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Sweet and Savory Salmon Sliders With Cranberry Sauce

These sweet and savory salmon sliders are slathered with cranberry sauce and topped with crisp apples, toasted pecans, red onion, and spinach.
Course Sandwiches, Wraps + Burgers
Cuisine Pescetarian
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 6 minutes
Total Time 26 minutes
Servings 8
Author Killing Thyme


  • 8 Slider Buns
  • 8 Fillets of Blue Circle Foods Happy Fish salmon fillets
  • 1-2 tsp of olive oil
  • 2 tsp finely chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 cup cranberry sauce
  • 1/3 cup chopped toasted pecans
  • 1 sweet apple thinly sliced (I like to use gala or honeycrisp)
  • Thinly sliced rings of red onion about 2 rings per slider
  • Fresh baby spinach leaves
  • { Homemade Cranberry Sauce } *makes 3 cups
  • 1 12 oz bag of fresh cranberries
  • 1/4 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice can also use good quality store-bought
  • 1 TBSP orange zest
  • 1/2 cup pure maple syrup


  • Heat olive oil in a saucepan with the freshly chopped rosemary. Once the oil is shimmering, add the frozen Happy Fish fillets to the pan and cook for 4-6 minutes, or until fillets have an internal temperature of 145º F, flipping the fillets halfway through.
  • While the fillets cook, slather 2 TBSP of cranberry sauce over the bottom of each slider bun. (I like to put the cranberry sauce on the bottom bun since it hits the palate first.) Then sprinkle toasted pecans* over the cranberry sauce on each slider bun.
  • Carefully transfer the salmon fillets to each slider bun, placing over top of the cranberry sauce. Then, top the fillets with some apple slices, onions, and spinach. Place top slider bun on top and secure with a sandwich pick (optional).
  • Homemade cranberry sauce

  • In a medium saucepan, whisk together the orange juice, orange zest, maple syrup, and 3/4 cup of water over medium heat. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until everything is combined and fragrant.
  • Rinse the cranberries and add them to the saucepan. Bring everything to a boil, then reduce the heat and let the mixture simmer until the cranberries have burst and the sauce has thickened, about 15 minutes.
  • Remove from heat and let the cranberry sauce cool completely before serving.


*Add an extra 15 minutes of cook time if you're making your cranberry sauce from scratch, and make it in advance since you need to let it cool.
**To toast the pecans, place chopped pecans in a dry pan and heat them over medium-low heat for about five minutes, or until the nuts are fragrant and slightly browned. Keep a close eye on them so they don't burn.