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15 June 2020

This spicy salmon marinade recipe makes the most flavorful salmon, made with soy sauce, spicy brown mustard, chili flakes and more. Super easy to make.

Get your salmon fillets ready, my friends. We’re whipping up a new batch of Spicy Salmon Marinade today in the Chili Pepper Madness kitchen, and it’s going to add a ton of bold flavor to your meal.

Salmon is one of my favorite fish. We probably eat it once a week. I love it anyway I can get it, baked, grilled, broiled, you name it. There are many ways to coax maximum flavor out of your salmon, and one of my favorites is with a good marinade.

A great salmon marinade will infuse the salmon with all sorts of extra wonderful flavor, and it’s easy to whip together. All it takes is a bit of chopping and whisking a few ingredients together in a small bowl. Then, marinate!

You just need a bit of extra time to let that salmon soak up all those wonderful flavors, so plan ahead if you can! Alright, are you ready for some salmon?

Let’s talk about how we make this spicy salmon marinade, shall we?

Slices of pink salmon marinating in a bowl of spicy salmon marinade

Spicy Salmon Marinade Ingredients

  • The Liquids. The Liquids. Use ¼ cup soy sauce, ¼ cup olive oil, 2 tablespoons honey (or use brown sugar), 3 tablespoons brown mustard (I use spicy brown mustard) and 2 tablespoons lemon juice (or juice from ½ lemon)
  • The Spicy Factor. I use 1 serrano pepper, diced (or use even hotter peppers to really spice things up), along with a teaspoon (or more) of spicy red pepper flakes. You can skip the hot peppers for a milder version. You’ll still get some heat from the chili flakes.
    Flavor Builders. Use 4 cloves garlic, minced (or more if you’d like) and 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Salmon. This recipe is good to cover 2 6-ounce salmon fillets. You might be able to squeeze 3 of them in there.

Salmon Marinade Ingredients

How to Make Spicy Salmon Marinade – the Recipe Method

Combine and Whisk. Whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey or brown sugar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt and red pepper flakes in a small bowl until well combined.

Spicy Salmon Marinade ingredients in a bowl and being whisked together

Marinate. Place the salmon in a large zip-lock bag and pour the marinade over them.  Seal the bag and refrigerate at least 15 minutes to 20 minutes, or for 1 hour before cooking. You’ll get a bit more flavor penetration with 1 hour. You can also set the salmon into a wide pan such as a baking dish or bowl and cover them with the marinade, then top with plastic wrap.

Salmon marinating in spicy marinade

Boom! Done! Get your salmon marinating! Fire up the grill! I love a great grilled salmon recipe, though this salmon marinade works no matter how you’re cooking up your salmon. Works for any cut of salmon, too. 

A spoonful of spicy salmon marinate

Recipe Tips & Notes

  • Other Ingredients. Other flavors are popular for marinating salmon. Try using orange juice instead of lemon juice, worcestershire sauce and cracked black pepper.
  • Benefits of a Marinade. Marinating is a big flavor building component. A good marinade helps to add moisture to your proteins, especially fish. It also helps the salmon from drying out while you’re cooking it. Salmon is an oilier fish, so you can easily get away without marinating, though the marinade really adds a lot of flavor. 
  • Marinating Time. I like to get my marinade going in the morning and marinate the salmon all day long so they’re ready for cooking or grilling later that night. You’ll still get good flavor, though, with only 30 minutes. Go 1 hour if you can.
  • The Heat Factor. You’ll get a nice level of heat if you go with some spicy chili peppers here, though you can omit them if you’d prefer a milder heat. Stick with the red pepper flakes and you’ll be good to go.
  • Grilling Salmon. If you’re going to grill your salmon, get your grill going to medium heat and lightly oil the grates. Grill the salmon for 4-5 minutes per side, or until it is cooked through to your liking. If you’re cooking with skin on salmon, start with the skin side down so you can get a nice, crispy skin. 
  • Baking Salmon. If you’d like to bake your salmon, heat your oven to 425 degrees F (218 C) 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through. You want 4-6 minutes per inch of thickness, depending on how you like it done.

That’s it, my friends. I hope you enjoy my spicy salmon marinade recipe, and the salmon! However you cook it up.. Let me know if you make it. I’d love to hear how it turned out for you. Keep it spicy!

Spooning some spicy salmon marinade over salmon fillets

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Grilled Salmon on a plate

Got any questions? Ask away! I’m happy to help. If you enjoy this recipe, I hope you’ll leave a comment with some STARS. Also, please share it on social media. Don’t forget to tag us at #ChiliPepperMadness. I’ll be sure to share! Thanks! — Mike H.

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Spicy Salmon Marinade Recipe

This spicy salmon marinade recipe makes the most flavorful salmon, made with soy sauce, spicy brown mustard, chili flakes and more. Super easy to make.
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time5 mins
Course: Main Course, sauce
Cuisine: American
Keyword: marinade, salmon, soy sauce, spicy
Servings: 2
Calories: 368kcal

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 3 tablespoons brown mustard I use spicy brown mustard
  • 2 tablespoons honey or use brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice or juice from ½ lemon
  • 1 serrano pepper diced (or use even hotter peppers to really spice things up - optional, for extra spicy)
  • 4 cloves garlic minced
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • Red pepper flakes to taste use ¼ to 1 teaspoon, or to taste
  • 2 6- ounce salmon fillets

Instructions

  • Whisk together the soy sauce, olive oil, honey or brown sugar, mustard, lemon juice, garlic, oregano, salt and red pepper flakes in a mixing bowl until well combined.
  • Place the salmon in a large zip-lock bag and pour the marinade over them. Seal the bag and refrigerate at least 15 to 20 minutes, or for 1 hour before cooking.

Notes

You can also set the salmon into a wide pan or bowl and cover them with the marinade, then top with plastic wrap.
Works great with any salmon recipe.
Calories are calculated without the salmon.

Nutrition

Calories: 368kcal | Carbohydrates: 25g | Protein: 8g | Fat: 28g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Sodium: 3243mg | Potassium: 169mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 19g | Vitamin A: 28IU | Vitamin C: 9mg | Calcium: 46mg | Iron: 2mg

Salmon marinating in a spicy salmon marinade

Spicy Salmon Marinade

8 comments

  1. 5 stars
    Super easy and yummy! I used 3 wiri wiri peppers instead of the red pepper flakes. BTW, this makes a lot of marinade; I used 18 oz of salmon, and had plenty of marinade. I served the leftover marinade alongside the salmon, and we spooned it over the grilled salmon. Thank you for another terrific recipe!!!

  2. Sounds amazing
    I am planning to make it for dinner using your suggested orange juice instead of lemon.
    Thanks got all your wonderful recipes.

  3. Can you reserve some of the marinade and use it as a mop as well? Thanks.

    1. Michael Hultquist - Chili Pepper Madness

      You surely can, Andy. Let me know how it goes! Enjoy.






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