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"The Best Is Yet To Come" Maple Glazed Salmon w/ Coffee Rub

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Baked salmon in foil done the right way - easy, delicious, and perfectly cooked. Fresh salmon is perfectly seasoned with a bold and complex coffee rub that is balanced by the sweet maple glaze finish making it great for weeknight gourmet family night.

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Mood Music

Sarah Vaughan had one of the greatest voices in music. Her voice was its own orchestra and one note by her could take you from any negative space mentally to damn near nirvana. Her “The Best Is Yet To Come” is a perfect example of this. Obviously this an optimistic song, but her voice is big, joy-infusing, and celebratory which is the same vibe that the coffee rub provides the maple glazed salmon.

Maple Glazed Salmon Ingredients

Glaze Ingredients

  • Maple Syrup
  • Lemon Juice
  • Butter

Coffee Rub Ingredients

  • Ground Expresso
  • Paprika
  • Dark Brown Sugar
  • Dry Mustard
  • Kosher Salt
  • Black Pepper
  • Coriander
  • Ground Ginger
  • Garlic Powder

How To Make Maple Glazed Salmon

Make the Rub

Mix all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

Make the Glaze

Add the glaze ingredients plus a quarter of the coffee rub to a separate bowl and mix well.

Prepare the Salmon

Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees for baking/roasting.

Pat dry each side of the fish with a paper towel then season all over with the spices. If using salmon with the skin still on just season the no skin side.

Place a strip of foil on a baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray. Add salmon to the center (skin side down) and make sure you have enough foil to fold over the top of the salmon

Spoon about ¾ of the glaze over the top of the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil up to completely enclose the salmon. Save the rest of the glaze for the last step. 

Bake for about 14-15 minutes or until salmon is almost done cooking.  Remove salmon from the oven.

Change your oven settings to broil and increase the temperature to about 425 - 450 degrees. Open the foil so the fish is exposed. Brush on the reserved glaze and then place the salmon back in the oven under the broiler for about 1-2 minutes then remove. Garnish with fresh parsley

broiled salmon with corn on a white plate

Cooking Considerations and Tips

The glaze and rub work with different kind of fish including trout or mahi mahi.

Similarly the coffee rub is pretty versatile. It works great with these lamb chops, steak, or even these pan-seared scallops.

I prefer to buy coffee beans and grind them up using a coffee grinder. And on the subject of coffee beans, I’m team Ethiopian beans all day.

The aluminum foil helps protect the salmon from drying out while cooking it to the desired temperature. Broiling uncovered afterwards allows you to get the desired texture and caramelization.

For healthier version feel free to substitute olive oil for butter.

Honey or agave can be used in place of maple syrup. The key is to have enough sugar gor a good glaze.

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broiled salmon with corn on a white plate

Maple Glazed Salmon w/ Coffee Rub

Fresh salmon is perfectly seasoned with a bold and complex coffee rub that is balanced by the sweet maple glaze finish making it great for weeknight gourmet family night.
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4 people
Calories: 666kcal
Author: Marwin Brown

Ingredients

For the Glaze

  • ½ cup maple syrup
  • ½ cup melted butter unsalted
  • 1 small lemon juiced

For the Coffee Rub

  • 1 tablespoon ancho chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon finely ground espresso.
  • ½ tablespoon smoked sweet paprika.
  • 1 tablespoon dark brown sugar
  • ½ teaspoon dry mustard
  • ½ tablespoon kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • ½ teaspoon ground coriander
  • ½ teaspoon ground ginger
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder

For the Salmon

  • 2 lbs salmon cut into filets

Instructions

Make the Rub

  • Mix all ingredients together in a small mixing bowl. Set aside.

Make the Glaze

  • Whisk together all glaze ingredients and set aside. Taste it and adjust it to your liking.

Make the Salmon

  • Pre-heat oven to 375 degrees for baking/roasting
  • Pat dry each side of the fish with a paper towel then season all over with the spices. If using salmon with the skin still on just season the no skin side.
  • Place a strip of foil on a baking sheet and spray it with cooking spray. Add salmon to the center (skin side down) and make sure you have enough foil to fold over the top of the salmon.
  • Spoon about ¾ of the glaze over the top of the salmon. Fold the sides of the foil up to completely enclose the salmon. Save the rest of the glaze for the last step
  • Bake for about 14-15 minutes or until salmon is almost done cooking.  Remove salmon from the oven.
  • Change your oven settings to broil and increase the temperature to about 425 - 450 degrees. Open the foil so the fish is exposed. Brush on the reserved glaze and then place the salmon back in the oven under the broiler for about 1-2 minutes then remove.
  • Garnish with fresh parsley

Video

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Notes

The glaze and rub work with different kind of fish including trout or mahi mahi.
Similarly the coffee rub is pretty versatile. It works great with these lamb chops, steak, or even these pan-seared scallops.
I prefer to buy coffee beans and grind them up using a coffee grinder. And on the subject of coffee beans, I’m team Ethiopian beans all day.
The aluminum foil helps protect the salmon from drying out while cooking it to the desired temperature. Broiling uncovered afterwards allows you to get the desired texture and caramelization.
For healthier version feel free to substitute olive oil for butter.
Honey or agave can be used in place of maple syrup. The key is to have enough sugar gor a good glaze.

Nutrition

Calories: 666kcal | Carbohydrates: 35g | Protein: 46g | Fat: 38g | Saturated Fat: 17g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 186mg | Sodium: 1213mg | Potassium: 1326mg | Fiber: 2g | Sugar: 28g | Vitamin A: 1833IU | Vitamin C: 14mg | Calcium: 100mg | Iron: 3mg
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Recipe Rating




Amy

Sunday 15th of August 2021

This is my new favorite salmon recipe! I love that it's baked in foil, and the maple glaze was amazing!

Jacqueline Debono

Sunday 15th of August 2021

I've never tried coffee in a rub but the combination of coffee and your spices sounds heavenly. I can imagine this salmon tastes divine. Will definitely give it a try the next time I get some salmon!

Jenny

Sunday 15th of August 2021

This salmon is so good. Effortless and so delicious. The coffee and maple flavors are fantastic. Thanks so much for the recipe.

Tammy

Friday 13th of August 2021

I'm so intrigued by the flavors of this dish...coffee, maple, and those warm spices. It all sounds delicious baked into the salmon. Definitely a recipe I will be keeping for next time.

Ana

Friday 13th of August 2021

This was my first time trying coffee rub and what can I say... I'm totally hooked! It was so delicious! I can't wait to try it with some steak too!