Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon

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Skillet 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 BBQ Sauce Salmon Recipe

This BBQ sauce salmon is so easy to make, ready in less than 15 minutes, and you dirty precisely one skillet. My kinda recipe.

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

BBQ Salmon Ingredients

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 

Note: Scroll down to the recipe card section of the post for the ingredients with amounts included and for more complete directions.

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

How to Make BBQ Salmon on the Stove

If you’ve ever been intimated about how to cook salmon in a skillet, this is a super simple, flavorful, and goofproof method! Here’s how it’s made:

  1. Sear the fish in a pan with olive oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper.
  2. Keep the skillet covered for about 6 minutes, or until you estimate the salmon is 80 to 90 percent done.
  3. Drizzle in maple syrup, bbq sauce, and Worcestershire sauce, and allow the glaze to bubble, thicken, and cook for another 3 to 5 minutes.
side view of two bbq sauce 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 drizzle 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! 

side view of two bbq salmon fillets in a metal skillet

Recipe FAQs

What’s the best BBQ Sauce to use?

I used Sweet Baby Ray’s since it’s easy to find, cheap, and is sweet and tangy. However, any kind of bbq sauce will work!

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! 

Can the bbq salmon be baked instead of cooked on the stove?

Of course! You’d want to bake the salmon filets at 375ºF for 8 to 12 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork.

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! 

What to Serve with BBQ Salmon

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! 

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Skillet BBQ Salmon

By Averie Sunshine
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! 
Prep Time: 1 minute
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Additional Time: 2 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 6-ounce salmon fillets
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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

Instructions 

  • Place olive oil in skillet and heat over medium-high heat.
  • When oil is warm, add the salmon to sear it with skin-side up (flesh side down).
  • Squeeze the lemon juice over the top
  • Evenly sprinkle with salt and pepper, to taste.
  • Cover skillet and cook for about 6 minutes, or until fish has a nice sear and is about 80 to 90 percent done.
  • Uncover skillet, lower heat to medium, and squirt in the maple syrup, barbeque sauce, and Worcestershire.
  • 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.
  • 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

Serving: 1, Calories: 557kcal, Carbohydrates: 51g, Protein: 20g, Fat: 31g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Polyunsaturated Fat: 24g, Cholesterol: 54mg, Sodium: 600mg, Fiber: 2g, Sugar: 43g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

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  1. 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!

    1. 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!

  2. 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.)

    1. 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!

    1. 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.

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

  3. 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! ;)

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

      1. 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. :)

  4. 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!!

  5. 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 –

  6. 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.

    1. 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!

  7. 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 !! :)

  8. 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!

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

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