3 ingredient maple glazed salmon has a sticky sweet and savory sauce you can spoon over rice and veggies! So easy to make, you can have this on your table in 25 minutes or less.
We are big salmon lovers at my house. Our go-to recipes include a balsamic salmon marinade, as well as herb crusted broiled salmon. But this maple glazed salmon is the absolute most-made salmon recipe in the house!
With a sweet and savory sauce, this salmon comes together quickly and is loved by everyone in the family.
This is the recipe I cook when I don't know what to cook for dinner. This is the recipe I turn to when I don't have time to make something fancy. This is the recipe I turn to when I want something my kids will gobble up without complaining.
It is oven-friendly, grill-friendly, stove-top friendly. It can be made gluten-free and paleo with a simple swap. And best of all? This maple glazed salmon recipe only requires 3 simple ingredients!
Reasons you'll ♡ maple glazed salmon
- it is loved by even picky eaters
- it has three simple ingredients
- it's supremely flexible and can be made in the oven, on the grill and on the stove
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Three simple ingredients
- salmon- for the foil baked method, I would choose a side portion of salmon rather than fillets, and look for a thinner portion so you can completely wrap it in foil
- maple syrup- go for the real deal stuff, not table syrup
- soy sauce- I prefer reduced sodium soy sauce, and if you are paleo or gluten-free, you may swap for coconut aminos or tamari
- garlic- optional! Add fresh minced garlic or garlic powder
Prepping the salmon
If you have the time, I do recommend marinating the salmon for 30 minutes- 2 hours. If you are short on time, you can skip this step and still get absolutely delicious salmon!
Start by placing the side of salmon (skin side down) on a large sheet of aluminum foil on top of a baking sheet. Make sure there is plenty of overlap because we will wrap the salmon right up in the foil. Mix together the sauce: maple syrup and soy sauce. So simple! Drizzle it evenly over the salmon, using a basting brush to cover it evenly.
Carefully pull the sides of the foil up, making sure you don't let any of the sauce escape. Seal the salmon inside the foil.
Baking the salmon
Heat the oven to 400°F. Bake for 20 minutes for a side of salmon. If you have smaller portions, you will need to check sooner (12-15 minutes).
Open the foil for the last few minutes of cook time, and brush more of the sauce over the salmon. We want it to get nice and thick and sticky!
Depending on how you'd like your salmon done, you will want to pull the salmon out when it reaches an internal temperature of 125°F (medium) or 145°F (well done).
Can I prepare maple salmon on the grill?
YES. Absolutely. You could do a cedar plank on the grill for another level of flavor. You could grill it in the foil (great for camping!). For grilling, I would marinate the salmon in half the mixture, and reserve the other half for brushing on the fish during the last 5 minutes of grilling.
To grill this salmon, make sure you start with a clean and well greased grill heated to medium. Place the salmon skin side down. I know many people tell you to flip your salmon, but I would not worry about flipping the fish as it risks falling apart. Cook over medium heat for 8-10 minutes with the lid down, until it is cooked through and flakes with a fork.
Can I cook this recipe on the stovetop?
YES. See how to cook salmon for step by step photos and instructions on cooking it on the stove.
Serve it with:
- Coconut Rice or Coconut Cauliflower Rice
- Instant Pot Broccoli
- Crispy Air Fryer Cauliflower
- Our Staple Kale Salad
- Asian Sesame Slaw
Looking for more salmon recipes?
- Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon with Broccolini
- Chili Rubbed Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
- Lemon Pepper Sheet Pan Salmon
- Salmon with Strawberry Balsamic Reduction
- Teriyaki Salmon Glaze
- 1 lb side of salmon
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- 3 tablespoons reduced sodium soy sauce coconut aminos for paleo/gf
- 3 tablespoons water optional; see note 1
- Heat oven to 400°F.
- Arrange salmon skin side down on a large piece of foil set on a sheet pan (make sure you have enough foil to completely wrap the salmon up). Fold the edges of the foil up slightly to keep the sauce from running out.
- Shake together the maple syrup and soy sauce, then drizzle all over the salmon. Seal the foil so the sauce + salmon are enclosed. You can marinate the fish at this point for 30 min- 2hours, or put it directly into the oven.
- Bake for 15-20 minutes, checking fish with an instant read thermometer. For well done, cook to 145°F. For medium, cook to 125°F. If you have individual fillets, they may be done quicker, so be sure to check them earlier.
- well done- cook to 145°F internal temperature
- medium- cook to 125°F internal temperature
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