Grilled Maple Salmon Recipe (VIDEO)

This grilled maple salmon recipe is a KEEPER! Maple salmon is flaky, juicy and so flavorful! Marina writes "By far, the BEST salmon recipe I've ever tried" | natashaskitchen.com

This grilled maple salmon recipe is a KEEPER! One of my readers, Marina, shared the concept for this soy-maple glaze with us, saying “it is by far the best salmon recipe I’ve ever had.”

Naturally, I was curious and after looking at the ingredients (you really can’t go wrong with this list!), I was off to the grocery store to re-create. We loved this maple salmon on the grill for the added smokiness. The sizzling hot grates seal in flavor and add those pretty grill marks that are the hallmark of summer!

Watch the video tutorial and you’ll be convinced! You can also make this a baked maple salmon for the winter months (see instructions below). 

Watch How To Make Maple Salmon:

We served this maple salmon with grilled zucchini and garlic mashed potatoes. It was an easy, excellent dinner! 🙂

This grilled maple salmon recipe is a KEEPER! Maple salmon is flaky, juicy and so flavorful! Marina writes "By far, the BEST salmon recipe I've ever tried" | natashaskitchen.com

Notes on Grilling Times:

It all comes down to how thick salmon fillets are. Follow these guidelines for grilling over med/high (350˚F heat):

1″ thick fillets = 4 to 5 minutes per side
3/4″ thick fillets = 3 to 4 minutes per side
1/2″ thick fillets = 2 to 3 minutes per side

Instructions for Baked Maple Salmon:

1. Combine the salmon and sauce in a baking pan and marinate 45 minutes in the refrigerator, turning half way.

2. Preheat oven to 400˚F and bake salmon in the same pan (with the sauce) for 20 minutes or until flaky and cooked through.

This grilled maple salmon recipe is a KEEPER! Maple salmon is flaky, juicy and so flavorful! Marina writes "By far, the BEST salmon recipe I've ever tried" | natashaskitchen.com

Grilled Maple Salmon Recipe

5 from 10 votes
Prep Time: 50 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 58 minutes
A grilled maple salmon that is flaky, juicy and so flavorful!
Author: Natasha of NatashasKitchen.com
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: Varies by market price of salmon
Servings: 6 salmon portions

Ingredients

  • 1/3 cup real maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1 Tbsp sesame oil
  • 2 garlic cloves pressed or finely chopped
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper freshly ground
  • 2 to 2 1/2 lbs salmon fillet cut into 6 (1-inch thick) portions
  • 1/4 cup green onion finely chopped, for garnish

Instructions

How to Make Grilled Maple Salmon:

  1. Stir together marinade: 1/3 cup maple syrup, 1/4 cup soy sauce, 1 Tbsp sesame oil, 2 pressed garlic cloves, and 1/2 tsp pepper (you can even combine it in the plastic bag to save a dish!).
  2. In a large zip-loc bag, combine salmon fillets with marinade and toss to combine. Seal the bag, removing excess air. Marinate in the refrigerator 45 minutes. Flipping the bag over halfway. Preheat Grill to medium/high heat.
  3. Remove salmon to a platter, reserving marinade. Oil the grates (dip a paper towel in oil and use tongs and an oven mitt for safety). Grill salmon skin-side-down over medium/high heat according to the chart below (this salmon took about 4 min per side). Carefully flip salmon over and continue grilling until salmon is flaky.

To Make the Maple Glaze:

  1. Transfer reserved marinade to a small sauce pan and boil it down over high heat whisking constantly for for 3-4 minutes, or until starting to thicken. Brush grilled salmon with soy-maple glaze and serve garnished with green onion if desired.

