Maple-Crusted Salmon

This salmon seriously could not be easier (I make it in my toaster) or more flavorful (I, the self-professed Condiment Queen, does not bring a single jar to the table). 

I stumbled upon the recipe for 10-Minute Maple-Crusted Salmon on the FoodieCrush blog, which credits Alexis Kornblum Davidson of Lexi’s Clean Kitchen with the original version. I was immediately drawn to the image of a caramelized salmon filet and kept the recipe open on my desktop until I had the opportunity to make it.

Opportunity arose last Sunday night, when upon arriving home from a 4-day reunion with my best friends from college, I realized I was in desperate need of a detox meal. Four days of gluttony couldn’t be balanced by even the briskest boardwalk walks on unimaginably gorgeous October days. So, I defrosted a single vacuum sealed filet from my favorite source–Kirkland by Costco–and quickly mixed together the spice rub in a small bowl. I placed the fish on a foil-lined toaster oven tray, pressed on the rub and set the dial to broil. After 8 minutes, I removed the beautifully crusted salmon from the oven, gave it a quick swipe of maple syrup, and put it back under the broiler for one minute more. Dinner is served.

I guarantee that this Maple-Crusted Salmon will be on repeat in my home and in yours. Enjoy!

Maple-Crusted Salmon

Maple-Crusted Salmon
Serves 4
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  1. 1 Tbls chili powder
  2. 1 Tbls paprika
  3. 2 tsp brown sugar
  4. ½ tsp kosher salt
  5. 1½ lbs skinless salmon fillets, cut into 4 portions
  6. 3 Tbls pure maple syrup
  1. Preheat your oven (or toaster) to broil. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with cooking spray.
  2. In a small bowl, mix together the chili powder, paprika, sugar, and salt
  3. Generously sprinkle the chili powder mixture evenly over the tops of the salmon fillets.
  4. Place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet and broil for 6-9 minutes, depending on how thick your fillets are and how crispy you prefer the crust.
  5. Remove the salmon from the oven and brush the maple syrup over the tops to coat the spice rub. Return to the oven and broil for an additional 1-2 minutes until the maple syrup has formed a crust.*
  6. Serve immediately.
  1. *The salmon may look a little burnt but it won't taste burnt--while you should never stray too far from your broiler (things cook fast!) this one needs to get some real heat to form a nice crust.
Adapted from FoodieCrush
Adapted from FoodieCrush
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