This spicy Maple Glazed Salmon is quite simply amazing! Indeed, the blend of spices and flavors in this glaze really helps the flavors of the salmon shine. Best of all, it doesn’t take long to cook on the grill. Literally 20 minutes from when you start preparing dinner to when it’s ready to be plated!
This is a great meal to make and serve on a busy weeknight. It is also an elegant dinner for a weekend dinner! If you are looking for other ideas for fantastic dinners, why not check out this incredible Grilled Mahi Mahi; or maybe you might prefer this wonderful Grilled Salmon Pasta Salad.
Salmon is an extremely healthy protein. It contains healthy fats our bodies need, along with various essential vitamins and minerals. Plus, it tastes great!
WHAT IS IN Spicy Maple GLazed Salmon?
- Salmon filets
- Maple syrup
- Butter, melted
- Dijon mustard
- Chili powder
- Brown sugar
- Kosher salt
- Garlic powder
- Cayenne pepper
HOW TO MAKE Spicy Maple Glazed Salmon
Start by preheating your grill to medium-low 300 – 325 degrees F. Lay the salmon out on a flat surface and pat both sides dry using a paper towel.
In a small microwave-safe bowl, combine all the ingredients except the salmon. Place in the microwave and heat in 10-second increments until the butter is just melted. Stir the mixture between each heating to make sure that everything is well combined.
Once the grill is preheated to the proper temperature, place the salmon on the grill skin side down. Brush the filets generously with the maple glaze. Close the lid and allow the salmon to cook.
The length of time it will take to grill your salmon will depend upon the thickness of your salmon filets. It will also depend upon maintaining a consistent temp on your grill.
It should take between 10 and 15 minutes for your salmon to cook. Salmon should be cooked to medium or to an internal temperature of 125 degrees F. The filets should be just done in the middle, and the salmon filet should be flaky. The meat should easily separate when you insert a fork into the filet.
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I always use my trusty Thermapen One instant-read thermometer for an accurate and quick read of internal temperature.
Look at how tender and moist that salmon filet is! And the middle is just cooked but still a little pink. Remember you want to cook your salmon to medium and no more.
Why cook salmon at such a low temperature?
When you are cooking salmon, whether it is on the grill or in the oven, you want to make sure you cook it at a relatively low temperature. The reason for this is that the good fats, the omega-fatty acids that the salmon contain, can be removed if it is cooked at a high temperature.
If you cook your salmon at too high a temperature too quickly, you run the risk of losing those good fatty acids. You don’t want to see white sections forming on the top or sides of the salmon filet when you are cooking. If you do, you can tell you are losing those good nutrients from the salmon.
Whenever you are cooking salmon, make sure you cook it low and slow. After all, one of the reasons I love to serve salmon is because of the health benefits. Well, ok, I really like the taste of salmon too!
Serving spicy maple glazed salmon
Salmon obviously pairs wonderfully with so many other healthy side dishes. I love to serve rice with salmon. But if you are watching your carbs, for example you could serve just about any vegetables you like.
Looking for something lighter? Salads are always a great dish to serve alongside this spicy maple-glazed salmon. This simple Everyday Garden Salad is crazy easy-peasy and has fantastic flavor!
Changing it up
As I have said, the flavors of this spicy maple glaze pair perfectly with the grilled salmon, in my opinion, at least. I know a few people that are not as open to spicy foods as I am.
Equally important, if you are looking to reduce the spice level of this dish, you can reduce the amount of cayenne pepper you add to the glaze. Or, in fact, you can omit it altogether. Call it simply maple-glazed salmon.
Certainly, when you are planning a menu for family or friends, always try to tailor the menu to their tastes. It’s important that everyone at the table enjoys dinner. Adjusting the spice level of my food is an important part of that planning.
Look at that wonderfully juicy bite of salmon! I think it’s time to fire up the grill and have this for dinner tonight.
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- 2 6-ounce salmon filets
- 1 Tbsp maple syrup
- 1 Tbsp butter, melted
- 1 tsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tsp chili powder
- ½ tsp brown sugar
- ½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp Kosher salt
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- ¼ tsp cayenne pepper (or to taste)
- Preheat your grill to medium-low 300 – 325 degrees F.
- Remove the salmon from the packaging and pat dry with a paper towel.
- In a small microwaveable bowl, add all the ingredients except the salmon.
- Microwave in 10-second intervals until the butter is melted, stirring each time to make sure that all the ingredients are well combined.
- Place the salmon on the grill skin side down and brush both filets generously with the maple glaze.
- Close the lid and allow the salmon to cook; depending upon the thickness of the salmon, it may take between 10 and 15 minutes.
- Be careful not to overcook the salmon. It should be done to medium; it should be flaky, and the center should be just done.
- Remove from the grill and serve with the remaining glaze if desired.
You want to cook the salmon slowly at a relatively low temperature. If you see white spots on your salmon as it is cooking, you have the heat too high. That is the good fat from the salmon coming out. You don’t want that. Keep your temperature low and take your time cooking it.
If you do not want your salmon spicy, you can reduce or omit the cayenne pepper in the maple glaze.
This recipe is for 2 servings but can easily be doubled for more.
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Amount Per Serving: Calories: 441Total Fat: 27gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 17gCholesterol: 122mgSodium: 572mgCarbohydrates: 9gFiber: 1gSugar: 7gProtein: 38g
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