This maple glazed salmon is an easy and flavorful dinner that requires only 5 simple ingredients and 20 minutes of cooking! Pair it with some fresh quinoa and steamed broccoli for an easy weeknight or weekend dinner.
I think this maple glazed salmon is one of my favorite skin foods. It’s packed with long chain omega 3 fatty acids (source), protein to help build and repair your skin, and anti-inflammatory compounds to keep blemishes at bay. Plus, it’s delicious with my Thai noodle salad.
I always recommend getting wild caught Alaskan salmon. Farmed fish is not quite as nutritious and often contains parasites due to the living conditions of the fish (YIKES!).
How to bake salmon
The best thing about this recipe is its flavor, but also how easy it is to make! It only requires a few minutes of you actively doing something, so it’s the perfect recipe for a busy night.
- Start by mincing the garlic and add it to a small bowl.
- Whisk in the maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil and black pepper if using.
- Add the salmon fillets to a shallow baking dish and pour the sauce on top.
- Allow to marinate for about 30 minutes in the fridge.
- After 30 minutes, transfer to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (but save the marinade in the baking dish) and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven. You’ll know it’s done when the salmon easily flakes off the skin.
- While the salmon bakes, add the marinade to a small sauce pan and cook over low heat, allowing the mixture to thicken.
- Remove the salmon from the oven and use a brush to add more of the sauce on top (I like to save some extra for quinoa and veggies, but you can pour all of it on top at this stage).
What should I serve with salmon?
My personal favorite salmon pairing is quinoa with steamed broccoli. I like to serve a little extra sauce to pour over the two. This maple glazed salmon would be great on top of my Thai noodle salad but is also delicious with rice, steamed or roasted sweet potatoes and a green like arugula or green beans. Generally, a carb and green veggie pairs well with salmon.
SALMON TIP: I highly recommend purchasing and cooking salmon with the skin on. This will prevent it from drying out as it cooks. Then, you can either serve it with the skin on or use a knife or spatula to easily slide the meat right off of the skin to serve.
A few notes on this maple glazed salmon recipe
- I prefer serving this recipe warm, fresh from the oven, but it is also delicious cold on a salad or over some noodles.
- Once cooked, this salmon will last in the fridge for 1-2 days.
- Make sure you use pure maple syrup and not the fake stuff! You want a strong maple flavor for this recipe.
- You can use either regular soy sauce or gluten free tamari for this recipe. I used the low sodium version, but either one will be fine.
- You will need to cook this recipe for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven, how thick the fillets are, and how what sort of texture you prefer for your salmon.
For easy gluten free dinners, check out these recipes!
- Seriously crispy teriyaki tofu recipe
- Vegetarian sushi bowl with sesame tofu
- Orange chickpea buddha bowl
Lastly, if you make this maple glazed salmon, don’t forget to tag me on instagram so I can see your creation! Leave a comment and rating below and let me know how it turns out!Print
Delicious and packed with flavor this salmon recipe is the perfect simple dinner.
- Whisk together all of the ingredients for the sauce.
- Add the salmon fillets to a shallow baking dish and pour the sauce on top. Let marinate in the fridge for about 30 minutes.
- During the last 10 minutes, preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
- After 30 minutes, transfer the salmon to a baking sheet lined with parchment paper (but don’t discard the sauce!) and bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven and your preference of “doneness.”
- While baking, add the leftover marinade to a small sauce pan and bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat to low and allow the mixture to thicken slightly.
- When the salmon is done, remove from the oven and brush more of the sauce on top (saving some for whatever you pair this salmon with).
- Serve with rice, quinoa, sweet potatoes or veggies of choice!
If your salmon was previously frozen, take it out of the freezer in the morning, remove it from the package and let it defrost in the fridge during the day.
Once cooked, this salmon will last in the fridge for 1-2 days.
I like my salmon cooked very well, almost slightly dry, so I generally cook it for 20-25 minutes. If you prefer it just cooked through, you’ll want to cook it for 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven and how thick the fillets are.
I like to use this garlic press to make the garlic very finely minced.
- Serving Size: 1 fillet, as prepared
- Calories: 412
- Fat: 10g
- Carbohydrates: 15g
- Fiber: .5g
- Protein: 40g
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