Maple Glazed Salmon
This easy-as-can-be Maple Glazed Salmon recipe is a great main course for entertaining or for serving any night of the week because it uses just a few simple ingredients and takes very little prep time. Even still, it has tons of bold ginger, soy and maple flavor that pairs beautifully with the tender and buttery salmon!
This recipe originally appeared in my cookbook Maple: 100 Sweet and Savory Recipes Featuring Pure Maple Syrup (2015).
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Why We Love This Recipe For Maple Glazed Salmon
We love salmon. Whether it’s baked, pan-fried, steamed, or grilled, salmon is delicious any way it’s prepared. And this Maple Glazed Salmon recipe is an easy way to prepare salmon, using ingredients you probably already have in your pantry.
The maple glaze is the perfect combination of sweet and spicy that complements the buttery flavor of the salmon beautifully. The pure maple syrup adds the right amount of sweetness while the crushed red pepper and ginger add those subtle hints of heat that make this glaze addicting. Plus, it can be easily adjusted to fit your tastebuds. Want it a bit spicier go ahead and add in more crushed red pepper or ginger. Prefer to cool it down? Add in more maple syrup or soy sauce.
So, if you’re like us and enjoy having this flavorful salmon dish for dinner, be sure to pair it with simple green bean or sauteed Napa cabbage and brown rice for one completely delicious meal that the whole family is going to love!
Key Ingredients for this Recipe
Prior to purchasing your salmon, I recommend looking at the Seafood Watch app or website to see which kind of salmon to buy. This site is frequently updated depending on which farms are using sustainable practices or which populations are being overfished.
Purchase your center-cut, boneless salmon from your local fishmonger.
Prior to baking the salmon, be sure to remove any pin bones and the skin. Here’s how to remove salmon skin. Or your fishmonger can quickly do for you if you ask. You may also leave the skin on and remove it once the fish is baked.
Pure dark maple syrup has the deep maple flavor with a subtly rich caramel undertone that is needed for this recipe.
If you are looking for a delicious pure robust maple syrup, my husband and I make our own small batch by hand maple syrup at our home in Vermont that would be the perfect ingredient for this dish!
Other Ingredients For This Maple Glazed Salmon
- Soy sauce
- Sesame seeds
- White vinegar
- Crushed red pepper
Step-By-Step Instructions To Make This Maple Salmon Recipe
Step 1: Prepare Marinade
Stir soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, ginger and chili flakes in a baking dish.
Step 2: Marinate Salmon
Place salmon skinned side up in the marinade; refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
Step 3: Prepare Baking Sheet
Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Prepare baking sheet with foil.
Step 4: Bake Salmon
Place salmon, skinned side down on prepared sheet. Roast until center is barely cooked, about 9-15 minutes.
Step 5: Make Maple Glaze
While salmon is baking, pour marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer until thick, about 6-9 minutes.
Step 6: Plate Salmon
Place baked salmon on serving dish and pour maple glaze over top. Garnish with green onions and toasted sesame seeds. Enjoy!
FAQs and Expert tips for This Maple Soy Salmon Recipe
Store this maple glazed salmon with any extra glaze in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
However, if you have any leftover salmon, it’s great to have cold on top of a salad for lunch the next day, or you can reheat in the oven, wrapped in aluminum foil to keep in the moisture.
Yes, you can eat the skin of the salmon. However, some avoid it as the skin may contain pollutants and chemicals from the ocean.
There are a few ways you can test to see if the salmon is done.
1) Use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature. Remove it when it reads 125 degrees F.
2) Test with a knife. Simply press the knife into the salmon to see if it flakes.
And as a general rule of thumb, for ¾-inch thick filet it will take about 6 to 8 minutes. For 1-inch filets, 7 to 9 minutes, and for thicker pieces, 9- 12 minutes.
Additional Healthy Salmon Recipes To Try
- Maple Tahini Roasted Salmon is glamorous enough for company, but easy enough for a kid friendly weeknight meal.
- If you haven’t tried baked Salmon in Foil before, then get ready to be impressed with how easy it is! Plus, clean-up is a breeze!
- This Roasted Salmon Sheet Dinner with green beans and cherry tomatoes is as easy as it is pretty!
- This Easy Skillet Salmon with Avocado and Basil comes together in just 15 minutes and is naturally gluten-free, low-carb and paleo. Top it off with avocado, lime, basil, and salt and enjoy!
- Simple Sriracha Marmalade Glazed Salmon is made with boneless salmon filets and glazed in a sweet and spicy sauce. So tasty and it’s ready in 20 minutes flat!
- Sheet Pan Salmon Dinner with Moroccan Spice is made with chickpeas, carrots, and warm spices. This dish is so easy to make but packs a flavor punch! Not only is this a wonderful weeknight meal but it’s a wonderful make ahead for your Sunday Meal Prep.
