The EASIEST 3 Ingredient Soy Maple Salmon

When I say it’s easy, it’s so damn easy.

For those of you who are like me that need quick meals ASAP, this will be your go to if you’re a salmon lover. It has 3 ingredients in the marinade and works every time. Just need some soy, maple syrup and garlic!

I like sticking this into the oven but it’s definitely grillable (check out the “Tips & Tricks” at the bottom!) It’s also great for those of us who like meal planning since the salmon can be re-used in multiple ways – have it as a protein alongside some veggies or salad, add it to a sandwich, cubed into tacos.. the list goes on!



  • 1/4 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 3-4 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 lb salmon, boneless fillet

What to do:

  1. Combine maple syrup, soy sauce and garlic in a large bowl.
  2. If using a large fillet, cut halfway through fillet every 2 inches to allow for marinate flavour to infuse into the salmon (and also allowing to portion out salmon without cutting into small pieces)
  3. Add salmon fillet to marinade. Marinate in the fridge for 1 hour.
  4. Preheat oven to 450 degrees F.
  5. Stick into oven and cook uncovered for 12-15 minutes (12 minutes for a thinner fillet, 15 minutes for thicker fillet) or until the salmon is flaky.
  6. Cool for 5 minutes.
  7. NOM!

Tips & Tricks:

  • I like using good quality maple syrup for all my recipes (even it’s for marinades). The flavours are more robust and thicker in consistency. But that’s my preference!
  • I didn’t use low sodium soy sauce since the soy sauce adds the saltiness. I found it was the perfect amount of flavour for the marinade.
  • I also didn’t baste the fish as it was cooking (mainly for food safety reasons). The salmon sucks up all that delicious flavour and was so moist that I didn’t need to baste it at all.
  • If you have time, marinating the salmon overnight or 24 hours makes the salmon SO good. It gives it more of a candied texture and flavour. But marinating for 1 hour will do the trick too!
  • Wanting to use the BBQ? Cook it the same way as baking – preheat the BBQ to about 450 degrees F and cook for 12-15 minutes. I typically don’t flip the salmon half way in.

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