This recipe for Maple Syrup Glazed Salmon is so simple that even a cooking novice is cable of creating a delicious meal. Salmon is one of the world’s healthiest foods. Its high omega-3 fatty acid content provides needed healthy fats that actually benefit your heart and help support joint cartilage, reduce digestive inflammation and stabilize the balance of minerals in tissue and bone. Salmon is an essential part of the diet for people who have auto-immune diseases like Multiple Sclerosis. It also contains protein that does not derive from red meat, meaning it’s one of the top foods to help you lose and maintain a healthy weight.
I often find that even people who do not like fish like salmon, because it does not have the fishy taste or smell associated with other fish. You can start adding more salmon entrees to your diet with this easy recipe.
What You Need
4 (6 – 7 oz) skinless salmon fillets
1/3 cup real maple syrup
3 Tbsp soy sauce
2 cloves minced garlic
Freshly ground black pepper
In a medium mixing bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce and minced garlic. Place the salmon into a baking dish. Pour the maple syrup mixture evenly over the salmon filets. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes, carefully rotating salmon once after about 15 minutes.
Next, preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Ideally begin your preheat when you have about 10 minutes left of marinating the salmon filet.
Spray a 13 by 9 inch baking dish with cooking spray. Transfer marinated salmon into greased dish, but do not discard the marinade. Put the salmon in the oven until it is cooked through, about 15 minutes.
While the salmon cooks, pour the reserved marinade into a small saucepan and bring to a boil over medium-high heat. Stirring frequently to prevent burning. Once it reaches a boil, reduce heat slightly and allow the marinade to cook for several minutes, stirring frequently, until the mixture is reduced to about 1/4 cup.
Serve the salmon filets warm. Drizzle 1 Tbsp of the maple soy glaze over the top and add black pepper to taste. Serve with brown rice, asparagus or any roasted vegetable.
Health Tip: Although the recipe calls for skinless salmon, it would still taste just as good with the skin on. Although many people do not like the idea of eating salmon skin, it is delicious and nutritious. The salmon skin has the same health benefits of the salmon meat, but quadrupled. Baking the filets with skin helps keep the nutrients inside. (When salmon is fried, some of the healthiest fats are lost.) The omega-3 fatty acids in salmon skin may help with cognitive functions like memory, lower risk of chronic disease like cancer, heart disease and arthritis, and prevent the development of nerve and vision problems in pregnant women and their unborn babies. Whether your opt to eat the skin or not, this is a nutritious entree that is versatile and inexpensive to enjoy.