Grilled Maple-Chili Salmon

by Shawnda on August 11, 2011

in Lighter & Healthier,Salmon,Seafood

Grilled Maple-Chili Salmon

From mid-November through January, we rarely use our grill. We’re completely content snuggled up inside with both the fireplace and air conditioner going, huddled around mugs of homemade cocoa and big one-bowl meals of carbs, cream, fat, cheese, more cream, and more carbs.

From February through mid-November, weather permitting, we grill 3-4 dinners a week and at least one lunch on the weekend. And since we’ve only seen rain 5 days since mid-January, the weather has permitted even more than usual. Nothing is off-limits. Meats, vegetables, breads, fruit, and even pound cake – nearly everything tastes better smoke-infused and flame-kissed.

Next to shrimp, salmon is our favorite seafood to grill. We rub the salmon with a smokey mixture of chili powder, paprika, cumin, and creole mustard and then when it comes off the grill, it’s finished with a drizzle of maple syrup. The slightly sweet syrup pairs wonderfully with the smokey rub.

Using the cedar plank is optional. We make it with and without the cedar plank – I prefer it without. I think The Foodie Groom prefers it without, too. Or maybe he’d just prefer that I stop shoving a fork loaded with cedar-planked salmon in his face, “Smell that! Smell that? Doesn’t it smell like Home Depot?”

Grilled Maple-Chili Salmon

Grilled Maple-Chili Salmon

Grilled salmon seasoned with smokey chili powder and maple syrup.


  • 1 lb salmon, cut into 3-4 filets
  • 1 tsp chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp garlic powder
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 Tbsp creole mustard (or any spicy brown mustard)
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • 3-4 tsp maple syrup


  1. If using, soak the cedar plank for at least 20 minutes.
  2. Stir together the dry ingredients and then stir in the olive oil and mustard.
  3. Spread the rub over the top and sides of the filets and let sit while the grill heats.
  4. Preheat grill to medium-high.
  5. Place fish on the soaked plank and cook for ~15 minutes, until the fish flakes and the internal temperature reaches 140.
  6. If not using the plank, place skin side down and cook 8-10 minutes.
  7. Remove from heat and immediately drizzle each filet with ~1 tsp of maple syrup.


Yields: 3-4 servings

Source: Confections of a Foodie Bride

Estimated time: 35 minutes

Nutritional Information
Calories: 260.6g | Fat: 13.0g | Fiber 0g | Protein 28.8g | Carbs 4.4g
Weight Watchers PointsPlus: 6


{ 16 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Josie August 11, 2011 at 6:47 am

Those are some gorgeous salmon fillets! I love the combination in this dish. Definitely going to try it next time I pick up some salmon.


2 Jessica August 11, 2011 at 9:10 am

I’m LOL at the part about Home Depot :) Can’t wait to try this!


3 Joanne August 11, 2011 at 9:59 am

What I wouldn’t do for a cedar plank and a grill…maybe this explains why I’m still eating bowls of creamy cheesy carbs.

the spice mix on this sounds to DIE for!


4 Saralyn August 11, 2011 at 1:03 pm

That sounds wonderful! And what is that in the background – please tell me grilled sweet potato.


5 foodiebride August 11, 2011 at 1:17 pm

Yep, it’s grilled sweet potatoes! They’re so very good, too. I’ll be sharing the recipe next week!


6 Melissa August 11, 2011 at 3:25 pm

Salmon is my FAVORITE food ever! One of my favorite ways to prepare it is with a smoky maple glaze. I used to be so spoiled when I lived in Idaho eating it twice a week or so.


7 chelsea August 11, 2011 at 4:46 pm

oooh la la! look s yummy. im having a little bbq this sunday and i think i may have to add this to the menu


8 Liz @ Tip Top Shape August 12, 2011 at 10:45 am

Haha, the home depot thing had me laughing. That would definitely turn me off of cedar planks! This looks absolutely delicious! I love salmon–so easy to cook and healthy!


9 Sarah August 14, 2011 at 4:18 pm

I love grilled salmon. This looks perfect!


10 Christine @ Christine's Kitchen Chronicles August 14, 2011 at 8:44 pm

I think I’ve found my main course recipe for my Pirate Themed Dinner Club that I’m hosting next week and will make perfect use of the maple syrup my friend just gave me. Cedar PLANKed Salmon it is! Yum!!


11 Cara August 17, 2011 at 7:17 am

The spice rub sounds fantastic and I love that you add the hint of sweetness with just a little bit of maple syrup. We haven’t been grilling as much as I’d like this summer, but we have a new grill coming very soon, so perhaps we’ll extend out grilling season further into the fall :)


12 Stephanie August 19, 2011 at 1:56 pm

This looks delicious! I love grilling salmon. It takes on any flavors you add to it so easily, and this looks like a terrific combo!


13 Alice Cossneer September 2, 2011 at 4:34 pm

guess what’s for dinner tonight! yummy :D


14 Dannie September 10, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Little late on this post, but I just made this today and it was WONDERFUL. It was our first time ever cooking salmon (grill or otherwise) and this was so easy to make and was delicious!

Thanks for the recipe!



15 Morgen February 1, 2013 at 4:53 pm

Maybe I missed the question, but I was wondering as far as the mustard go could regular mustard work? I’m not a big fan of spicy mustard or is it used for a particular reason? I’ve just started cooking salmon to help my iron levels for enlistment reasons and would love to try to make it taste better each time I make it and this definitely looks like it’s scrumptious. P.s i love your site inspiring.


16 foodiebride February 2, 2013 at 11:51 am

Thanks Morgen! No one in my house eats mustard but me and I like spicy mustard. Should be no problem using plain mustard, though. Enjoy!


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