Simply Fresh Wild Salmon

I’ve been eating a lot of salmon over the summer and I love to keep it simple and fresh.  This recipe lets the flavour of the fish shine and the ease of cooking it will convince you to try it even if you’re a little leery of preparing seafood at home.   The key to cooking fish is to never over-think it.  It’s got it’s own great flavour – you simply want to enhance.


You can do this in your oven or on the grill and your choice of side dishes is endless because most anything will be a nice complement to this delicious meal.  A nice summer bean salad or potato salad would be perfect.

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There is a lot of debate about the temperature to roast salmon and I’m all about a higher heat for a shorter period of time.  I use this method with almost all fish and finds it gives me a very moist dish.  I have been using a lot of maple syrup in my recipes lately and this is no exception – it’s just so darn good!

If you’re camping, this would be such an easy dish to wrap up in foil and put on the grate over the fire.  Don’t you love food cooked over the fire?  Somehow when you’re out in the woods and biting into that fresh forkful of food it somehow tastes so much better, doesn’t it?

Simply Fresh Wild Salmon | Simply Fresh Dinners

I love that salmon is so easy to cook and is great for a weeknight meal or special guests.  Even non-fish eaters tend to make the exception for salmon.  It sort of represents all that I love about cooking and try to impart on this blog – hence the title of today’s recipe.  It’s fresh, easy, flavourful and so darn good for you!

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As is the case when buying all fish, purchase the best you can afford.  Right now, wild salmon is available at a good price and don’t hesitate to buy it frozen.  Very often it’s fresher than what you see at your seafood counter – especially if you don’t live near an ocean.

What’s your favourite way to cook salmon?  I’d love to hear about it.  Hashtag #simplyfreshdinners on Instagram ad I’ll share your pics.  Cheers!


Simply Fresh Salmon
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Serves: 6-8 persons
  • 1 pound wild salmon or salmon fillets, skin on
  • 1/4 cup gluten-free soy sauce
  • 1/3 cup pure maple syurp
  • 1/4 cup freshly squeezed orange juice
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated ginger,
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 4 spring onions, chopped
  • handful of pea tendrils or fresh parsley for garnish
  1. Pat salmon dry with a paper towel.
  2. Combine soy sauce, maple syrup, orange juice, ginger, garlic, and lime juice; stirring well. Pour marinade over salmon and place in fridge for 1 – 2 hours.
  3. Preheat oven to 425 F and line baking sheet or pan with foil.
  4. Transfer salmon on to baking sheet and pour juices in pan top. Sprinkle half of the spring onions on top and roast salmon for 4-6 minutes per half inch of thickness. Start checking at 8 minutes for doneness. Be careful because you are cooking with a higher heat and it will dry out easily if you overcook.
  5. Stick a fork in it and when it is opaque and the fish starts to flake easily – you’re done!
  6. Garnish with remaining spring onions and pea tendrils and serve.

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    Gourmet Getaways
    August 6, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Love the flavour combo of your marinade – a balance of tastes! We love simply healthy, “simply fresh dinners” 😀

    Julie & Alesah
    Gourmet Getaways xx

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      August 6, 2015 at 5:49 pm

      Thanks so much for your sweet comment, Julie and Alesha. The marinade was so tasty!
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    August 6, 2015 at 8:15 am

    This sounds mouth-watering good, my friend. So….last Thursday I made salmon for the very first time! I love salmon, but never make it. Why?? I don’t know 🙂 Anyway, I marinated in soy sauce, brown sugar, and a few other ingredients and grilled it. Boy oh boy was it ever good! Now that I am over my initial fear of cooking fish maybe I will make it more often. I especially want to try this recipe 🙂

    Thanks for sharing. Have a lovely day! Love and hugs to you!

