Maple BBQ Salmon — The BBQ glazed salmon is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat and makes this 15-minute recipe just pop! Perfect for busy weeknights! 

two bbq salmon fillets in a metal skillet

Easy Skillet Salmon Recipe

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.

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

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.

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.

two bbq salmon fillets in a metal skillet

What’s in Skillet BBQ Salmon? 

To make the BBQ sauce salmon, you’ll need: 

  • Olive oil
  • Salmon fillets
  • Lemon juice
  • Salt and pepper
  • Pure maple syrup
  • BBQ sauce
  • Worcestershire sauce 

overhead view of two bbq glazed salmon fillets in a metal skillet

How to Make BBQ Salmon

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

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, and Worcestershire sauce, 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.

side view of two bbq sauce salmon fillets in a metal skillet

How Long to Cook Salmon in a Skillet? 

You’ll first need to cook the salmon skin-side up, covered, for 6 minutes over medium-high heat. Then, add in the BBQ glaze ingredients, recover the skillet, and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes. In total, skillet salmon should cook for 9 to 11 minutes in a covered skillet. 

Can I Eat the Salmon Skin?

Yes! If you sear the skin, it gets nice and crispy. Salmon skin is loaded with good-for-you fats and has tons of flavor! 

side view of two bbq salmon fillets in a metal skillet

Tips for Making BBQ Glazed Salmon 

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.

To amp up the lemon flavor, you can use a lemon pepper seasoning instead of plain black pepper. 

If you wind up with leftovers, I recommend enjoying it cold in a salad, wrap, or sandwich! 

Maple BBQ Salmon — The BBQ glazed salmon is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat and makes this 15-minute recipe just pop! Perfect for busy weeknights! 

Skillet BBQ Salmon
Yield: two 6-ounce salmon fillets

Skillet BBQ Salmon

Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 12 minutes
Additional Time 2 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes

The BBQ glazed salmon is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat and makes this 15-minute recipe just pop! Perfect for busy weeknights! 

Ingredients

  • 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

Instructions

  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.

Notes

Storage: Salmon is best warm and fresh but will keep airtight in the refrigerator for up to 2 days.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 557Total Fat: 31gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 24gCholesterol: 54mgSodium: 600mgCarbohydrates: 51gFiber: 2gSugar: 43gProtein: 20g

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