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This maple glazed salmon recipe wows everyone! It’s fast and easy, covered in a luscious balsamic maple Dijon sauce.

Maple Glazed Salmon

Need a healthy salmon recipe for weeknights? Try this Maple Glazed Salmon! The fish comes out perfectly tender and flaky, the best part? It’s liberally spread with a sweet and tangy maple balsamic glaze. This turns out so tasty and takes only a few minutes to cook in the broiler. It’s our favorite quick method for cooking salmon. Even our kids couldn’t stop eating this one!

Ingredients in maple glazed salmon

This maple glazed salmon recipe requires just 5 ingredients, plus olive oil and salt (which are basics we hope you already have on hand). The basic idea? You’ll simmer the maple syrup, vinegar, and Dijon with garlic until slightly thickened. Paint it on the salmon, throw it in the broiler until tender, then remove and paint it with the remaining glaze! Here are the ingredients you’ll need:

  • Salmon fillets
  • Pure maple syrup
  • Balsamic vinegar
  • Dijon mustard
  • Garlic
  • Olive oil and salt
Maple Glazed Salmon

Buying the best salmon

How to find the best piece of fish for maple glazed salmon? In general, grab the best quality fish you can afford. The recipe tastes good with most types of salmon. But we’ve found low quality frozen salmon can taste very fishy, and high-quality wild caught fresh salmon is much tastier.

  • Try fresh, not frozen. You can use frozen salmon if you like, but we find the highest quality salmon that cooks the best is fresh.
  • Buy wild caught salmon. Fish that is wild caught in your country is usually a sustainable choice. There are also quality options in well-regulated farms; see this Sustainable Salmon Guide.
  • Coho is a good choice. We tend to like Coho salmon for its mild flavor: it’s a good middle of the road option in terms of price. Of course, King salmon is incredible but it’s on the expensive end. Sockeye salmon is a great choice, too.

How to cook maple glazed salmon

Broiling salmon is a quick method and makes for a crispy, browned top on the salmon. This makes it our favorite way to cook it, which we chose for this maple glazed salmon. The downside? It can easily get overcooked, so you’ve got to watch it closely. Here are a few tips on how to broil salmon:

  • A food thermometer is ideal. The exact timing for when it is done depends on your broiler and the thickness of the fish. It will be different every time: so watch closely! A food thermometer is the optimal method for judging whether it’s done.
  • Most broilers are about 3 to 5 inches from the heating element. If yours is closer, take care and watch the salmon during the cook time.
  • Watch closely: the optimal internal temperature is 125 to 130°FIt should be just tender and pink at the center. Estimate 4 to 5 minutes for very thin salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon: the internal temperature should be 125 to 130°F when measured at the thickest point.
Maple Glazed Salmon recipe

Alternative: make it baked!

Don’t have a broiler, or prefer another cooking method? You can make baked salmon instead! Here’s what to do:

  • Follow the instructions in this Baked Salmon recipe.
  • Paint on the maple glaze before baking, and after baking, as specified in the recipe below.
  • Keep in mind baking produces a softer fish texture, whereas broiling makes a slightly crispier top.

Sides to serve with maple glazed salmon

Make this maple glazed salmon into a meal with some quick sides! Here are a few easy side dishes that come together quickly to make a lightening fast healthy meal:

More salmon recipes

Salmon is a go-to for us for fast and easy dinner ideas! Here are a few more of our favorite salmon recipes:

This maple glazed salmon recipe is…

Gluten-free and pescatarian.

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Maple Glazed Salmon

Maple Glazed Salmon


  • Author: Sonja Overhiser
  • Prep Time: 13 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 1x

Description

This maple glazed salmon recipe wows everyone! It’s fast and easy, covered in a luscious balsamic maple Dijon sauce.


Ingredients

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  • 1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets, room temperature
  • Olive oil, for brushing
  • Heaping ¼ teaspoon kosher salt
  • 3 tablespoons pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 garlic clove, grated

Instructions

  1. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and allow to come to room temperature. Preheat the broiler to high*.
  2. In a small saucepan, whisk together the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, Dijon mustard and grated garlic. Simmer 3 to 5 minutes on medium low heat until slightly thickened.
  3. Place a large sheet of aluminum foil on a baking sheet and brush it with olive oil. Pat each piece of salmon dry and place it on the foil skin side down. Brush salmon with a bit of olive oil and sprinkle with kosher salt evenly divided among the fillets. Spoon about half of the maple glaze over the salmon (set aside at room temperature until the salmon is cooked).
  4. Broil 4 to 5 minutes for very thin salmon or 7 to 10 minutes for 1-inch thick salmon, until it’s just tender and pink at the center (the internal temperature should be between 125 to 130 degrees Fahrenheit in the center). Brush the salmon with the remaining glaze, which should have thickened more after resting. Serve immediately.

Notes

*If you don’t have a broiler, go to Baked Salmon and follow those instructions for cooking, applying the maple glaze before baking and after.

  • Category: Main dish
  • Method: Broiled
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Keywords: Maple glazed salmon, maple glazed salmon recipe

About the authors

Sonja & Alex

Hi, we’re Alex and Sonja Overhiser, married cookbook authors, food bloggers, and recipe developers. We founded A Couple Cooks to share fresh, seasonal recipes for memorable kitchen moments! Our recipes are made by two real people and work every time.

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