Monday, April 26, 2010

When in Doubt, use Maple Syrup (Maple Sesame Salmon Fillets)

I spend so much time trying to create meals that the whole family will enjoy together, I sometimes get a bit discouraged. But then I'll find something the kids will ask seconds of, and at that moment, I know it's all worth it.

To me, the key to a "happy meal" (ha!) is using a main ingredient I know we all like (in this case salmon fillets) and pairing it with flavors that are kid friendly. Maple syrup is always a winner at our house as are Asian flavors. So I mixed and matched and ended up with a recipe I'll be making over and over again.

Maple Sesame Salmon Fillets


Salmon or trout fillets (enough for 4 to 6 people)

3 cloves of garlic, finely chopped

1/3 cup maple syrup

1/4 cup soy sauce (I use reduced sodium)

2 tsp rice vinegar

1 tsp sesame oil

1/2 tsp Sriracha sauce (or hot sauce of your choice)


Toasted sesame seeds, for garnish


Mix all the ingredients except the salmon and the sesame seeds. You can either use a bowl or a ziptop bag. Place the salmon in the marinade and let rest, in the refrigerator for at least 15 minutes.


Since the marinade is sweet, I usually line a baking sheet with aluminum paper, it makes clean up much easier. Preheat your broiler and place the oven rack in the middle of the oven. Place the salmon fillets on the baking sheet and broil for about 10 minutes. If you like, you can baste the fish with the marinade once or twice during cooking. To see if the salmon is ready, use a fork to flake the fillets and check if they are cooked through. You'll know that the fish is cooked when its flesh turns opaque. You might need to cook the salmon a little longer, depending on the size of your fillets.


Garnish with sesame seeds and serve with a side of rice and veggies of your choice.
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21 comments:

grace said...

considering the massive maple kick i currently find myself on, all i can say to your post is AMEN! :)

Cookie baker Lynn said...

Salmon with maple sounds heavenly. I need to put this one on the menu.

Lydia (The Perfect Pantry) said...

My Canadian husband loves maple syrup on everything, and while it's often too sweet for me, on salmon it's just the perfect balance to the richness of the fish.

Susan said...

Will try this for the barbecue - sounds yummy!

Manggy said...

Gosh Lynne, maple syrup AND Asian flavors?!? Were we separated at birth or something?! I LOVE these!!

thecoffeesnob said...

This sounds so good! I imagine the marinade would be perfect with chicken as well, mmm!

Cookie said...

Maple and salmon sound awesome together! I just bought some sesame seeds too so I'll definitely be trying this recipe. Thanks!

Lucie said...

I make pretty much the same thing quite often, but without the maple syrup...changing my recipe right now!!!

Chef Dennis said...

wow...that salmon looks great! a maple glaze is one of my favortes!

Kevin said...

This is one of my favorite ways to enjoy salmon! I like the use of the hot sauce in this version.

crystal reports said...

I love salmon.. I think the maple syrup made it more tastier. Hmmmm

kona coffee said...

I am Asian I'm totally digging this dish! Thanks for posting!!!! Love it..

mehndi designs said...

ONE OF MY FAVORITE SEAFOOD! THIS LOOKS REALLY DELICIOUS!

molly said...

this looks dreamy! bookmarking...

Aimée said...

Can you come cook this for us? I know my boys would eat every bite. Salmon is currently on their 'like' list.

Cookie baker Lynn said...

We made this last night and it was delicious! Thanks for the recipe.

Jessica B. said...

I made this for dinner last night and it was great. The combination of the maple and soy was just right. Thanks!

Peabody said...

Oh how I love a good maple salmon. This looks delish!

PicnicIdeas said...

I love salmon and the recipe indeed looks great.
Sound very interesting combination,so i will probably enjoy this recipe very much .
Thanks :-)

ZoeDee said...

Your photos are very appe(tite)ling :0) I have all the ingredients on hand, and so this will be my yummy supper. I will accompany it with baked yams topped with mango and cashews&almonds. Thanks for the recipe that is very user friendly. Cheers from Canada (land of the maple leafs & syrup)

Shawna said...

This looks delicious! I've been on a maple syrup kick lately (I bought really good quality syrup recently and it's the best thing I've tasted) So I'm really excited to try this recipe! I'm making this for tonight. I omitted the hot sauce and added fresh grated ginger. Thanks for the recipe!

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