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!

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.

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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

Directions:

  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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84 comments on “Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon”

  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
    http://www.creamstop.com

  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!

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