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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Maple Soy Glazed Salmon

Confession: Our family hardly ever eats fish. I cook it once every few years or so and that’s about it. There are a few reasons for this. First, Nate does not like fish, which is shocking since he comes from a long line of seafood-loving New Englanders. The second reason is I just don’t know the best ways to prepare seafood since I never do it. Practice makes perfect and there just isn’t any practice going on in my kitchen!

maple soy glazed salmon from @janemaynard

maple soy glazed salmon from @janemaynard

The Salmon Council reached out to me recently about doing a salmon recipe in support of American Heart Month (which is right now!) and I thought it would be a good opportunity to get some fish going on in our house. The American Heart Association (AHA) recommends eating fish because it’s a good source of protein and high in omega-3 fatty acids. Salmon is at the top of their fish list and the AHA recommends eating two servings of heart-healthy fish TWICE A WEEK, which can reduce your risk of dying from a heart attack by up to one-third. I guess my twice a decade isn’t quite up to snuff!

maple soy glazed salmon from @janemaynard

maple soy glazed salmon from @janemaynard

I decided it would be fun to throw together a simple and delicious salmon recipe, in the hopes that my kids would go for it. As I was making dinner last night, Cate walked in and asked what we were having. I told her salmon, to which she replied, “I don’t like fish.” I asked her, “Well, what fish have you had?” She didn’t have an answer, so she said she would give it a try and as soon as the salmon came out of the oven, she asked for a bite. She was immediately converted. In fact she had three servings for dinner and exclaimed that it was “AWESOME.” She also said that the “salmon people” would be happy with my blog post because I could tell everyone kids love it. It was super, duper, crazy cute. She also asked if we can have salmon more often. Success! Anna wasn’t quite as enthusiastic, but she did like dinner and cleared her plate no problem! Nate is still on the fence – he said the recipe is good, but…you know, fish. But he promised he would never voice those opinions out loud in front of the kids since they like are really liking fish and it’s so healthy!

maple soy glazed salmon from @janemaynard

maple soy glazed salmon from @janemaynard

This recipe is so incredibly simple it’s surprising. Even if you’ve never cooked fish before you’ll have success! The leftovers were pretty good, but honestly, when the salmon is fresh out of the oven it is IRRESISTIBLE. So flavorful and moist with great texture, Cate and I were swooning!

Also, Cate told me I should take a picture of she and Anna enjoying their salmon. I obliged. How could I not?

my kids enjoying heart-healthy maple soy glazed salmon for dinner (from @janemaynard

In celebration of American Heart Month, the Salmon Council is giving away a fun salmon starter package! One randomly-selected winner will receive a $30 Visa gift card (to get your salmon!), a Hooked on Salmon Thermo-tote, and  1 pack of Weber Firespice cedar planks (visit for recipes and tips including this step-by-step guide for perfect salmon planking). Here’s how to enter the giveaway! (Comments must be posted by Midnight PT on Tuesday 2/25. Winner must have a U.S. address.)

  • Leave a comment on this post – any comment! Easy peasy!
  • Bonus entry: Leave an additional comment with your favorite salmon recipe (either share the recipe or a link!)
  • Bonus entry: Follow The Salmon Council on Facebook! (leave a separate comment indicating you’ve done so)
  • Bonus entry: Follow This Week for Dinner on Facebook! (leave a separate comment indicating you’ve done so)

The giveaway winner was comment #77, Natahsa P. Congratulations, Natasha!

Without further ado, the super easy, even more scrumptious recipe for Maple Soy Glazed Salmon!

Maple Soy Glazed Salmon
Simple and delicious!
Recipe type: Main Dish, Seafood
Serves: 6-8
  • ~2 pounds salmon fillet
  • ½ cup pure maple syrup
  • 3 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 fresh garlic clove, pressed through a garlic press
  • ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
  • salt and pepper
  1. Preheat oven to 500ºF.
  2. Place your salmon fillet on a parchment paper-lined cookie sheet or directly in a casserole dish, either whole or cut into pieces. Sprinkle both sides of the salmon evenly with salt (kosher preferred) and pepper.
  3. Place salmon in oven and cook for 5 minutes. During that 5 minutes, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic and cayenne pepper. At the 5-minute mark, remove the salmon and brush with about half of the glaze. Return to the oven and cook for 5 more minutes, until fish starts to flake and has changed color throughout. Microwave remainder of the glaze for 30 seconds on high while salmon finishes cooking.

