking it off the stove. Allow the sauce to cool down and thicken.

After the marinade cools completely, it’s time to prepare the fish. Take 2 pounds of raw, wild salmon fillets. Pour about half of the marinade into a bowl or resealable bag. Place the fillets in the marinade and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour.

Before your fish is done marinating, preheat your oven to 420℉ (216℃). Afterward, prepare a baking tray or baking rack. Take out your fillets from the fridge and lay them on the tray. You can also wrap your salmon in foil to keep the fish from drying out while it’s cooking. Bake the fish in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes. If you don’t have an oven, an instant pot is good for baking salmon, too.

When they’re done, brush the remaining marinade onto your cooked fillets and enjoy!

If you liked this one, be sure to check out my other salmon recipes so you can discover even more flavors to try.

I recommend pairing this dish with my tangy citrus quinoa salad recipe!

Sweet & Sour Glazed Baked Salmon Recipe


* Optional Substitution Note

Ingredients for 5 servings (filets):

  • 2lb raw, wild salmon filets
  • Marinade
    • 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
    • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
    • 1/3 cup red onion, diced
    • 3 tablespoons tamarind paste
    • 2 tablespoons lite soy sauce
    • 2 tablespoons honey (or agave)
    • pinch of pepper
  • Garnish
    • red pepper flakes
    • coarse sea salt if desired


Step 1

Add first olive oil, garlic and red onion to a nonstick skillet set on medium heat. Cook for 3 to 5 minutes until the onion has turned brown and somewhat translucent. Be careful not to burn the garlic or the onion.

Step 2

Add the remaining ingredients to the skillet. Stir and bring the sauce to a light simmer for about 3 to 5 minutes, then reduce the heat. Allow it to cook in the skillet for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, then pour the marinade into a bowl to cool and thicken.

Step 3

Once the marinade has cooled, add the filets and half of the marinade to a bowl or sealable plastic bag. Coat the salmon filets in the marinade and marinate for at least 1 hour in the fridge.

Step 4

Set the oven to 420F (216C).

Step 5

Add the marinated filets to a baking sheet or baking rack.

Step 6

Bake in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes.

Step 7

Remove the filets from the oven and brush/coat with the remaining glaze.  Enjoy immediately, or allow the filets to cool before storing them in the fridge or freezer for your meal prep. This pairs beautifully with my tangy citrus quinoa salad recipe.

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Prep 75min
Cook 10min
Total 85min

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About Kevin - author


Hey, I'm Kevin

My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.

By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!