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Savory Strawberry Sauce with Grilled Salmon


Grilled Salmon with a Savory Strawberry Sauce

Many years ago when our family moved to the Pacific Northwest, one of our family’s first weekend trips was to the Washington Coast. This was long before the Twilight saga found light in contemporary society and made Forks, Washington a popular spot on the map.

As we were exploring the area, we found a sweet little seaside Inn that just so happened to have a restaurant.  Score!  Maybe.

It was in a remote area of Western Washington, and honestly, I was a little hesitant as to what this little Inn might offer in the way of a dinner menu.  Well hold the phone and pinch my arm!  My taste buds were pleasantly surprised.

Not only did they serve my two gals favorite food which was fried calamari but they also served grilled salmon with a savory strawberry sauce. It was a lovely sweet yet savory sauce that paired so beautifully with the grilled salmon.  

After the mini excursion I came home and promtply re-created the sauce.  Most fruit sauces are a reduction sauce of some sort and typically require time and attention.  However,  I wanted a simple sauce that allowed the pure, sweet, delicious taste of strawberries to prevail, while spicing it up with something fun – chipotle chili powder seemed the perfect kick.

The end result is a lovely, fresh and simple sauce that pairs perfectly with salmon. However, I also use this sauce for pork tenderloin, pork loin roast, chicken and duck. This is definitely a sauce to keep handy in the sauce repertoire.

Delicious Wishes and Loads of Love,


Savory Strawberry Sauce with Grilled Salmon

Serving Size: about 2 cups


  • 1 lb fresh organic strawberries (watch for local organic strawberries at your Farmer's Markets)
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • ½ teaspoon fresh grated ginger
  • ¼ - 1/2 teaspoon Chipotle chili powder or 1/2 teaspoon Thai Kitchen Roasted Red Chili Paste
  • ¼ cup white wine (you can substitute with water and a teaspoon of white wine vinegar or lemon)
  • 1-2 tablespoons strawberry preserves (or more to taste)
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • Serve over grilled salmon or try it over grilled or roasted pork tenderloin.


  • Slice the strawberries. Transfer the strawberries to a sauce pan, add the oil and heat on medium heat.
  • Stir in the fresh grated ginger, chipotle chili powder or chili paste, white wine and preserves. Bring the sauce to a lively simmer and let the sauce simmer on low for about 5 minutes.
  • Take it off the heat and let it sit while you grill the fish or roast the pork. The longer it sits the more the flavors will develop. It can be served room temp over hot off the grill fish or hot out of the oven pork.
  • Season with salt and pepper to taste.
  • Notes

    Options: A nice chipotle substitution is Thai Kitchen’s Asian Roasted Red Chili Paste. If you prefer savory but not spicy, omit the chili powder/chili paste and add a teaspoon or two of lemon zest. Recipe tester, Ann Detlef, recommended substituting Gran Marnier for the white wine (less than 1/4 cup), especially if serving with roasted pork. Ann rolled her pork in olive oil, spices, kosher salt and ginger and then grilled the pork. You could also roast the pork as well. Yummy!

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    June 20, 2012 at 9:38 am

    Reblogged this on Karista's Kitchen and commented:

    This is one of my earlier recipes that I prepare every summer. Fresh strawberries make the best summer desserts, but they also make the lovliest savory sauces for grilled fish and meat. I tweaked the recipe a bit and updated the pictures. Beautifully delicious!

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      May 9, 2014 at 7:36 pm

      How do you suggest I season the fish? I’m thinking lemon/pepper but having never made it with this sauce before, I’m not certain.

      Thanks! 😀

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        May 9, 2014 at 9:53 pm

        Yes just a simple salt and pepper is perfect. Enjoy!

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          May 10, 2014 at 11:09 pm

          Brilliant, thank you. How long would you guess this sauce takes in total? Don’t mean to pester you, I just want Mother’s Day dinner to be as close to perfect as I can get it. 🙂

          • bennett
            May 11, 2014 at 6:40 am

            No worries, I love answering cooking questions! 🙂 I would allow a total of 30 minutes for the sauce. More than likely it won’t take that long but it depends on how much liquid comes from the strawberries. If the strawberries aren’t as sweet as you like, feel free to add an extra tablespoon of preserves. Enjoy!!

