This pineapple salmon has an EASY maple glaze and makes a delicious dinner that everyone in your family will love. Use fresh or frozen salmon to make this quick fish recipe!
Looking for a tasty new way to prepare salmon? Look no further! This post has all the tips you need to make tasty pineapple salmon for a quick weeknight meal.
Not only is pineapple salmon delicious, but it is also incredibly simple to prepare. It’s truly a no-fuss, no mess meal—yet it seems fancy and impressive. Win-win!
Most fish fillets cook in under 15 minutes, making pineapple salmon a fantastic choice to make on busy weeknights. Plus, you’ll get in those healthy omega-3 fatty acids, protein, and vitamins like B12 and B6.
Ingredients for Pineapple Salmon
In addition to the salmon, you will need just a few basic ingredients. There are actually two different parts of the recipe. You will begin by making an easy maple- soy marinade for the fish.
Before broiling the salmon and pineapple, you will brush them with a sweet and spicy maple glaze. Then, you finish the recipe by placing broiled pineapple slices over the top of the salmon.
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Salmon filets– Using fresh salmon might cost a little more money, but it will save you some time. Otherwise, use flash frozen salmon. Just be sure to properly thaw it first.
By the way, it is perfectly okay to use salmon with the skin on. Although not everyone enjoys eating the skin, it is edible. But, if you plan to eat it, using wild-caught salmon is best.
- Pineapple slices– Fortunately, fresh, juicy pineapple is available all year long. Because of the high temperature involved with broiling, canned pineapple slices are too thin to hold up well.
Check out this article on “is soy sauce gluten-free?” for more details!
How to Make Pineapple Salmon
There are just a few simple steps in the making of this delicious salmon recipe. In case you are wondering about the title, because of the flavors and the pineapple in it, the dish is also known as Hawaiian salmon.
- Marinate– Place the marinade ingredients into a bowl and whisk to combine. Place the large filet of salmon in a shallow dish and cover with the marinade. Marinate at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning the salmon over half-way through.
- Glaze– Preheat the broiler of your oven with the rack in the top position. Mix together the remaining maple syrup and cayenne pepper for the glaze in a small bowl. Remove the salmon from the marinade and pat dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt. Place the salmon fillets and pineapple slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the salmon and pineapple with the glaze.
- Place salmon and fresh pineapple rings or segments into an even layer on the baking sheet. If your salmon has skin on it, place it skin side down on the baking sheet. The skin will come off nicely in one piece after it is cooked.
- Broil– Place the pan under the pre-heated broiler. Bake until the salmon is cooked through, about 8-11 minutes, brushing the pineapple and salmon with more glaze halfway through. Serve the pineapple salmon topped with the pineapple and lime wedges if desired.
Storage Instructions for Pineapple Salmon
Leftover pineapple salmon can the stored in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 days. It makes a great lunch for the next day after cooking!
Yes, pineapple makes a great marinate and accompaniment to salmon—especially with grilled or baked, like in this recipe.
There are many flavors that pair well with salmon, including soy sauce, honey or maple syrup, pineapple, lemon, orange, garlic, and even yogurt or crème fraîche.
In this recipe, chopped, fresh pineapple is combined with maple syrup and cayenne pepper for a sweet and spicy glaze.
Expert Tips & Tricks
- Line your baking sheet with aluminum foil for easy clean up at the end of your meal.
- Unlike other meats, pineapple salmon doesn’t need to marinate for very long. So don’t leave the fish to marinate for hours or even overnight.
- Can’t find fresh pineapple? Try using pineapple juice instead for this baked pineapple salmon.
- Serve it with this instant pot broccoli for a delicious meal!
- Pineapple salmon can also be cooked on a outdoor grill for a smoky flavor!
What to Serve with Pineapple Salmon
Pineapple salmon is pretty nutritious on its own, but adding a little green to the plate doesn’t hurt. Also, pineapple pairs really well with rice. Here are few side dish ideas:
I hope you love this pineapple salmon recipe as much as we do! If you try it be sure to leave me a comment/review below. I’d love to hear from you!
Easy Glazed Pineapple Salmon
For the marinade:
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1 tablespoon fresh ginger peeled and grated
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2 tablespoons gluten-free soy sauce or coconut aminos
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
For the glaze:
- 1/4 cup maple syrup
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/2 of a whole pineapple peeled and cut into slices
- Mix together the ginger, lemon juice, soy sauce, and 1/4 cup maple syrup for the marinate. Pour over the salmon fillets in a shallow dish and let sit at room temperature for 15 minutes, turning half-way through.
- Preheat the broiler with the rack in the top position. Mix together the remaining maple syrup and cayenne pepper for the glaze. Remove the salmon the marinate and pat dry with paper towels. Season lightly with salt. Place the salmon fillets and pineapple slices on a rimmed baking sheet. Brush the salmon and pineapple with the glaze.
- Broil until the salmon is cooked through, 8-11 minutes, brushing the pineapple and salmon with more glaze halfway through. Serve the salmon topped with the pineapple and lime wedges if desired. Enjoy!