Chili-Maple Glazed Salmon
Yield: 4 servings (recipe is easy to scale up or down)
This year-round favorite is easy enough for a casual weeknights but special enough for company. Plus, it's loaded with heart-healthy omega-3s!


  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ground ancho chile powder (may substitute regular chile powder)
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin
  • ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  • 4 (6-ounce) fillets salmon
  • 2 tablespoons (40g) pure maple syrup


  1. Preheat the broiler.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the paprika, chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, and salt.  Rub the spice mixture over the salmon.  Place the salmon on a baking sheet (see tip, below) and broil for 6 minutes or until not quite cooked through.  Remove from the oven, baste with the maple syrup, and broil for 1 minute or until nicely glazed and barely cooked through.
  3. The salmon will continue cooking a bit once removed from oven, so be sure not to overcook.  When in doubt, don’t hesitate to take a knife and cut just enough to peek inside.


Prefer not to eat the skin? Line your baking sheet with foil-but do not grease it-and place the salmon fillets skin side down.  Once cooked, the skin will stick to the foil and you can gently slip your spatula between the skin and the flesh. This is an easy way to remove the skin and makes clean up a snap! If you’d like to keep the skin and the easy cleanup, simply line the baking sheet with foil and lightly grease or spray it.

A few more things… Leaner, firmer wild salmon, like sockeye, will cook faster that the comparatively fattier farmed salmon. When using a thermometer to gauge doneness, I aim for an internal temperature of 120℉ for wild salmon and 125℉ for farmed. When in doubt, check a little early and look for an internal temperature of roughly 10℉ under before broiling.

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