- Salmon Niçoise is baked salmon with pesto on top. Served on a bed of green beans, hard-boiled eggs, and cooked potatoes make this a satisfying and updated twist on the classic composed salad.
- Jerk Spice Salmon with Hot and Sweet Slaw is an easy 30-minute meal. Julienne-cut slaw is coated in a honey Sriracha dressing and topped with crispy Jerk-spiced salmon filets. Plus, it’s paleo and gluten-free!
- This Wasabi Glazed Salmon Meal Prep Salad recipe is great for lunches.
- This Grilled Salmon Puttanesca is a great summer meal with pasta.
- If you make salmon regularly, then you’ll want to save this recipe for Lemon Caper Salmon Cakes because it is a great way to use leftover salmon.
- This Baked Salmon with Mayonnaise is so simple and has lemon and dill.
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Maple Glazed Salmon
- Total Time: 1 hour
- Yield: 4 servings 1x
Easy Maple Glazed Salmon is a wonderful main course for entertaining or any night of the week! Perfectly cooked salmon topped with a bold maple, soy, ginger glaze, this dish is sure to become a family favorite!
- 4 portions center-cut salmon filets, skin removed if desired (about 1 pound)
- ¼ cup reduced sodium soy sauce or tamari
- ¼ cup pure maple syrup, preferable Dark Robust
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 1 tablespoon grated fresh ginger root
- ½ teaspoon crushed red pepper, optional
- Scallions and sesame seeds for garnish, optional
- Stir soy sauce, maple syrup, vinegar, ginger and crushed red pepper in a baking dish.
- Lay salmon skinned side up in the marinade and refrigerate 30 minutes to 1 hour.
- Preheat oven to 425 degrees F. Line a large roasting pan or rimmed baking sheet with foil.
- Lay salmon on the foil, skinned side down. Roast until the fish is just barely cooked in the center for medium, about 9 to 15 minutes.
- Meanwhile, pour the marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a simmer over medium-high heat. Simmer until thick and syrupy, 6 to 9 minutes.
- Pour the reduction over the fish before serving.
- Store any leftover salmon with extra glaze in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days.
- To test doneness, use an instant read thermometer and remove when internal temperature read 125F or when the salmon begins to flake when pressed with a knife
- To pan-fry: heat oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Place skin side down and cook for 4-5 minutes on each side. Remove from heat and when cooled, remove skin, top with glaze and enjoy!
- Prep Time: 15 Minutes
- Cook Time: 15 Minutes
- Category: Main Course
- Method: Baked
- Cuisine: American
- Serving Size: 4 ounces
- Calories: 261
- Sugar: 13 g
- Fat: 11 g
- Carbohydrates: 15 g
- Fiber: 0 g
- Protein: 23 g
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Katie – the maple glazed salmon looks delicious! I’m diabetic II, so is there something else I can use instead of ‘maple syrup’? I like the flavor, but this recipe has 13 grams of sugar. Is there such a thing as a ‘light’ maple syrup so I can bring the sugar content down some? Just didn’t know what your thoughts would be on this.
I do love & thank you for your recipes….the vegetables and soups..,..and desserts (whenever I can use Monkfruit instead of sugar). Keep up the good work!! Thanks for any advice you can give – Debra
So nice to hear from you and happy to hear this recipe appeals to you. I think you could try this without the maple syrup. Without the maple, the sauce will possibly seem too strong, so once it is reduced (step 5) use sparingly. And yes, you could use monkfruit if you like. I would omit it and only stir it in to taste after you have reduced the sauce. You may only need a tablespoon or two of monkfruit.
Love to have another excuse to use real maple syrup in a meal! So bummed–totally forgot to add the green onion/sesame seed — will do that next time as the family loved this so it’s on the rotation. Thanks for another great recipe Katie!
You know how there are kitchen staples… well this recipe is to be included on that list. It’s so nice… be sure to include the sesame green onion garnish. Do this at least once a week… sometimes twice. Thanks for sharing!!!
This is the best recipe for maple-salmon that we’ve made! We find most recipes lose the maple flavor, but it shines here and this is so simple to make. Thanks for another delicious dinner!!
Alesia- thank you for such high praise! I’m so glad you liked the recipe!!
This salmon was delicious. Made it for Valentine’s Day and it was perfect. The glaze was amazing. We will be making this again and again and not just for special occasions.
Thanks Michele! I’m honored that you used this recipe for your Valentine’s Day!
That salmon looks so deliciously juicy and tender! I’ll be making this for dinner soon!
Beth- thanks for the comment and rating! Let me know what you think after you make it!
This is one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon. So simple yet incredibly flavorful.
Thanks Gina- sometimes the simple recipes are truly the best!
Definitely loking for more ways to eat salmon and this looks perfect. Looking forward to making this.
Hey Amanda! Thanks so much- let me know how you like it!
This is one flavorful salmon recipe! It was an easy to make and the family loves it!
Thanks Mirlene! I’m so glad your family enjoyed it!