Recipe Notes

Notes on Grilling Times: For grilling over med/high (350˚F heat):
1" thick fillets = 4 to 5 minutes per side
3/4" thick fillets = 3 to 4 minutes per side
1/2" thick fillets = 2 to 3 minutes per side
How to Make Baked Salmon:
Combine the salmon and sauce in a baking pan and marinate 45 minutes in the refrigerator, turning half way. Preheat oven to 400˚F and bake salmon in the same pan (with the sauce) for 20 minutes or until flaky and cooked through.
We served these with grilled zucchini and garlic mashed potatoes. Easy, excellent dinner! 🙂
Important Note: the glaze works best after marinating fresh fish. If you purchase frozen salmon and thaw it, you may have to strain marinade before boiling down to remove debris. The fish will still taste great without the extra glaze if you decide to omit it.

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This grilled maple salmon recipe is a KEEPER! Maple salmon is flaky, juicy and so flavorful! Marina writes "By far, the BEST salmon recipe I've ever tried" | natashaskitchen.com

Throw some salmon on the grill and have an awesome week my friends! 🙂

This grilled maple salmon recipe is a KEEPER! Maple salmon is flaky, juicy and so flavorful! Marina writes

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  • Chris Stmartin
    January 2, 2019

    Great recipe wife and i love it we have it every other week. its definitely a must try if you haven’t. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      January 2, 2019

      Thank you for that wonderful review, Chris! Reply

  • Peter Luddington
    December 22, 2018

    Wow, this is my second time trying this. Absolutely love it and so easy . Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      December 22, 2018

      That’s so great, Peter!! I’m so happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Aldi
    October 22, 2018

    Amazing, i ended up baking mine and it was fabulous 🙂 Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      October 22, 2018

      Sounds wonderful! I’m happy you enjoyed that! Reply

  • Kevin
    July 2, 2018

    I think I’m going to try it! But is the fish smell gone away or barely tasteable? Because I don’t really like fish but I think with marinating I can eat it. Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      July 2, 2018

      I hope you like it! Reply

  • Nadia
    June 21, 2018

    Do you think I can marinate this overnight or maybe couple hours?

    Thanks for this recipe, I’ve made it many many times! Reply

    • Natasha
      June 21, 2018

      Nadia, I won’t marinate for more than couple hours. You are very welcome 😀 Reply

  • Pia
    January 14, 2018

    My husband and I eat a lot of salmon and this recipe is a keeper. I made it in the oven and we had Mushroom Rice with it – great combo. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 15, 2018

      I’m glad you both love recipe! Thanks for sharing your great review with other readers! Reply

  • Debbie
    September 13, 2017

    This is a quick and easy recipe for grilled salmon. The glaze is a nice finish. My husband always said he doesn’t like salmon but really enjoyed this dish. Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      September 13, 2017

      I’m glad to hear you and your husband both enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing your excellent review Debbie! 🙂 Reply

  • Pat
    June 11, 2017

    Love the marinade! Boiled it on the stove as directed and then poured it over quinoa with some veggies. YUM! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 11, 2017

      Oh yum! That sounds delicious Pat! Thanks for sharing your tip with other readers! Reply

  • Patty
    April 10, 2017

    This looks delicious!! I’ve been cooking for many years but I’ve never fixed salmon but I really want to. I’ve decided to use your recipe for my 1st try. I do have a couple of questions. Some say grill skin side down 1st and others say to grill skin side up. Which is the best way & why? Also I’ve always thought that the skin could be eaten, but again some say not to. Is that just a personal opinion or does it matter? Also what sides go best with this? Thanks for the recipe and for taking the time to answer…what may seem like dumb questions!! I’m really looking forward to making this and getting over my fear of fixing salmon and other seafood. I think my fear is because of the cost of seafood and I don’t want to waste it. Thanks again!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      April 10, 2017

      Hi Patty, I grill skin-side down first because it seems slightly easier to flip the salmon and the salmon doesn’t stick quite as badly to the grates if it is slightly cooked from the grill heat when you clip it over. I’m not sure if that’s the only reasoning for doing it that way but it is my reasoning 🙂 I love this with steamed vegetables and white rice because the salmon is very flavorful. You can explore all of our sides here. Reply

