Salmon with Maple-Soy Glaze
This sweet, caramelized salmon recipe, adapted from Gourmet Magazine (R.I.P.), is great for company, but also easy enough for a weeknight meal.
- 1/4 cup reduced-sodium soy sauce (or use any variety) (use wheat/gluten-free, if needed)
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1/4 tsp. ground ginger or use 1 tsp. minced fresh
- 2 lbs. salmon fillets (use wild Alaskan salmon if possible)
- Preheat the oven to 450 degrees and put the oven rack in the center of the oven. Line a broiler pan with foil for easier clean up, if desired.
- In a small saucepan over medium to medium-low heat, bring the soy sauce, maple syrup, and ginger to a gentle boil, and let it simmer until it is slightly reduced and thickened, about 5 minutes.
- Place the salmon, skin side down, on the broiler pan.
- In a small bowl, set aside 1 1/2 Tbsp. of the soy sauce glaze for serving. Brush the salmon generously with half of the remaining glaze in the sauce pan.
- Roast the salmon for 10 minutes (make sure to use your oven fan because the glaze can get a little smoky).
- Remove it from the oven and brush the salmon with the remaining half of the saucepan glaze.
- Preheat the broiler. Broil the fish 4 - 5 inches from the heat source until it is just cooked through, 3 - 5 minutes. Remove the salmon from the broiler and, using a clean pastry brush or spoon, brush it with the reserved glaze for serving. Serve it immediately.
Slow Cooker Directions
- Combine the soy sauce, maple syrup, and ginger in a measuring cup or small bowl. Layer the salmon in the slow cooker, and pour the sauce over the top, turning the salmon pieces so that they are coated with the sauce. Cook on low for 5 - 6 hours or on high for 2 - 3 hours, until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Serve, pouring any sauce remaining in the slow cooker over the salmon, if desired. (Slow cooker cooking times may vary—Get to know your slow cooker and, if necessary, adjust cooking times accordingly.)
Do Ahead or Delegate: Peel and mince the ginger if using fresh, combine the ingredients for the glaze. Scramble Flavor Booster: Add ¼ tsp. crushed red pepper flakes to the simmering glaze and sprinkle some toasted sesame seeds on the cooked salmon. Tip: When heating the soy sauce glaze, keep it at a simmer and stir it often so it doesn't get too sticky. This will make it easier to spread on the salmon. Nutritional Information Per Serving (% based upon daily values): Calories 290, Total Fat: 16g, 25%; Saturated Fat: 4g, 18%; Cholesterol: 90mg, 30%; Sodium: 190mg, 8%; Total Carbohydrate: 3g, 1%; Dietary Fiber: 0g, 0%; Sugar: 2g; Protein: 30g Like this recipe? Check out The Scramble's family-friendly meal plans to see just how simple getting dinner on the table can be!
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