ATK Kids

Put Maple Syrup on Your Salmon

It belongs on more than just pancakes.

Published Jan. 24, 2023.

Maple syrup is a staple at the family breakfast table.

But it should also make a guest appearance at dinnertime.

No, I’m not suggesting you drizzle the sweet syrup right on top of your dinner à la Elf. Instead, try incorporating it in a tangy glaze to spoon over salmon. It’s an easy weeknight dish ready in just 35 minutes—and also a great way to encourage picky kids to try fish.

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Since cooking for kids can be a challenge all its own, we devoted an entire episode of America’s Test Kitchen: The Next Generation to it. (You can read how the contestants did here.)

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One tried-and-true tactic? Taking an ingredient your kid likes and pairing it with a new ingredient. In the case of this recipe, that duo is maple syrup and salmon. And it’s proven to be an absolute hit with picky eaters—one of our recipe testers noted “even my picky brother liked it,” while another kid tester who had never eaten salmon before shared that he ate an entire fillet himself.

It was very delicious and even my picky brother liked it.
Cohen, ATK Kids recipe tester, age 10

The maple glaze, which we round out with balsamic vinegar, soy sauce, lime juice, and garlic, envelops the salmon in a sweet, salty, tangy blanket of goodness.

Now that I think about it, how good does that glaze sound on brussels sprouts?


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