Maple Glazed Wild King Salmon is a quick and easy meal, packed with sweet and savory flavors of maple, ginger and soy. Perfect for weeknight dinners but delicious enough to serve for friends.
The rich flavors of maple are enhanced with the savory additions of ginger, soy sauce, and garlic.
What is Wild King Salmon?
Wild King Salmon, or Wild Alaskan King Salmon is also called Chinook Salmon. King Salmon is the largest of the salmon species, averaging 20 to 40 pounds, has a firm texture, an excellent flavor, and beautiful color ranging from nearly red to white.
It also has the highest oil content of salmon specifics, which also gives it the highest amount of healthy Omega-3 fatty acids.
When you compare King Salmon with farm-raised Atlantic salmon, both have similar sizes but King Salmon has more flavor and a firmer, less oily texture.
Maple Glazed King Salmon Ingredients
While the exact ingredients are in the recipe card at the bottom of this post, here’s what you need to make this delicious salmon recipe.
- King salmon filet (this recipe also works with any salmon filet)
- Maple syrup
- Soy sauce
- Balsamic vinegar
- Fresh ginger
How to Make King Salmon
Step-by-step instructions are in the recipe card below, but here’s a quick overview:
- Line a baking pan a little larger than the salmon filet with foil for easy cleanup and preheat the oven to 400°F.
- Lay the salmon on the baking sheet.
- Make the marinade by whisking the maple syrup, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic, and ginger together. Pour over the salmon.
- Bake for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon. Cut into filets and serve.
If you have the time, let the salmon marinate in the maple soy glaze for 30 minutes before baking. It creates even more enhanced flavor.
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Maple Glazed Wild King Salmon
- 1.5 pounds king salmon filet skin off and pin bones removed
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 2 tablespoons soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon balsamic vinegar
- 2 garlic cloves minced
- 2 teaspoons fresh ginger minced or grated
- fine sea salt and ground black pepper to taste
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a baking pan, about the same size as the salmon fillet, with foil for easy cleanup. You can also lightly coat it with cooking spray.
- In a small bowl, whisk together the maple syrup, soy sauce, balsamic vinegar, garlic, ginger, salt, and pepper.
- Place the salmon in the baking pan, skin side down, and coat with the maple syrup glaze.
- Bake the salmon for 12-15 minutes depending on the thickness of the salmon. For best results, insert a thermometer into the salmon. Aim for 140º F and know that the salmon will continue to cook after removing it from the oven. When it flakes easily with a fork in the thickest part of the salmon, it is done.
- Cut into filets and serve.
Nutritional information is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.