Years ago I discovered this recipe for salmon with a maple glaze, which is such a good standby. The combination of mustard and maple syrup reduced to a thick sauce is delicious, but as simple as it is, I am always happy to simplify even more. A while back my friend introduced me to a similar salmon recipe made with a maple and soy sauce glaze, which is a great alternative but still has the step of reducing the glaze in a pot before using. Then came New Year’s Eve, and in an internet search for a new salmon idea I came across a version that just requires marinating the salmon in the maple syrup and soy sauce (plus a little minced garlic), and WOW! The combination of sweet, salty, and a little garlic kick is delicious, and baking the salmon right in the marinade makes it so flavorful and moist. Plus I can’t resist the one dish meal. I might never go back!
Easiest Maple Salmon
adapted from Spark Recipes
1/4 cup pure maple syrup (can sub honey)
1/4 cup soy sauce
2 garlic cloves, minced
1.25-1.5 lbs wild salmon (in one large piece or cut into individual portions)
Mix the maple syrup, soy sauce, and garlic in a measuring cup. Pour into a glass or ceramic baking dish big enough to hold your salmon. Add the salmon, turn to coat, and let marinate skin side UP for 1 hour in the fridge or 20 minutes at room temperature.
Preheat oven to 350. Turn salmon skin side down and bake for 15-20 minutes, until salmon flakes easily at the thickest point.