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Incredible Maple Glazed Salmon with Pecans is tender and flaky, covered in the most amazing pecan maple glaze. It’s easy to make, super flavorful, and perfectly juicy every time! Pair it with your favorite salad or side dishes for a protein-packed dinner in 20 minutes!

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Salmon lovers, you are going to adore this gluten-free Maple Glazed Salmon with Pecans! It’s one of those meals that looks and tastes like something you might order in a fancy restaurant, but it can be on the dinner table in less than 30 minutes with very simple ingredients. It also pairs well with really any side or salad for a dish you’ll want to make on repeat!

Why you should make this recipe

  • So delicious: This salmon recipe is so simple to throw together, yet it tastes like a 5 star meal. The fish is baked until perfectly tender and flaky, and the glaze with nutty, crunchy pecans really takes this dish to the next level.
  • Healthy: The ingredients are simple and rich in nutrients. The salmon contains plenty of protein and healthy fats to satisfy you for hours.
  • Quick & easy: This meal can be ready to serve in just about 20 minutes, including prep time. This is a fuss-free meal that’s great for busy weeknights.
Maple glazed salmon served over wild rice in a white bowl.

Ingredients needed

Nothing fancy here! For this baked salmon filet with maple pecan glaze recipe, all you need is the salmon and a few other basic and simple ingredients from your pantry. Here’s the lineup:

  • Salmon: For the best taste and plenty of health benefits, we recommend high-quality, wild-caught salmon. We used skin-on salmon, but you may use skinless salmon.
  • Seasonings: A blend of garlic powder, salt and pepper to perfectly season the filets.
  • Olive oil: To rub over the salmon and also for the glaze. Or you may also use sesame oil.
  • Pecans: Adds a nutty flavor and crunchy texture to the glaze that is the perfect complement to the tender salmon.
  • Maple syrup: Gives the glaze a nice thickness and also a lovely maple flavor.
  • Apple cider vinegar & Dijon mustard: Balances the sweetness of the glaze with a subtle tang.
Raw salmon filets, pecans, olive oil, and seasonings divided into small portions.

How to make this recipe

  1. Season & bake the salmon: Preheat the oven to 400ºF. Rub the salmon filets all over with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and oil. Place the filets in a rectangular baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until flaky.
  1. Start the glaze: Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat the oil for the glaze over medium heat. Add the pecans and cook, stirring often, until it starts to darken, around 3-4 minutes.
  2. Finish the glaze: Add the maple syrup, vinegar, and mustard. Allow the sauce to bubble for 3-4 minutes, until it thickens to coat the back of a spoon.
  3. Serve: Once the salmon is done baking, remove from the oven and spoon over the maple pecan glaze. Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.

Expert tips

  • Use the same size filets: This will help the salmon cook evenly. We recommend using wild-caught salmon if you can.
  • Purchasing salmon: To purchase high-quality salmon, check the seafood counter of your grocery store. This is a great option because you know it’s fresh and you’ll be able to select filets of similar size. You can also use frozen filets, just be sure to thaw before seasoning.
  • Don’t overcook it: The cooking time depends on the thickness of the filets. Check the doneness with a thermometer or a fork. Salmon is done when it is opaque and easily flakes. Remove it from the oven when a thermometer reads 140ºF to 145ºF.
  • Instead of maple syrup, you may use honey or agave.

Frequently asked questions

What temperature should salmon reach?

According to the USDA, the recommended salmon temperature is 145°F. We recommend removing this from the oven when it is about 140ºF because it will continue to cook on the pan just after being removed from the oven. Cooked perfectly, the salmon will be moist, and buttery and will flake easily.

Do you eat the skin on salmon?

The skin is known to be rich in nutrients and is considered safe to eat. It is optional, but most people will opt out of eating the skin. Cook with the skin side down, then easily remove with a fork after cooking. It will come off easy when the salmon is warm.

How long does salmon need to bake in the oven?

Salmon typically needs to bake in the oven for at least twelve minutes at 400ºF and no more than seventeen minutes, depending on the size of your filets. Use an instant read thermometer, to know precisely when to remove it.

side shot of baked salmon with a maple pecan glaze in a white dish

Serving suggestions

Maple and Pecan Glazed Baked Salmon is great served alongside a variety of different side dish options. Here are some of our favs:

Storage recommendations

  • Leftovers: Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep fresh for up to about 3 to 4 days. They are great for meal prepping.
  • To reheat: Place leftover salmon in a dish, in the oven for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help keep the outside crispy but the inside tender and flaky! You may also just reheat in the microwave for about a minute.
Filets of salmon topped with a maple pecan glaze in a white dish.

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5 from 3 votes

Maple Pecan Glazed Salmon

By: Rena
Servings: 4 servings
Prep: 5 minutes
Cook: 15 minutes
Total: 20 minutes
top view of baked salmon topped with pecans glazed with maple syrup in a white baking dish
Incredible Maple Glazed Salmon with Pecans is tender and flaky, covered in the most amazing pecan maple glaze. It's easy to make, super flavorful, and perfectly juicy every time! Pair it with your favorite salad or side dishes for a protein-packed dinner in 20 minutes!

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon filets
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • Kosher salt and pepper, to taste
  • 1 tbsp olive oil

Glaze:

  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • 2/3 cup pecans, chopped
  • 1/3 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tbsp apple cider vinegar
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard

Instructions

  • Preheat the oven to 400ºF.
  • Rub the salmon filets all over with garlic powder, salt, pepper, and oil. Place the filets in a rectangular baking dish and bake for 12-15 minutes, or until flaky.
  • Meanwhile, in a small pan, heat the oil for the glaze over medium heat. Add the pecans and cook, stirring often, until it starts to darken, around 3-4 minutes.
  • Add the maple syrup, vinegar, and mustard. Allow the sauce to bubble for 3-4 minutes, until it thickens to coat the back of a spoon.
  • Once the salmon is done baking, remove from the oven and spoon over the maple pecan glaze.
  • Garnish with freshly chopped parsley, if desired.

Notes

  • Storing leftovers: Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the fridge. It will keep fresh for up to about 3 to 4 days.
  • To reheat: Place salmon in a dish, in the oven for about 10 minutes at 300 degrees Fahrenheit. This will help keep the outside crispy but the inside tender and flaky!

Nutrition

Serving: 1servingCalories: 496kcalCarbohydrates: 21gProtein: 36gFat: 30gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 9gMonounsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 94mgSodium: 701mgPotassium: 981mgFiber: 2gSugar: 17gVitamin A: 80IUVitamin C: 0.2mgCalcium: 65mgIron: 2mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
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About Rena Awada

Hi, I’m Rena! Welcome to my blog. I am here to help you prepare delicious, light, fresh meals that your whole family will love!

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