Maple Syrup Glazed Salmon

This simple-yet-fancy salmon is both sweet and tangy at the same time. This recipe was created by America’s Test Kitchen Kids. Safety considerations: This recipe uses a knife and the stovetop.

Serves: 4Prep: 25 minutesCook: 8 minutesTotal: 33 minutesDifficulty: Medium

Serves: 4


  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice, squeezed from 1 lime, plus more slices for garnish
  • 2 cloves garlic, peeled and minced
  • 4 (6-ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  • In a medium saucepan, combine maple syrup, vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice and garlic. Set aside.
  • In a 12-inch nonstick skillet, sprinkle ¼ teaspoon salt and ¼ teaspoon pepper in even layer. Place salmon fillets, skin side down, in skillet. Wash your hands. Sprinkle tops of fillets with ¼ teaspoon salt and ⅛ teaspoon pepper.
  • Cook salmon over medium heat, without moving salmon, until fat begins to puddle around fillets and skin begins to brown, 6 to 8 minutes.
  • Use tongs and spatula to carefully flip fillets. (Gently slide spatula under fish to loosen skin from skillet, then use tongs to flip fish.) Cook, without moving fillets, until center of each fillet registers 125 degrees on instant-read thermometer. Turn off heat. Transfer fillets, skin side down, to serving platter. Cover platter with aluminum foil.
  • Cook maple syrup mixture in saucepan over medium heat, stirring occasionally with rubber spatula, until thick and syrupy, 4 to 6 minutes (sauce will be very bubbly when it thickens). Turn off heat. Spoon glaze evenly over salmon. Serve with lime wedges.