Saucy Salmon Bites with Blackberry Soy Sauce

Savory, sweet, tart, and spicy, this sauce is easy to make and pairs beautifully with the satisfying flavor of salmon. Serve as a main dish or appetizer. This is also a great marinade and sauce for chicken thighs or pork roast!

saucy salmon bites with blackberry soy sauce


4 oz. unsalted butter
1/4 t crushed red pepper flakes
1 T finely chopped garlic
½ C firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ C frozen blackberries, thawed
½ C soy sauce or Tamari
½ C fresh lime juice (about 4 large limes)


Step 1
Melt the butter in a heavy saucepan over medium heat, then add the red pepper flakes and the garlic.

Step 2
Stir gently until the garlic releases its aroma, but not long enough to turn brown.

Step 3
Add the sugar next and whisk to dissolve and blend it in for about 3 minutes.

Step 4
Add the blackberries, soy sauce and the lime juice.

Step 5
Return sauce to boil, then turn down to a simmer and cook for about five minutes longer.

Step 6
Remove from heat. Serve with the salmon.

This sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated for up to three weeks.

Serving Suggestions
Entrée – Seared Salmon filets (grill or broiler) glazed with sauce and served on jasmine rice. Brushed onto salmon pieces, skewered and grilled
Appetizer – cut salmon filets into bite sized cubes. Grill, pan sear or bake the salmon cubes until just done and serve on a rice cracker or nori (seaweed) chip with a small amount of sticky rice, then a sprig of watercress and topped with the salmon. Drizzle sauce generously over bites.