3 Ingredient Maple Glazed Salmon

3 ingredient maple glazed salmon has a sticky sweet and savory sauce you can spoon over rice and veggies! So simple to make, you can have this on your table in 25 minutes or less. 

We are large salmon lovers at my house. Our go-to recipes conclude a balsamic salmon marinade, as well as herb crusted broiled salmon. But this maple glazed salmon is the absolute Trendy-made salmon recipe in the house!

3 Ingredient Maple Glazed Salmon flaking with a fork

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 cognize 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 top 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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pouring the maple soy marinade over the salmon

Three simple ingredients

  • salmon– for the foil baked method, I would select 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 genuine 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 obtain exactly 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 obtain kind 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).

Spooning extra sauce over the maple salmon recipe


Can I prepare this maple salmon recipe 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 commence with a clean and well greased grill heated to medium. Place the salmon skin side down. I cognize 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 maple salmon recipe on the stovetop?

YES. See how to cook salmon for step by step photos and instructions on cooking it on the stove.

maple soy sauce salmon in foil

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3 Ingredient Maple Glazed Salmon

Course: Dinner

Cuisine: American

Keyword: gluten-free, maple, salmon

Calories: 239kcal

Servings: 4

3 ingredient maple glazed salmon has a sticky sweet and savory sauce you can spoon over rice and veggies! So simple to make, you can have this on your table in 25 minutes or less. 

Prep Time5 mins

Cook Time20 mins

Total Time25 mins

  • 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.

note 1- if you’d like to make this without the foil, you can bake it up in a baking dish (make sure to use one that is not too large for the fish because sauce can over-reduce), but you’ll need to add 3 tablespoons of water to avoid the sauce from over-reducing.
After cooking, store salmon in an air tight container in the fridge for up to 4 days.
Heat in a 350°F oven in a covered baking dish for 10 minutes, or until warmed through.

  • well done- cook to 145°F internal temperature
  • medium- cook to 125°F internal temperature

Serving: 1/4 of batch | Calories: 239kcal | Carbohydrates: 19g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 452mg | Potassium: 637mg | Sugar: 16g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 1.2mg

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