A fast and easy cooking method allows you to get salmon from your freezer to the dinner table in about 25 minutes!
This post is sponsored by the Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. As always, all images, recipes, and opinions expressed are 100% my own.
I’ve always done a decent job of menu planning and grocery shopping on weekends to prepare for the coming week, but in the midst of after school sports, nightly homework, and just the general exhaustion from a busy day, it was not uncommon for me to forget to thaw the meat or seafood I had planned to cook the next day for dinner. There’s nothing worse then realizing this fact as you’re running out the door to work. Too late!
For this reason, I was chomping at the bit to take part in this campaign with Alaska Seafood to bring awareness of this fabulous method for cooking frozen seafood directly from its frozen state.
In addition to being one of my absolute, top-of-the-list, favorite things to eat, salmon is an excellent source of high-quality protein and is full of heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids. It’s pretty fabulous that something so darn delicious also happens to be incredibly good for us at the same time.
To create this Oven Roasted Maple Salmon, I’ve roasted it with a simple maple sauce that deliciously accents the salmon with a cozy, fall flavor. I served it with roasted baby red potatoes and fresh green beans for a vibrant, satisfying meal.
This 3 pound package of frozen Alaska Sockeye Salmon is a regular item on my Costco shopping list. The portions are individually vacuum packed and flash frozen, locking in the freshness and flavor. Sockeye salmon has a deep, rich, red color that is retained through the cooking process and its firm texture works nicely with the simple but delicious maple sauce in this recipe.
With five species of salmon, several varieties of whitefish, and numerous shellfish species, Alaska offers mouthwatering seafood options year round that are available in the frozen section of most grocery stores.
It is incredibly convenient to keep a package of frozen seafood on hand for quick weeknight dinners. I love that I can pull out precisely the number of fillets I need because around here, you just never know when you might have extra mouths to feed.
No need to thaw the salmon overnight, just pull them straight from the freezer when you’re ready to start dinner. Remove the fillets from their packaging and rinse them with cold water to remove any icy glaze.
Pat them dry with a paper towel and brush both sides of the salmon with olive oil. Place the oil-coated salmon in a foil-lined baking dish and pop the dish in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10 minutes.
While the salmon is in the oven, combine the sauce ingredients in a small bowl – pure maple syrup, low-sodium soy sauce, minced garlic, a bit of melted butter, salt, and fresh ground pepper. The precise measurements are on the printable recipe below.
After the initial roasting time, remove the dish from the oven, pour the maple sauce evenly over the fillets and return the dish to the oven for an additional 10 to 12 minutes, just until the salmon flakes easily and is cooked throughout. That’s it!
Delicious oven roasted salmon on the table in under 30 minutes.
Serve the fillets with a little (or a lot!) of the maple sauce drizzled over the top.
Check out Alaska Seafood’s website for more COOK IT FROZEN!® inspiration, including some other great cooking methods and a collection of tasty recipes.
Oven Roasted Maple Salmon
- 4 frozen Alaska salmon fillets 5 to 7 ounces each
- 2 tablespoons olive oil or as needed to coat salmon
- 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
- 1 tablespoon low-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon melted butter
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 1/4 teaspoon salt
- 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 2 tablespoons chopped fresh Italian parsley for garnish (optional)
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Line a 13" x 9" baking dish with foil.
- Rinse the salmon under cold water to remove any icy glaze and pat dry with paper towels. Brush both sides of salmon with olive oil and place in the foil-lined baking dish with the skin-side down.
- Roast salmon in oven for 10 minutes.
- Meanwhile, in a small mixing bowl whisk together maple syrup, soy sauce, melted butter, garlic, salt, and pepper. Remove the pan from the oven after the initial roasting time and pour the maple sauce evenly over each of the pieces. Return the baking sheet to the oven and roast for an additional 10 to 12 minutes or just until the salmon flakes easily and is cooked throughout.
- Serve with some of the sauce drizzled over the top and a garnish of fresh chopped parsley, if desired.