This Sweet & Spicy Glazed Salmon recipe is the best! It’s so quick and easy – ready in less than 20 minutes. Serve with your favorite roasted veggies or side for a healthy dinner. Makes for a great meal prep dish too. Gluten-free, paleo-friendly.
I swear this seafood dish will change the way you eat salmon!
Salmon definitely has a distinct taste on its own – some love it, some need a lot more flavor and spice added.
If you’re on the fence about salmon or you’re looking for a new way to enjoy it, I really hope you try this sweet and spicy glazed salmon recipe. It’s easy to make, super flavorful and I’ve been told by many it converted them into loving salmon!
What You Need
For this salmon glaze recipe you don’t need much. Just some seasonings to cook the salmon with and some fridge staples to make the glaze to finish it.
For the Salmon
- wild-caught salmon – fresh salmon fillets are best but thawed from frozen works too.
- coconut sugar – for the sweet part of the rub. You can also use brown sugar.
- chili powder, salt & pepper – for the spicy part of the rub
Salmon Glaze Ingredients
- maple syrup
- coconut aminos
- stoneground mustard
How to Prepare Glazed Salmon
- Slice salmon fillet into four equal strips and pat dry with paper towel. Place skin side down on a lined rimmed baking sheet or in a baking dish.
- In a small bowl combine spices and sugar. then sprinkle mixture over salmon fillets.
- To cook the salmon I used the oven broiler, but it can also be baked. Watch your time carefully–whichever method you prefer–to prevent from over-cooking the salmon.
- Once the salmon has *almost* finished cooking, that is when you top with the glaze and broil another 1-2 minutes. Then allow the salmon to rest for 2-3 minutes before serving.
- Use fresh (thawed) wild-caught salmon if you can. I’ve learned my lesson the hard way (too many poorly cooked salmon fillets) but salmon is best when it is picked up fresh.
- No matter which route you choose from above (fresh or frozen) make sure the salmon is patted dry with paper towel to remove the excess moisture.
- Check the salmon after about 5 minutes – it’s best not to over-cook it! Check for for an internal temperature of 130ºF with a food thermometer.
Ways to Enjoy This Dish
- On a bed of greens with some quinoa and avocado
- With a side of your favorite roasted veggies, like these brussels sprouts.
- On a loaded salad, like this delicious Chickpea Kale Caesar or this Maple Balsamic Quinoa Lentil Salad
- Serve alongside my Caprese Pasta Salad – a reader favorite!
This glazed salmon recipe works well for meal prep, as long as you plan to enjoy the salmon within a couple of days.
To reheat, place salmon on baking dish and reheat at 350ºF for 8-10 minutes.
More Healthy Salmon Recipes to Enjoy
Let me know if you make this recipe by leaving a comment and review below! I love hearing from you and it helps others learn more about the recipe too. XX Ashley
- 1 lb wild-caught salmon (fresh fillet is best)
- 1/2 tablespoon chili powder
- 1/2 tablespoon coconut sugar
- 1/2 teaspoon pink salt
- 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
- 2.5 tablespoon pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon coconut aminos (can sub tamari or soy sauce if not gluten-free)
- 1 teaspoon stoneground mustard
- 1 teaspoon sriracha (use a paleo-friendly sriracha if desired)
- Preheat oven for broiling (400ºF) and place oven rack about 6″ from broiler.
- Slice salmon fillet into four equal strips and pat dry with paper towel. Place skin side down on lined rimmed baking sheet, or shallow baking dish.
- Combine spices and sugar in a small bowl; sprinkle mixture over salmon fillets and pat down gently.
- Broil: Transfer salmon to preheated oven and broil for about 6-8 minutes, until you see the crust start to form.
- Make the glaze, while the salmon is cooking: in a small bowl mix together maple syrup, coconut aminos, mustard, and sriracha. Once the salmon has finished broiling (around 7 minutes) brush with glaze and return to broiler for another 1-2 minutes.
- Rest & serve: Allow salmon to rest on pan for 2-3 minutes before serving with your favorite sides. Enjoy!
If baking salmon, follow steps as described for broiling, but preheat oven to 350ºF and bake salmon about 12-15 minutes, before covering with glaze during the last few minutes. Salmon will be done when meat flakes from fork.
Store leftovers in covered container in fridge; enjoy within 2 days for best flavor.
- Serving Size: 4
- Calories: 264
- Sugar: 11
- Sodium: 391
- Fat: 14
- Saturated Fat: 3
- Unsaturated Fat: 0
- Trans Fat: 0
- Carbohydrates: 11
- Fiber: 0
- Protein: 23
- Cholesterol: 50
photography by: Roberta Dall’Alba