By Mayo Clinic Staff

Dietitian's tip:

You don't need to remove the skin from salmon fillets before cooking them.

Number of servings

Serves 6
  1. DASH diet
  2. Heart-healthy
  3. Weight management
  4. Low-fiber
  5. Diabetes meal plan


  1. 1/4 cup maple syrup
  2. 1 garlic clove, minced
  3. 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  4. 2 pounds salmon, cut into 6 equal-sized fillets
  5. 1/4 teaspoon kosher or sea salt
  6. 1/8 teaspoon fresh cracked black pepper
  7. Fresh mint or parsley for garnish


Heat the oven to 450 F. Lightly coat a baking pan with cooking spray.

In a small saucepan over low heat, mix together the maple syrup, garlic and balsamic vinegar. Heat just until hot and remove from heat. Pour half of the mixture into a small bowl to use for basting, and reserve the rest for later.

Pat the salmon dry. Place skin-side down on the baking sheet. Baste the salmon with the maple syrup mixture. Bake about 10 minutes, baste again with maple syrup mixture and bake for another 5 minutes. Continue to baste and bake until fish flakes easily, about 20 to 25 minutes total.

Transfer the salmon fillets to plates. Sprinkle with salt and black pepper, and top with reserved maple syrup mixture. Garnish with fresh mint or parsley and serve immediately.

Nutritional analysis per serving

Serving size: 1 fillet

  • Calories 257
  • Total fat 10 g
  • Saturated fat 1.5 g
  • Trans fat 0 g
  • Monounsaturated fat 3 g
  • Cholesterol 83 mg
  • Sodium 167 mg
  • Total carbohydrate 10 g
  • Dietary fiber Trace
  • Added sugars 8 g
  • Protein 30 g
  • Total sugars 9 g
July 15, 2021