Smokey Maple Balsamic Grilled Salmon a.k.a. Sugar & Spice & Everything Nice (& Crispy & Flakey!)
Okay, so I don’t know about you guys but Daylight Savings Time has me all confused & a little messed up! But it’s okay, it’ll take about a week to get back into the swing of things! It’s amazing what a difference just one hour shifts in our day can make, right? I know! Anywho, no idea why I just went on that tangent. I mean… it’s true that I don’t really know how to ever shaddap, but that rant was tots unnecessary! It has absolutely NOTHING to do with this salmon, so let’s get right to the fish, ya dig?
Keepin’ them grilled salmon recipes coming your way babes! This one’s a simple & easy SMOKEY MAPLE BALSAMIC one that’s sure to make your mouth water & your tummy happy!
The way the maple syrup caramelizes & crisps up as it’s roasted is just BEYOND! I added a few spices because… I’m KITK & when do I not? Then, I roasted it to perfection & BOOM! It’s great for salads, bowls, as is, flaked up & stuffed into a gluten-free wrap or tossed with some buckwheat or quinoa for some extra healthy omega fatty acids!
BTW, a common misconception about grilling salmon is that you should take the skin off. DON’T. Trust me, try it & watch your world turn upside down (in the best way possible!!). Keeping the skin on adds tons of flavour & is a great way for you to be able to know if your salmon is cooked – once the skin is crispy, it generally means your fillet is grilled to absolute positive perfection! This gives the salmon the perfect crispy texture on the outside but lets it retain its tender flakiness on the inside!
Salmon is one of the best sources of omega-3 fatty acids. What on earth am I talking about? Well, to be brief (OH GOD. BEING BRIEF… NOT IN MY VOCAB, BUT I’LL TRY)… omega-3s are essential fatty acids because the body isn’t able to produce them on its own. We therefore rely on omega-3 rich foods in our diets to supply these extremely beneficial compounds.
There are different types of omega-3s, such as: ALA, DHA & EPA. The best sources are DHA & EPA & can be found in …. SALMON! ALA are found in plant foods, such as nuts & seeds & grass-fed beef. Why are some better than others? The human body is able to turn ALA into usable DHA & EPA to some extent, but it’s not as efficient as getting the DHA & EPA from direct food sources that provide it.
Omega-3 foods provide TONS of benefits, such as lowering the risk for heart disease due to their inflammation-reducing abilities. They are also needed for proper brain function, cell membrane maintenance, regulating mood & hormone production, as well as promoting healthy skin & fighting any inflammation that may be at the root of acne or other skin ailments.
Most people consume enough omega-6s, found in modified cooking oils like canola, sunflower & safflower oil & some nuts, but UNFORTUNATELY, most people are low in omega-3s. Research has shown that a lower ratio of omega-6s to omega-3s is more desirable to reduce the risks of many chronic disease, such as: breast cancer, rheumatoid arthritis & asthma. Other risks of consuming too much omega-6 & not enough omega-3 include inflammation, higher risk for high cholesterol &/or heart disease, digestive disorders, allergies, joint & muscle pain, depression, poor brain development & cognitive decline.
SO YES, YOU WANT TO MAKE A CONSCIOUS EFFORT TO UP YOUR OMEGA-3 GAME & THAT’S ANOTHER REASON (AS IF THERE WEREN’T ENOUGH ALREADY) WHY YOU WANT THIS SALMON IN YOUR LIFE!
By the way, I totally acknowledge that was by no means brief, BUT HEY, at least I got my point across…
Now, let’s get to the recipe!
- 1/4 cup pure organic maple syrup
- 3 tbsp. organic balsamic vinegar
- A splash or 2 of raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 1 tsp. smoked paprika
- Sea salt & black pepper to taste
- 4 salmon fillets (skin on)
- TOPPING: Fresh lemon juice
- Preheat your indoor grill or your oven to 400F & like a baking sheet with parchment.
- Place the salmon in a large bowl & season with all the marinade ingredients.
- Cover & refrigerate to let marinate for at least 30 minutes (or make it right away if you have no time!).
- IF USING YOUR INDOOR GRILL: Grill the salmon on your indoor grill for about 8-9 minutes, until charred & cooked through (Salmon should no longer be pink, but should still be flakey & not dry!).
- IF USING YOUR OVEN: Bake for 12-15 minutes, until cooked through & flakey!
- Remove from the oven, squeeze some fresh lemon juice on it & ENJOY!