Roasted Cherry Bourbon Balsamic Salmon

Course Main Course
Cuisine American
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
marinating time 1 hour
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4 people
Calories 305 kcal


  • 2 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 4 teaspoons bourbon or vanilla extract
  • 4 teaspoons balsamic vinegar
  • 4 teaspoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper or to taste
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon filet
  • 20 cherries fresh or frozen
  • 1 teaspoon fresh thyme leaves


  1. Mix mustard, bourbon, balsamic vinegar, maple syrup, pepper and salt in a zip-top bag large enough to hold the fish.  Add fish and marinate for at least one hour or up to 12.

  2. Preheat oven to 425 degrees

  3. Chop cherries into quarters, removing pits if you are using fresh fruit.  Place cherries on a baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  (Do not skip this step or you will be scrubbing the pan for a long time.)   Roast cherries for 10 minutes.

  4. Drain fish filets into a colander set over a bowl. (You need the bowl to catch the marinade.)  In a small saucepan, combine marinade, cherries and thyme.  Simmer and cook 4-6 minutes over low heat.  Use a potato masher to puree the cherry pieces until the sauce resembles jam.

  5. Place salmon on baking sheet lined with foil or parchment paper.  Roast 6-9 minutes or until it reaches your desired degree of doneness.

  6. Remove salmon from oven and let rest for 3-4 minutes.  If any juices have collected on the pan, add them to the marinade.

  7. Sprinkle fish with additional fresh thyme leaves and serve with cherry glaze on top or on the side.

Recipe Notes

This recipe was adapted from


Nutrition Facts
Roasted Cherry Bourbon Balsamic Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 305 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 10g 15%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 93mg 31%
Sodium 686mg 29%
Potassium 938mg 27%
Total Carbohydrates 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Sugars 10g
Protein 34g 68%
Vitamin A 2.3%
Vitamin C 4.4%
Calcium 3.3%
Iron 9.1%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.