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Maple Glazed Salmon Recipe

I love the combination of maple syrup, lime, soy sauce and garlic in this super easy maple glazed salmon recipe. Simple, pretty and delish.

There are two key ingredients that take the flavors from good to great. Real maple syrup (not the artificial kind) and fresh lime. Perfect balance and robust flavor.

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With only 6 ingredients, this maple glazed salmon is one of my favorite ways to prepare salmon on a busy weeknight. Even non salmon lovers may love it. Very simple…

  • marinate the salmon to amp up the flavors (if you have time)
  • bake the salmon for 10-12 minutes
  • thicken the sweet glaze, brush it on the baked salmon, garnish and serve.

The glaze is the highlight of the recipe. Mild flavored salmon is a wonderful blank canvas for this bold sweet-savory delicious sauce.

There is only one tip for this easy salmon recipe: Do NOT overcook the salmon. See the FAQ below.

Ingredients- tailored to your taste

2 salmon filets, lime, soy, maple syrup, garlic, seasoning, cornstarch
Ingredients: 2 salmon filets, lime, soy sauce, pure maple syrup, garlic, chili flakes, cornstarch

Substitutes

  • lemon – instead of the lime
  • honey – instead of maple syrup (or brown sugar)
  • sriracha – instead of red pepper flakes – or if you don’t like spice, leave it out.
  • if you don’t like salmon, or can’t find it, try Arctic char, halibut, flounder or snapper

Cooking method

We bake the salmon at higher temperatures for this recipe, but feel free to use your preferred method – sous vide, grilling, broiling or pan fry.

Step by step instructions

Whisk together the glaze ingredients (not including the cornstarch) in a small bowl. Use 1/3 of it to marinate the salmon filets, skin side up, on a plate or in a ziploc bag.

Transfer filets to a baking sheet. While the salmon is baking, thicken the glaze with cornstarch in the microwave. Brush glazed over cooked salmon.

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Garnish salmon with chives (or green onions) and toasted sesame seeds if you like. Serve over quinoa or rice.

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Shortcut

  • If you are short on time, skip the marinating step and consider doubling the glaze (which I do anyway sometimes to have more to soak into the quinoa or rice).

Make Ahead

  • Salmon is best served fresh, but you can certainly make the maple glaze-marinade a day or two ahead if you like.
  • Or, make the full recipe and serve it at room temperature on a buffet table. If you refrigerate it overnight, bring it to room temperature before serving.
  • Leftovers can be stored in an airtight container for up to 2 days.

What to serve with maple glazed salmon

I find the best way to serve the salmon filets is over quinoa  – or rice if you prefer – to absorb the sweet-tart-spicy glaze. Other great sides are brussels sprouts, green beans with panko crumbs, corn and tomato saladcurried rice with raisins, creamed spinach or vegetable couscous.

To make a complete sheet pan meal, bake the salmon on the same pan along with bok choy and broccoli or baby cauliflower. Both veggies make a very healthy alternative for dinner.

To use this recipe as an appetizer, cut the glazed salmon into small pieces and place on cucumber rounds. Sprinkle with sesame seeds. Guests love this healthy, lower calorie appetizer.

Recipe FAQ

How should I choose the best salmon filets?

Raw salmon should be moist and not fishy smelling and have no brown or dry spots. Try to get pieces that are the same thickness so they cook at the same rate. Apparently Wild Alaskan salmon is the healthiest salmon available. I prefer Atlantic salmon to Pacific salmon because it’s fattier (but the good kind) which makes it juicier. It’s all a matter of taste, though, and what’s available where you live. Frozen salmon is just as nutritious as fresh salmon.

How can I tell when salmon is fully cooked?

The rule of thumb for juicy salmon cook time is 10 minutes per inch (2.5cm) of thickness. When pierced with a knife it should separate easily and still be juicy and warm pink inside (not dry and flaky white). It’s ready when it is just turning opaque.

The FDA recommends cooking salmon to 145F/62.8C, but in my opinion (and many others), that is way overcooked. The best internal temperature with an instant read thermometer is 130-135F (54.4-57.2C). The temperature will rise a bit with a 5 minute rest.

