Monday, October 26, 2015

Maple Salmon

Who loves a delicious dinner that's simple to prepare and easy on the waistline? This girl!

As part of the local YMCA's Fall Into Fitness Challenge, I recently tried another new recipe, Maple Salmon. A few weeks ago, I tried a challenge recipe for Honey Dijon Chicken and it was really good! So I had high hopes this recipe would be just as satisfying. 

It ended up being the perfect thing to eat after a tough workout. Protein rich, super tasty and filling. I paired it with a Fruit & Nut Kale Salad but it would be good with any type of salad. 


Maple Salmon
Serves 4

1 lb raw salmon, cut into four portions
1/4 cup maple syrup
2 Tbsp soy sauce
1 clove garlic, minced
1/4 tsp garlic salt
1/8 tsp ground black pepper

Place salmon, skin side down, in a baking dish lined with aluminum foil. In a small bowl, combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, garlic, garlic salt and black pepper. Pour mixture on top of the salmon and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. After marinating for 30 minutes, bake the salmon for 12-15 minutes - or until the salmon is pink and can be flaked with a fork.

Optional: I decided to make an extra half batch of the maple mixture and brushed it on top of the salmon after it was done baking. Make sure you keep the extra maple mixture separate from your salmon marinade to avoid contamination.

Tell me: What's your favorite easy-to-prepare dinner?

- ST

76 comments:

  1. Maple salmon sounds delicious! My mom made something similar when I was growing up and it was always one of my favorite meals :) My fave easy to prep meal would be tacos - Super quick to throw together on a week night!

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    1. I love, love, love tacos! I know there's Taco Tuesday but in my opinion every night can be taco night :)

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  2. Maple and salmon - two favorite flavors....I will be trying this soon! (great too because my hubby loves both flavors and it's healthy ;) )

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    1. Maple is one of my favorites, too, especially during the fall and winter months. It's surprisingly good mixed with salmon!

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  3. Interesting combination-maple and salmon. I'm not much of a salmon fan, but the maple might be the game changer for me ;-)

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    1. It's a surprisingly good combination :) I wasn't too sure about it either but it ended up delicious!

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  4. Sounds very tasty! I love salmon, but haven't picked any up in quite a while - the maple and soy sauce sound like an interesting combination!

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    1. The maple/soy sauce was a new combo for me but ended up being pretty good. Created a nice sweet/salty flavor :)

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  5. Ok...you are making me WANT to try salmon..I admit it: I've never tried it. I just always was afraid it would taste very fishy!! But, you are giving me the urge to wanna give this recipe a try! Ill let ya know what I think :)

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    1. Salmon is really good and you should definitely try it! For years I avoided making it at home because I was afraid it would stink up my apartment but if you bake it in the oven it doesn't make things smelly :)

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  6. Looks like an easy, healthy weeknight dinner! The rest of my family eats salmon and would love this asian inspired dinner. Visiting from the blog hop! Have a great week

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Deborah! Hope your family enjoys the salmon if you end up giving it a try :)

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  7. Maple Salmon sounds wonderful!! I look forward to trying it. It's something my picky husband would enjoy. Also so happy I found you via blog hop. I look forward to you future recipes and keeping up with you. Cheers!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Brandy! I hope you and your husband enjoy the recipe :)

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  8. Yum!! I LOVE meals that are quick and easy with limited ingredients! Sometimes I just put some dijon mustard on chicken and bake it. Super simple and great with a salad.

    www.astorybooklife.us

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    1. I love the combo of chicken and dijon mustard! So simple and delicious :)

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  9. I've made something similar in the past and I love the flavors and how easy it is to put together. Great weeknight option!

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    1. The easy to put together part is what sold me on the recipe. Less time in the kitchen means more time for doing everything else :)

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  10. Stopping over to say hello from the blog hop! And oh my goodness, this recipe sounds amazing! I love salmon, and it sounds pretty easy to throw together. I'd be the only one eating it in my house though, but hey, that's okay. The kale salad looks scrumptious, too. :)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Ellyn! More salmon for you, right? ;) I think the sauce combo may be good on pork but I've yet to try it out.

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  11. OMG that sounds so yummy! I wish salmon was cheaper so that I could try it.

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    1. Watch for sales! Every now and then my local grocery store puts salmon on sale - it's the perfect time to stock up!

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  12. This is a great recipe! However, every time I try to cook salmon I screw it up. I am really enjoying finding new blogs due to the blog hop!

