This maple glazed salmon is an incredibly simple, healthy dinner recipe, and one of my favorite ways to cook salmon fillets – no marinade required. The sweet and savory glaze is made with Dijon mustard, soy sauce, garlic, and maple syrup, and this easy salmon recipe gives you perfect, flavorful salmon every time. Makes 4 – 6 servings.
Since the glazed gets basted throughout the cooking process, it thickens and intensifies in flavor as it cooks, which makes it even more delicious.
Why I love this maple salmon recipe
Did you know I have a ton of easy salmon recipes? Most of them are only 5-ingredients and super easy, and this maple glazed salmon is no different.
But, what I love most about it is the perfect balance between sweet and savory. The real maple syrup adds more than just sweetness to the glaze, it adds a complexity that can’t be replicated.
Here’s what you’ll need to make this recipe
How to make baked salmon with maple glaze
Make the salmon glaze. In a small bowl or glass container, whisk the glaze ingredients together until the Dijon emulsifies and the sauce is smooth (with the exception of the garlic pieces).
Bake the salmon. Season it with salt & pepper, and spoon or brush a bit of the glaze on. Place it on a baking sheet and bake at 375˚ for 15 – 20 minutes.
Add additional glaze halfway through cooking and when you remove it from the oven.
How long to cook salmon: I tend to aim for undercooked (rather than overcooked) because we prefer it that way, but the salmon is cooked when it reaches 145˚F or easily flakes with a fork.
FAQ’s and tips for making maple soy salmon
Salmon starts red and turns lighter in color as it cooks. It should appear a pink opaque color when it’s fully cooked, but double check by flaking the fish with a fork. If it flakes easily, it’s done.
If your fillet has skin, you may be wondering if it’s safe to consume. The good news is that it is full of just as many nutrients as the fish itself and completely safe to eat. The bad news is the texture might be a little scaley.
Fresh salmon lasts about 2 days in the fridge, but cooked salmon can last up to 3, so plan on eating this as fresh as possible of freezing for later. To freeze your salmon, place it in an airtight container and freezer for up to 4 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge and then bake.
Side dishes to serve with this dish
Healthy dinner recipes you’ll enjoy
- Chinese Shrimp and Broccoli
- Sweet Potato and Lentil Soup
- Zucchini Risotto
- Tuscan Sausage and Kale Soup
- White Turkey Chili
This maple glazed salmon is an incredibly easy sheet pan dinner and hands down the best way to cook tasty fresh salmon fillets. With mustard, soy sauce, garlic, and maple syrup, you have a delicious recipe that goes great with any sides!
- 4 salmon fillets (1 pound, total)
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- Preheat oven to 375˚F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, Dijon, and garlic.
- Place salmon on baking sheet and top with about 1/3 of the maple glaze, reserving the rest for later.
- Bake salmon for 15 – 20 minutes, adding more glaze after the first 10 minutes. When salmon is cooked, remove from oven and top with remaining glaze before serving.
Keywords: dairy free, easy, 5 ingredient, salmon, seafood, fish
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