Recipe: Maple Syrup and Ginger Salmon

Well, it’s that time of the year again. We are packing our bags, finding a sitter for the dog and with a toddler in tow, embarking on the 30-hour journey home to enjoy a glorious month with the family in Montreal, Quebec.

As many of your may know, French Canadians (Quebecois) are very serious about their maple syrup and it forms a staple part of our diet.

Convinced that pure maple syrup can only be found in Quebec, friends who visit never fail to bring along a liter. When my mother visits, she brings at least a gallon for good measure. My father, a fluent speaker of our two official languages, believes he embodies the very definition of a patriotic Canadian; he has our flag tattooed on his arm and will argue with any French Canadian who doubt his loyalties that it is, in fact, maple syrup that runs through his veins.

Canada has four seasons. Quebec has five. Just between spring and summer is “Sugar Season” (Le temps des Sucres), when our local farmers begin the annual ritual of collecting sap from the maple trees and boiling it for hours until it thickens into syrup. Families converge at the farms and enjoy a fun filled day of sleigh rides, tapping trees, eating maple toffee poured on snow and consuming a meal based entirely on maple syrup recipes.

So in the spirit of our upcoming trip, I thought I would share with you all this delicious and healthy recipe for the whole family to enjoy, “Maple Syrup and Ginger Salmon”. Sounds weird? My husband (born and bred in England) thought the same until he tried it … this is now his favourite recipe!

I hope you all enjoy it too.

Maple Syrup and Ginger Salmon

½ cup of pure maple syrup

1/3 cup of water

2 teaspoons of fresh, grated ginger root

1 clove of garlic, crushed

Lemon slices

4 Salmon fillets

  1. Preheat the oven to 200 degrees Celcius
  2. Mix the maple syrup, water, ginger and garlic in a pan over medium heat. Bring to boil and reduce to medium heat, keeping a slow boil for about 5 minutes or until the mixture has a syrupy consistency.
  3. Line an oven-safe tray with foil and place the salmon fillets in the tray. Pour half of the mixture over the fillets, and place the lemon slices on the fillets. Bake for about 12 minutes (or until cooked to your liking).
  4. To serve, drizzle the remaining maple glaze over the salmon fillets. Great with brown rice and steamed veggies.
  5. Enjoy!

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