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Maple Pecan Glazed Salmon is a little sweet, a little crunchy, and it’s the perfect recipe to get more heart-healthy salmon into your diet. The maple pecan glaze is made with real maple syrup and fresh pecans so you can enjoy a delicious meal with hearty, natural ingredients.

A platter of maple glazed salmon.
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This gorgeous salmon with pecans is simple enough to serve for a weeknight meal but gorgeous enough for entertaining. Get this salmon with maple syrup and pecans on the table in just 30 minutes. This festive dish is sweet and savory, perfect for gluten free and paleo diets and irresistibly delicious. Salmon with maple syrup and pecans will be your favorite way to serve salmon. 

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Why You’ll Love This Salmon with Pecans

  • It’s beautiful. They say we eat with our eyes first, and this maple pecan glazed salmon is absolutely stunning on the plate. 
  • It’s healthy. Salmon is low in saturated fat, high in protein and one of the best sources of vitamin b12.
  • It’s fast. This gorgeous plate takes only 30 minutes to prepare. 

Maple Pecan Glaze Ingredients

Ingredients for maple pecan glazed salmon.
  • Salmon: look for salmon fillets that are about 6 oz each.
  • Seasoning: paprika, salt and black pepper are used to season the fish. 
  • Olive Oil: or use your favorite light, neutral oil
  • Unsalted Butter: use unsalted to better control the dish’s saltiness. 
  • Pecans: use chopped pecans or substitute walnuts. 
  • Maple Syrup: use real maple syrup, not pancake syrup. 
  • Orange Juice: For sweetness and brightness.
  • Gound Mustard: mustard really rounds out the flavor and cuts the sweetness of the syrup. 
  • Rosemary: a touch of dried rosemary adds a nice woodsy flavor. 
  • Orange Slices: to garnish
  • Fresh Rosemary: to garnish

How To Make Maple Pecan Glazed Salmon

  • Prepare the equipment. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pat dry the salmon with a kitchen towel.
How to bake salmon with maple glaze.
  • Season and bake the salmon. Season the salmon with paprika, salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake the salmon for 18-20 minutes until the salmon is well done. Rest the salmon for at least 5 minutes.
Preparing maple pecan glaze in a skillet.
  • Prepare the maple pecan glaze. Meanwhile in a skillet, add the butter on a medium flame, add in the chopped pecans and lower the flame. Once the pecan color changes slightly, add in the maple syrup, orange juice, ground mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 5-8 minutes until the glaze starts to thicken.
  • Glaze the salmon. Arrange the salmon on a serving plate and spoon the maple pecan glaze over the salmon.
  • Serve. Garnish with orange slices and rosemary and serve the maple pecan glazed salmon.
Salmon with maple syrup and pecans on a platter.

Tips To Make Salmon with Maple Syrup and Pecans

  • Be sure to preheat the oven.
  • Dry the salmon well with paper towels to avoid soggy fish. 
  • Use REAL maple syrup, not pancake syrup. 
  • You can substitute walnuts for the pecans. 
  • Maple syrup comes to a boil quickly, so watch the sauce closely and don’t walk away. 
A flaky piece of salmon with maple syrup and pecans on a plate with a fork.

Frequently Asked Questions

Should I cover salmon while baking?

You do not need to cover the salmon while baking. Keeping it uncovered will prevent the fish from becoming soggy and give it a crispy exterior. 

What is the white stuff that comes out of salmon while cooking?

Salmon contains a specific protein called albumin. When salmon is cooked, the protein coagulates and looks creamy and white. This is completely normal when cooking salmon, it’s safe to eat, and it will not affect the taste of the salmon. Feel free to scrape off any excess with a spoon for presentation purposes. 

How do I know when salmon is cooked?

Salmon will become opaque pink when it is cooked through. If the salmon flakes easily but is still slightly translucent, pull it out of the oven and let it rest. It will be perfect when you are ready to serve.

How do I store and reheat Salmon with maple syrup and pecans?

Store leftover salmon in the fridge for 3 to 4 days. You can reheat it in a 350 degrees F oven until warmed through. You can also use leftover salmon to make delicious salmon patties. 

Can I freeze Salmon with Pecan?

Yes. Freeze this salmon in an airtight container for up to 3 months. Thaw overnight in the fridge, then reheat in a 350 degree F oven. 

What to serve with Maple Pecan Glazed Salmon?

Maple Pecan Glazed Salmon can be served with steamed vegetables like broccoli or green beans, Grilled Vegetables, or Roasted Brussels Sprouts. Serve Oven Roasted Baby Potatoes, rice or Easy Homemade Mashed Potatoes.

A plate with green beans and salmon with pecans.

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​​Maple Pecan Glazed Salmon

Maple Pecan Glazed Salmon is a little sweet, a little crunchy, and it’s the perfect recipe to get more heart-healthy salmon into your diet. The maple pecan glaze is made with real maple syrup and fresh pecans so you can enjoy a delicious meal with hearty, natural ingredients.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 servings

Ingredients 

  • 4 6 oz. each salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon salt, divided
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper, divided
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter
  • ½ cup chopped pecans
  • cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • ½ teaspoon dried rosemary
  • Fresh orange slices, to garnish
  • Fresh rosemary, to garnish

Instructions 

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F. Pat dry the salmon with a kitchen towel.
  • Season the salmon with paprika, salt, pepper and olive oil. Bake the salmon for 18-20 minutes until the salmon is well done. Rest the salmon for at least 5 minutes.
  • Meanwhile in a skillet, add the butter on a medium flame, add in the chopped pecans and lower the flame.
  • Once the pecan color changes slightly, add in the maple syrup, orange juice, ground mustard, rosemary, salt and pepper. Let it simmer for 5-8 minutes until the glaze starts to thicken.
  • Arrange the salmon on a serving plate and spoon the maple pecan glaze over the salmon.
  • Garnish with orange slices and rosemary and serve the maple pecan glazed salmon.

Notes

  • Be sure to preheat the oven.
  • Dry the salmon well with paper towels to avoid soggy fish. 
  • Use REAL maple syrup, not pancake syrup. 
  • You can substitute walnuts for the pecans. 
  • Maple syrup comes to a boil quickly, so watch the sauce closely and don’t walk away.

Nutrition

Calories: 473kcal | Carbohydrates: 22g | Protein: 35g | Fat: 27g | Saturated Fat: 5g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 8g | Monounsaturated Fat: 13g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 101mg | Sodium: 660mg | Potassium: 989mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 17g | Vitamin A: 430IU | Vitamin C: 4mg | Calcium: 66mg | Iron: 2mg
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4 Comments

  1. This looks amazing! I am going to make this but sub the butter for vegan butter. I do have a question with storing it. If I am thinking of serving this at Thanksgiving along with turkey. Should I store the salmon without the sauce or is it okay to store it with the sauce on top? Not sure if I am going to make it and freeze it or make it and put it in the fridge. Just want to make sure I am storing it correctly! Thanks! 🙂

    1. I would highly recommend doing everything the day off. You can clean the salmon and season it the night before, but salmon is best cooked and eaten the time of so it doesn’t end up with a fishy flavor. Once time is close to your event, pop the salmon in the oven and prep the sauce right before serving and then add it to the salmon at that time.

      1. 5 stars
        Thank you for getting back to me. I tried this recipe out a few weeks ago and it was a hit! Planning on making this for Christmas. Happy Holidays!

      2. Thank you Sabrina for leaving a review. I appreciate that and happy to hear you enjoyed it.