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      August 6, 2015 at 5:47 pm

      So excited about you trying it, Stephanie! Isn’t it just the best?! Now you’re going to be cooking up all kinds of fish, lol.
      Hope your day is fabulous. xoox
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    mila furman
    August 6, 2015 at 1:39 pm

    Robyn, I love how simply you displayed this. Because you are right, a good piece of fish cooked right does not need any finnagling:) Sometimes all you need is the fresh fish on a plate 🙂
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      August 6, 2015 at 5:44 pm

      That’s exactly what I had in mind when I was shooting it, Mila. Salmon is it’s own star, isn’t it? Made for an easy shot, too, lol.
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    August 6, 2015 at 2:20 pm

    Hi Robyn, salmon is my favorite and I love how you prepared this dish. The marinade sounds delicious!
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    August 6, 2015 at 5:45 pm

    I know you’re a big fan of salmon too, Cheri. Isn’t it just great how you can so easily change up the flavours but the basic taste is so great just on it’s own? Thanks for visiting 🙂
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    nicole (
    August 6, 2015 at 6:06 pm

    Gorgeous, Robyn! I really LOVE your lighting!
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      August 6, 2015 at 8:27 pm

      Thanks so much, Nicole! That light is a tricky thing, isn’t it? It feels like I’m always chasing it! lol You made my day 🙂
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    August 6, 2015 at 8:56 pm

    Beautiful Salmon dish! The marinade sounds delicious and it would be great with many other meats. Love the lighting and photography. A great meal to enjoy on these hot nights.
    Lots of love to you my friend. xo..W.W.
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    August 6, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    Pinned for later when I serve salmon. Think the marinte will be very delicious!
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    GiGi Eats
    August 7, 2015 at 12:05 am

    I am currently getting down on one knee in front of my computer and proposing to this picture of salmon. BECAUSE WOW… I have never been so in love!
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    Anita Rivera
    August 7, 2015 at 5:42 am

    GOOD MORNING! I am late…a couple of things came up and I have to get ready to get back TO SCHOOL! But you are talking my favorite fish here.

    Maple syrup? I am up for that! Salmon lends itself to so many “traditional” tastes and new and adventurous experiments…why not? This would make a wonderful fall recipe with a side of roasted potatoes and root veggies! Your photos are glorious my friend, and OH! Thank you for coming to my Instagram. I have not been on it for a few days….but I will be back!
    Enjoy a lovely August day! Anita

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    August 7, 2015 at 8:34 am

    I absolutely love salmon! Some friends ours once served us grilled salmon they had caught in Alaska. Simply grilled it was probably one of the best meals I have ever eaten. You’re right in that it doesn’t need much of anything. It shines on its own. Pinned it!
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    August 7, 2015 at 12:41 pm

    Looks like perfection! I love a bit of sweetness/salty flavor with my salmon – they pair so wonderfully and this will be great on the grill. Our peas are long gone from the garden but the tendrils look so pretty. Last year I planted a second crop toward the end of summer but we have been so hot still. I do grow sprouts indoors so maybe I could use a few of those on top or a bed of them underneath. Fresh (wild caught) salmon – ah, it’s a good thing!
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    August 7, 2015 at 6:46 pm

    Hi Robyn, this salmon looks magnificient! I love salmon although I haven’t tried some of the flavours with it that you are using in this recipe. Thanks for sharing the recipe with us and the photography is excellent makes me hungry looking at it! #FoodandFitnessFriday
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    August 8, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I love your food photography. Everything looks so yummy! Thanks for sharing on #FoodandFitnessFriday. Have a great weekend!
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    August 9, 2015 at 9:55 am

    Hi Robyn,
    I’m not a big fish lover but I do like salmon and this recipe sounds wonderful. Thanks for sharing on Real Food Fridays. Pinned & twitted. Have a healthy happy week.
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    felicia | Dish by Dish
    August 11, 2015 at 12:14 pm

    Robyn! This is beautiful… i love how you decorated the dish, and how higher heat at shorter time makes for a moister fish! Plus…maple syrup with fish? Now that’s something to think about!

    thanks for sharing! greetings from Buenos Aires!!
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