Each bite of this Maple Glazed Salmon is sweet, perfectly seasoned and bursting with melt in your mouth flavor! This is the ultimate healthy weeknight dinner that takes mere minutes to make! If you love Salmon or other fish dishes that are super simple to make, check out my Honey Glazed Salmon, Grilled Catfish, Fish and Chips, Salmon Croquettes and Panko Crusted Fish.
Super Easy and Delicious Maple Glazed Salmon Recipe
I’m a believer in eating good all the time. Food is a source of comfort and joy for me. I look forward to having breakfast with my daughter or going out to the occasional date night dinner with my husband. Time with my family is spent laughing over a table filled with delectable bites.
Unfortunately, I can’t always justify meals that consist of fried chicken and bundt cakes. But that doesn’t mean I’ve got to sacrifice flavor! Maple Glazed Salmon recipe is a decadent, yet healthy alternative for your weeknight dinner. Let me tell you how it’s done.
Back in the day, like many of you, I was a bit reckless with my diet. I ate pizza for breakfast and frozen chicken tenders for dinner. There were times I guzzled soda for the caffeine kick I needed to get my next project completed. Ain’t no shame in it but it’s not the healthiest way to live.
Having a family of my own, I prioritize my health now more than I ever have before. I work hard to set an example for my daughter that will allow her to create a healthy relationship with food. There is a way to maintain a balance between indulgence and health.
Maple Salmon Recipe Ingredients
I love simplicity. I’m a working mama with little time to be fooling around in the kitchen for a couple hours every night. I need recipes that require few ingredients, cook quickly and can even be prepared in advance. And that folks, is why salmon is my best friend.
With just a few fresh ingredients and a toss-together spice blend you’ve got a delicious dinner in no time. Salmon (depending on your preferred doneness) is fully cooked in under 15 minutes. Rich with Omega 3 fatty acids, Vitamin B12 and a hefty amount of protein, Salmon is a nutrient dense food you need to be eating more of.
Maple Syrup, if bought organic, is a natural source of sugar that can also provide a few different minerals and antioxidants. It’s natural sweetness lends itself perfectly to the salty nature of seafood. When you introduce a bit of heat and complexity with the spices you’ve got a big winner.
Tip: Make sure you don’t buy artificial maple syrup. You need the real deal. Your taste buds will thank you!
How To Cook Salmon
Salmon is pretty much the easiest protein to cook: it’s fast, easy and delicious. But if you’re new to seafood, cooking a piece of fish for the first time can be intimidating.
Use Non-Stick or Greased Foil
Salmon has a nasty habit of sticking to any surface that it’s being cooked on. The crispy underside of the fillet is the best part of this dish, so let’s not lose it. Fold the sides of the foil to enclose the salmon.
Steam has been trapped in your foil packet for the 15 minutes that the salmon has been cooking. If you open the packet too abruptly, the steam will burst out and dole out a nasty steam burn. Ouch.
Allow your salmon to rest for a minute in the foil then openly slowly, away from your face. Or, poke a few holes around the foil with a fork to allow steam to release before opening.
How to Know When It’s Cooked
Salmon changes from translucent to an opaque pink while it’s cooking. If the meat is beginning to flake but is still a bit translucent in the middle, it’s done. Feel free to stick your fillet back in the oven if it’s not there yet!
How To Serve Maple Glazed Salmon
This part is 100% down to preference. Maple Glazed Salmon can be served a million different ways. Serve your fillet on top of a salad, alongside your favorite roasted vegetables or on a bed of Rice and Peas or Jollof Rice. You can even get a little crazy and take the remains to make delicious Salmon Burgers.
CAN SALMON BE REHEATED?
Got some leftovers you don’t wanna miss out on? I got you. Cooked salmon can be stored in the fridge for 3-4 days or in the freezer for up to 4 months if stored properly.
Fish is quite delicate and finicky, so we’ve got to be a bit careful when reheating. Using the microwave will not only stink up your space but it will also dry out your fish. Same goes for throwing it in a skillet. Instead, put your salmon on a bit of foil and reheat it at 350 in a conventional oven.
Maple Glazed Salmon Recipe
For the Maple Glaze
- 1/2 cup maple syrup
- 3 tbsp brown sugar
- 1 1/2 tbsp fresh lime juice
- 2 tsp minced garlic
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp black pepper
For the Seasoning
- 2 lbs wild salmon cut into filets
- salt and pepper to taste
- 1/2 tsp garlic powder
- 1/2 tsp onion powder
- 1/4 tsp paprika
- 1/8 tsp creole seasoning
- 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper optional
For the Maple Glaze
- Preheat oven to 375.
- Whisk together all glaze ingredients and set aside.
For the Seasoning
- Pat each side of salmon with a paper towel to remove extra moisture then season both sides with salt and pepper to taste.
- Whisk together the remaining spices and set aside.
- Add salmon to the direct center of a large piece of greased or non stick foil with enough on the sides to fold over when baking. Sprinkle seasoning on top of salmon and make sure to pat in.
- Spoon the maple glaze over the top of the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil up to completely enclose the salmon. If you need more foil, just layer over the top and close.
- Bake for about 14-15 minutes or until salmon is almost done cooking. Remove salmon from the oven.
- Change your setting to broil and place salmon under the broiler for about 2 minutes or until golden then remove from oven.