Broiled Salmon with Sesame Maple Glaze

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Maple Glazed Salmon with a sweet and savory Asian-inspired marinade is a fish recipe that even the non-seafood eaters will love. Drizzle your perfectly broiled salmon with the flavorful sauce and serve your Maple Sesame Salmon with broccoli and rice or cauliflower rice to make it a full meal. A simple swap of tamari for the soy sauce makes it gluten free.

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This is one of those recipes where I found two recipes I wanted to try and could decide between them. So I combined them into one dish.

And maybe maple syrup you typically associate with Asian flavors. But the earthy sweetness plays so well with the savory, salty soy sauce and the nuttiness of the sesame oil and sesame seeds.

Then when it is broiled, it caramelizes which makes it even tastier.

Honestly, I am not a big fish person. I usually eat it because I know I should since it is so healthy. My husband and kids love it, though, and beg me to make more seafood.

But this is a salmon recipe that even this non-fish eater loves!

And let’s just say that my family totally devours it every time.

Closeup of Sesame Maple Glazed Salmon with sesame seeds and scallions on top

Sesame Maple Salmon

It might look like a long list of ingredients. But most of them are pantry staples, and you really don’t have to fuss. Just pour it all in a bag, squish it around, and add the salmon.

A simple sauce with the same flavors is spooned over your broiled salmon to just enhance all that caramelized, glazy goodness.

Here is a brief overview so you can see just how easy it is to make. Scroll down to the printable recipe card for the full quantities and details.
But don’t skip my PRO TIPS below!

Ingredients

For the salmon:

  • salmon
  • olive oil
  • maple syrup – use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup
  • sesame oil
  • rice vinegar
  • soy sauce – use gluten free soy sauce or tamari, if needed
  • garlic
  • dry ginger powder
  • crushed red pepper flakes

For the glaze:

  • maple syrup
  • maple syrup – use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup
  • soy sauce – use gluten free soy sauce or tamari, if needed
  • dry ginger powder
  • chives
  • toasted sesame seeds

Directions

  1. Combine the marinade ingredients, pour into a ziplock bag, and add the salmon. Marinate for 30 minutes or up to several hours.
  2. Preheat your broiler.
  3. Remove salmon from the marinade and place directly on the broiler pan or wire rack. Pour a little of the marinade over the salmon and discard the rest.
  4. Season with salt and pepper, then broil for 10-16 minutes, until opaque and flakes easily with a fork and it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
  5. While the salmon is cooking, toast the sesame seeds and stir together the glaze ingredients.
  6. Remove and serve immediately with broccoli and Maple Sesame Glaze drizzled over both.
Fork flaking apart broiled maple sesame glazed salmon

Brianne’s pro tips

  • One option for cooking the salmon is to line the bottom of your broiler pan or a baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy cleanup since some of the marinade will drip off. Then spray the top of the broiler pan or a wire rack liberally with cooking spray or olive oil. Cook the salmon on the broiler pan or wire rack placed on top of the foil-lined pan.
  • You can also cook it right on the foiled-lined pan. You don’t need cooking spray and should be able to use a thin spatula to slide the fish off the pan, leaving the skin stuck on the foil.
  • It is recommended to cool salmon to an internal temperature of 145°F. I recommend having an instant-read thermometer to be able to check meat temperature quickly and accurately.
  • You really must use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup.
Maple Sesame Salmon and broccoli on a plate with pink chopsticks

Make it a meal

In the recipe, I say to serve it with simply steamed broccoli. When you drizzle it with that maple sesame sauce, it tastes amazing. But there are plenty of other options:

Quick and easy

  • Regular or gluten free brown rice ramen noodles that boil up in minutes.
  • Frozen sugar snap peas or Asian mixed vegetables cooked according to package instructions.

Quinoa bowl

Less carbs, lots of veggies

Kid-friendly and fun

Classic

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After soaking in a sweet and savory marinade, this broiled salmon has tons of delicious flavor. It’s so good, it will even get those that say they don’t like seafood happily eating their fish. Easy, healthy, and tasty. Definitely a winner for the family!

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Sesame Maple Glazed Salmon serves on a plate with broccoli and sauce
5 from 1 vote

Sesame Maple Glazed Salmon

A sweet and savory Asian-inspired fish recipe that even the non-seafood eaters will love.
Servings: 4 -6

Ingredients

For the salmon:

  • 1-1 1/2 pounds raw salmon
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1 Tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons rice vinegar
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce or tamari, for gluten-free
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon dry ground ginger
  • 1/8 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • Maple Sesame Glaze, see below
  • About 1 lb broccoli, if desired, steamed to desired doneness

For the Maple Sesame Glaze

  • 3 Tablespoon maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce/tamari
  • pinch dry ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon minced chives
  • 1 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds

Instructions

  • In a large bowl or baking dish, combine olive oil, maple syrup, sesame oil, rice vinegar, soy sauce/tamari, garlic, ginger, and crushed red pepper, and whisk well until combined.
  • Add salmon to the dish or place everything in a ziplock bag, then refrigerate and marinate for at least 30 minutes (I marinated it for a couple of hours).
  • Prepare the glaze, as per the Note below.
  • Preheat the broiler in your oven. Line the bottom of your broiler pan or a baking sheet with aluminum foil, and spray the top of the broiler pan or a wire rack liberally with cooking spray or olive oil.
  • Remove salmon from the marinade and place directly on the broiler pan or wire rack. Pour some of the excess marinade over the salmon, sprinkle with a little bit of salt and pepper, then place directly under the broiler. Cook for 10-16 minutes, depending on the salmon’s thickness, until opaque and flakes easily with a fork and it reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.
  • Remove and serve immediately with broccoli and Maple Sesame Glaze drizzled over both. Serve the extra glaze on the side.

For the Maple Sesame Glaze:

  • In a small bowl, combine the ingredients and stir until smooth.
Nutrition Facts
Sesame Maple Glazed Salmon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 306 Calories from Fat 135
% Daily Value*
Fat 15g23%
Saturated Fat 2g10%
Cholesterol 63mg21%
Sodium 808mg34%
Potassium 650mg19%
Carbohydrates 18g6%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 15g17%
Protein 24g48%
Vitamin A 64IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 60mg6%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Adapted from Toasted Sesame Ginger Salmon and Maple Glazed Salmon on How Sweet It Is

Enjoy!

17 Comments
  1. Salmon is one of my faves…but I don’t have it that often because Joe doesn’t care for it. I just gotta buy something different for him—that wouldn’t be hard!

  2. Oooh I bet the glaze with maple and sesame was fabulous on the salmon! I’m a big salmon fan, but haven’t ever made it with the maple glaze. That needs to change asap! I am so glad you were able to participate in this month’s post 🙂

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