Maple & Garlic Salmon

Hey there! It’s been awhile and I’ve been seriously procrastinating on sharing one of my favorite recipes with you.

A few updates from my last post:

Thanksgiving at our house was very different this year, but still just as wonderful. We crammed six college football players into our small living room, while also hosting my parents and my brother. A total of 11 people to feed, and we definitely did not skimp on feast. We had more than 10 lbs. of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole (which I made for the first time), plenty of stuffing, corn, rolls, gravy, and 3 TURKEYS! My mom and I over prepared. There was so much food left over that we sent each of the guys home with a bowl of leftovers to eat for later that night. I felt like I had to force them to eat dessert, and we were still left with 2 whole pies.

It was great to have my family in town for Thanksgiving weekend. My mom and I were able to take the train into Chicago for our traditional Black Friday lunch with my best friend Elizabeth and her mom in the Walnut Room inside Macy’s. And we also enjoyed the last football game of the season. We are done for the year. The last game was so great and you can tell that everyone was playing hard. We lost by 14-12, but we had one heck of a season and I couldn’t be prouder of my husband for all of his work that he put into this year.

J’s birthday was the first week of December. I’ve been joking with him that I was throwing him a surprise party. This year, I thought that I would just surprise him by having one of his best friends and his wife over for dinner. That would have been a perfect surprise. We had everything coordinated. J would be getting home at 6:45, and our guest would arrive a little after 7. Tim texted me that the main road to our house was blocked by police officers so they were taking another route. So I thought we might as well start dinner, and they could join us soon after. I was by the stove putting the main course on our plates, when I heard my phone get a text, followed by my husband asking me “what’s in 7 minutes?” DANG! I left my phone on the kitchen table. You could instantly tell by my face that there was some sort of surprise that had just been ruined. I’m a horrible liar. So instead of Tim and Jen surprising my husband, J got to yell surprise when he opened the front door. We still had a great dinner, and enjoyed each others company.

Maple & Garlic Salmon - Tackling Life

Maple & Garlic Salmon – Tackling Life

This is J’s favorite dinner that I make. I’m pretty sure it has been his birthday meal request for every birthday of his that we have spent together. Which has only been three. But this is my go-to dinner for special occasions. It’s that mix between fancy and delicious, yet still so easy that you can make it when you’re extremely busy. I haven’t tried making salmon any other way in our house because I am pretty sure that it would leave a taste of disappointment in our mouths if it isn’t made with this recipe. It’s just that good.

Maple & Garlic Salmon - Tackling Life

Maple & Garlic Salmon – Tackling Life

I always use fresh salmon when making this, so it is best to get it when it’s on sale, since it can get to be a bit pricey. I have not yet tried it with frozen filets, and I don’t think I ever will. Another rule that I have with this, is the more garlic the better. We love garlic at our house. I use all the time. Except for the cost of the salmon, the marinade is very cheap, and you will most likely have the ingredients already in your cupboard.

Maple & Garlic Salmon - Tackling Life

Maple & Garlic Salmon – Tackling Life

Maple & Garlic Salmon


  • ¼ cup Maple syrup (we always use the really cheap/fake kind)
  • 2 Tbsp Soy sauce
  • 1 clove Minced garlic
  • ¼ tsp Garlic salt
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper

*Marinade is for 1 lb. of salmon. Adjust recipe for weight.

  1. Pour over salmon in glass baking dish.
  2. Marinate for 30 minutes
  3. Bake for 20 minutes, uncovered at 400º


Maple & Garlic Salmon - Tackling Life

Maple & Garlic Salmon – Tackling Life

6 thoughts on “Maple & Garlic Salmon

    • I don’t have the patience to take the skin off. If you can buy it with skin off that would be the best, but if there is still skin on it will be fine. Just make sure that you really let it marinate.


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