If I told you this salmon recipe only has 4 ingredients, would you believe me?

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Because it does. Just 4 little ingredients to make one impressive dinner.

When I discovered this sweet and tangy orange maple glaze, it brought salmon to a whole new level. Best part? The marinade is only 3 ingredients. As in onetwothree. All ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. And if you’re like me and really good at math (as in, I almost majored in math, true story) then you deduced that only leaves 1 ingredient left: the salmon. Doesn’t get much simpler.

The yummy taste of this thick and sticky glaze reminds me of Asian orange chicken. Hey, I should use this to make orange chicken!

Writing that down…….

OK, I’m back.

I love this recipe because it is quick and simple enough for an easy weeknight meal, but is fancy enough for a weekend dinner. Here’s how you make it:

You’ll need salmon filets, a large orange, rice vinegar and maple syrup. Make sure you’re using *real* maple syrup.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Start the marinade by zesting an entire orange.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Save yourself time doing the dishes and zest it right into a ziploc bag.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Now squeeze all the juice out of that orange.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Add in that smoky and sweet maple syrup.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Then add in that tangy rice vinegar.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Mix the marinade around, then add in your salmon filets.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Allow the salmon to marinate for at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.

While the salmon is marinating, heat up your grill over medium high and clean off the grates. Or heat up your indoor grill grates. Salmon is a delicate fish and I hate worrying about it breaking or sticking to the grill, so I prefer to grill salmon filets in foil packets.

After the salmon is done marinating, remove salmon from the marinade and shake off excess. Lay on pre-cut aluminum foil, salt and pepper both sides, then top with 2 slices of orange.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Fold the aluminum foil like an envelope to seal in salmon.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Then cook on grill until the salmon is cooked through, about 10 minutes.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

While the salmon is cooking, pour the marinade in to a small sauce pan and cook over medium low until the sauce has reduced by 2/3.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Remove the cooked salmon from the foil packets.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

And top with the orange maple glaze.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Pairs perfectly with my grilled asparagus. Salmon and asparagus were meant to be together.

Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze

Warning, this tasty sauce is so good you may be tempted to lick your plate clean so you don’t waste a drop. Go ahead, I won’t tell anybody.

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Grilled Salmon with Orange Maple Glaze


  • Prep Time: 35 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 2 1x
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Ingredients

  • 2 salmon filets, about 7oz each
  • zest and juice of 1 large orange
  • 2 tbs maple syrup
  • 2 tbs rice vinegar

Instructions

  1. Combine the orange zest, orange juice, maple syrup and rice vinegar in a ziploc bag. Add salmon filets and marinate at least 30 minutes and up to 2 days.
  2. After done marinating, remove salmon and shake off excess marinade. Place on precut squares of aluminum foil, salt & pepper both sides, top each filet with 2 slices of orange, and fold foil like an envelope to secure salmon.
  3. Cook on preheated grill (or indoor grill grates) over medium high heat until salmon is cooked through, about 10 minutes.
  4. While salmon is cooking, pour marinade into a small sauce pot and cook over medium low until the glaze has reduced by 2/3.
  5. Remove salmon from foil packets and top with orange maple glaze.