Maple Soy Salmon

This Maple Soy Salmon is out of this world good. Super simple, nutritious and so delicious, you'll have your family asking for this meal every week!

I've been going to my local Farmers' Market for upwards of 22 years. I always say that being there every Sunday is like my church and the people there are like my family. That holds completely true to my favorite fish vendor, Marilyn. I met Marilyn before I was even pregnant with Kenya, so when I say she's like an aunt to us, I mean it. 

Every week Marilyn greets each of us with a huge smile and gigantic hug. She sends us home with little scraps of fish for our dog, Cosmo and not to mention, the most delicious salmon you have had in your entire life. I'm drooling even thinking of it right now!

Marilyn loves giving tips and tricks for how to cook fish in the most delicious way. I took one of her suggestions for a marinade and added my own little twist to it. I find that a quick marinade made with soy sauce, O.J. and a touch of maple syrup creates a light, sweet glaze that my kids adore. It's amazing how adding just a little extra love in the form of a few everyday ingredients can turn a simple food into something extraordinary that's good for you, too!

At least once a week (usually on Sundays or Mondays), I make salmon for dinner. Knowing that salmon is packed with Omega-3 fatty acids, which help a little one’s brain development, has always inspired me to keep it in our regular mealtime rotation. Salmon is full of flavor and has a firm texture which most kids love, so I like to keep it basic and not jazz it up too much with sauces. This marinade is the perfect balance of simple yet still absolutely delicious.

Pair this recipe with Grilled Lemon Asparagus and Asian Style Cauliflower Rice and you are sure to have a meal that will make each and every family member very happy. 

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Maple Soy Salmon (Serves 4)

Prep Time: 30 mins Cook Time: 8 mins

egg free

nut free

dairy free

Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons low sodium soy sauce
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 pound salmon fillets, cut into 4 even pieces

Preparation

1. Place the soy sauce, maple syrup and orange juice in a large bowl or 8 x 8 inch pyrex dish. Stir to combine.

2. Place the salmon fillets in the mixture salmon flesh side down, cover and marinate, in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or up to 2 hours.

3. Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat broiler.

4. Place the salmon fillets skin side down on a foil-lined baking sheet and broil for about 8 minutes (make sure to keep an eye on them so they don’t burn).


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38 comments

  • Jess

    What kind of salmon do you use?

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    • Catherine

      I use wild alaskan salmon :)

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  • Nikki

    My oven has a high and low setting for the broiler. Which one would you recommend? I would love to start incorporating fish into our diets, but I have no idea how to cook it. This is a good start...thanks!

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    • Catherine

      I would use the high setting and set the fish on the lower or middle rack of the oven and watch it so it does not burn the top.

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    • Amy F.

      Another way to cook salmon that I just recently tried is to steam it just like you would vegetables. I have a moroccan steamed salmon recipe I've been making that I really like. There is a sauce you make to put on the salmon after it is steamed. It turns out really good and it's simple. My toddler doesn't like the sauce that goes with it but he does eat it plain.

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  • Jennifer

    I'd also be curious to know where you buy your salmon. Thanks in advance!

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    • Leilei

      I buy my salmon at farmer's market or at costco. They will seasonally have wild caught filets. But I also keep a bag of frozen wild caught salmon in the freezer.

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  • Alina M.

    This sounds so tasty! What did you serve as a side dish? Soy beans and rice balls? If you indeed used soy beans, how did you prepare them?

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    • Becky

      We have soybeans as a staple in our house. I buy them in the frozen section at the store...They are preshelled which makes it easier on mom and kiddo. For Me I add a little salt but for Collin I just serve them plain and he loves them.

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  • Jen Staffeldt

    Hi Catherine,
    First of all, I love, Love, LOVE your website! It's such a great resource for first time mommas like me. :)

    You mentioned above that you have salmon in your regular meal rotation. What other meals do you regularly have? I am assuming you use the same protein and just vary up the preparation.

    Love to hear your thoughts!
    Jen

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    • Alison

      ooo, I would love to hear more about your meal rotation too! I'm trying to come up with some weekly meal-plans and finding it a bit challenging to figure out where to start...
      Thanks for all the great recipes!

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    • Carrie

      I'd also be interested to hear about your meal plans!

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  • Becky T

    We make this all the time, I add a bit of ginger and it is delicious! Our son gobbles it up and thinks it's funny to steal more off my plate.

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  • Maryea {Happy Healthy Mama}

    This is similar to my go-to salmon recipe, too. My little one is a big fan of salmon as well. :-)

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  • Ann-Louise

    What a super idea adding O.J. to your sauce! We often eat salmon and I am definately gonna try your recipe next time. :)

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  • Kirstin

    What a simple, yummy glaze! Can't wait to try it.

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  • Lisa {Smart Food & Fit}

    This looks good! I'll definitely make this on fish Friday!

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  • Jade

    Hi there. I am relativly new to weelicious, but just wanted to say thank you. My daughter is 8 months old and I have been using your site to get ideas and inpiration for different purees. I look forward to being a long time reader, and making thinks like this delicious salmon for her as she gets older. Jade x

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  • Teresa

    Made this for my picky kids tonight. We all loved it -- and it was so easy! Thank you.

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  • Andrea

    My 4 yr-old twins LOVE salmon and so do we. What's not to love? HOT TIP: There's an amazing fish shop in Berkeley, CA called the Tokyo Fish Market. It's a hidden treasure and has THE best fish selection (5 or 6 different kinds of salmon) I have ever seen. They have a lot of sushi grade fish there as well. I usually marinate it for an hour in soy sauce, garlic and olive oil with a little salt and pepper. I grill or broil it and it gets nice and crispy on the outside and moist and flavorful on the inside. My kids will eat it hot or cold the next day. It's so good for you and such a tremendous source of protein.

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  • Colleen

    WOW- This was a huge hit in our house the other night. My 5 year old and 2 1/2 year old gobbled it up as well as my hubby and I. We can't wait to have it again. Thanks for all your healthy, yummy recipes!

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  • Amanda

    This looks amazing...how did you make the rice balls?

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    • Elizabeth

      It just looks like plain, steamed brown sticky rice scooped w/ ice cream scooper.

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    • Catherine

      Here you go! :) http://b12.ba4.myftpupload.com/2010/02/08/rice-cheese-treasures/

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  • Jennifer

    I am so glad I found your website. My daughter has a dairy allergy, so finding foods she can eat can be a challenge. I love being able to search for dairy-free recipes! My hot-dog and chicken nugget loving daughter willingly ate the salmon tonight. Good job, and you definitely have a new fan!

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  • KidNutriYum

    If you're interested in Fish Guidelines for your children and yourselves check out http://kidnutriyum.wordpress.com/2010/12/16/fish-guidelines/

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  • Julie

    What a delicious and easy recipe! No one in my family is a huge fan of fish, but we are really trying to eat it more often. This was definitely a hit!

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  • Kristen

    Just made this for the first time tonight and my 3yo gobbled it up! Thanks so much for all the great recipes:) my 9 month old is enjoying broccoli potato cheese purée this week too :)

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    This sounds so good! So excited to try it!

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    Just wanted to say thanks for all of these amazing recipes. We make this Maple Soy Salmon all the time, my kids LOVE it! Same with your turkey pesto meatballs. My 5 year old is a super picky eater too, so it's nice to have found some super easy and healthy recipes that she gobbles right up!

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    I substituted the maple syrup with honey. Easy and good. My sister liked it too. Thanks for the recipe, Catherine!

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