I photographed the salmon the night we had it for dinner but ended up reshooting it the next day, because spinach is prettier than carrots. HOWEVER…I have to share one of the original photos because you get such a good sense of the texture of the salmon from it. Just look at that gorgeous fish!

maple soy glazed salmon from @janemaynard

This post was sponsored by The Salmon Council. As always, all opinions are my own.


  1. 1
    Greg H

    The recipe looks very appetizing. Salmon is the only fish the kids look forward to eating!

  2. 2

    I have some salmon in the fridge right now. I’ll try this out!

  3. 3

    Favorite salmon recipe isn’t really a recipe. A marinade that I throw together is maple syrup, dijon, soy sauce, garlic, salt and pepper. Refrigerate in ziploc bag with marinade for 30 minutes. Broil for about 8 minutes. Yum!

  4. 4

    Already following This Week for Dinner on fb.

  5. 7

    Mmmm! Looks delish. Lately I’ve been trying to incorporate fish more into our diet and salmon is my favorite. To be honest, I’d cook it a lot more if I could find more wild-caught boneless, skinless fillets. I hate picking out all the little bones and the skin kind of grosses me out so I usually try to cut that off although it’s a pain.

  6. 8

    Mmm, I love salmon! I rarely cook it at home though so this would be a great chance to do so!

  7. 9

    I Like This Week for Dinner on FB

  8. 10

    This week we’re having maple dijon salmon which is one of my favorites.
    1/4 C dijon mustard, 2 T maple syrup (the real stuff), 1 T olive oil, 2 t soy sauce, 1/4 t garlic

    Mix all the ingredients and marinate the salmon for about an hour then broil in the oven or cook on the grill. It’s very yummy!

  9. 11

    I already follow you on FB

  10. 12

    I follow the salmon council on FB

  11. 13

    we need to eat more salmon too!

  12. 14

    follow you on fb

  13. This salmon look delicious!

  14. 16

    My husband would be happy if I made salmon twice a week for him!

  15. 17

    blackened salmon is a fave in the house

  16. 18

    This looks so great, pinning it for future meal making

  17. 19

    follow you on facebook, Shannons Bookworms

  18. 20

    follow hooked on salmon on facebook

  19. 21
    Julia Thielman

    1) Recipe: I usually make this recipe with my salmon.

    I have an 11month old and babies are not supposed to have honey, so I was looking for a new salmon recipe and turned to “This week for dinner”.

  20. 22
    Julia Thielman

    I am following hooked on salmon on facebook.

  21. 23
    Julia Thielman

    I am following this week for dinner on facebook.

  22. 24

    Looks delicious!

  23. 26

    The salmon looks divine!

  24. 27

    I need to try this recipe, thanks for the giveaway!

  25. 28

    I’m following the Salmon Council on FB!

  26. 29

    And I already follow you on FB 🙂

  27. 30

    This is one of my favorite salmon recipes – Bourbon and Brown Sugar!

  28. 31

    I brush mine with real maple syrup or honey, drizzle a bit of citrus ponzu, sprinkle with Simply Asian Sweet and Spicy Saigon seasoning and broil til done! Not fancy, but delish!

  29. 32

    So glad your family has an open mind… Salmon done right is very yummy and good for you too!

  30. 33

    No Facebook….but maybe you’ll throw us Pinterester’s a bone! 🙂 2wellsmade5

  31. 34
    Brittany Koelmel

    I like to marinate my salmon in sweet chili sauce and then grill it! SOOO YUMMY!

  32. 35
    Brittany Koelmel

    And I love fish in general. I actually like my fish raw. Like sashimi. poeple find it weird, but it is soooo goood!

  33. 36
    Brittany Koelmel

    I followed hooked on salmon on facebook!

  34. 37
    Brittany Koelmel

    And i followed you on facebook also!

