Simple and delicious, this grilled maple mustard salmon uses only a few ingredients and can be made on the BBQ or on a stove-top grill pan.
If you are anything like me, you enjoy a lot of grilled salmon over the summer. There is just something about those crispy, caramelized bits that salmon gets when grilled.
This maple mustard glazed salmon has become a favourite of ours. The glaze has only a few ingredients, which are combined in a small saucepan and simmered for a few minutes to thicken.
The combination of the sweet maple syrup and spice and texture of the grainy mustard is just so perfect with salmon. The bit of butter for richness and vinegar for a bit of acid really rounds out the flavours in this glaze. The glaze can be made well ahead, if you like.
Ingredients and Substitutions
Salmon – start with nice and thick, centre-cut salmon pieces. You can use salmon with the skin on or off, as you like.
Maple Syrup – real maple syrup is highly recommended.
Grainy Mustard – this is the whole grain Dijon mustard. Regular Dijon mustard can be subtituted.
This salmon is excellent on the BBQ and cooks in about 6 minutes. If you don’t have a BBQ, a hot grill pan works well inside on the stove-top. In either case, just be sure to brush the grill well with vegetable oil before placing salmon, so it doesn’t stick.
Get the Recipe: Grilled Maple Mustard Salmon
- 4 salmon fillets, center-cut, skin on or off, as you like
- Vegetable oil, for brushing
- Salt and pepper
- 1/2 cup real maple syrup
- 1/4 cup grainy mustard
- 1 Tbsp. unsalted butter
- 1 tsp. cider vinegar
- 1/2 tsp. finely chopped fresh thyme, or a pinch of dried
- In a small saucepan over medium heat, combine the glaze ingredients. Bring to a boil and cook for 4 minutes, stirring frequently. Remove pot from heat and set aside.
- Preheat BBQ or grill pan to medium high.
- Brush both sides of the salmon with oil and season with salt and pepper. When BBQ or grill pan is hot, brush well with vegetable oil. Place salmon skin or bottom side down on to grill. Close lid and grill without touching until grill marks appear and skin or bottom is crisp, about 3 minutes. Brush some of the glaze on top of salmon, then turn salmon over. Brush the exposed side of the salmon with some glaze as well. Close lid and continue to cook until salmon is opaque in the center, about 3 minutes more.
- Transfer salmon to a plate and serve the remaining glaze on the side. A sprinkling of a finishing salt like Maldon is a great topping.
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Hi! I’m Jennifer, a home cook schooled by trial and error and almost 40 years of getting dinner on the table! I love to share my favourite recipes, both old and new, together with lots of tips and tricks to hopefully help make your home cooking enjoyable, stress free, rewarding and of course, delicious!