These Maple Soy Grilled Salmon Steaks involve only a handful of ingredients and require a minimal amount of your time! Full of flavor and cooks quickly – need I say more?
Maple Soy Grilled Salmon Steaks
Salmon is such a no-brainer for me! It is a simple fish to cook and while you can get really creative with your flavors, it also has a beautiful flavor of its own! It’s super tasty and it cooks quickly which makes it a fantastic option for an easy meal on a busy weeknight!
Salmon are known to be “brain food“. They get the name because they are known to be a very intelligent fish, as they always know how to return home to fresh water, when done navigating open seas. Fun facts aside, salmon is full of omega 3‘s and a great source of protein – so let’s start eating a little more brain food!
What Is Salmon Steak
A salmon steak is different than a salmon fillet. The fish “steak” is cut crosswise, perpendicular to the spine cutting through the bone, whereas a fillet is cut lengthwise, parallel to the bone. There is not a big difference in flavor between the cuts of fish, although some people do prefer one cut over the other!
Ingredients Needed For Maple Soy Grilled Salmon Steaks
- Salmon steaks – I love the way salmon steaks look, but you can use salmon fillets if preferred. It may be a better option to those serving to kids as there are less bones to worry about in fillets.
- Soy sauce – I like the low sodium option.
- Maple syrup – For a sweet and sticky glaze – honey can be substituted if necessary!
- Aromatics – Fresh ginger and garlic, minced please!
- Sesame oil – a must if you ask me, for a little nutty and toasty taste.
- Red pepper flakes – Just a little bit of heat to round off the sweetness of the syrup!
- Garnishes – Sesame seeds and chopped green onion.
How To Make Maple Soy Grilled Salmon Steaks
- Make the glaze: In a shallow dish or bowl (large enough to fit the salmon steaks) whisk together soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and red pepper flakes.
- Marinate salmon: Put your salmon into the shallow bowl and flip over to ensure it is well sauced. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for 1 hour.
- Grill the salmon: Grill both sides of the salmon, until cooked through or to your preference – I grilled mine about 4 minutes on each side. While cooking, brush any remaining glaze over the salmon steaks.
- Garnish: Garnish your salmon steaks with sesame seeds (optional) and chopped green onion.
What If I Want To Bake My Salmon Steaks Instead
Fret not! You can absolutely put these babies in the oven if you’re a little less grill savvy! Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and place your salmon steaks on a lightly greased baking pan or sheet. Bake for 15 – 20 minutes or until salmon flakes well with a fork! Keep in mind, cook times with vary based on the size, thickness of salmon steaks.
How To Store Leftover Maple Soy Grilled Salmon Steaks
Grilled salmon steaks will last up to 3 days properly stored, in the fridge. Make sure to get it into the fridge within 2 hours of cooking. You can also freeze it, which will actually extend it’s shelf life. Wrap your salmon in aluminum foil and then place in freezer bags, you can then freeze it for 2 – 3 months.
How To Make Maple Soy Grilled Salmon Steaks
- 4 salmon steaks
- 1/4 cup soy sauce low sodium
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1 tbsp sesame oil
- 1 tsp ginger minced
- 3 cloves garlic minced
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes
- sesame seeds optional
- green onions chopped, for garnish
In a shallow dish or a baking dish whisk together the soy sauce, maple syrup, sesame oil, ginger, garlic and the pepper flakes. Add salmon to the dish and turn it around to get the glaze all over. Cover with plastic wrap and let marinate for at least an hour.
Grill the salmon on both sides, until salmon is cooked through or to your liking. I left mine about 4 minutes per side. As you’re grilling the salmon, brush with remaining glaze on each side.
Serve garnished with some green onions and sesame seeds, with a side of vegetables or salad.
- Total time does not include time for marinating the salmon.
- Grilled salmon steaks will last up to 3 days properly stored, in the fridge. Make sure to get it into the fridge within 2 hours of cooking. You can also freeze it, which will actually extend it’s shelf life. Wrap your salmon in aluminum foil and then place in freezer bags, you can then freeze it for 2 – 3 months.
- Please keep in mind that nutritional information is a rough estimate and can vary greatly based on products used.