Maple Glazed Salmon (Three Ways)


This Maple Glazed Salmon is flavored with sugar-free maple syrup, lime juice, and a touch of spicy Sriracha Sauce! And this tasty low-carb salmon recipe can be made on the grill, in the Air Fryer, or in the oven!

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Years ago I made this tasty Maple Glazed Salmon on the grill, and I loved this recipe where the salmon is flavored with a glaze made with sugar-free maple Syrup, lime juice, and spicy Sriracha Sauce. But when I decided to update the photos for this favorite salmon recipe, I thought about how I also love air fryer salmon and oven-roasted salmon, and decided to try this salmon recipe with all three of those cooking methods. And it was such a success with every method!

Of course it’s the flavorful glaze that makes this recipe so good! And having several options for a cooking method for the maple-lime-Sriracha glazed salmon means you can now make this tasty salmon dinner idea any time of year! And I’m thinking this same type of sweet and spicy glaze would taste great on other types of fish or even chicken as well.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

Can you make Maple Glazed Salmon with regular maple syrup?

I know some people are going to want to make this with regular maple syrup instead of the sugar-free maple syrup I used, so I want to talk about that a bit. I suspect (but don’t know for sure) that regular maple syrup will be more likely to burn if you’re cooking the salmon on the grill. If you want to use regular maple syrup I’d start with the grill temperature a little bit lower, and possibly turn the salmon a little sooner than the recipe states. For Air Fryer or oven cooking, I think regular maple syrup will probably be fine, but again I haven’t tried it that way. If anyone tries this with regular maple syrup, please let us know how it works!

Do you have to let the salmon come to room temperature before you cook?

If you cooked the salmon directly out of the fridge, the cold inside part of the salmon pieces may not get done when the outside is cooked. That’s why I recommend you let the salmon come to room temperature before you cooking, and letting the glazed salmon sit a few minutes will also help it absorb some of the flavorful glaze.

Which cooking method is the fastest for Maple Glazed Salmon?

Whether you cook this salmon on the grill, in the Air Fryer, or in the oven, all three cooking methods are pretty quick. But once the salmon is ready to cook it will take only about 8-10 minutes on the grill, 7 minutes in a preheated 450F/232C oven, 10 minutes in a 400F/204C oven, or about 6 minutes in the Air Fryer.

How can you tell the salmon is done?

How firm salmon should be when it’s done is partly a matter of personal preference. And even the experts don’t agree; the USDA recommends you cook salmon until it measures 145F/62C on an Instant Read Meat Thermometer (affiliate link). But America’s Test Kitchen recommends an internal temperature of 125F/52C. I’m guessing most people would prefer a temperature somewhat between those two numbers. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, the salmon should feel firm (but not hard) to the touch when you press down with a finger.

Grilled Salmon with Maple-Sriracha-Lime Glaze process shots collage

Maple Glazed Salmon on the grill:

(Scroll down for complete printable recipe including nutritional information.)

  1. Rub thawed salmon with olive oil and fish rub. 
  2. Spray grill with non-stick grill spray or high smoke point oil and heat to high.
  3. Whisk together Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (affiliate link), lime juice, and Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) to make the glaze.
  4. Brush salmon on both sides with glaze and let it come to room temperature.
  5. To cook, lay salmon on the grill at an angle and immediately turn heat to medium-high.
  6. After about 4 minutes, check grill marks, and if marks are showing rotate salmon to the opposite angle across the grill.
  7. Cook 3-4 minutes after you rotate and then carefully flip fish to the other side. 
  8. Cook 1-2 minutes on the other side.  Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.

Maple Glazed Salmon Air Fryer Collage of recipe steps

Maple Glazed Salmon in the Air Fryer:

  1. Rub salmon with olive oil and fish rub, and let it come to room temperature. 
  2. Many air fryers don’t need preheating, but preheat to 400F/204C for a few minutes if needed.
  3. Whisk together ingredients to make the glaze.
  4. Brush the salmon liberally on both sides with the glaze, put in Air Fryer basket, and continue to let it come to room temperature as needed.
  5. Cook salmon about 6 minutes in the Air Fryer, then check for doneness by pressing down on the fish with a finger. It should feel barely firm but not hard when it’s done. You can also check the temperature with an Instant-Read Meat thermometer if desired.
  6. No need to turn the salmon for Air Fryer cooking.
  7. Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.

Maple Glazed Salmon collage of oven cooking procedure

Maple Glazed Salmon in the oven:

  1. Rub salmon with olive oil and fish rub, and let it come to room temperature. 
  2. Preheat to 400F/204C (or 450F/232C). (You can put the baking dish in the oven to preheat if desired. This will slightly shorten the cooking time.)
  3. Whisk together ingredients to make the glaze.
  4. Brush the salmon liberally on both sides with the glaze, put in a baking pan you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray and continue to let fish come to room temperature as needed.
  5. Put salmon in the oven and roast for 10 minutes for 400F/204C oven temperature, or about 7 minutes for 400F/204C oven temperature.
  6. No need to turn the salmon for oven-roasted cooking method.
  7. Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.

