Maple Glazed Salmon

Indulge in the sweet and savory flavors of Maple Glazed Salmon, a delicious dish that’s perfect for any occasion. With a sticky maple glaze coating tender salmon filets, this recipe is sure to become a family favorite.

This recipe typically serves 4 people, with each person enjoying one salmon filet. Adjust the quantities based on your needs or the number of servings you require. Enjoy your delicious Maple Glazed Salmon!


Maple Glazed Salmon Ingredients Infographic

For the Salmon

  • 4 salmon filets, about 6 ounces each
  • Salt and black pepper to taste
  • Olive oil or vegetable oil for cooking

For the Maple Glaze

  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger (optional)
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
  • Salt and black pepper to taste

For Serving

  • Sliced green onions (scallions) or chopped fresh parsley, for garnish
  • Lemon wedges, for serving


1. Prepare the Maple Glaze

Prepare the Maple Glaze

  • In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, grated ginger (if using), smoked paprika (if using), salt, and black pepper until well combined. Set aside.

2. Season the Salmon

Season the Salmon

  • Pat the salmon filets dry with paper towels and season both sides with salt and black pepper to taste.

3. Cook the Salmon

Cook the Salmon

  • Heat olive oil or vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Once the skillet is hot, add the seasoned salmon filets, skin-side down if applicable.
  • Cook the salmon for 3-4 minutes on each side, or until it is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork. The salmon should have a golden-brown crust on the outside.

For a refreshing pairing, serve the cooked salmon over a bed of mixed greens and diced avocado to create a delightful Salmon and Avocado Salad.

4. Glaze the Salmon

Glaze the Salmon

  • Once the salmon is cooked through, reduce the heat to low and pour the maple glaze over the filets in the skillet.
  • Allow the glaze to simmer for 1-2 minutes, spooning it over the salmon occasionally, until it thickens slightly and coats the fish.

5. Serve

Serve the Glazed Salmon Filets

  • Transfer the glazed salmon filets to a serving platter or individual plates.
  • Garnish with sliced green onions (scallions) or chopped fresh parsley for a pop of color and freshness.
  • Serve the Maple Glazed Salmon hot, accompanied by lemon wedges for squeezing over the fish just before eating.

Pro Chef Tips

  • For best results, use pure maple syrup rather than pancake syrup, as it provides a richer flavor.
  • If you prefer a stronger ginger flavor, increase the amount of grated ginger in the maple glaze.
  • For an extra smoky flavor, you can use smoked salmon instead of regular salmon, or add a pinch of smoked paprika to the maple glaze.
  • Serve the Maple Glazed Salmon with your favorite side dishes, such as roasted vegetables, quinoa, or a fresh salad, for a complete meal.

For a delightful variation, try substituting grilled salmon burgers instead of traditional fillets, complementing them with the same maple glaze and serving alongside your favorite sides for a satisfying meal.