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

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

  4. 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! :)

  5. 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! :)

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

  7. 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. 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.

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

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

  11. 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! = )

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

  13. 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. :)

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

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

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

  17. 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.

  18. 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!

  19. That glaze!! Love it!

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

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

  23. 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. 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. This sounds amazing – love the sweet + spicy combination!

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

  28. I agree-one skillet recipes = the best!


  29. 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!

    • 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 :)

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

  31. 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!

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

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

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

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

  36. 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!

  37. 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 !! :)

  38. 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.

    • 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!

  39. 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 –

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

  41. 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!!

  42. 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! ;)

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

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

    • 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.

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

  45. 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.)

    • 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!

  46. LOVE your recipes! Planning to make this tomorrow night but am nervous to make salmon in the skillet, imalways do it in the oven with whatever a marinade I’m using.  Will this glaze work with salmon baked in oven, or do I need to not be so skittish about doing salmon in the skillet?  Just so easy to pop it in and walk away that short while when it’s in the oven/afraid to over  or under cook in the skillet!

    • There’s more than one way to make salmon…oven-roasted on a sheet pan, roasted in parchment paper, in a skillet, etc. The way I wrote this recipe is the way I made it and I can’t really comment as to how it will translate into a method I didn’t use. Good luck!

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