This easy Maple Glazed Salmon with Couscous and Parmesan Crusted Asparagus is a healthy well-balanced meal ready in only 25 minutes! Salmon is baked in a garlic soy glaze and served over plain couscous and alongside asparagus baked with Parmesan.
This maple glazed salmon recipe is one of my go-to quick and easy dinners on busy weeknights.
The best part about maple-glazed salmon, asparagus, and couscous?
It's only 460 calories and includes all the essential food groups.
Let the maple glaze season a side of plain couscous or whip up a box of seasoned couscous and you've got dinner on the table in less than 30 minutes.
Plus, kids love the sweetness of the baked salmon and the cheesy goodness that covers the asparagus!
It uses simple, pantry-staple ingredients.
- soy sauce
- maple syrup
For a full dinner, serve with couscous and baked asparagus with pepper and parmesan cheese.
🔪 Step-By-Step Directions
This entire dinner takes just 5 simple steps to complete. It is amazing how something so simple could be so delicious.
Combine the maple syrup, soy sauce, pepper, salt, and garlic. Then pour over salmon in a baking dish and cook until the salmon flakes apart easily and is a dull pink instead of orangey-red.
This is usually about 20 minutes. Baste with the glaze halfway through and again at the end.
You can use salmon with or without the skin.
If yours has skin, removing it while the fish is still hot will be the easiest. The skin should practically stick to the baking dish so simply pull up the flesh with a spatula where it meets the skin.
If you wait til it cools, it won't peel back as easily.
Making the Asparagus and Couscous
How do I get my kids to eat asparagus? We cover it in cheese, let them it eat with their hands like french fries, and call it "cheesy asparagus fries". If you gotta make it sound fun and exciting to get them to eat it, then bring on the excitement!
To make the Parmesan-crusted asparagus, snap about 1 inch off the ends, put on a foil-lined baking sheet, toss with olive oil and then sprinkle with pepper and Parmesan. Cook for 10-13 minutes, or until the cheese begins to turn golden and asparagus is bright green.
Hint: thicker asparagus is better for this recipe (and roasting in general), because it doesn't shrivel as quickly.
While the asparagus and salmon cook, prepare the couscous according to the package or bring water to a boil and add couscous
Couscous is THE BEST for a quick side because it takes only 5 minutes. Plus it has very little fat and contains less calories than traditional pasta.
🧒🏼 How To Make It Kid-Friendly
Since both the salmon and asparagus call for pepper, I leave the pepper out and add it to individual plates instead when the kids are home. It's that simple! Everything else is already kid-friendly. I hope yours enjoy it!
Fish can be weird for kids because of its flaky texture, but they can usually be fooled with a great crust or marinade.
If maple glazed salmon doesn't do it, try Italian Parmesan Breaded Fish. It is SO good! My kids think they are eating chicken. If that still doesn't do the trick, stick with this 15 minute flatbread pizza.
Maple Glazed Salmon with Couscous and Cheesy Asparagus
For the salmon
- 3 4-6 ounce salmon fillets
- ½ cup maple syrup
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- ½ tsp salt
- ¼ tsp pepper
For the asparagus
- ½ pound asparagus, washed and ends trimmed
- ⅛ cup extra virgin olive oil
- ½ tsp pepper
- ½ cup Parmesan cheese
For the couscous
- 1 cup uncooked couscous
- 1 ¼ cup water
- Preheat oven to 400°.
- Place salmon in a foil lined baking dish.
- Mix maple syrup, soy sauce, pepper, salt, and garlic in a bowl. Pour over salmon.
- Cook 20 minutes, glazing the salmon with the sauce halfway through.
- While salmon cooks, line a baking sheet with foil. Place asparagus on foil and toss with the olive oil and pepper. Top with the Parmesan and cook 12 minutes.
- Meanwhile, bring the water for the couscous to a boil. Add couscous. Remove from heat and cover for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork.
- Serve the salmon over the couscous, adding extra sauce and tossing with the couscous.
Tried Maple Glazed Salmon with Couscous and Parmesan Asparagus? Leave me a comment and let me know what you think!