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    1. Oh no! I'm sorry to hear about the salmon cooking woes. How have you tried cooking it? I've always stuck with my oven bake method - mainly because I would probably screw up more complicated cooking methods :)

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  13. This looks delish! Love a good salmon recipe! I will def be checking this one out!

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    1. Thanks Lauren! Let me know how you like it if you end up trying it out!

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  14. Hi Sun, how are you? I tried 3 alternative ways of cooking salmon (lime roasted salmon fillet's my fave) but I not this one. Tbh, this is making me hungry right now. Thanks for sharing, I might try this one next weekend! Looking forward to more of your recipes. :)

    PS: Found your link from the blog hop.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Polly! Lime roasted salmon filet sounds amazing! I'm totes hopping over to your blog next to see if you have the recipe posted :) If not, I may need to request it!

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  15. Hi! I'm visiting from the blog hop. My whole family enjoys salmon and we usually grill it on a citrus soaked plank. But honestly, this would be so much quicker. The maple flavor should be a hit with my crew too. Thanks for sharing.

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    1. Thanks for stopping by! Salmon grilled on a citrus soaked plank sounds delicious to me - you can't beat seafood/fish with citrus flavors. So good :)

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  16. Oh yummmyyyy! I really enjoyed reading through your blog! I love the incorporation of healthy recipes.. that are also easy! Sometimes healthy recipes are complicated and no one likes that!

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    1. I completely agree, Ryanne! Sometimes - usually - simple is better, plus then you actually want to make the recipe :) Thanks for reading!

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  17. Sounds delicious as my stomach growls ready to eat lunch! I usually just steam my salmon and add herbs, spices and lemon. This gives me a reason to try something new and less boring!

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    1. Your salmon sounds pretty good to me and not at all boring! Let me know if you end up trying Maple Salmon :)

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  18. For some reason, I only really enjoy salmon when it is raw - in sushi! There have been some exceptions, and I am now wondering if adding maple syrup to the equation would be a game-changer! We have gotten a couple gifts of maple syrup in the past, and since we eat lower carb, I don't often make pancakes or French toast, so we don't have as many uses for it as usual, but this is another great thing we can try with it! Thank you! =)

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    1. Hope you like the recipe if you give it a try! The maple flavor does make the salmon extra delicious :)

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  19. Looks yummy! Next time I make salmon, I'll have to try this recipe!
    Visiting from the blog hop. My name is Lisa (Got2runnow.com). Looking forward to following your blog!

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Lisa! Let me know if you give the recipe a try!

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  20. Let's be honest, nothing is bad when you add anything maple!! This looks yummy and I can't wait to try it out myself!

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    1. Hope you like the recipe as much as I did! And I agree - everything with maple must be delicious :)

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  21. This is one of my favorite ways to make salmon! Now, I need to go make it for dinner again! I look forward to following your blog, it looks AMAZING! I'm Kelli (www.mom4ce.blogspot.com)

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Kelli! This blog hop is already so much fun and I'm already loving discovering all the new blogs, yours included!

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  22. This recipe looks absolutely FANTASTIC!!! I've never heard of using maple syrup but it sounds delicious, and I have all of these ingredients at home already. Bookmarking this to make for dinner soon! :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy it when you make it for dinner! It was the first time I've combined salmon with maple but it was a win :)

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  23. What a delicious looking meal! Full of protein and nutrients! I have been toying with some salmon recipes on Pinterest but nothing was really grabbing my attention! I will be making this on Wednesday!!
    Thanks for sharing :)

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    1. Let me know how you like it if you give it a try!

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  24. This looks awesome, my dad loves Salmon and I am going to be making dinner for him soon, Hmmmm this may just be the dish:)
    It actually looks far easier than I would think fish would be:) I am the worst at cooking, I for me if I have to do a quick dish it's like soup from a can and salad from a bag, LOL I know terrible, it's okay to laugh:)

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    1. I used to be so intimidated by cooking fish but this oven bake method is seriously simple :) Perfect for people like me that that get impatient in the kitchen!