  35. 38

    We eat salmon at least every two weeks. Usually just mix honey, brown sugar and butter then brush over salmon but looking forward to trying this recipe soon.

  36. 39
    Kelly D

    My kids and I always enjoy salmon, I like the way you prepared it.

  37. 40
    Stephanie P.

    When salmon is cooked just right, it’s delicious. I also like it on the sweeter side, or sweet and spicy.

  38. 41
    Stephanie P.

    Bonus: My favorite salmon recipe is cedar plank salmon with a lime jalapeno glaze:

  39. 42
    Kelly D

    I like This Week for Dinner on Facebook(Kelly D Saver)

  40. 43
    Kelly D

    I like The Salmon Council on Facebook(Kelly D Saver)

  41. 44
    Nikki CB

    That salmon looks and sounds so delicious. I love the pics of the girls.

  42. 45
    Nikki CB

    Already following TWFD on Facebook.

  43. wow salmon is soo good, my favorite schmear at Einstein’s is the Salmon Schmear for sure!

  44. I Follow The Salmon Council on Facebook!

  45. 49

    Our family LOVES salmon!

  46. I Follow This Week for Dinner on Facebook!

  47. 51

    I would love to eat more salmon!

  48. 52

    I like this week for dinner on FB!

  49. 53

    I love salmon

  50. 54

    I Follow The Salmon Council on Facebook

  51. 55

    I like you on facebook

  52. 56

    This recipe looks very good and kid friendly

  53. 57

    I like you on Facebook

  54. 59

    Looks so yummy!

  55. 60
    Kim from PA

    I hope I win this because we LOVE fish…..especially salmon!

    I like fish because it’s healthy, simple and fast to prepare. Fresh fish (or high quality, flash-frozen fish) does not require any special sauces or marinades….just a little olive oil, salt & pepper. Yum.

  56. 61

    We love Salmon. Even my two little daughter love it and it is so healthy that we eat it once a week!

  57. 62

    FB follower
    Sara Peterson Davis

  58. 63

    I love salmon, but rarely cook it at home. Cedar plank salmon is the best! Thanks for the giveaway.

  59. 64

    I like Hooked on Salmon on facebook

  60. 65

    I like This Week for Dinner on facebook, too 🙂

  61. 66
    Denise m

    the fish looks absolutely delicious, we are trying to eat more of it but its tough to cook it right

  62. 67

    i really should eat more fish

  63. 68
    debbie rough

    I love salmon!!!

  64. 69
    debbie rough

    i follow you on facebook this week for dinner 🙂

  65. 70
    debbie rough

    i liked the world salmon council 🙂

  66. 71
    debbie rough

    cate and anna are so dang cute!!!

  67. 72

    My whole family loves salmon…including 2 small kids!

  68. 73

    Looks good! My problem with preparing fish for dinner is knowing what to buy and whether what I get from our local grocery store will be good quality, what do you( or the salmon council) recommend?

    • Jane Maynard

      hi leisa! I contacted the council to make sure I got some helpful info for you, here you go!!! 🙂

      When purchasing fresh salmon you should look for vibrant, glossy fillets. If the seafood counter smells fishy or sour, you should purchase elsewhere because the freshest and highest quality seafood should smell like the ocean. The fillet should have moist, elastic skin that is resilient enough to return to shape after you touch it, and you should check to make sure that there is no darkening or brown or yellowish discoloration around the edges of the fillet. For more purchasing information visit

  69. 74

    as always, this looks super fab. Will def have to try this w my picky kids! thx for sharing!

  70. I love preparing salmon and one of my favorite ways is to bake it will just salt, pepper, olive oil and lemon then serve it over pesto pasta, which is also a good way for people not as into salmon as the pest is such a strong flavor on its own.

  71. 76

    Would love to win this!

  72. Thanks for the giveaway!

  73. I love to cook Salmon with the fish seasoning from Williams Sonoma. So good!

  74. 79

    that salmon looks so good. i’ll have to try this soon.

  75. 80

    I love salmon. Will post a recipe.

  76. 81

    Salmon Red Pepper Pesto Pasta

    Sounds fancy, but it’s super easy!

