Saucy Salmon Bites with Blackberry Soy Sauce

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

saucy salmon bites with blackberry soy sauce


4 oz. unsalted butter
1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
1 Tablespoon finely chopped garlic
½ Cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
½ Cup fresh, frozen (thawed), or canned blackberries
½ Cup soy sauce or Tamari
½ Cup 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.