Maple Ginger Grilled Salmon

maple bbq salmon

I’m sure New York City is lovely in the summer if you can afford a back patio to eat on, or maybe even a shared rooftop to catch the sunset. But I never really loved it, despite fond memories of drinking cheap beer on my friend’s 5th floor fire escape. Summer seems to beg for an al fresco meal, preferably grilled, accompanied by a glass of rosé, and it felt cruelly unfair to have to drive a rental car a few hours away in order to attain one.

This is perhaps why I don’t take the tiny, newly acquired grill that’s propped up on a makeshift stand on my deck here in New Hampshire for granted. I still get a little thrill every time I light it, which definitely did not require several YouTube tutorials to do. You can take the girl out of the city…

The ability to grill things now has lent itself beautifully to brand new recipes. Loads of them! The possibilities! But there’s one in particular I’ve been returning to over and over again because it’s just so good. Here, I give you the recipe I’ve got on repeat these days. It’s great on the grill (obviously) but you could easily make it in the oven too. Try it over soba noodles, spaghetti squash or a simple salad.

Maple Ginger Grilled Salmon

Serves 2


  • 1 filet wild salmon
  • 2 cloves garlic, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons ginger paste (I use Trader Joe’s brand) or freshly grated ginger (if you’re feeling ambitious)
  • 2 tablespoons sesame oil
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Optional: fresh cilantro or sesame seeds to garnish


  1. Preheat grill to medium heat (or oven to 350 degrees)
  2. Rinse the salmon and pat dry
  3. Combine sesame oil, ginger, maple syrup, garlic, chili powder, salt and pepper in a bowl and whisk together.
  4. Pour the sauce over the salmon and if you have time let it sit for a bit (30 minutes or so) but it’s not necessary
  5. Cook on the grill for about 10 minutes (or in the oven about 20), until the thicker part of the salmon is almost opaque
  6. Remove from heat and let sit for 2-3 minutes covered
  7. Top with optional sesame seeds or fresh cilantro to garnish

Do you have any go-to grill recipes? I’m all ears. Tell me below if you end up making this one, and what you think!

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