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!

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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. 


Maple Soy Salmon

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Servings: 4
Prep Time 30 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 38 minutes



  • Place the soy sauce, maple syrup and orange juice in a large bowl or 8 x 8 inch pyrex dish. Stir to combine.
  • 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.
  • Place rack in the middle of the oven and preheat broiler.
  • 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).
  • Remove and serve.


Calories: 190kcal | Carbohydrates: 8g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 60mg | Sodium: 320mg | Sugar: 7g
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Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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!

  5. 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!

  6. 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.

  7. 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?

  8. 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.

  9. 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.

  10. 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.

  11. 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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