This salmon! If you like salmon as much as I do, I really hope you get a chance to make this recipe. This Bourbon Maple Glazed Salmon is so simple, but so incredibly good. It’s a little sweet, a little mustardy, it has hints of lemon and dill hiding in there, and the bourbon gives it some depth and, of course, a catchy name which makes you want to dive in and try it.
So I sincerely hope you do. Salmon is such a powerhouse of all things that are good for you. If it’s cooked properly, there’s nothing quite so delicious.
This week we were the lucky recipients of two large fresh wild-caught fillets! My daughter-in-law and son each reeled in two salmon during one of those recent (seemingly rare) sunny days and they shared some of their catch with us. It was a very welcome gift: Denis and I had been out boating as well that day, setting the prawn traps. After a full day, we had the grand total of TWO, (which we promptly let go).
While I have several favourite salmon recipes here on the blog, I decided to top the salmon with something different this time. I adapted a recipe from Eric Akis that I found in Bill Jones Salmon, The Cookbook. We devoured this Bourbon Maple Glazed Salmon and have added it to our “must make this again” list.
How to make glazed salmon
- Heat oven to 400° F.. Pat the salmon pieces dry with paper towel. Season with salt and pepper.
- Heat an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat.
- When hot, add 1 tablespoon of oil.
- When the oil ripples, add the salmon, skin side up. Give the pan a little shake to evenly distribute the oil and prevent sticking.
- Sear for 2 minutes, then using tongs or a fish turner, carefully flip the salmon and sear on the other side for 2 minutes.
- Pour glaze over all.
- Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 8 – 12 minutes, or until fish begins to flake with a fork. Time will depend on the thickness of the fillet. Spoon pan juices over top and serve.
Do you see that Bourbon maple glaze keeping all the juices safely tucked inside the salmon? I served this salmon with baby Crispy Lemon Oven-Roasted Potatoes and some lightly steamed green veggies, and I added some extra lemon slices to squeeze over it all.
This Bourbon Maple Glazed Salmon
- is an easy 3-step recipe: sear it, smother it, and bake it.
- is a delicious way to get omega-3 fatty acids in your diet
- is a simple recipe to adjust. Want it spicier? add a little more mustard. Like it less sweet? Reduce the maple syrup and add a little more lemon.
- can be prepared ahead of time. Whisk the glaze ingredients together and refrigerate until you’re ready to cook.
Maple syrup, bourbon and fresh wild-caught salmon bring a taste of Canada to your table.
- 2 wild-caught salmon fillets, 4 - 5 oz. each (120- 150 gm each)
- sea salt and freshly ground pepper
- 1 tbsp oil
- 1 1/2 tbsp maple syrup
- 1 tbsp bourbon (or whisky)
- 1/2 tbsp Dijon mustard
- 1 tbsp freshly squeezed lemon juice
- 1 tsp dried dill or 2 tsp fresh dill
- lemon slices for garnish
Preheat oven to 400°F. Thoroughly pat the salmon dry. Sprinkle with sea salt and pepper.
Whisk maple syrup, bourbon, mustard, lemon juice and dill and set this glaze aside.
Heat oil in an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. When oil begins to ripple, carefully add salmon fillets, skin side up. Sear for 2 minutes, then turn and sear on the other side for 2 - 3 minutes.
Pour bourbon-maple glaze over the salmon. Transfer skillet to oven and bake for 10 minutes or just until fish flakes slightly with a fork. Do not overcook.
Arrange on plates or serving platter. Drizzle with pan juices, garnish with lemon slices and serve right away.
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