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This salmon is marinated in a delicious mixture of maple syrup, soy sauce and garlic, then baked in the oven until tender and flaky. For the last 5 minutes, the salmon goes under the broiler, so the maple marinade on top caramelizes and turns into a maple glaze!
Making maple glazed baked salmon is really easy. Mix the marinade, pour over salmon, marinate on the counter while oven is preheating, then bake. No standing over the frying pan – while the salmon is baked in the oven, you can make a salad or a side dish!
If you never tried the salmon and maple syrup combo, it might seem odd to you – after all, how could something that goes on pancakes go well with fish? Trust me on this one – salmon and maple syrup work very well together. You won’t be pouring maple syrup on top of a salmon on your plate :) Instead, we’ll be using maple syrup as part of a marinade that will give the salmon an amazingly deep flavor.
The maple syrup is diluted with a salty soy sauce, so it’s not as concentrated, making it into a sweet and savory marinade and glaze. Garlic powder is also added to the marinade, resulting in a taste that’s so complete, unique and simply perfect.
There is something about salmon that complements the maple taste so well, it’s amazing. In most fish recipes, I interchange the types of fish without any difference in the outcome, but in this particular recipe I always stick with salmon. I just can’t picture how maple glaze would taste with other kinds of fish, I think it won’t be anywhere near as good as with the salmon. I have plenty of recipes on this site for other kinds of fish, but for this one please use salmon :)
There will be some extra maple marinade in the baking dish mixed with the pan juices, and this makes a great sauce to go on top of maple glazed baked salmon! If you are serving this salmon with rice, the extra sauce will flavor the rice as well – so tasty!
- 2 lbs skinless salmon fillets
- ⅓ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ tsp garlic powder
- Mix maple syrup, soy sauce and garlic powder.
- Put the salmon fillets in a non-stick 8x12 inch baking dish. Pour maple syrup mixture over them and toss to coat. Marinate for 20 minutes at room temperature.
- Preheat over to 400F.
- Flip the salmon filet over and put them in a single layer.
- Put the salmon in the oven and bake for 15 minutes.
- Switch the oven control to broil.
- Take out the salmon, carefully turn the fillets over with a spatula and return to the top oven shelf.
- Broil for 5 minutes.
- Remove the maple glazed baked salmon from the oven and serve.