Firecracker Salmon – FAIL

Operator fail.

Chef fail.

I shall explain! This is the other salmon that I bought when on sale for $2.99/lb.  I immediately added the marinade, wrapped it up in foil, put it into a plastic freezer baggie and froze it.

Operator fail. I forgot to mark which side of the salmon was “up” before freezing it.

Chef fail. I forgot to put the foil on a cookie sheet when I put it into the oven. And I forgot to look to see which side was “up”…oh wait, I wouldn’t have been able to tell…because of my operator FAIL!  Needless to say, the juices immediately spilled all over the oven floor.  So I rectified by placing the foil salmon pack on a cookie sheet…only to have all the juices spill out on to the cookie sheet.  The juices burned. The house smelled bad. But…

The salmon tasted fine.  But I think it would have tasted great, had not all the juices and marinades seeped out…as I baked it upside down.


Live and learn!

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Firecracker Salmon

Adapted from:  This recipe on Recipezaar…featured on the OAMM March Menu.

Yield – 4 servings

Preparation Time – 5 minutes

Cooking Time – 20 minutes (Fresh)/60 minutes (Frozen)


  • 1.2 lb salmon fillet ($3.65)
  • 1/2 cup olive oil ($.50)
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce ($.20)
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar ($.20)
  • 1 Tbsp brown sugar ($.05)
  • 2 garlic cloves, crushed ($.05)
  • 2 tsp red pepper flakes ($.10)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1/2 cup wild rice mix + 1/2 cup brown rice ($.40) Trying to use up what’s in the pantry!
  • 1 12 oz. bag of frozen peas ($.50) Sale plus coupon


  • Place salmon fillet onto foil.
  • Whisk marinade in small bowl. Pour over salmon. Wrap foil around the salmon. Freeze or bake.
    (Bake at 350 for an hour from frozen or 20 minutes from fresh.)
  • Cook rice and peas as directed on package instructions.
  • Serve Firecracker Salmon with Rice and Peas.

Cost $5.65

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  1. Amy B says

    i can figure it out on my own, but just wanted to let you know that the directions are missing from your post..sorry you had a fail on this one, its sounds delish!

  2. says

    I noticed you said you wrapped it in foil before freezing. That’s not good for salmon since salmon tends to take on the taste of what’s around it. Next time, wrap it in freezer paper or wax paper before placing it in a freezer bag or just skip the paper altogether. Also never place salmon on a cookie sheet! Buy a piece of cedar plank (about $2 and it’s reusable) to bake it on.

  3. Nicole Rod says

    I’m sorry this didn’t work out for you – I made it on Monday night for our family and a family in our neighborhood and it was delish! Definitely try it again! (And I did just put mine on a cookie sheet sprayed with pam. It was fine!)

  4. jan says

    I have that salmon in my freezer for that recipe and have not used it. I used fresh salmon for it last Fall. Maybe I should have a backup entree or have extra side dishes in case of trouble? (I can buy off almost everyone with dessert) Thanks for the heads-up.
    (BTW, salmon was free)

  5. says

    heck, you can cook fish, fail or not. I’m impressed. I can’t cook it at all. It never comes out right. Cooking lessons for fish are in my future! It looks really good though.

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