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Dinner plate and a fork with a soy-glazed salmon filet topped with avocado cucumber salad.

20 Minute Soy Glazed Salmon with Avocado + Cucumber

  • Author: Nicole Gaffney (
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x
  • Category: salmon
  • Method: baked
  • Cuisine: Asian


This easy recipe for Soy Glazed Salmon with Avocado + Cucumber is a delicious and healthy recipe that can be on the table in 20 minutes! It’s high in protein, gluten free and packed with sweet and salty flavor. Pair it with a dry Riesling wine!

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  • 1/4 cup low sodium soy sauce (I used Tamari since it’s gluten free)
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely minced
  • 1/4 cup pure maple syrup
  • 2 tablespoons Dijon mustard
  • 2 teaspoons neutral oil (I prefer grape seed)
  • 4 medium salmon fillets (I prefer wild salmon), skin-on or off
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 small-medium English cucumber, diced
  • 1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lime juice
  • 2 teaspoons sesame seeds (any color)
  • 3 scallions, thinly sliced
  • 1 large ripe, but firm avocado, diced
  • rice, for serving (optional)


  1. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees and line a sheet pan with parchment paper.
  2. In a small saucepan, whisk together the soy sauce, garlic, maple syrup and Dijon mustard. Cook over medium heat until reduced by half, about 5 minutes. It should be thick and syrupy. 
  3. Rub the salmon all over with the oil, then season with salt and pepper on both sides. Place the salmon fillets skin-side-down on the parchment lined sheet pan, then brush lightly with the soy glaze.
  4. Bake the salmon for 5 minutes, brush with more glaze, then continue cooking until they’re to your liking. I prefer my salmon just slightly undercooked in the center, so it only takes about 3-4 more minutes. The overall time will also depend on the thickness of your fillets. 
  5. While the salmon cooks, prepare the topping. In a medium bowl, add the cucumber, sesame oil, lime juice, sesame seeds, scallions and a generous pinch of salt. Mix well, then add the avocado and gently toss until just combined. Taste and adjust seasoning as needed.
  6. When the salmon is finished, brush it with any remaining glaze, then serve with the avocado cucumber topping and your favorite rice if desired. 

Keywords: easy, asian, salmon, avocado, cucumber, soy, glaze, maple, dijon, quick