    I cook a couple of the salmon burgers I get at Costco. Meanwhile, add chopped roasted red peppers and a couple of spoonfuls of pesto to your favorite cream sauce (store bought or homemade). Toss cooked pasta with sauce. Break salmon into bite sized chunks and top the pasta. Very delicious.

  77. 82
    Lori H

    Your salmon looks yummy!

  78. 83
    Christina J

    mmm… can’t wait to try this recipe!

  79. 84
    Susan Christy

    Grilled Salmon – one of my favorites!!!

  80. 85
    Susan Christy

    Like Hooked on Salmon on Facebook.

  81. 86
    Susan Christy

    Like you on Facebook.

  82. 88
    Gina Guthrie

    Great recipe, thanks for sharing!

  83. 89
    Gina Guthrie

    I like you on FB

  84. 90
    Gina Guthrie

    I liked the salmon council on FB.

  85. 91
    Gina Guthrie

    I love almond and rosemary crusted salmon.

  86. 92

    I never liked salmon until a friend brought back some fresh salmon from Alaska. Now it’s my favorite fish!
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  87. 93

    I like The Salmon Council on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson (MsCarolsueA)

  88. 94

    I like you on Facebook as Carolsue Anderson (MsCarolsueA)

  89. 95

    I like this recipe for Horseradish Salmon from Good Housekeeping.

  90. 96

    Looks delicious! My all-time-favorite salmon recipe is so simple – top salmon with a mixture of orange marmalade, Dijon mustard, ground ginger and pepper. Bake 30 min on foil (tip: if you bake the skin-on fish on foil the skin will stick and remove easily!)

  91. Salmon is my 5 year old’s favorite meal! We get the Wild Salmon frozen from Costco (I find it to be great quality!)

  92. Also, I’m a fan of TWFD on Facebook!

  93. Here is our favorite salmon recipe. Instead of using the foil method, I bake the salmon on a baking sheet at 425 for about 10-15 minutes until flaky.

  94. 100
    Gretchen Downey

    If only we fished, we’d eat salmon every night!

  95. 101
    Michelle Machado

    Similar to yours, we make it all of the time. A family member made it for one of our reunions and served 100 people. They loved it.

  96. 102
    Michelle Machado

    I would love to win!

  97. 103
    Michelle Machado

    I follow you on fb.

  98. 104
    gerry gollwitzer

    Sounds like an excellent recipe.

  99. 105

    I’m like your husband, only I grew up in Seattle. Still don’t like fish “stuff”. However, I will eat smoked salmon if it’s cooked the right way – usually from a super expensive restaurant. So, that’s not very often! 🙂 But, I’m getting more “open” the older I get. 😉

  100. 106
    Deairdre Miller

    I LOVE salmon! When I lived in Alaska I would bake it in the oven with onion, honey, and seasoning. And I sent a whole lot of it through the smoker!

  101. 107

    Love salmon! Especially salmon burgers.

  102. my favorite way to make salmon is to mix together equal parts fruit preserves (raspberry is my fave) and soy sauce. just about 1-2 T each per filet. then rub on both sides and broil til done.

  103. 110

    I cooked this for dinner tonight and everybody loved it! I’m glad I tried a new salmon recipe because I normally just put salt, pepper and lime, but I really like how it turned out with the glaze!

  104. 111

    This recipe looks delicious. I’m always looking for new ways to cook Salmon, but I never thought of a soy glaze.

  105. 112

    I liked This Week for Dinner on Facebook.

  106. 113

    I liked the Salmon Council on Facebook.

  107. 114

    My favorite recipe for salmon is one I throw together and wrap in parchment: salmon, dill, salt, pepper, and lemon; I serve it with a homemade aioli (mayo, garlic, lemon juice, lemon zest, capers, pepper)

  108. 115

    I would love to try my hand and grilling some salmon.

  109. 116

    Hi! Made this tonight for dinner and the fish lover in my house was pleased. The fish itself turned out well, but the glaze ran off onto the sides of the pan and burned – fire alarm went off as I pulled it out of the oven. Any ideas why this happened? Or tips for how to make it again and avoid that? Didn’t leave a pleasant smell in the air; but the fish with the glaze on it tasted great.

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