Maple Roasted Wild Salmon with Fresh Rosemary

Rosemary, garlic, and maple syrup combine to make this maple roasted wild salmon extra tasty!

We make Maple Roasted Wild Salmon at home when we want something quick, easy, and delicious. It is also great for dinner parties because it can be cooked at the last minute after everyone has arrived.

Maple Roasted Wild Salmon has only 6 Ingredients

  • Wild Caught Salmon (such as Coho, Sockeye, King, or Copper River)
  • Olive Oil
  • Sea Salt
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Rosemary
  • Maple Syrup

When selecting your salmon fillet, make sure it is wild caught. The taste of wild caught salmon is unparalleled, and is higher in minerals (including potassium, zinc, and iron) than its farm-raised counterpart. Wild caught salmon contains about half the fat as farm-raised salmon, so it is important to use some oil if baking, roasting, or grilling wild salmon.

There are many variations on this recipe, but one of our favorites is to add toasted pecans. See the variations section of the recipe for more ideas.

clock clock icon cutlery cutlery icon flag flag icon folder folder icon instagram instagram icon pinterest pinterest icon facebook facebook icon print print icon squares squares icon

Maple Roasted Wild Salmon with Fresh Rosemary

  • Author: Rachel Zierzow
  • Prep Time: 15 mins
  • Cook Time: 15 mins
  • Total Time: 30 mins
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: Entree
  • Cuisine: American



  • 1 1/4 pounds wild caught salmon fillet (coho, sockeye, or king)
  • sea salt
  • 34 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic, peeled and finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh rosemary, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup


  1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees F.
  2. Lightly oil a 9″ X 9″ glass baking dish or roasting pan with a thin coating of olive oil.
  3. Cut salmon into 4 equal pieces. Rinse and pat dry with a paper towel. Place salmon pieces in a baking dish, drizzle with olive oil, and sprinkle evenly with sea salt (a few large pinches). Alternatively, leave the salmon fillet whole to have a nice presentation the table.
  4. Roast salmon in the oven for 8 minutes.
  5. In the meantime, sauté garlic in olive oil until garlic is soft but not browned. Remove from heat and stir in rosemary, maple syrup, and a large pinch of salt.
  6. After salmon has roasted for 8 minutes, remove from oven and spoon garlic-rosemary oil over each fillet. Return salmon to the oven and roast for another 3 minutes, and then check for doneness (see note below).
  7. Serve with a fresh salad, sauteed greens or broccolini, or other vegetable side dish.


  1. Maple-pecan version: Toast up to 1 cup pecan pieces with the garlic until fragrant, but be careful not to burn the garlic. Keep the rest of the recipe the same, or omit the rosemary for a pure maple-pecan flavor. This variation is especially good in the fall and early winter when pecans are fresh.
  2. Maple-balsamic version: Add 2 teaspoons good quality balsamic vinegar (or balsamic reduction) to the garlic-olive oil mixture. Omit rosemary.


To check for doneness, plunge a small sharp knife all the way through the thickest part of one of the fillets and hold it there for 5 seconds. Pull it out and carefully touch the flat side of the knife to your lower lip, which is very sensitive to temperature. If it feels warm, the fish is just cooked through and ready to serve. If the knife is still cold or cool, the fish needs more time.

Another way to gauge doneness is to watch for the appearance of a white substance that starts forming on the outside of the salmon. Usually this indicates the salmon is close to being done.

Some ideas for completing your menu

  • With basmati, jasmine, or sushi rice and a green vegetable
  • To top your favorite salad
  • With Niçoise Salad
  • With sushi hand roll fixings like cucumber, carrot, avocado, toasted nori, and a dipping sauce.
Salmon with sushi rice, toasted nori, and steamed green beans

More Fish Recipes from Cook Love Heal

7 Healthy Holiday Recipes (gluten and dairy free)

7 Healthy Holiday Recipes (gluten and dairy free)

My Favorite Healthy Holiday Recipes I wanted to share some of my favorite healthy holiday recipes with you. My definition of a great recipe is one that is simple, wholesome, delicious, and hearty. One that you feel good about feeding…

Healing Vegetable Miso Soup

Healing Vegetable Miso Soup

From Japanese traditions to modern healing diet Miso soup, a Japanese tradition, is an integral part of a healing diet and can be made with all-American ingredients. My family loves to make this soup for breakfast, as it is light…

7 Happiness Tools to Build a Happier You

7 Happiness Tools to Build a Happier You

By Sonya Fehér (guest blogger) of spaceWise Organizing and Women Learning How to Be Happy(er) Is Happiness just something you choose to have or not have? Contrary to popular belief, happiness is not simply a choice. Rather, happiness is a…

Easy & Delicious Baked Kale Chips

Easy & Delicious Baked Kale Chips

Do you ever wonder what to do with that leftover 1/2 bunch of kale in your fridge? Baked kale chips are the perfect solution! Everyone loves kale chips and you can season them very simply, with just a little olive…

16 Healthy Fall Recipes (Gluten Free | Dairy Free)

16 Healthy Fall Recipes (Gluten Free | Dairy Free)

I love fall cooking, don’t you? I get inspired to try old favorites and new recipes too, when I see the variety of colorful squashes, root vegetables, and dark leafy greens at the market. And the weather is finally cool…

Baked Delicata Squash with Onions & Rosemary

Baked Delicata Squash with Onions & Rosemary

Every fall I look forward to the return of delicata squash at the market. I cook with them as often as I can because their season is limited. Baked delicata squash with onions and rosemary is one of my favorite…



Call or email me to schedule a consultation or talk about one of my services. I love meeting with people, and I’m always happy to chat!

(512) 217-1259

Ask me anything...

Never miss A Recipe!

Already signed up but didn't get a newsletter?

Please try again!  We had a temporary problem with our signup! 

Looking for something else?

You can search for diet types like gluten-free, or cuisines like Italian, French or Mexican!

Cook Love Heal with Rachel Zierzow • E-books


Start your adventure in health today


Looking for a Recipe?

This search form (with id 2) does not exist!
Play Video

We can help each other through these trying times

Now that we are all stuck at home I am creating more ways to help you connect to the community through healthy and delicious food. Every Wednesday at noon I am doing a Facebook Live show featuring cooking demos, tips and guest chefs from around the country. You can find that on my personal facebook page   

I also just started a low-cost subscription called Cooking Together to help people stay healthy while we all work to get through these challenging times. One of the most important things to me is community, so more than ever I want to focus on the community side of Cook Love Heal. Find out more about it here.

Join me in the Cook Love Heal Community

Just like before this started, when you join the Cook Love Heal Community I’ll send you my Natural Health Starter Kit for free, along with regular recipes & tips every week.

We’re all in this together. Let’s help each other build a better future

%d bloggers like this: