Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon

My family loves salmon and every now and then I’ll be a Good Samaritan and make it for them.

No biggie that my house smells like fish for a day or two.

Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon - The glaze is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat & makes this 15 minute recipe just pop!

It’s so easy to make, ready in less than 15 minutes, and you dirty precisely one skillet. My kinda recipe.

Even though it’s not my thing, my family really enjoyed it, and it may be your thing.

Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon - The glaze is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat & makes this 15 minute recipe just pop!

My thing is this same concept and glaze, except with tofu. You could use the idea and glaze with chicken.

If you’ve ever been intimated to cook salmon, this is a super simple, flavorful, and goofproof method.

Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon - The glaze is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat & makes this 15 minute recipe just pop!

First, sear the fish in a pan with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Keep the skillet covered for about 6 minutes, or until you estimate the salmon is 80 to 90 percent done.

Then squirt in maple syrup, bbq sauce, Worcestershire, and allow the glaze to bubble, thicken, and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. I used my new favorite barbecue sauce that’s sweet with a bit of heat.

Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon - The glaze is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat & makes this 15 minute recipe just pop!

For most pan sauces, I don’t bother mixing up the glaze in a separate bowl and instead just squirt it into the pan. One less bowl to wash and it all blends together as it boils and bubbles. No need to dirty measuring spoons, either. Just eyeball it and squirt from the bottle.

The glaze has a tiny kick from the barbeque sauce along with some smokiness, and there’s sweetness from the maple syrup. The lemon juice brightens it and adds a tangy twist, and fish and lemon are a natural pairing.

Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon - The glaze is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat & makes this 15 minute recipe just pop!

My family said the fish was soft and tender and that the glaze just makes the dish.

They inhaled it in about 5 minutes flat and asked when I’m making it again.

Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon - The glaze is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat & makes this 15 minute recipe just pop!

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Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon

This is so easy to make, it's ready in less than 15 minutes, and you dirty precisely one skillet. The glaze just makes the dish and has a tiny kick from the barbeque sauce along with some smokiness, and there's sweetness from the maple syrup. The lemon juice brightens the glaze and adds a tangy twist, and fish and lemon are a natural pairing. I use this glaze for pan-seared tofu and tempeh, and it can be used with chicken. If you've ever been intimated to cook salmon, try this super simple, flavorful, and goofproof method.

Yield: two 6-ounce salmon fillets

Prep Time: 1 minute

Cook Time: about 9 to 12 minutes, or until done

Total Time: about 15 minutes


2 to 3 tablespoons olive oil
2 salmon fillets, about 6 ounces each with skin on
juice of 1 small/medium lemon
salt and pepper (or lemon pepper or a pepper blend), to taste
about 3 tablespoons maple syrup
about 3 tablespoons barbeque sauce
2 teaspoons Worcestershire sauce


  1. Place olive oil in skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  2. When oil is warm, add the salmon to sear it with skin-side up (flesh side down).
  3. Squeeze the lemon juice over the top
  4. Evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  5. Cover skillet and cook for about 6 minutes, or until fish has a nice sear and is about 80 to 90 percent done.
  6. Uncover skillet, lower heat to medium, and squirt in the maple syrup, barbeque sauce, and Worcestershire.
  7. Cover skillet and cook for about 3 to 5 minutes, or until sauce has thickened some, is bubbly, and salmon is cooked through and done.
  8. Plate the salmon, top with remaining glaze from skillet if desired, and serve immediately. Salmon is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

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73 Responses to “Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon”

  1. — March 24, 2014 at 5:13 am (#

    this sounds so delicious! i bet it would be really good if i make my hubby toss it on the grill =)

  2. Laura Dembowski — March 24, 2014 at 5:28 am (#

    I eat fish 4-5 times a week. Wood salmon is my favorite so I’m excited to try this twist. My dad won’t say fish and the smell drives home crazy.

  3. Colleen @ What's Baking in the Barbershop?! — March 24, 2014 at 5:43 am (#

    My hubs and I both love salmon – and I know we’d love this maple bbq flavor combo! Looks awesome.

  4. Emma @ Life's A Runner — March 24, 2014 at 5:47 am (#

    So, I absolutely adore salmon, and being Canadian, am always partial to anything maple-related. The next time we have fish I am sure this will be happening! :)

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 6:02 am (#

      I’d love some Canadian homegrown maple syrup right about now!

  5. Chelsea @chelseasmessyapron — March 24, 2014 at 5:51 am (#

    That is so sweet you make this for your family even though you don’t like it! I’m not a huge salmon fan, but it’s my husbands favorite fish so we have it every once and a while! Love that glaze and your pretty photos! :)

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 6:02 am (#

      Thanks for saying that about the photos…it was so glare-ey from all the glaze! ha! :)

  6. Amanda — March 24, 2014 at 6:04 am (#

    Gotta try this one, maple bbq, sounds delish! Love getting new salmon recipes, thanks so much :)

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 7:08 am (#

      I loved seeing your 15 min dinner today. That makes me happy :)

  7. Mary — March 24, 2014 at 6:33 am (#

    We eat fish a few times a week and Salmon is a favorite at my house. We love the flavors of maple & with a kick of BBQ, oh yum!

  8. Paula — March 24, 2014 at 6:53 am (#

    We have loved all of your seafood recipes and this one looks like a must for us–salmon is my favorite! I think I’ll take my cast iron pan out to the grill and keep the smell out of the house. Your parsnip fries and some kind of slaw ought to be perfect with it.

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 7:09 am (#

      It’s been awhile on some of those…shows just how long you’ve been reading :) And this one is SO easy! I bet the glaze, with fries and SLAW would be so good together!

    • Paula — March 28, 2014 at 5:29 pm (#

      This was excellent –perfect fish and fries meal!! I think the glaze would be good for chicken too.

    • Averie Sunshine — March 28, 2014 at 8:09 pm (#

      Oh thanks for trying this and the field report, Paula! Glad you enjoyed it!

  9. Chelsea @ Gal on a Mission — March 24, 2014 at 7:12 am (#

    We absolutely love salmon here and cannot eat enough of it. This looks delicious, Averie. Pinned! :)

  10. Jocelyn (Grandbaby Cakes) — March 24, 2014 at 7:31 am (#

    I seriously need this salmon. It looks so fantastic Averie and so flavorful!

  11. Crystal | Apples & Sparkle — March 24, 2014 at 7:33 am (#

    This does look yummy & easy. I really like salmon with a sweet-ish sauce/glaze. And I’d bet that this glaze would be good on some tofu, for the non-salmon eaters. Love the addition of bbq sauce. Pinned! = )

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 8:17 am (#

      It’s a great glaze on tofu! I love it that way. Thanks for pinning!

  12. The Macadame — March 24, 2014 at 7:39 am (#

    Salmon is my absolute favourite dinner! And with maple – why didnt I think of this! Thanks for sharing!
    Anisa – The Macadame. xx

  13. Beth @ bethcakes — March 24, 2014 at 7:42 am (#

    I’m not much of a fish person either, but this looks so good I would have to try it! I can see why your family loved it and that’s so sweet of you to make it for them even though it isn’t your thing! Definitely the prettiest fish dish I’ve ever seen. :)

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 8:17 am (#

      Thanks for the compliment and saying it’s the prettiest fish you’ve ever seen!

  14. Maryea {happy healthy mama} — March 24, 2014 at 7:43 am (#

    Dinner in 15 minutes? Yes please. Salmon is one of the only fish I like and love it with maple. This looks great.

  15. Marie @ Little Kitchie — March 24, 2014 at 8:00 am (#

    Salmon is most definitely my thing, and this looks delicious!

  16. Emilie@TheCleverCarrot — March 24, 2014 at 8:17 am (#

    I love the look of this of this! It’s great that it cooks up so quick too. Can’t beat that! Pinning :)

  17. Marisa — March 24, 2014 at 8:17 am (#

    I am going to try this with tofu! Sounds delicious. I am always curious when vegan/vegetarian/gluten-free (etc) bloggers post recipes they themselves don’t eat- do you eat some salmon or just rely on your fabulous taste testers? Either way, love the glaze and will try it out.

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 8:19 am (#

      It’s a great glaze on tofu and is versatile for really any protein! (or even veggies like sweet potatoes or brussles)

  18. Ceara @ Ceara's Kitchen — March 24, 2014 at 8:31 am (#

    I would love to try this and the tofu version – I love easy supper and maple anything! Made a half batch of you Chocolate Chip Cookies this weekend (your first go-to chocolate chip recipe because pudding mix isn’t a thing here yet) and loved them (especially the cookie dough!). I subbed a flax egg in and they turned out superb :) Thx for all the wonderful recipes Averie!

    • Averie Sunshine — March 24, 2014 at 8:53 am (#

      That’s great to hear you made my original favorite CCCs and that a flax egg worked well! Wonderful to know! :)

  19. Karly — March 24, 2014 at 8:31 am (#

    That glaze!! Love it!

  20. Katie — March 24, 2014 at 8:56 am (#

    I have tried to, but I just can’t get into salmon. Unless it is smoked, and even then I’m picky. It has to be dry smoked (so flakey) and not wet (like lox). So, basically, I just avoid it. I’d be all over this sauce though. :D

    And that fishy smell…I used to leave the house growing up when my mom made fish. That smell does not leave your clothes for months. Even washed in the strongest soap!

  21. Anna @ Crunchy Creamy Sweet — March 24, 2014 at 10:15 am (#

    Salmon is pretty much the only fish I want to eat. This looks amazing, Averie! Love the glaze idea! Pinned!

  22. Laura (Tutti Dolci) — March 24, 2014 at 10:15 am (#

    This is the best way to cook salmon, love that glossy glaze!

  23. zerrin — March 24, 2014 at 12:30 pm (#

    Averie, this looks super scrumptious! We love to make salmon with orange and lemon and I’m sure yours will be our favorite too as we love all the sauces you use here! Thanks for the idea! Pinned!

  24. Carol at Wild Goose Tea — March 24, 2014 at 4:01 pm (#

    Way out in the boonies we have a place that smoked fish. One of their most popular and most delicious is their maple smoked salmon. They two flavors
    just go together. I live in the Pacific NW, so salmon is easily gotten.
    A most excellent recipe—plus quick. Hear Hear for that.

  25. Melanie | Melanie Makes — March 24, 2014 at 5:53 pm (#

    This sounds amazing – love the sweet + spicy combination!

  26. CakePants — March 24, 2014 at 6:06 pm (#

    I have always been intimidated by cooking salmon (even after taking a cooking class where we did that!), but this definitely looks do-able – and delicious! I feel your pain about making the house smell…I wish there were an easy way of preventing that from happening! I made Indian food the other day, and my pillowcases and towels still smell like it :/

  27. Jaclyn — March 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm (#

    This salmon looks amazing Averie!! I have got to try this!

    • Averie Sunshine — March 25, 2014 at 1:59 am (#

      Thank you for pinning, too, of course (and for all your pins!) :)

  28. Elizabeth — March 24, 2014 at 6:30 pm (#

    I agree-one skillet recipes = the best!


  29. alison @ Ingredients, Inc. — March 24, 2014 at 7:35 pm (#

    right up my alley for my kids!

  30. Chung-Ah | Damn Delicious — March 24, 2014 at 11:40 pm (#

    How GORGEOUS is this?! It’s 11:39PM and I’m ready for a second dinner with this.

    Seriously though, these photos are absolutely amazing. Salmon is so hard to photograph and you completely nailed it on this!

    • Averie Sunshine — March 25, 2014 at 1:58 am (#

      Well thank you for saying this! This was the salmon I had told you about and I never intended to post this but after it was done, I thought it looked so pretty that I just HAD to post it. So, I did :) And hearing you say it’s hard to photograph, yeah after I was looking at these images (4 weeks later!) I realized how glare-ey most of them were. It did look way better in person than it conveys here, but I tried :)

  31. Norma | Allspice and Nutmeg — March 25, 2014 at 2:41 am (#

    This sounds incredible. I need to start cooking salmon again. This will be my first recipe to try. Thanks!

  32. Laura (Blogging Over Thyme) — March 25, 2014 at 5:14 am (#

    I have to try bbq sauce on salmon before (I tend to just naturally go in the direction of Asian marinades), but this looks so good!

  33. Kitchen Belleicious — March 25, 2014 at 5:32 am (#

    look at just how juicy it is! I mean girl it looks amazing

  34. marla — March 25, 2014 at 6:22 am (#

    This salmon looks amazing Averie ~ must try it ASAP!!

  35. ashley - baker by nature — March 25, 2014 at 7:45 am (#

    This is stunning, Averie! Just saw it on FB and ran over to see more. Cannot wait to make at home.

  36. Jennie @themessybakerblog — March 25, 2014 at 8:07 am (#

    I love making fish for dinner. It cooks up in no time and it’s super healthy. Love this recipe, Averie!

  37. Lindsey @ American Heritage Cooking — March 25, 2014 at 8:21 am (#

    You are so kind to smell up your kitchen for your fan! I’m sure they appreciate it! I know I appreciate you posting this – it looks wonderful! And wonderfully easy…bonus!

  38. Lauren @ LoveChocolateLife — March 25, 2014 at 8:45 am (#

    I LOVE the fact that this is fast AND one pot.. my ideal dish seriously!!! And looks amazing.. making this for dinner ASAP. Thank you !! :)

  39. sally @ sallys baking addiction — March 25, 2014 at 11:14 am (#

    I’ve been waiting for you to post this recipe, Averie – ever since you mentioned how much your fam loved it. And the photos are stunning! I have yet to photograph fish. Maybe someday! But I can imagine it being much different than gooey chocolate chip cookies lol. I simply love the combination of maple and BBQ together. A great pair for salmon, that’s for sure! This is a must try.

    • Averie Sunshine — March 25, 2014 at 11:21 am (#

      I actually hadn’t photographed any in years! In some of my related links I have made fish in the past, but it’s been eons. In so many ways, savory food *can* be easier if it’s the right savory than sweets. But some savory food, i.e. mashed potatoes, cheesy things, comfort foods can just look gloppy, white, mushy, or orange as you know! This wasn’t too bad although it was more glare-ey after I saw the images on my computer than I had hoped. But 4 weeks later, oh well :) Thanks for the pin and the sweet comment!

  40. Lizthechef — March 26, 2014 at 8:08 am (#

    LOL – I have salmon for our supper and was just thinking, “How can I make something different with this tonight?” Well, I owe you a supper recipe –

  41. — March 26, 2014 at 8:33 am (#

    This looks so good and I love how simple and fast it is to cook. Thank You!!
    Always looking for great fast dinners.

  42. Todd | HonestlyYUM — March 26, 2014 at 9:20 am (#

    Yes!!! Love it Averie. Love, love, love it! My wife doesn’t eat ANY fish, and won’t cook it. Won’t even come near it. Saving for a lonely night.. Thank you!!

  43. Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — March 27, 2014 at 5:50 pm (#

    That’s a big sacrifice to make salmon and have your whole home smell fishy for a few days!! My parents and I love fish, but we all hate the smell of it indoors, so my mom made a rule that we could only grill it outdoors on the barbeque. With how much my dad loves to grill, he didn’t mind at all, but it meant that we didn’t eat very much fish during the rainy winter months! ;)

    • Averie Sunshine — March 27, 2014 at 6:46 pm (#

      Grilling it. PERFECT solution. Now, if only I had outdoor living space and a grill. Next place maybe :)

    • Amy @ Amy's Healthy Baking — March 30, 2014 at 1:23 pm (#

      I actually was so desperately craving fish last summer but didn’t have a grill, so I took my little panini press outside and plugged it into an outlet. I sealed the fillets up in foil and “grilled” them for a few minutes until the fish was flaky. No fishy smell inside & perfectly cooked! Maybe that could work for you until you’re able to have a patio & grill. :)

    • Averie Sunshine — March 30, 2014 at 4:30 pm (#

      Great tip for smell containment!

  44. Erin @ The Spiffy Cookie — March 28, 2014 at 11:32 am (#

    I don’t like seagood but I have to admit this does look good

  45. Megan — April 4, 2014 at 12:51 pm (#

    This looks delicious! I’m curious – have you ever tried freezing this?

    • Averie Sunshine — April 4, 2014 at 2:26 pm (#

      No I have not. I think fish prepared like this though is probably best eaten right when you prepare it, or even 1-2 days later if you refrig the leftovers but since I’m not really a big fish eater, I can’t say for sure.

    • Karey — April 29, 2014 at 9:44 pm (#

      I have used frozen salmon fillets that are pkged individually and they were great for the hubbie. Doesn’t take very long to fix.

  46. Karey — April 29, 2014 at 9:41 pm (#

    I too pinned your recipe. But I had to let you know I made it. My hubbie loved it, as salmon is one of fav meals. We have been married for more yrs than I am old (heehee) and I have never made salmon for him. I hate any fishy fish. But I have made it twice and he would eat it a couple times a week atop salad. Thanks so much for the recipe! (It didn’t smell at all.)

    • Averie Sunshine — April 30, 2014 at 2:19 am (#

      So glad he’s pleased and that posting the recipe helped you make it for him for the first time ever in many many years – that’s wonderful to hear! Glad it’s a winner in your house!

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