Maple Sesame Glazed Salmon

A sweet and savory Asian-inspired fish recipe that even the non-seafood eaters will love.
Course Seafood
Servings 2 -4
Author Brianne @ Cupcakes & Kale Chips


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
  • 1-2 Tablespoons toasted sesame seeds I used 2 T, and as you can see from the pictures, it was kind of a lot


  • 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. (Or preheat your grill, etc if you prefer to use something else.) 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 10-12 minutes, depending on the salmon’s thickness, until opaque and flakes easily with a fork. If desired, about halfway through, pour over the rest of the marinade.
  • 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.