Easy Maple Sesame Salmon

easy maple sesame salmon on a blue plate

Like, really easy. This is the kind of carefree dinner you make when you:

1) don’t have a lot of ingredients

2) don’t have a lot of time

3) don’t have a lot of energy

4) crave a seriously good dinner

Which is every single night of the week, am I right? Who knew dinner could be so awesome, checking off this many lifesaving positives. 6 ingredients, on the table in 35 minutes, and approximately 2 dishes to clean. This salmon is a total game changer and it’s nearly impossible to screw up. → There! Another positive!

easy maple sesame salmon on a silpat baking mat

This easy maple sesame salmon is 85% what I’ve been eating lately and the other 15% is a mish-mash of leftovers and peanut butter sandwiches. I currently live in two different places as we slowly move into our new house. All good and incredibly exciting stuff (our first home!), but I haven’t had a normal week of cooking and baking in awhile. I’m out of my groove. And I miss it! Long story short: I’ve been trying to sneak in home cooked dinners when I can, so 6 ingredient maple sesame salmon has been on regular rotation. Makes me feel like I have my life together!

Another positive to this easy maple sesame salmon (do we even need more?!): it’s clean eating at its finest getting most of its flavor from pure maple syrup. None of that imitation breakfast syrup stuff. Feel good meal right here. All we have to do is whip up a quick 4 ingredient marinade combining pure maple syrup, sesame oil, soy sauce, and garlic.

Here’s how I always marinate fish and meats:

marinating salmon

It’s pretty glamorous, isn’t it? The only way we do it around here.

You can let the salmon marinate for anywhere between 10 minutes to 8 hours. Obviously the longer the more flavorful and scrumptious, so just stick the salmon into a ziplock bag with the marinade before heading to work. Then it’ll be ready to cook when you get home. Before putting the salmon in the oven, cover it with sesame seeds. The sesame seeds will help lock in the moisture, making the salmon oh-so-flaky inside. And they’re kind of fancy right? Sesame crusted somethings just always sound super impressive to me. I don’t know what it is?

Oh! And the sesame seeds get all crunchy and toasty in the oven. Combined with the flaky salmon… just so many textures happening in blissful harmony right now.

Conveniently, the marinade also becomes the sauce we drizzle on top of the salmon once it’s finished in the oven. We’re not wasting that good stuff! Just let the marinade gently simmer and thicken on the stove as the salmon bakes. Poured over the crisp salmon, it’s lick-your-plate-clean delicious. The perfect balance of salty and sweet, easy and healthy. The kind of sauce you want to drizzle over anything and everything. I mean, it literally is awesomesauce.

maple sesame salmon on a white plate with asparagus

If I had my act together, I’d serve this with brown rice or quinoa alongside a beautiful green salad. But guess what. I’m half discombobulated and half hot mess at the moment, so steamed asparagus with an unassuming pat of butter it is!

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easy maple sesame salmon on a blue plate

Easy Maple Sesame Salmon

  • Author: Sally
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 35 minutes
  • Yield: serves 4
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Cooking
  • Cuisine: Asian


Flavor-packed and healthy 6 ingredient easy maple sesame salmon is on the table in only 35 minutes!


  • 4 salmon filets, skin removed (about 2 lbs total)
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 Tablespoons soy sauce
  • 2 Tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 teaspoons minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup sesame seeds (1 Tablespoon per salmon fillet)
  • optional for garnish: chopped scallion


  1. Place the salmon filets in a large zipped-top bag. Whisk the maple syrup, soy sauce, sesame oil, and garlic together in a medium bowl. Pour over the salmon filets, coating them thoroughly. Refrigerate for 10 minutes or up to 8-9 hours.
  2. Preheat oven to 375°F (191°C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil or a silicone baking mat. Set aside.
  3. Line the marinated salmon filets on the baking sheet and top each with sesame seeds. Hold onto the used marinade– see step 4. Bake the salmon for 15-20 minutes depending on thickness (about 10 minutes per 1-inch inch thickness– measured from the thickest part of the filet). You can broil the salmon for the last 3 minutes for crispier edges.
  4. Now, the glaze: Pour the used marinade into a small saucepan or skillet. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat low-medium and allow to simmer for 5 minutes. Remove from heat and allow to cool and thicken.
  5. Remove cooked salmon from the oven. Garnish with a little chopped scallion and serve with thickened maple glaze. Leftovers keep well in the refrigerator for a few days. Reheat to your liking.

Keywords: maple sesame salmon, easy salmon recipe

Any super quick, minimal ingredient recipes out there that you love? Do share!

easy maple sesame salmon on a blue plate


  1. Sally, I made this salmon recipe for my family on Saturday. I make A LOT of salmon and my family said this was the BEST!  It was so simple and delicious! I can’t wait to make it again. Boiling the rest of the marinade was such a great idea. 

  2. 911 SALLY! I’m currently marinading my salmon for dinner tonight, however I am using one long, very flat filet of salmon as apposed to the big juicy 4 in your recipe. How will this effect my cooking time and temperature?? Thanks!!

    1. The temperature will be the same and time should be similar, maybe a few minutes more. I didn’t see this comment until now; I’ve been traveling all weekend. Hope you loved it!

  3. This was so good! My husband and I are vegetarians, so I subbed a block of extra firm tofu cut into four “filets”. I marinated them for 45 minutes, baked for 15, and then turned the broiler on for 3. We had them with farro, peas, and match stick carrots tossed with extra glaze. So delicious!!! :o)

  4. We LOVE this recipe. I make it with salmon and chicken (my husband doesn’t like salmon), and my whole family gobbles it up.

  5. This was SO GOOD! Thanks!

  6. Delicious! My husband LOVED it! Followed recipe exactly, but poured all marinade and fresh broccoli in same baking pan. Easy peasy and yummy. A total winner!

    1. So glad you liked it, Randi!

  7. Can you leave out the soy sauce? Or do you have thoughts on a substitute for the soy sauce?

  8. A wonderful recipe Sally, so easy, quick and the epitome of clean eating!
    Greetings from Germany 🙂

  9. Super easy and yummy! Sally, so grateful for your recipes. Since my family cannot live on sweets alone (I would much rather bake than cook) I appreciate recipes that include “real food” ; )

  10. Delicious! Definitely making this again SOON!

  11. I have a lovely piece of salmon with skin so I will try searing it skin side down in a grill pan then putting it in the oven, pan & all. Hope it works well.

  12. Made this tonight for dinner. Marinated only 1 hour and slightly changed up the cooking process by baking the salmon in the glaze instead of simply marinating it in the glaze and heating the glaze over the stove top. Also mixed together some breadcrumbs and sesame seeds and topped the salmon with that before baking in the oven. Overall though I loved this recipe! It was easy, healthy, delicious and reasonably quick (once it’s finished marinating it’s in and out of the oven in barely 20 minutes). Thanks Sally for another great dinner recipe! I’d love to see more from you on the savoury side 🙂

    1. I’m glad you enjoyed this, Hayley! I bet the extra crunch on top was delish!

  13. This is my absolute favorite salmon recipe! With summer coming, I’d like to find a way to cook this on my Blackstone grill instead of in the oven (that way I can even make it when we go camping). Any advice on how to modify the cooking instructions for that?

    1. Hi Michele! I haven’t tested it with this recipe, but you can try the grilling instructions from my honey chipotle salmon. (That’s what I would do!)

  14. Delicious and easy!!

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