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Maple-Garlic Glazed Salmon Fillet

Salmon Fillet with Maple Syrup and Garlic Paste

This probably began with a bottle of maple syrup which I bought during a sale. Maple syrup is not that cheap in my place, about HK$100 per 300-400 ml. So I was not that adventurous to cook with it, restricting its uses mostly in recipes that seemed familiar.

With that bottle of syrup, I feel like more ready to try out those ‘new ideas’ with me.

To combine black peppers with maple flavor is among the most interesting ones and has proven to work well, I even find it adds a different character to the garlic-scented salmon with much ease.

And I’m also happy that I did not make this dish with too much syrup, thus suitable for serving with rice too! As the original recipe from The Maple Syrup Book suggests, ‘… the ingredients are added in amounts you feel are appropriate rather than in a restrictive list.’

My salmon fillet is rather ‘lean’ and thin, so I added almost 2 table spoons of oil. You may also want to adjust it according to the fatty level of your salmon fillet.

Hope you’ll like this simple, easy dish!

Salmon Fillet with Maple Syrup and Garlic Paste

  • Ingredients
  • ~300g salmon fillet, I used frozen type
  • 1 tbsp maple syrup
  • some freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 1-2 tbsp olive oil, I used coconut oil
  • 2 slices lemon for juicing or garnishing, optional
  • yields 2 servings (the picture here shows only 1 serving)
  • Garlic paste
  • ~1/2 tsp coarse sea salt
  • 2-3 cloves garlic

Salmon Fillet with Maple Syrup and Garlic Paste


If using frozen fillet, defrost thoroughly and rinse as required. Pat dry.

To make the garlic paste, finely chop the garlic first. Pile the chopped garlic and sprinkle the salt on it. With the flat side of knife facing the chopping board and the blunt edge facing you (for safety), drag it back and forth across the garlic to mash it. Scrape and pile up the garlic again, continue mashing several times with the blade until reaching a mushy consistency.

In a small bowl, whisk together garlic paste, maple syrup, and oil.

Arrange salmon, skin side down, on a parchment paper-lined rimmed baking sheet; brush syrup mixture over fish, sprinkling evenly a thin layer of freshly ground black pepper on top. I did it with a pepper grinder rather than measuring with spoons. Let it stand for about an hour in fridge, covered.

Pre-heat oven to 150 degree C. Bake for about 10 minutes until fish flakes easily when tested (when the flesh is opaque). My fillet is less than 2 cm thick; for an usual fillet which is about 3 cm thick, you will need to bake it at 200 degree C for 3 to 4 minutes more.

Dish up, garnish and drizzle with lemon juice (if using). Serve hot.

Salmon Fillet with Maple Syrup and Garlic Paste


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  1. tigerfish

    I like the almost-instant garlic paste you created! That, with maple syrup is good balance and sounds really perfect for the baked salmon.

  2. Monica

    I bake salmon almost every week because my son loves it. I will definitely try out this recipe – thank you! I always have maple syrup (for pancakes) and I love the idea of some syrup with the garlic paste. Sounds delicious and such a great, simple change from the usual teriyaki and lemon/mustard dressing I use all the time.

  3. Irina @ wandercrush

    Delicious! Salmon takes strong and sweet flavours so elegantly. I’ve never used coconut oil with fish before, but it seems like a perfectly natural pairing.

  4. Angie@Angie's Recipes

    I am a huge fan of salmon! Simple yet so beautifully done!

  5. Carolyn Jung

    Maple syrup on salmon is sublime. I’ve often used it in conjunction with mustard when I’ve cooked salmon on a plank over a grill.

  6. lena

    hi maureen, hope you are good. thx for this new idea for cooking salmon. easy and the garlic salt mixture sounds wonderful !

  7. Asha Ileperuma

    Very simple nd very creative.interesting.its marvellous dish.thank u.

  8. Lori

    This combination sounds delicious! We are trying to work more fish into our meals so I’m putting it on the menu. And you have made me appreciate my access to maple syrup even more! 🙂

  9. Lisa H.

    This is fantastic… I love salmon and maple syrup (it is expensive here too… the “real deal’ and not the imitation flavoured maple syrup)
    Yes… 🙂 I have another salmon recipe to try. Thank you 😀

  10. ng vian

    Hi I want tp try cooking this dish. Can I replace maple syrup with honey? Or any substitute of maple syrup that I can use? Thanks!

  11. TasteHongKong

    @ng vian,
    I haven’t tried this with honey; usually I would avoid cooking honey on high heat. Raw honey should contain enzymes which might be killed by high temperatures, right? But let’s be less strict here considered the small amount used.

    The Maple Syrup Book suggests, ‘ Molasses and honey can be replaced with and equal amount of honey (this rule does not apply to baking)’.