You will love this glazed salmon! The glaze is irresistible and made with brown sugar, maple syrup, hoisin, and soy sauce. We bake the salmon in the oven until perfectly cooked in the middle and sticky on the outside. One of our favorite salmon recipes!
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⭐️ Try our oven baked salmon with lemon, it’s moist inside and so flavorful.
3 Secrets for the best glazed salmon
- Use our easy salmon glaze. Our perfect blend of maple syrup, brown sugar, and hoisin sauce thickens and caramelizes during baking.
- Marinate salmon in the glaze. If you have the time, marinate salmon for at least 30 minutes or up to 8 hours.
- Glaze and bake the salmon. As it bakes in the oven, spoon the hot glaze over the salmon occasionally for a perfectly glazed, sticky, and irresistible coating.
This baked salmon with our maple glaze will become a new family favorite! The glaze is sweet, delicious, and a little sticky. I love serving it with this broccoli slaw!
Our glaze is simple to make. All you need to do is stir the ingredients together in a bowl, and you are ready to add it to your salmon.
Maple syrup and brown sugar make our glaze sticky and sweet. I love using pure maple syrup when making this recipe. If you don’t have maple syrup, try honey instead.
We also stir in hoisin sauce for extra flavor and more caramelization when it bakes in the oven. You can buy hoisin sauce or make your own. I love our recipe for homemade hoisin sauce made with garlic, ginger, and a simple list of pantry staples like peanut butter and maple syrup.
We use two tablespoons of hoisin to make the salmon glaze, but our hoisin recipe makes 1 cup — good news because it lasts a month and can be used for other dishes like these chicken lettuce wraps.
To balance the sweet flavor of our glaze, we stir in soy sauce, Dijon mustard (surprisingly delicious), and garlic.
What’s the best type of salmon to use?
Any salmon fillet will work for this glazed salmon recipe. I especially love salmon with higher fat content, like sockeye, king, and coho. Salmon with higher fat content stays soft and moist after baking them.
Recipe overview for sticky, sweet glazed salmon
- Stir your glaze together.
- Pour the glaze over the salmon fillets (marinate if you have the time).
- Bake at 400° F for 15 to 20 minutes, stopping to spoon the glaze over the salmon occasionally.
⭐️ As the salmon bakes, every 3 to 5 minutes, spoon the glaze pooled at the bottom of the dish back over the salmon. I like baking my salmon in a baking dish, with the fillets pushed to one side (see me do this in the video). This way, I can lean the dish to one side, allowing the glaze to pool in the corner, making it easier to scoop up and spoon back over the salmon.
Do I need to marinate the salmon before baking it?
We recommend marinating salmon in the glaze for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours. Marinating guarantees the best flavor. If you are in a hurry, this baked glazed salmon is quite delicious, even when you skip the marinating time.
What sides go well with glazed salmon?
Since working on this recipe, we’ve enjoyed it in various ways. Here are some of our favorite side dishes:
- With quinoa – here’s how to cook fluffy quinoa
- With rice – I love this cilantro lime rice
- With fresh veggies – we both love serving this salmon next to our broccoli slaw
- With roasted veggies – try our roasted broccoli or this easy roasted cabbage
Maple Soy Glazed Salmon (Best Glaze!)
This maple soy glazed salmon has become a new family favorite! The glaze is sweet, delicious, and a little sticky. Marinating is optional but guarantees the best flavor. Just 30 minutes in the glaze will help, but you can marinate the salmon in the glaze for up to 8 hours.
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You Will Need
4 salmon fillets, 6 ounces each, preferably skin on
2 tablespoons hoisin sauce, try our homemade hoisin sauce
2 tablespoons maple syrup
1 tablespoon brown sugar
2 teaspoons soy sauce
1 teaspoon Dijon mustard
1 clove garlic, finely grated or minced
1/4 teaspoon fine sea salt
Sliced green onion for garnish, optional
1In a small bowl, make the glaze by mixing the hoisin sauce, maple syrup, brown sugar, soy sauce, mustard, garlic, and salt.
2Marinate the salmon fillets (recommended but optional). Pour the glaze over the salmon fillets and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes and up to 8 hours. A large zip top bag or air-tight container works well for this.
3When ready to bake the salmon, heat the oven to 400° F (204° C).
4Place the salmon fillets, skin-side down, into a baking dish. Pour or spoon the marinade/glaze over the salmon, then bake until it flakes easily with a fork, 15 to 20 minutes. While the salmon bakes, every 3 to 5 minutes, spoon the glaze pooled at the bottom of the dish back over the salmon.
5Serve with sliced green onion scattered on top.
Adam and Joanne's Tips
- Skin-on salmon: The skin acts as an insulator for the bottom of the salmon so that it cooks through perfectly while staying moist. When serving, we gently slide a knife between the skin and the salmon to remove it. It comes away easily.
- How to tell when salmon is cooked: Cook salmon to 125° F (51° C), which means it will be soft, tender, and slightly pink in the center. For a visual cue, look for the flesh to be somewhat opaque. Also, when inserting a fork into the salmon, it should flake easily.
- What’s the white stuff on cooked salmon? The white stuff around cooked salmon is called albumin. It’s perfectly fine to eat, but since it isn’t the prettiest thing to look at, I quickly scrape it away and spoon a bit more glaze from the bottom of the dish on top.
- Nutrition facts: The nutrition facts provided below are estimates. We have used the USDA database to calculate approximate values.