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Easy Maple Glazed Salmon

This Easy Maple Glazed Salmon is a quick and easy recipe perfect for weeknight dinners because it’s ready in 20 minutes! This dish is drizzled in a garlic, soy, and syrup marinade for tender flaky salmon.

maple glazed salmon drizzled in syrup on a plate with asparagus and mixed greens

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Seafood is my thing! So are quick recipes. This is something you can whip up with very little effort and time! Pair it with any of your favorite veggies and sides.

What Type of Salmon to Use/Skin On or Skin Off?

I like to use wild caught salmon. It has a beautiful bright color and a buttery taste. It is the most healthy type to purchase.

Salmon that is sourced from the Atlantic is usually farmed. Farmed means antibiotics and food coloring (to give it a pink color) are used. This adds harmful chemical additives to the fish. So I usually try to look for wild caught salmon.

You will also want to use individual fillets, as opposed to a full plank. Opt for 6-8oz fillets.

When you cook the salmon, keep that skin on: It provides a safety layer between your fish’s flesh and a hot pan or grill. That’s how you get juicy salmon!

I don’t eat the skin on the salmon. How to remove skin from salmon after cooking is really easy. The fish will glide right off the skin! This is a sign of perfectly cooked salmon. Salmon that flakes and glides will taste amazing. You won’t need to remove a thing.

raw wild caught salmon on paper

Maple Glaze Ingredients

You want to use quality maple syrup in this recipe. Regular pancake syrup won’t do. I’m using the Maple Syrup from ChocZero because it’s sugar-free and results in a much healthier recipe. What I love most about this syrup is it’s THICK! It isn’t watery at all and it’s perfect for coating salmon.

You will also need soy sauce, garlic powder, and lemon juice.

maple syrup, soy sauce, paprika, garlic powder, and salt in separate bowls

How to Make Maple Glazed Salmon

Detailed ingredients and instructions can be found in the recipe card below.

  1. Allow the salmon to come to room temperature. Pat the salmon dry.
  2. Drizzle olive oil over the salmon and season the salmon with smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste.
  3. Bake, air fry, or pan sear.
seasoned raw wild caught salmon on paper
raw wild caught salmon cooked in a grill pan

How to Tell When Salmon Has Finished Cooking

The color of the salmon will become lighter as it cooks. You can monitor the color of the sides to determine doneness. When the color of the side of the salmon has lightened about 3/4ths of the way up, it’s time to flip (when pan searing). When baking or air frying, at this point, you know the salmon only has a couple of minutes left to cook.

maple glazed salmon cooked in a grill pan

Other Seasonings and Substitutions

maple glazed salmon on a plate with asparagus and mixed greens

Overcooked Salmon

Overcooked salmon is dry and has little flavor. Fish (along with meat) will continue to cook when you remove it from heat. This is why it’s important to pay attention to how long the fish cooks.

When the fish is done, it will be a translucent pink in the middle. It should also look flaky. You can check out more tips on How to Tell if Salmon is Overcooked here.

How to Store the Salmon/How Long Will it Last in the Fridge

Store the salmon tightly covered in the fridge for 3-4 days.

How to Reheat

In general, I recommend you avoid the microwave when you reheat seafood. Seafood and fish are super delicate and microwaves cook at super high temperatures.

Since the fish is fully cooked, even a few minutes of additional cooking at a high temperature will result in dry overcooked salmon.

I recommend you use the air fryer or oven. If using the oven,  put the fish on a rimmed baking sheet, loosely covered in foil, and warm it a 275 degrees oven for 10-15 minutes, until it reaches an internal temperature of 125°F to 130°F.

If using the air fryer, reheat it on 200 degrees for 5-7 minutes or until warm.

If you use the microwave, be swift! Don’t leave it in too long.

You can follow tons of tips on reheating, and salmon simply will not taste the exact same the next day. It’s best when served fresh. The key to optimizing the taste for leftovers is to avoid overcooking it on the front end, and reheating it without the microwave.

maple glazed salmon on a plate with asparagus and mixed greens

Freezer Tips

You can freeze the salmon, tightly covered or sealed, for up to 3 months. Defrost overnight in the fridge and follow the steps above for reheating.

Recipe Tips

  • Dry the salmon thoroughly before coating it in oil. Wet salmon is more likely to stick to the pan (when searing) and in general when cooked with any method will increase the likelihood of overcooked salmon.
  • Avoid using salmon cold and straight from the fridge. I like to pull the salmon from the fridge and coat it in olive oil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Allow it to come to room temperature prior to cooking.