How much salmon do I need per person?

A healthy portion is considered to be 3-4 ounces (85-113g), but most adults will eat 6-8 ounces (170-227g). So it depends on who you are serving!

Is salmon healthy?

Yes, salmon is one of the healthier choices you can make for dinner. Healthline says salmon is a nutritional powerhouse that provides several impressive health benefits and that at least two servings per week can help you meet your nutrient needs and reduce the risk of several diseases.

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Maple Glazed Salmon Recipe

I love the combination of maple syrup, lime, soy sauce and garlic in this super easy maple glazed salmon recipe. Simple, pretty and delish. There are two key ingredients that take the flavors from good to great. Real maple syrup (not the artificial kind) and fresh lime.
Prep Time8 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time18 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 2
Author: Cheryl

Ingredients

  • 1 pound (450 grams) salmon fillets, Note 1 2 filets
  • kosher salt and black pepper to taste

Marinade/Glaze, Note 2

  • 1/4 cup (50 ml) real maple syrup (or 5 tablespoons brown sugar)
  • 1 lime, juice and zest
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic (1 clove)
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon cornstarch to be added AFTER marinating

Garnish options

  • chopped parsley, chives, toasted sesame seeds and/or flaky sea salt

Instructions

  • HEAT OVEN to 425F/218C. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper or foil, sprayed with oil for easy clean up.
  • MARINATE SALMON: In a medium measuring cup or small bowl, mix together maple syrup, lime juice and zest, garlic, soy and red pepper flakes if using. Pour 1/3 of mixture into a sealed bag or onto a plate (reserve the rest to make glaze). Place salmon fillets in marinade on plate, skin side up. Or put in bag and seal, ensuring salmon is well coated. Marinate for 30 minutes (or less if you don't have time).
  • BAKE SALMON: Note 3. Remove salmon from bag and place it skin side down on baking sheet. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Pour any marinade left in the bag on top. Bake salmon in preheated oven for 10-12 minutes, depending on its thickness. Figure about 10 minutes cooking time per inch if thickness. Don't overcook. Cook just until fish flakes and is still slightly warm pink in the middle (fish should not be white and dry). An instant thermometer should read 130-135F, depending on how you like your salmon. Temp will rise in 5 minutes.
  • FINISH MAPLE SALMON WITH GLAZE: While the salmon is baking, whisk cornstarch into the reserved sauce. Microwave for a minute or bring to boil in a small saucepan on the stove until the glaze thickens. If too thick, add a few drops of water. When salmon is done, transfer to plates or a platter (I use a spatula slipped between the skin and flesh to lift salmon off and separate it from the skin). Brush glaze on top of the salmon. Sprinkle on garnishes as desired. Serve over rice or quinoa.

Notes

  1. Instead of salmon: try arctic char, flounder, snapper, halibut, rainbow trout
  2. Other substitutes
    • lemon, instead of lime
    • honey, instead of maple syrup
    • sriracha, instead of red chili flakes 
    • If you like extra glaze, use 1.5 or 2 times the glaze ingredient amounts
  3. Instead of baking salmon: you can broil, grill, sous vide or pan fry it.
  4. Make ahead
    • Salmon is best served fresh, but you can certainly make the maple glaze-marinade a day or two ahead if you like.
    • Or, make the full recipe and serve it at room temperature on a buffet table. If you refrigerate it overnight, bring it to room temperature before serving.
 
Nutrition values are estimates for good size salmon portions. 

Nutrition

Calories: 458kcal | Carbohydrates: 33g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g | Monounsaturated Fat: 5g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1401mg | Potassium: 1280mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 25g | Vitamin A: 108IU | Vitamin C: 10mg | Calcium: 89mg | Iron: 3mg
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Maple glazed salmon recipe, originally posted in 2017, has been updated with new pictures, new information and small recipe tweaks. The original recipe was called Maple Lime Salmon. 

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  1. 5 stars
    Maple and lime is one of my favorite flavor combos! Never thought to put it on a salmon, but whatdya know, this tasted spectacular. Thanks for the recipe and idea!