This maple glazed salmon recipe will please everyone! It’s fast, easy and deliciously flaky: ideal for healthy weeknight meals.

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 turned out so tasty, and it takes just a few minutes to cook in the broiler. It’s our favorite quick method for cooking salmon. Even our 4 year old 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). Here’s what you’ll need for this easy recipe:

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

The basic idea? You’ll simmer the maple syrup, balsamic vinegar, and Dijon mustard with garlic for a bit until slightly thickened. Paint it on the salmon, throw it in the broiler until tender, then remove and paint it with the remaining glaze!

Maple Glazed Salmon

Best type of fish for maple glazed salmon

What’s the best piece of fish for this maple glazed salmon recipe? In general, grab the best quality fish you can afford. The recipe will taste good with most types of salmon. But we’ve found low quality frozen salmon can taste very fishy, whereas 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 Seafood Watch Consumer 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. Avoid Atlantic salmon as it is typically farmed salmon.

How to broil salmon: a few tips

The way we chose to cook the fish for maple glazed salmon? Broiled! Broiling salmon is ultra fast and makes for a crispier top than baked, which makes it one of our favorite ways to cook it. 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 this broiled salmon depends on your specific 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 temperature is 130°FThe timing on when it’s done depends on the thickness of the piece of salmon and your broiler: it 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: it should be about 130 degrees Fahrenheit.
Maple Glazed Salmon recipe

Alternative for maple glazed salmon: 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 like specified in the recipe below.
  • Note that baking produces a softer fish texture, whereas broiling makes a slightly crispier top.

What to serve with maple glazed salmon: quick sides!

And that’s it: how to make maple glazed salmon! Want to accessorize this recipe with a few quick and easy 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:

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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


This maple glazed salmon recipe will please everyone! It’s fast, easy and deliciously flaky: ideal for healthy weeknight meals.


  • 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


  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.


*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

Meet Sonja and Alex Overhiser: Husband and wife. Expert home cooks. Authors of recipes you'll want to make again and again.

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