This healthy and delicious maple glazed salmon is impressive enough to serve to guests, but quick and easy enough for a weeknight meal.
We make salmon for dinner all the time and while my balsamic salmon recipe is our go-to, I decided to switch things up and try a maple glazed salmon. It turned out to be absolutely delicious! Maybe even better than the balsamic salmon? You can be the judge.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
There’s something about the salty and sweet flavor combo! It’s so delicious!
The prep and cooking are both super quick! Just marinate for 20-30 minutes and broil in less than 10. You’ll have dinner on the table in no time.
Salmon is a superfood in my book! It’s packed with long-chain omega-3 fatty acids which can help reduce inflammation and blood pressure. It’s a great source of protein and has a ton of key vitamins and minerals. Studies have linked salmon to protecting brain health, reducing heart disease and weight control. (Source)
salmon filets – you’ll want two 6 oz evenly sized filets of salmon with the skin on. I recommend getting individual filets from your grocer but don’t be afraid of frozen filets, either! Flash frozen fish can be just as healthy. Just make sure the salmon is thawed if you are using frozen filets.
reduced sodium tamari, soy sauce or coconut aminos – all of these options work well, I just recommend using low sodium so the end product isn’t too salty.
maple syrup – can’t have maple glazed salmon without maple syrup! This natural sweetener balances the rest of the flavors perfectly. Make sure you get pure maple syrup and not pancake syrup as that will have corn syrup and a ton of added sugars.
lemon juice – this will brighten all of the flavors in the dish. I recommend using freshly squeezed lemon juice as opposed to store-bought.
garlic clove – adds a delicious, robust flavor to the marinade.
fresh ginger – another great addition of flavor to the marinade!
ground pepper – to season the dish.
How to Make Maple Glazed Salmon
Start by mixing together the marinade. Whisk the maple syrup, tamari, lemon juice, garlic, ginger and ground pepper. Reserve 3 Tablespoons of the marinade and set aside.
In a shallow dish, marinate the fish in the sauce for 20-30 minutes. While the fish marinates, preheat the oven to 400ºF. After the fish is marinated and the oven has preheated, it’s time to cook the salmon! Place the salmon on a roasting pan, skin side down. I like to line the pan with parchment paper for easy clean up. Broil for 7 minutes or until the filets are heated through. Remove from the oven and drizzle with the reserved marinade before serving.
How to Serve
This is such a great recipe because it pairs with so many different sides! I love serving it with a grain and a veggie but feel free to get creative! Here are some ideas:
You sure can! The skin contains the same nutrients found in salmon. Just make sure you’re eating high-quality fish from a reliable source if you choose to eat the skin. Of course, it’s a personal preference and you can just slide the flesh off before eating as well!
How to Store Leftovers
This salmon will keep fresh in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to three days. I recommend reheating in the oven or toaster oven for the best results!