Salmon Recipes That Will Convert Even the Pickiest Eaters

If you’re not a fan of salmon because of its fishy taste, this Soy Maple Glazed Salmon recipe is the game-changer you’ve been looking for. With the perfect combination of maple syrup, soy sauce, and garlic, it will transform even the pickiest fish eaters into salmon lovers. You have to try it to believe it!


Are you in search of an easy-to-make salmon recipe that doesn’t taste fishy? Look no further! The secret lies in marinating the fish in a flavorful marinade for a short period. You’ll be amazed at how a few simple ingredients and a little bit of time can elevate the taste of your salmon. This maple glazed salmon not only tastes incredible but is also good for your health, thanks to its wonderful flavor combination.

Why is Eating Salmon Healthy?

You’ve probably heard that eating fish, especially salmon, is good for you. But what exactly makes salmon so healthy? The American Heart Association recommends consuming fish twice a week for a heart-healthy lifestyle. As a dietitian, I can attest that salmon, particularly wild salmon, is an excellent source of high-quality lean protein, which is unsaturated. It also provides long-chain omega-3 fatty acids, known for promoting a healthy heart, reducing inflammation, and lowering blood pressure. To enjoy all these fantastic health benefits, try enhancing the flavor and quality of your salmon dish with this marinade.

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To prepare this mouthwatering salmon, you’ll need the following ingredients:

  • Salmon (preferably with the skin on)
  • Real maple syrup
  • Sesame oil (or vegetable oil as an alternative)
  • Garlic
  • Ginger
  • Green onions (optional, for garnish)

In terms of kitchen accessories, you’ll need a whisk for the marinade, a baking dish to cook the salmon, and a small saucepan to reduce the glaze.

Step-by-Step Instructions

  1. Begin by rinsing and patting dry 4 salmon fillets, approximately 5 ounces each, preferably with the skin on. Place them in a shallow glass baking dish.
  2. In a small bowl, whisk together ⅓ cup of maple syrup, 3 tablespoons of soy sauce, 1-2 tablespoons of sesame oil (or vegetable oil), 4-5 minced cloves of garlic, 1 teaspoon of freshly grated ginger, and black pepper to taste. No need to add salt since the soy sauce provides sufficient saltiness.
  3. Pour the marinade over the salmon fillets, ensuring that both sides are coated. Marinate with the skin side facing up. Cover the dish with plastic film and refrigerate for 30 minutes, flipping the fillets over once or twice.
  4. Preheat the oven to 400°F (200°C).
  5. After marinating, transfer the salmon (without the marinade) to a parchment-lined baking dish and bake in the preheated oven for about 15 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C). The cooking time may vary depending on the thickness of the fillets.
  6. Meanwhile, transfer the marinade to a small saucepan and bring it to a boil. Cook for a couple of minutes or until slightly thickened.
  7. Once the salmon is baked, brush the maple glaze over it.
  8. For an extra touch, garnish with chopped green onions or toasted sesame seeds.
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Tips for a Perfect Salmon

Follow these baking tips and use the marinade to ensure delicious and perfectly cooked salmon. You won’t believe how easy it is to make!

  • Use fresh salmon whenever possible, or opt for frozen salmon.
  • Rinse the salmon and pat it dry to remove any moisture.
  • Cook the salmon with the skin on to prevent overcooking.
  • Preheat your oven before baking the salmon.


What to Make With Leftover Salmon?

Don’t let your leftover cooked maple salmon go to waste! There are plenty of tasty ways to use it. You can flake it and use it as a topping for an arugula salad, whip up some salmon croquettes, or add it to a hearty fish chowder. You could even turn it into a main dish by incorporating it into a vegetable spaghetti recipe or making fish tacos!

What to Serve With Salmon?

Maple salmon pairs wonderfully with a variety of side dishes. Consider serving it with roast beets, caramelized cabbage, or plain noodles. If you prefer a refreshing salad, try a carrot salad, tangy red cabbage slaw, or a flavorful Italian salad loaded with fresh greens. These side dishes will perfectly complement the rich and flavorful taste of the salmon.

More Healthy Seafood Recipes

If you’re a seafood lover, here are some other delicious and nutritious recipes you should try:

  • Lemon Garlic Shrimp: A simple and tasty recipe suitable for any occasion.
  • Pan-Seared Scallops: These scallops are seared to perfection, with a golden crust and a tender center.
  • Healthy Tuna Patties: Crispy on the outside and tender on the inside, they’re a hit with the whole family.
  • Coquilles St Jacques: Perfect for a special date night or any other special occasion.
  • Seafood Pizza: A mouthwatering pizza that will satisfy any seafood cravings.
  • Smoked Salmon Pinwheels: The ultimate appetizer that never disappoints.
  • Seafood Salad: A family recipe that adds an Italian touch to your Christmas Eve celebration.
  • Fish Chowder: A hearty and comforting soup, perfect for those chilly nights.
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Recipe Origins

Growing up in an Italian household meant that meat was off the menu on Fridays. As a result, my mom would alternate between a wonderful baked cod fish recipe and a flavorful Italian cod fish recipe with tomatoes. Nowadays, I try to incorporate fish into my meals at least twice a week, not necessarily limited to Fridays. Being a fan of easy-to-make recipes, I often find inspiration in The Montreal Gazette’s “6 o’clock solution” feature. Over a decade ago, I came across this “Maple Salmon” recipe in a book called “The Maple Syrup Book.” I made a few adaptations to suit my personal preferences, such as marinating the salmon and increasing the amounts of garlic and ginger. I also replaced olive oil with sesame oil. Trust me, this recipe is sure to be a hit among your family and friends!


This post was originally published on April 27, 2018, and updated on March 8, 2023, with new content, photos, and a video. Thank you for watching and sharing!

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Salmon Recipes That Will Convert Even the Pickiest Eaters