If salmon is your protein of choice for today’s meal, consider this tasty maple-glazed salmon dish. You will need salmon steaks to make this. The fish is marinated in a mixture of maple syrup for sweetness, cider vinegar for an acidic tang, soy sauce for a salty flavor, and rosemary for an aromatic taste. Grind in some black pepper and you have the makings of a terrific fish marinade. You can marinate the fish in a glass dish or another kind of dish as long as it is non-reactive (so, not aluminum for example) or a Ziploc bag if you prefer. Once your marinade ingredients are combined, you can introduce the fish.

Let it soak up those delicious flavors and then when it nears the end of the marinating time you can prepare the barbeque. Aim to get it medium-hot and coat the grate with some oil so the salmon does not end up sticking to it. Take the fish out of the marinade and discard the marinade because you will not need it any more. The salmon is then cooked on the barbeque, and the average cooking time, assuming the grill is medium-hot and the salmon is an inch thick, is about 6 minutes per side, but please do keep an eye on it because it might take less time or more time depending on various factors.

How Long to Barbeque Salmon

Getting the cooking time correct is very important because overcooked salmon ends up dry and unappetizing, so do not leave the salmon unattended, try to keep the temperature right, and have the barbeque lid down if possible, to lock in all the heat. Fish is done when it flakes easily, but it is actually better to take the salmon off the barbeque just before it is full cooked, so when it is opaque and only glossy right in the very center. It will keep cooking when you take it off the heat, so as long as the fish is hot in the center, it is done. An average of 12 minutes is a good guess, but do keep an eye on the fish, and take care when you flip it too, so you do not inadvertently break it.

Why Choose This Recipe

Although there are many different ways to prepare your salmon, including cooking it without any seasonings, using a dry rub or marinade, or choosing to pan-fry or roast it rather than use the barbeque, this recipe does work especially well. The maple glaze blends sweet and savory flavors, and it also helps to seal in the moisture to keep your salmon juicy. The glaze also adds to the appearance of the fish and will char to leave attractive grill-marks.

Salmon is a flavorful fish which is rich in nutrients, and many people like to experiment with different salmon recipes. If you usually cook your salmon on the stove or in the oven, consider this barbequed salmon recipe instead. The smoke from the barbeque works really well to enhance the flavor, and the combination of a maple syrup taste with a smoky aroma works perfectly, and you will find it easy to prepare and cook this gourmet salmon treat. Serve it with your favorite side dishes and the whole family will love this amazing meal.

Marinated Salmon Steaks with a Glaze
Summary: Salmon steaks are marinated in a tangy maple syrup, vinegar, soy sauce and rosemary mixture, to add a sweet, aromatic and unique flavor, before being barbequed to succulent perfection.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
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  • 4 salmon steaks, each 6 oz and 1 inch thick
  • Vegetable oil, as needed
For the Marinade:
  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons cider vinegar
  • ¼ cup soy sauce
  • 1 rosemary sprig, bashed to release the oils
  • 1 tablespoon black pepper
  1. Bash the rosemary sprig to release the oils.
  2. Combine the maple syrup, cider vinegar, soy sauce, rosemary, and black pepper, in a Ziploc bag or glass bowl.
  3. Add the salmon steaks and ensure they are well covered in the marinade.
  4. Let them marinate in the refrigerator for 2 hours.
  5. Flip the bag over halfway through the marinating time, or turn them over in the glass dish.
  6. Get your barbeque medium-hot, and brush some vegetable oil over the grate.
  7. Remove the salmon from the marinade and discard the marinade.
  8. Cook the salmon with the barbeque lid down (if it has one) for 6 minutes per side, or until cooked through.
  9. When the salmon flakes easily, it is done, so remove it from the barbeque immediately, and serve hot.

Photo Description:

Barbequed salmon makes a lovely meal, and this is a quick and easy recipe too, as long as you plan ahead so you can fit in the marinating time. In the photo the salmon steaks are served with asparagus and zucchini, as well as a shrimp puree. That would be a very elegant way of making this dish, or you could go for simple alternatives like creamy potato salad or corn on the cob. The fish boasts its own distinctive flavor along with the sweet and sticky maple syrup glaze, and the gentle hint of smoke from the barbeque. This is definitely one of the most amazing dishes you can make with salmon steaks.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

My name is Christine and I am delighted to welcome you here. Easy Barbeque Recipes aims to demystify the world of barbequing and turn anyone into a brilliant backyard chef regardless of culinary knowledge or past cooking experience. Cooking with fire is not only an easy cooking method but it is the original cooking method. An open fire was used to cook before there were such things as ovens, microwaves or crockpots. Barbequing is not just a cooking method either. It is a social event. Inviting friends over and grilling food for them is always fun and adding home-cooked food to any party is a surefire way to please a crowd. Nothing beats the incredible flavor of flame-grilled food, and you can barbeque all kinds of ingredients and recipes, including meat, poultry, fish, seafood, veggies, and even pizza.


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