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cube of grilled salmon with bourbon glaze.

This recipe creates about 50 servings. Increase or decrease the recipe as needed to serve your crowd. One pound of salmon yields about 25 servings. The glaze recipe is enough for two pounds of salmon.

You can also make this as an entrée by grilling the filets whole.

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4.50 from 101 votes

Bourbon-Glazed Salmon Appetizer

Add elegance to your party table with this bourbon-glazed salmon appetizer. Each serving is drizzled with an addictive glaze that is slightly sweet with a touch of heat.
Prep Time: 15 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 45 minutes
Servings: 50


  • 2 lb thick salmon filets
  • 2 tbs olive oil
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper

Bourbon Glaze

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 2 cups brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup beef broth
  • 1/2 cup soy sauce
  • 1/2 cup red wine vinegar
  • 2 tbsp bourbon
  • 1 tbsp Tabasco sauce


  • 3 green onions, sliced


  • Cut salmon filets into 50 even cubes. Coat with olive oil. Season with salt and pepper.
  • Place a veggie basket on the grill. Heat grill to high.
  • Place the salmon skin side down in the veggie basket. Grill for 4-5 minutes.
  • Flip. Grill for 3 more minutes. Drizzle with glaze (recipe below) and grill for 2 more minutes. Remove from grill.
  • Place the cubes on a platter or mini appetizer plate. Spoon on more glaze and sprinkle with green onions to garnish. Add a decorative toothpick.

Bourbon glaze

  • Heat 1 tablespoon olive oil in a sauce pot.
  • Sauté garlic and onions over medium heat for five minutes, until tender.
  • Add remaining ingredients and bring to a boil. Continue boiling until thickened and it coats the back of a spoon, about 15 minutes.


Calories: 71kcalCarbohydrates: 9gProtein: 3gFat: 2gCholesterol: 9mgSodium: 202mgPotassium: 113mgSugar: 8gVitamin A: 15IUVitamin C: 0.6mgCalcium: 11mgIron: 0.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: American
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  1. This looks amazing. Do you serve it warm or cold? I have to take an appetizer to a cocktail party and thought this looked great. I just don’t want to serve it wrong.
    Thank you for your help!

    1. Sure. Just place it in the fridge and save some glaze for your final plating. It can all be served chilled.

  2. This is excellent and so easy! Tastes just like the bourbon salmon from Cheddars restaurant. Served it as an entree with rice and steamed broccoli which also went great with the sauce! Thanks for a fantastic recipe!

    1. Yes. Either method would work great. If you cook them in a skillet, set the skillet to medium-high. Cook for 6-8 minutes, flipping halfway through. If you cook them in the oven, set the oven to 400F degrees and cook for about 10 minutes.

  3. Can you make this w/o skin on salmon? I bought a big piece already w/o skin? Thinking if making for the Super Bowl.