Maple Glazed Salmon shown on serving plate with green beans

Make it a Low-Carb Meal:

This was delicious with the Spicy Szechuan Green Beans you see in the photos. It would also be tasty with Garlic-Lover’s Vegetable Stir Fry, Cauliflower Rice with Basil, Parmesan, and Pine Nuts, Barely-Cooked Asparagus with Lemon Mustard Vinaigrette, Easy Grilled Vegetables, or Roasted Asparagus with Garlic.

More Delicious Salmon:

Salmon with Tomato Olive Relish

Air Fryer Salmon with Mustard Herb Sauce

Salmon Foil Packets with Tomatoes and Olives

Greek Salmon with Tzatziki Sauce

Slow Cooked Salmon with Butter, Capers, Garlic, and Lemon

Ingredients

  • 2 pieces skinless salmon, about 6 oz. each
  • 4 tsp. olive oil, for rubbing salmon
  • 1 tsp. Szeged Fish Rub or other fish rub seasoning (see notes)
  • non-stick grill spray or high smoke point oil if using the grill
  • 2 T sugar-free maple syrup
  • 1 T fresh-squeezed lime juice (see notes)
  • 1 tsp. Sriracha Sauce (more or less to taste)

Instructions

Maple Glazed Salmon on the Grill:

  1. Take thawed salmon out of the fridge, rub with olive oil and fish rub, and let it come to room temperature. 
  2. Spray the grill well with non-stick grill spray or a high smoke point oil and heat to high.
  3. Whisk together the Sugar-Free Maple Syrup (affiliate link), lime juice, and Sriracha Sauce (affiliate link) to make the glaze.
  4. Brush the salmon liberally on both sides with the glaze and continue to let it come to room temperature as needed.
  5. To cook, lay salmon on the grill at an angle to grill grates and immediately turn the heat to medium-high.
  6. After about 4 minutes, check grill marks by lifting a corner of the fish, and if the marks are showing rotate salmon to the opposite angle across the grill.
  7. Cook 3-4 minutes after you rotate and then carefully flip fish to the other side. 
  8. Cook 1-2 minutes on the other side.  Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.

Maple Glazed Salmon in the Air Fryer:

  1. Rub salmon with olive oil and fish rub, and let it come to room temperature. 
  2. Many air fryers don’t need preheating, but preheat to 400F/204C for a few minutes if needed.
  3. Whisk together ingredients to make the glaze.
  4. Brush the salmon liberally on both sides with the glaze, put in Air Fryer basket, and continue to let it come to room temperature as needed.
  5. Cook salmon about 6 minutes in the Air Fryer, then check for doneness by pressing down on the fish with a finger. It should feel barely firm but not hard when it’s done. You can also check the temperature with an Instant-Read Meat thermometer if desired.
  6. No need to turn the salmon for Air Fryer cooking.
  7. Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.

Maple Glazed Salmon in the Oven:

  1. Rub salmon with olive oil and fish rub, and let it come to room temperature. 
  2. Preheat to 400F/204C (or 450F/232C). (You can put the baking dish in the oven to preheat if desired. This will slightly shorten the cooking time.)
  3. Whisk together ingredients to make the glaze.
  4. Brush the salmon liberally on both sides with the glaze, put in a baking pan you’ve sprayed with non-stick spray and continue to let fish come to room temperature as needed.
  5. Put salmon in the oven and roast for 10 minutes for 400F/204C oven temperature, or about 7 minutes for 400F/204C oven temperature.
  6. No need to turn the salmon for oven-roasted cooking method.
  7. Serve hot, with extra glaze to add at the table if desired.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

2

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving:
Calories: 675Total Fat: 30gSaturated Fat: 5.3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 22.7gCholesterol: 108mgSodium: 206mgCarbohydrates: 3.1gFiber: .2gSugar: .6gProtein: 38g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.


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Maple Glazed Salmon square image on serving plate with green beans, silverware, and napkin

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
As long as you use sugar-free maple syrup, everything in this Maple Glazed Salmon would be approved for any type of low-carb eating plan or for all phases of the original South Beach Diet or another low-glycemic diet.  (Even with regular maple syrup, the amount of sugar would be minimal, since you’re only eating the glaze that sticks to the fish, but this was delicious with the sugar-free maple syrup.)

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Historical Notes for this Recipe:
This recipe was first posted in 2013. It was last updated with three different cooking methods in 2022.

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