Hey There! For someone who really enjoys eating salmon, you’d think that I would have a salmon recipe on my food blog already.
Not that I haven’t eaten my share of salmon since starting the blog seeing as how salmon has so many simple and delicious preparations. Well, I guess it’s better now than never to post my first salmon recipe.
Without further ado (and no more rambling), I hope you enjoy this recipe for Maple-Soy Baked Salmon!
Prepare the maple-soy marinade/sauce for the salmon. Full ingredient amounts and instructions located in the recipe card below.
Place the salmon in a large resealable bag and use half the marinade (reserve the rest for later) to marinade the salmon fillets for 15 minutes.
Lay the marinated salmon fillets on a parchment paper lined baking sheet.
Bake at 400 degrees F for 10-15 minutes, until cooked.
For this recipe, I used skinless salmon fillets, which have a tender, flaky texture, and mild to rich flavour (depending on type of salmon) when cooked.
Plus, salmon is really good-for-you. It’s an excellent source of protein, omega-3 fatty acids (beneficial to your brain health), and a variety of vitamins and minerals like selenium, vitamin B12, and potassium.
The salmon is flavoured with a super easy marinade that also doubles as extra sauce at the end and it only has six ingredients, two of which are pantry staples: salt and pepper. Plus, it comes together in just a few minutes. Just pour, chop some ingredients, and whisk together.
The sauce is sweet and salty featuring umami-rich soy sauce as well as rich and sweet pure maple syrup. It’s a perfect match.
The flavour is further enhanced with fresh garlic and ginger, which gives it a wonderful little spicy and pungent kick. Then sea salt and freshly ground black pepper are added, which makes everything taste that much better.
The salmon is briefly marinated for 15 minutes with half the mixture (remember to save the other half to use as sauce in the end). While the salmon marinades, preheat the oven and line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
Then, it only takes 10-15 minutes to bake depending on the thickness and desired doneness of salmon.
You can check for doneness using a folk. If the salmon flakes easily (it should still be tender and moist), it’s done. You can also check the internal temperature using an instant read thermometer. The recommended minimal internal temperature for cooked fish is 145 degrees F (62.8 degrees C).
Finish by spooning the reserved sauce on top of the salmon fillets and then sprinkle with toasted sesame seeds for crunch.
Side Dish Pairings! You’ve probably noticed in the photos that I paired the salmon with simple spinach and tomato salad, but if you want something a little different, check out these recipe ideas:
In summary, this salmon dish is:
Quick and easy to prepare
Made using minimal ingredients
A great weeknight or lazy day meal
I hope you enjoy this recipe! If you try out this recipe, please leave me a comment and rating below or tag me on any of my social media.