This Maple Glazed Salmon is insanely good. The salmon is bursting with flavor. It has a mild sweetness from the maple syrup and a hint of saltiness from the soy sauce. It literally seems to melt in your mouth. After your first bite, this will be a regular on your dinner rotation. Yes, it's that good.
My family and I love seafood, especially salmon. Unfortunately, it is hard to come by in our area of the world. The frozen fillets at the grocery store are the closest we get to fresh salmon.
We like to buy salmon at Costco as it is much more affordable. It is so nice to have some in the freezer whenever we decide to make salmon for dinner.
This Maple Glazed Salmon is a quick and easy weeknight dinner that is nutritious and delicious. Plus, my kiddos raved about it! Everyone was happy with this recipe!
You likely have all of the ingredients for this delicious maple glazed salmon in your pantry already.
- Maple syrup
- Soy sauce
- Brown sugar
- Minced garlic
- Lime juice
- Salt and pepper
- Garlic powder.
This is a quick and easy meal that you can make any day of the week. It only takes about 5-10 minutes of prep and a bake time of 30 minutes.
If you have a smoker, see the instructions for smoking it below.
Preheat the oven to 385 degrees.
Mix ½ cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoon coconut sugar (brown sugar), 3 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoon minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon paprika, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with aluminum foil.
Lay salmon fillets in the pan, skin side down. Leave about a ½ inch between fillets.
Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of the fillets.
Mix ½ teaspoon garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon of paprika. Sprinkle evenly on top of salmon.
Pour glaze mixture on top of salmon fillets evenly.
Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
Place in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Check with a thermometer after 30 minutes to make sure the internal temperature of the thickest part of the fillet is 145 degrees. It may take a little longer or less, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Salmon will flake with a fork when it is done.
Serve with the glaze spooned over the top of the salmon.
Can I cook this salmon on the smoker?
Yes, you can!
The salmon was so moist and flavorful!! This is probably going to be my new go to for salmon!! Yum!"Dianne, a reader of this blog.
Dianne made this salmon on the smoker and she raved about how delicious it was! Her comments are below in the comment section, but here are her directions:
- Follow the directions above, except instead of preheating the oven, preheat the smoker to 300 degrees F.
- Place the salmon in an aluminum pan or baking pan that you don't mind if it gets a little blackened.
- Glaze the salmon every 10-15 minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees, which will take about an hour.
Thank you so much, Dianne, for commenting and for your great tips! 🙂
💭 Top tips
- Cover the salmon with foil as tightly as you can. This is the secret to keeping the moisture in and not letting it evaporate as it bakes.
- Don't exceed 385 degrees. Salmon is a delicate fish and needs to bake at a fairly low temperature to maintain its moisture.
- Ensure to cook the salmon to an internal temperature of 145°F, measured in the thickest part of the salmon filet. It should flake with a fork when done. It may take longer to cook if the fillets are quite thick.
💭Is salmon healthy for you?
- Yes, extremely healthy. A serving of salmon, about 3 to 4 ounces, is about 200 calories. It's very low in saturated fat, a good source of protein, and one of the best sources of vitamin B12. It's also bursting in potassium, and other nutrients like iron and vitamin D. Vitamin B12 keeps blood and nerve cells humming along.
- Most importantly, salmon contains a wealth of omega-3 fatty acids. These omega-3s are "essential" fatty acids. Your body can’t make them, but they play critical roles in your body. For example, they can lower the chance that you’ll have cardiovascular disease (including heart attack and stroke), some types of cancer, dementia, and Alzheimer's disease. They can also ease the effects of rheumatoid arthritis.
- Experts recommend that all adults eat at least two portions (a total of 8 ounces) of seafood a week, especially fish high in omega-3s, like salmon.
- We are also supposed to avoid fish that contains a lot of mercury, and fortunately, salmon is not one of them.
🌡️ How to store leftovers
If you have any leftover maple glazed salmon, place it in an airtight container and place it in the fridge. It will keep in the fridge for up to 3 days.
Leftover salmon is delicious eaten cold on a green salad (my favorite) or place it in an oven-safe baking dish with 2 tablespoon of water, cover with foil, and reheat at 300 degrees for about 15 minutes or so. Cooking it at a lower heat will help to prevent it from drying out.
🥗 Side dishes
- Instant Pot Rice
- Crispy oven-roasted potatoes
- Sliced Avocado
- Roasted Asparagus
- Roasted Potatoes
- Sugar Snap Peas
- Roasted Carrots
- Green Leaf Salad
- Carrot Salad
If you’ve tried this Maple Glazed Salmon or any other recipe, please take a moment to rate the recipe and leave a comment letting me know how you liked it. I love hearing from you!
Maple Glazed Salmon
For The Glaze
- ½ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoon coconut sugar or brown sugar
- 3 tablespoon soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon lime juice
- 2 teaspoon minced garlic
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon pepper
For The Salmon
- 2 pounds salmon cut in fillets
- salt and pepper dash
- ½ teaspoon garlic powder
- ¼ teaspoon paprika
For The Glaze
- Preheat oven to 385 degrees.
- Mix ½ cup maple syrup, 3 tablespoon coconut sugar (brown sugar), 3 tablespoon soy sauce, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoon minced garlic, ¼ teaspoon paprika, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper in a bowl.
For The Salmon
- Line a 9 x 13 baking dish with aluminum foil.
- Lay salmon fillets in the pan. Leave about a ½ inch between fillets.
- Sprinkle salt and pepper on top of fillets.
- Mix ½ teaspoon garlic powder and ¼ teaspoon of paprika. Sprinkle evenly on top of salmon.
- Pour glaze mixture on top of salmon fillets evenly.
- Cover tightly with aluminum foil.
- Place in the heated oven and bake for 30 minutes. Check with a thermometer after 30 minutes to make sure the internal temperature of the thickest part of the fillet is 145 degrees. It may take a little longer or less, depending on the thickness of the fillet. Salmon will flake with a fork when it is done.
- Serve with the glaze spooned over the top of the salmon.