Berry BBQ Salmon


I’m excited to partner with California Giant Berry Farms for this post. As always, all opinions are my own.

I have a handful of dinner recipes that I can either make in my sleep or are requested on the regular by Mr. KISS in the Kitchen. At the top of both of those lists is Blueberry BBQ Salmon. Friends or family are often intrigued when they hear about the recipe, but a little reluctant to get excited about it. That is, until they try it and then ask me for the recipe- every. single. time.

I thought this Lenten season would be a great time to slightly reinvent the recipe with a couple of new ingredients, including strawberries! Plus it’s a perfect opportunity to share some fun details about California Giant Berry Farm’s Berry Winter Games sweepstakes! Keep reading for more details on this fun sweepstakes and a chance to win one of five $100 REI gift cards!

Mixed Berry Salmon (30 minute meal, gluten-free)

This dish takes less than 30 minutes to prepare and has only 6 ingredients! The sweetness of the blueberries plus the tangy BBQ sauce is a truly magical combination, but adding strawberries to this recipe takes everything to a whole new level. I especially love using California Giant Strawberries because of their naturally large size and sweetness! Their berries are naturally large because of the perfect climate and soil they grow in, making them deliciously sweet and juicy!
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Cooking with berries is one of my secret weapons to help keep proteins from getting too dry. Sockeye salmon is leaner and therefore more likely to become dry while cooking, so the berries have their work cut out for them! I tend to use (and recommend) Sockeye salmon because it’s slightly higher in protein than other salmon varieties and it’s packed with heart healthy omega 3 fatty acids, like DHA, which is especially important for moms-to-be!
Mixed Berry Salmon (30 minute meal, gluten-free)

Plus, wild caught salmon is also less likely to be contaminated with toxins. Although I’ve always tried to minimize pesticide and toxin exposures, it’s become even more important to me now that I’m pregnant. I feel confident purchasing California Giant Berries because they are a family farm that never sprays their berries with pesticides!

California Giant Berry Farms will always be a company I’m incredibly proud to work with and put my name behind. In addition to just being good people who grow nutritious and beautiful berries, they do a fantastic job of coming up with fun sweepstakes for their fans. Check this out:


Just in time for the Olympics, California Giant Berry Farms is hosting their Berry Winter Games sweepstakes! Click here to vote for your favorite berry AND enter to win one of five $100 REI gift cards!

KISS Tip: Choose a BBQ sauce with a more smoky flavor profile instead of sweet. Sweet sauces mean extra sugar and there’s plenty of natural sweetness from the berries!
Mixed Berry Salmon (30 minute meal, gluten-free)

Wishing y’all a blessed Lenten season and I’d love to know what you think if you make this recipe!

KISS Berry BBQ Salmon
Time: 25 minutes
Serves: 4

Ingredients
1 lb Sockeye salmon
1/2 cup California Giant blueberries
1/2 cup diced California Giant strawberries
1/2 cup BBQ sauce*
1/4 cup blueberry jelly (reduced-sugar, if possible)
1 Tbsp white balsamic vinegar**
salt & black pepper
Additional berries for garnish

Instructions
1.) Preheat oven to 425° and lightly grease a foil-lined baking sheet. 
2.) Chop strawberries and mix berries with BBQ sauce, jelly and vinegar in a small mixing bowl or 2 cup glass measuring cup.
3.) Place salmon on the greased baking sheet skin side down and lightly salt and pepper the fish. Evenly pour and spread the berry sauce mixture on top of the salmon and bake for about 12 minutes or until a thermometer reads 145°.*** 
4.) Garnish with additional berries, a veggie and grain of your choice!

*I like Stubb’s BBQ sauce as it only has 4g of sugar per serving and has a great flavor profile!
**I’ve made the recipe with and without the white balsamic vinegar and don’t feel it’s a make or break ingredient. I enjoy the extra tanginess, but if you don’t have this ingredient on hand, I would just omit it!
**”Flaking” salmon with a fork is usually a good way to detect doneness, but that’s more challenging with the berry sauce on top. 


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32 Responses

  1. That does sound intriguing! Blueberries and salmon don’t seem like they would go together at first thought but that picture makes it look delicious.

    1. Thank you, Kevin! It was a daring combo, but one I’m so glad I tried. It’s been a hit ever since first making it years ago!

  2. Much of the time, I stand alone with my family in my total love of mixing sweet with savory. I don’t care though… I can’t wait to try this!

    1. I’ve had so many people that don’t care for sweet and savory end up loving this recipe so can’t wait to hear what you and the fam think of this one! Thanks, Catherine!

  3. I didn’t know California Giant doesn’t spray their berries! They do grow delicious ones! I often make salmon/berry salads so I’ll have to try out this recipe!

  4. Okay I am literally drooling looking at the photos. Salmon is my favorite and never have I thought to add berries. This is a must try + I cannot wait 🙂

    1. I love your enthusiasm, Whitney! Thank you! It’s definitely a recipe worth getting super excited for; it’s always a hit in our home!

  5. I love wild caught salmon. I’ve used it the last 3 times I’ve made salmon and my hubby who says he hates salmon has loved it. I encourage everyone to try it, especially those who think they don’t like salmon. I’ve never tried it with blueberry or strawberry so this will be new for me but I can’t wait to try it this way. Thank you Shannon for encouraging us to “eat” out of our comfort zones 🙂 Can you please encourage more egg free and peanut free foods? Blessings!

    1. Hi Reine! I’m so glad you (and your hubby!) are enjoying wild caught salmon and thrilled to hear you’re going to try this recipe. It’s my pleasure- I feel so blessed to have a fun career that involves food and health! And I will definitely take that into consideration! I have many peanut free recipes, but definitely not as many egg-free. Thank you for your feedback!

  6. Sounds delicious. I once had a salmon with a strawberry balsamic reduction and it was amazing. I have no doubt that blueberries and salmon would go well together.

  7. Oh gosh – this looks amazing! I bet the sweet berry taste pairs so nicely with salmon. Will have to definitely give this a try!

  8. Love this combo of sweet fruit flavor with salmon! I get used to always wanting something savory but this is something I’ll keep in mind next time we plan to cook salmon!

  9. Wow, this looks delicious! Such a creative use of berries, I would have never thought to combine them with bbq sauce and salmon but it looks amazing.

  10. Love the strawberries and blueberries paired with the BBQ sauce on this salmon! Truly a wonderful flavor combination! What a gorgeous presentation for dinner!

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