          • Aria
            May 11, 2014 at 10:53 pm

            The sauce was lovely… even picky eaters liked it on their salmon which ended up seasoned with salt, pepper, thyme, oregano, and rosemary along with butter. 5 stars! 😀

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    June 20, 2012 at 9:42 am

    Savoury strawberry sauce sounds heavenly – now if only strawberries were in season here!
    🙂 Mandy

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      June 20, 2012 at 11:23 am

      I think you’re about to enter your winter season? I always forget that. You could use some lovely frozen strawberries, thawed and drained. I haven’t tried but I think it would work.

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    Profiteroles & Ponytails
    June 20, 2012 at 11:06 am

    I never would have come up with a savory sauce with strawberries and chipotle. I am soooooo curious to try this. I hear that we have some homegrown strawberries for sale here in Ontario so I am going to find some and try this!

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      June 20, 2012 at 11:20 am

      It does sound strange doesn’t it? But when it hits your tongue, wow, the flavors are briliant together and perfectly suited to grilled fish or poultry. I love it with fresh strawberries, but frozen thawed strawberries would probably work too.

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    June 20, 2012 at 2:58 pm

    This sounds delightful Karista, and somehow the chipotle and the strawberry make great sense to me. I love fruit flavors with spice, and with fish. Years and years ago a local restaurant made mussels cooked in a strawberry, wine and butter sauce…amazing, and a testament to just how versatile they are. I’ll be trying your dish! P.S. love your new header/site look!

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      June 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm

      Thanks Betsy! I need to get it re-sized a bit smaller so the entire lemon shows up. 🙂 And I love the idea of mussels in strawberry, wine and butter sauce! Wow! I would love to have that dish for dinner.

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    Cara Olsen
    June 20, 2012 at 11:23 pm

    Why? Why do we not live closer to one another? I need a companion to ooh and ahh over this dish with me. My husband, he simply won’t eat salmon, but I love it! Oh, and you’ve paired it with strawberries? Seriously? Dinner and dessert? In the same meal?
    Okay, so you with the exclamation points, and me with question marks, together we make one grammatically exuberant team. 😉
    You’ve left me hungry, Karista. As usual . . .

    ~ C

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      June 21, 2012 at 8:16 am

      Haha! Dinner and dessert in the same meal… never thought of it quite like that. Fabulous Cara! And if we lived closer I’d be bringing all my test recipe food to your house. As long as it was a success test recipe of course. 🙂

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    June 21, 2012 at 2:29 am

    You’re blog and recipes are looking so berry, berry good!!!

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      June 21, 2012 at 8:17 am

      Haha!! Well thank you berry much!!

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    June 21, 2012 at 5:58 am

    I had a savory and spicy strawberry sauce last summer at a nice restaurant. I can’t wait to try your recipe.

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      June 21, 2012 at 8:21 am

      Thanks Karen! That’s exactly how this recipe came about, I had sampled savory strawberry sauce in a restaurant. I left the restaurant kicking myself for not asking about the specific ingredients. It was a much richer tasting strawberry sauce and I’m sure a reduction sauce that cooked for hours. I didn’t want to prepare something so fussy so I went with fresh and spicy. I think it worked. My family loves this sauce and uses it over grilled chicken too.

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    June 21, 2012 at 6:49 am

    Karista, this is absolutely superb, I have never made a savory sauce from strawberries. i cannot wait to taste this.. c

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      June 21, 2012 at 8:22 am

      Thanks C! I hope you like it. It’s a lovely way to use up those spring/summer strawberries. Have a delicious day 🙂

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    June 22, 2012 at 2:39 am

    That looks glorious – chili & strawberries!

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      June 22, 2012 at 10:45 am

      Thank you! I could eat the sauce with a spoon 🙂

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    Bam's Kitchen
    June 22, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    This will be a perfect dish for this weekend and to celebrate the dragon boat races while overlooking the harbor.

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      June 22, 2012 at 11:21 pm

      Wow, dragon boat races and a views of a harbor! Sounds like so much fun where you live. Hope you’ll be posting some pictures. 🙂

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    Pasta Princess
    July 19, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Hi! I just wanted to let you know I made this last evening, with a switch in fruit, it was delicious! I switched out the strawberries for raspberries and used Thai sweet chili sauce. I loved it, athough I think some heat like your recipe would have been even better. I’ll try it out with strawberries next time. 🙂

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      July 19, 2012 at 2:44 pm

      Oh yay! Love to hear those lovely stories. Yes, I do love a good bite to my sauces. But I am so in love with Thai sweet chili sauce too! I think I add it to everything. 🙂 Thanks for letting me know!

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