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  25. This looks absolutely delicious! Thank you for sharing! We love salmon in our house! Lovely to blog hop with you! www.obsessedbyportia.com

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    1. Thanks for stopping by, Portia! I just took a visit to your blog as well. Looking forward to getting to know you over the next few weeks. :)

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  26. I loooove salmon! This sounds so yummy and a great recipe to add to any athlete's training table. Thanks for the blog idea, too. Healthy eating is something everyone wants and I'm always looking for new updates to our family's menu. I'll have to try the chicken recipe, too :)

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    1. Hope you enjoy both recipes if you try them :)

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  27. This sounds really delicious ,i will make it soon.
    I have a lot of Favorit meals ,to much to write in here.
    Last time i made muffin noodles.
    Just make the normal noodles like always but put it in a muffinform with some Stirred raw egg and put it in the oven.
    Greetings from germany.
    Im in bloghop2

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    1. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I had not heard of muffin noodles but sounds quite interesting!

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  28. That sounds delicious. Definitely will be trying it out

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    1. Hope you like it if you give it a try :)

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  29. OMG that sounds so good! My husband got on a salmon-cooking-kick this summer but hasn't made anything in a while. I'm going to forward him this recipe. Looks delish!

    My favorite easy recipe is simply chicken breasts in the crock pot with any kind of salsa. Cook on high for 4 hours, shred the chicken and serve with tortillas for tacos. Sometimes I'll add black beans to the chicken in the crock pot. Or if we're going meatless, I'll cook 1-2 cups of dried lentils with salsa and a little water and have lentil tacos. Yum!

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    1. Yum, that sounds delicious! I've never tried lentil tacos but I bet they are super good!

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  30. I have to say, I'm definitely going to have to try this recipe! I absolutely love salmon, and am always looking for new recipes to spice it up! My favourite thing about it is all of the super creative flavor spins you can put on it, as well as the sides! Its so versatile :)

    I have to say my favourite easy recipe is homemade soup - my Grandma always made me traditional Portuguese soup growing up, and I love the fresh ingredients that she used when I was a child. I love veggie broth, kale, kidney beans and chopped potatoes and whatever fabulous secret-recipe seasoning she used!

    Miranda xx

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    1. That soup sounds fantastic! Nothing beats a bowl of warm comforting soup on a cold day :)

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  31. Hi! I'm stopping by from the blog hop and it's great to meet you and your blog! That's so great that you're involved with you Y's fitness challenge. Do they provide recipes for you or are you using your own recipes?

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    1. Hi Lara! Thanks for stopping by :) The Y has been providing two recipes a week for challenge participants to make and earn points. It's been fun trying out new recipes that I might not have otherwise tried!

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  32. Another one stopping by from the blog hop.

    I don't eat fish (unless I caught it, and someone else cooks it) anymore, but this dish sounds delicious.

    My fav go to meal is taco's or wraps, which we usually do with a left over roast. We are having lamb tonight, so it's safe to say we will have lamb taco's tomorrow.

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    1. I heart tacos! I've never had lamb ones but am imagining Greek tacos. Like a gyro but in a toritlla and it sounds good to me!

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  33. Hi! I noticed your post on the Sweat Pink FB page earlier today, so funny you're being spotlighted today! I wanted to let you know I got the ingredients for this recipe tonight at the grocery store… well with some slight variations based on what I already had in the house :)

    Sarah
    www.amodernshorelife.com

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    1. Awesome! I hope you enjoyed the recipe :) You'll have to let me know how it turned out for you.

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  34. I'm always on the lookout for good fish recipes, and this sounds amazing!! I usually make a chicken stir fry when I need a quick meal, but this sounds easy enough to make on a weeknight.

    Aimee
    www.fortybyfortyfitness.com

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    1. Yum - I love an easy stir fry - a perfect way to get a lot of vegetables into a meal :)

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  35. this looks absolutely relish...I was just looking for a way to spice up my salmon. I typically make salmon with just butter and spices...throw it in the oven and head out for a run. lol

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    1. Nothing wrong with simple :) That sounds like the way I usually prepare salmon - put on a baking sheet, top with a few herbs/spices and bake!

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  36. Hey there! I'm from the blog hop (something happened on Monday & my comment didn't go through). Anyway, this salmon looks delicious. Being from the Gulf Coast, I don't buy/cook salmon too often, but I LOVE eating it. Maple is the best flavor this time of year! I'm going to keep this recipe in mind when meal planning this weekend. :)

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    1. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did if you give it a try :)

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  37. I make a very similar recipe for my family and they LOVE it!

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    1. And as the cook I bet you love how simple it is :) I know I do!

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    1. Oh, I'm so happy to hear it was a hit :) Thanks for trying it out!

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