Pair and Serve This Salmon With These Sides

Air Fryer Green Beans
Air Fryer Asparagus
Air Fryer Mixed Vegetables

Keto Cauliflower Mash

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Baked Parmesan Salmon
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Keto Salmon Patties
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maple glazed salmon drizzled in syrup on a plate with asparagus and mixed greens
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Easy Maple Glazed Salmon

This Easy Maple Glazed Salmon is a quick and easy recipe perfect for weeknight dinners because it's ready in 20 minutes! This dish is drizzled in a garlic, soy, and syrup marinade for tender flaky salmon.
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Course dinner, lunch
Cuisine American
Keyword baked maple glazed salmon, maple glazed salmon
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 2 servings
Calories 241kcal

Ingredients

Salmon

Maple Glaze

Instructions

  • Allow the salmon to come to room temperature. Pat the salmon dry.
  • Drizzle the olive oil over the salmon and season the salmon with the smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, salt, and pepper to taste.

Air Fryer

  • Air fry the salmon for 5 minutes on 360 degrees. Open the air fryer and add the maple glaze to the top of the fillets.
  • Air fry for an additional 5-7 minutes. Mine was ready right at 10 minutes total cooking. Use a meat thermometer and test that the inside of the salmon has reached 145 degrees.
  • Allow the salmon to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Pan Seared and Cast Iron

  • Place a cast iron grill pan or cast iron skillet on medium-high heat. I like to use a cast iron grill pan, but any pan will work.
  • When the pan is hot, add the salmon to the pan with the skin side up.
  • Allow the salmon to cook for 4 minutes. Do not move the salmon after you have placed it in the skillet.
    Monitor the sides of the salmon to determine the perfect time to flip. When the color of the side of the salmon has lightened about 3/4ths of the way up, it's time to flip. This usually only takes 3-4 minutes.
  • Flip the salmon. I find a silicone spatula works best. Add the maple glaze to the salmon.
  • Cook skin side down for 4 minutes.
  • Allow the salmon to rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Baked Salmon

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
  • Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and add the salmon. Cover with another piece of parchment paper.
  • Bake for 10 minutes.
  • Remove the parchment paper and add the maple glaze to the top of the fillets. Do not add the parchment paper back to the salmon. Bake for another 5 minutes.
  • Allow the salmon to cool before serving.

Notes

  • You can easily double this recipe by doubling the ingredients.
  • Macros assume sugar-free maple syrup is used. Feel free to use your favorite macros calculator to calculate the macros using your syrup of choice.
  • The baked and air fryer methods allow the maple glaze to really sink into the salmon.
  • Dry the salmon thoroughly before coating it in oil. Wet salmon is more likely to stick to the pan (when searing) and in general, when cooked with any method will increase the likelihood of overcooked salmon.
  • Avoid using salmon cold and straight from the fridge. I like to pull the salmon from the fridge and coat it in olive oil and allow it to rest for 15 minutes. Allow it to come to room temperature prior to cooking.
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    Nutrition (displayed with net carbs)

    Serving: 1fillet | Calories: 241kcal | Carbohydrates: 2g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 9g
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    Recipe Rating




    Alanna

    Wednesday 14th of April 2021

    I made this last night in my air fryer. So quick, easy and delicious! Definitely going into my regular rotation.

    Emma

    Friday 9th of April 2021

    This was delicious and so simple to make! I love how detailed your recipes and instructions are. Previously when I've made salmon in the air fryer and added a glaze I put it in at the beginning instead of air frying the salmon for a few minutes first. It made all the difference! For sure adding this recipe to my meal rotation.

    staysnatched

    Sunday 11th of April 2021

    I'm glad it worked out!

    Cat

    Wednesday 7th of April 2021

    I made this last night and my whole family LOVED it! My 3-year-old actually asked for 5(!!) helpings! Served it with rice and broccoli. Definitely adding this to the weekly rotation.

    staysnatched

    Sunday 11th of April 2021

    I love to hear it!

    AKM

    Monday 5th of April 2021

    Sounds great! My boyfriend eats salmon constantly and I eat keto, so this would be a winner for date-night dinner-at-home. (But you have to eat the skin! That's where all the Omega-3 goodness is! Fried skins are the fishy version of bacon or jerky, too, and it's my favorite type of sushi [when I flout the keto rules and eat sushi, that is.])

    staysnatched

    Monday 5th of April 2021

    I hope you enjoy it!

    SD

    Saturday 3rd of April 2021

    Tried this recipe recently for dinner, it was absolutely delish. Will definitely be making this again soon. Thanks @stay_snatched 😋

    staysnatched

    Saturday 3rd of April 2021

    You're welcome! I'm glad you enjoyed it.