Bloody Mary Salmon is a quick & healthy dinner that tastes like your favorite cocktail! Made with just 2 ingredients, salmon and Bloody Mary mix, a quick 30 minute marinade then broil for 7 minutes. That's it! A delicious dinner on the table with no fuss and little cleanup. Great for low carb and gluten-free diets.
The holidays are around the corner and, I don't know about you, but the days get pretty hectic around my house. So when dinner time comes around, it's the perfect time to fix something that doesn't take a lot of time or energy. Are you with me? One of our favorite meals is salmon, which is not only delicious and easy to make, but healthy too. I love fixing my Baked Asian Salmon or my Grilled Salmon with Red Pepper Sauce but nothing is easier than this Bloody Mary Salmon recipe! There are just 2 ingredients, salmon and Bloody Mary mix, and that's it. It's simply a matter of pouring the mix over the salmon, marinating for 30 minutes then broiling. See, I told you it was easy! Bonus, it tastes like your favorite cocktail!
Why add salmon to your diet
Salmon is one of the foods with the highest amount of Omega 3 fatty acids per serving. Only two foods beat it out - walnuts and flaxseed. These fatty acids provide many health benefits including cardiovascular health, improved moods, better memory retention, joint protection and reduced risk of inflammation and certain types of cancer. What more could you ask for? How about Vitamins A, E, D and B6 as well as calcium, iron and magnesium! Wow! And all in a low fat tasty package!
Why broil salmon
Broiling is a great way to cook salmon. It doesn't take much time and is super easy to do. Baking tends to overcook the salmon, making it dry, while broiling cooks the salmon much quicker and easily browns it, intensifying the flavor. Remember to always use the broiler on high as the low setting means you're roasting the fish instead of broiling. And there is no flipping required. Woohoo!
Pro Tip: Preheat the broiler for 5-10 minutes so the fish cooks quickly and retains its moisture.
Tips & Variations
Why should I marinate salmon?
A marinade will help tenderize the fish, add flavor and the extra moisture prevents the fish from drying out.
Can I use another type of fish other than salmon?
Absolutely! You can substitute any firm fish in place of the salmon, such as halibut or swordfish.
How can I tell when broiled salmon is done?
You'll notice the flesh turn from a raw translucent look to a pink opaque look. You can check for doneness by pulling the flesh a little with a fork and seeing if the thickest part of the meat begins to flake. It usually takes between 6-8 or 9 minutes, depending on thickness.
Want to add more of a cocktail flavor to the mix?
You can add 4-oz of tequila for a little extra kick!
Can I use a different marinade for the salmon?
Most certainly. You can try sprinkling the salmon with a little olive oil and cajun seasoning and topping with cucumber lime salsa or try soaking the fish in milk for 20 minutes and serving with pineapple salsa.
How to make broiled salmon with Bloody Mary mix
- Place your salmon filets, skin side down, into a baking dish or a cookie sheet that has been sprayed with nonstick spray.
- Season with some cracked pepper.
- Pour the Bloody Mary mix over the salmon. cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes to let the flavors seep in.
- Broil under a preheated broiler, set to high (500 degrees), for 6-8 minutes depending on thickness.
This salmon is an easy, delicious dinner to have any day of the week. The marinade adds an amazing depth of flavor to the fish and adds quite a kick. I tried the Habanero Bloody Mary mix this time around and loved the extra spiciness but you can opt for a milder mix and get the same result. Want to make it keto? Just use an unsweetened tomato juice mixed with a little horseradish and Worcestershire sauce and follow the directions below. I served this Bloody Mary Salmon with some cheesy broccoli to bring a nice balance to the meal but it would go just as well with a salad or even a rice pilaf. Oh, and don't forget to serve a Bloody Mary or Bloody Maria cocktail to top it all off. Enjoy!
Side dishes to serve with broiled salmon
Roasted Quinoa Broccoli Salad is a healthy side that can be made with leftovers. Cooked quinoa is tossed with roasted broccoli, spinach, a handful of nuts and feta cheese for the perfect pairing with seafood.
Cheesy Orzo with Broccoli tastes like a cross between macaroni and cheese and broccoli with cream sauce. It was a whole lot of cheesy goodness in one incredibly easy dish!
Cheesy Zucchini, Tomato Onion Casserole is simple to make. Just combine sliced zucchini, tomatoes and sweet onions, season with some garlic, toss in a casserole dish and sprinkle with two kinds of cheese then bake. That’s it!
Check out more side dishes to complete your meal.
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Bloody Mary Salmon
- 4 4-oz. salmon fillets
- salt & pepper to taste
- 1 cup Bloody Mary Mix
- Spray a baking dish or cookie sheet with sides with non-stick spray.
- Place salmon fillets in prepared baking dish and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
- Pour Bloody Mary mix over the top of the fillets.
- Cover and place in refrigerator for 30 minutes.
- Preheat broiler to high.
- Place salmon about 5″ from heat. Broil for 7-8 minutes or until fish flakes easily with fork.
Tips & VariationsWhy should I marinate salmon? A marinade will help tenderize the fish, add flavor and the extra moisture prevents the fish from drying out. Can I use another type of fish other than salmon? Absolutely! You can substitute any firm fish in place of the salmon, such as halibut or swordfish. How can I tell when broiled salmon is done? You'll notice the flesh turn from a raw translucent look to a pink opaque look. You can check for doneness by pulling the flesh a little with a fork and seeing if the thickest part of the meat begins to flake. It usually takes between 6-8 or 9 minutes, depending on thickness.
This post has been updated with new photos and step-by-step instructions. It was first published on October 5, 2014.