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Delicious Orange Maple Soy Glazed Salmon Recipe

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Last updated on April 2nd, 2022 at 09:54 am

I love salmon. Unfortunately, my wife isn’t as big of a fan (she had a bad experience…). But that makes it feel extra-special when I decide to make it for myself. So I hope you enjoy this orange maple soy glazed salmon recipe as much as I do.

Fresh salmon is one of the tastiest fish available at the market. It can also make for an incredibly healthy meal – though maybe this preparation isn’t really health-focused. We’ll complement the salmon with orange juice, maple syrup, and soy sauce to enhance the flavor and bring out the natural sweetness. This glazed sauce is very simple and easy to prepare.

Glazed salmon, steamed sugar snap peas, and seasoned rice on a plate ready to eat

The glazed salmon is very light and mild and is cooked to perfect flakiness. First, the salmon is pan-seared. Then it is finished in the oven along with the sauce. After removing the salmon from the oven, reduce the sauce on the stovetop to thicken it up into a glaze. It is an amazing balance between sweet and savory.

This recipe will become your next go-to seafood dish, and a must-try if you’re a lover of salmon and want to impress your friends with a delicious fish.

The Type of Fish and Sauce Ingredients

Sliced fresh salmon filet portions to pan fry and glaze

When it comes to glazed salmon, fresh fish is best. When looking for salmon, avoid dull, pale, or discolored fish. It should smell slightly of the sea, but not overly fishy. The fish should be firm and kind of bounce back once poked. For even more details on picking out salmon, check out this guide.

You may also use frozen salmon filets, but I recommend that only if you cannot find fresh salmon nearby.

This salmon has a delicate, sweet taste. It’s cooked for a perfectly silky smooth and flaky texture. It is one of my absolute favorite ways to cook a piece of fish and use a simple combination of ingredients for the sauce.

The key to a delicious glaze is in combining flavors and ingredients that complement each other well. Maple syrup has robust flavor and sweetness. So it’s a perfect match for the savory and salty flavors of soy sauce. Orange juice is also a natural partner to soy sauce. It’s sour and tangy, and it complements both the soy and maple perfectly.

Soy sauce, fresh orange juice, maple syrup, sesame oil, ground ginger, and minced garlic for the glaze

This recipe uses a simple glaze made with maple syrup, soy sauce, and fresh-squeezed orange juice as the main ingredients. Sweet, salty, and tangy, it is the essence of a balanced recipe. Add honey, brown sugar, ginger, garlic, and sesame oil to round out the flavors in the glaze.

Serving Your Glazed Salmon

After cooking the salmon, you’ll reduce the sauce over the stove for a few minutes so it can thicken up. Then you will have a nice glazed sauce to add to your salmon. You have to be careful not to go overboard on the sauce. Don’t drown the fish in it. Make sure the sauce is thick enough to coat the fish and use just enough to complement the flavors, rather than overpower them.

When it comes to pairing food, the best combination is often simple. Salmon, a rich, protein-rich fish, is a good match for both sweet and spicy foods. The maple syrup and soy glaze create a delicious sweet and savory flavor.

Salmon cooked on the stove and then finished in the oven with a sauce that can be glazed on top

Pair this salmon with just about anything you want. I love this recipe with wild rice, asparagus, and sugar snap peas, but I’ve also served it with mashed potatoes, green beans, roasted broccoli or cauliflower, and even sauced udon noodles.

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Try out the recipe below, and you won’t be able to resist this mouthwatering salmon. It’s full of flavor, simple to make, and will have you coming back again and again for more.

How did yours turn out?

I’d love to hear when you try out this glazed salmon recipe! Take a pic of your food and share your success with me by adding it to your Instagram stories or feed, and tagging me @doyouroux, or by using #doyouroux.

Plus, leave a rating to let me know how you liked the recipe. It helps me out a lot to know how things worked out… or didn’t.

Orange Maple Soy Glazed Salmon

Recipe by Marc PetersonCourse: Dinner, LunchDifficulty: Intermediate


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Fresh salmon served glazed with a sauce made from oranges, maple syrup, and soy sauce. It’s the perfect balance between sweet and savory.


  • 1/2 cup soy sauce

  • 1/3 cup maple syrup

  • 1/3 cup fresh-squeezed orange juice (1 to 2 oranges)

  • 2 tablespoons honey

  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar

  • 1 clove garlic, minced

  • 1/4 teaspoon ground ginger

  • 1 and 1/2 tablespoons sesame oil, divided

  • 2 pounds salmon, skin removed, sliced into 6 filets


  • Preheat the oven to 375°F (190°C)
  • In a medium bowl, mix together soy sauce, maple syrup, orange juice, honey, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and 1/2 tablespoon sesame oil
  • Add the remaining tablespoon of sesame oil to a large, oven-safe frying pan over medium heat
  • When the pan has warmed up, sear the salmon in the sesame oil for 4 to 5 minutes, flipping halfway through
  • Pour the mixed sauce over the salmon
  • Slide the pan with the salmon and sauce into the preheated oven for 7 to 10 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork
  • Remove the pan from the oven, take the salmon out and cover to keep it warm
  • Place the pan back on the stove at medium to medium-high heat and reduce sauce 5 to 10 minutes until thickened, stirring frequently
  • Drizzle the reduced glaze over the salmon and serve

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