      • Patty
        April 10, 2017

        Thanks for getting back to me so quick. I love grilled vegetables!! I was thinking that I’d make some grilled asparagus and baby new potatoes. I’ll definitely check out your link. Thanks again!! Reply

        • Natasha
          natashaskitchen
          April 10, 2017

          Those both sound so good!! You’re making me hungry! 🙂 Reply

      • Peter
        June 25, 2017

        Oil the grill and do it skin side up, close the grill lid. In 3-4 minutes you can easily peel the skin off and discard. Flip the fillet to finish. Reply

  • Akos
    April 1, 2017

    I was afraid this was going to be to sweet, but my oh my was I pleasantly surprised. This receipe was so worth trying! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 2, 2017

      I’m happy to hear you enjoy the recipe! Thanks for sharing 😀 Reply

  • Alena
    March 30, 2017

    Wanted to try out a new salmon recipe and this IS AMAZING. I wasn’t able to grill it (too rainy outdoors) but I baked in for about 17 minutes and it turned out perfect. Nice and flaky! Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 31, 2017

      I’m happy to hear how much you love the recipe! Thanks for sharing Alena 😀 Reply

  • Julie M. Stowers
    January 18, 2017

    Hi,

    Great article.I really appreciate it.This is making me really hungry.

    All of these dishes look absolutely delicious! know it can be really hard finding good dinning spots, especially when you’re in a new place.

    Thanks for being sharing.

    Regards Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 18, 2017

      You’re welcome Julie! Let me know what you think of the recipes. 🙂 Reply

  • Kitti
    September 7, 2016

    I happened upon a fresh sockeye salmon the other day and went searching for a new recipe to try. This was a delicious way to enjoy a fresh caught fish, our dinner guests loved every bite! I will definitely be grilling this again, with the addition of orange zest and a splash of rice vinegar! The reduction was absolutely delicious drizzled over the cooked fish. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      September 7, 2016

      Kitti, thank you for sharing your wonderful review 🙂 Reply

  • August 31, 2016

    I’ve been wanting to try Salmon because I’ve never had one before. I liked your Grilled Maple Salmon Recipe and i think this will be a good start! Its very appetizing in appearance!!! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 31, 2016

      Deborah, I would love to hear how it turns out 😀. Reply

  • Natalya
    August 15, 2016

    I made it last week, when we had a family over, and the salmon was a blast! Thank you for your hard work and amazing food! I don’t drug myself to kitchen anymore, especially after your inspirations Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 15, 2016

      Oh that is just awesome! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I am all smiles! Reply

  • August 10, 2016

    I love salmon baked and especially grilled! Now my mouth’s watering! 😀 This will be good for fish Fridays! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      August 10, 2016

      I love that you have fish Fridays!! Reply

  • Jennu
    July 31, 2016

    I love your salmon recipes (all your recipes, really) and I’m excited to try this one. The baking times on your lemon and teriyaki salmon call for about 13 minutes of baking. I found that the salmon was dry if I baked it even a couple of minutes longer. So I’m wondering how come the baking time on this one is 20 minutes? As always, thanks for sharing your recipes and then helping me through cooking them ☺️ Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 31, 2016

      Hi Jennu, it’s a little longer because it is baked in the sauce. If it’s a thinner piece of salmon, check it at 15 minutes 🙂 Reply

  • Victoria
    July 30, 2016

    Loved the video! You make it look so easy! I bet it tastes great. Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 30, 2016

      Thank you! I’m so gad you enjoyed it 🙂 Reply

  • Natalia
    July 30, 2016

    Wow yum!! I totally love salmon on the grill. Thanks for sharing this. Looks amazing! Reply

    • Natasha
      natashaskitchen
      July 30, 2016

      Thank you! I agree. I love salmon but something about grilling it makes it taste even better! Reply

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