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Canada Day Maple Rye Cedar Salmon

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Happy Canada Day friends! I love making flag foods but Canada’s flag isn’t the easiest to render in food. I wish I was a little more adept at it. I’ve been wanting to make Canada Day jello, much like this American flag jello I made a couple of years back, but maple leaves are hella hard to create in food (I really should just buy a maple leaf cookie cutter). I’ve done my share of strawberry shortcakes, pavlovas, and the such, but this year I thought I’d bring a savory swing to things.

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I had to get Mike to show me how to cut out the maple leaf. He used a piece of shrimp cake and I was throughly impressed by his retention of how many points the Canadian flag has (11, in case you’re wondering). I was also impressed because he made a slightly modified version for me that would be more achievable with the flakiness of salmon.

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All in all, I think the flag came out great! I put it on a bed of mashed Yukon gold potatoes – the greatest export Canada has, along with Canadian rye and maple syrup.

Feeling so fresh and patriotic this year!

xoxo steph

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Cedar Maple Rye Salmon Recipe
serves 2


  • 1/2 cup maple syrup
  • 1/4 cup pomegranate juice
  • 1/4 cup rye
  • 2 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 1 lb salmon filets
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • cedar papers + twine

In a sauce pan, bring maple, juice, rye, and soy to a boil until thickened and syrupy. Let cool.

Lay out the salmon in a single layer in a deep dish, pour on some of the glaze, reserving some to serve. Let marinate for 1 hour.

When ready to cook, preheat the oven to 400°F. Completely soak the cedar paper in a a shallow pan of water for at least 10 minutes.

Shake off excess glaze from the salmon and place in the center of a sheet of cedar. Fold the cedar over the top and tie into a packet. Repeat until all pieces are wrapped.

Arrange the packets in a layer on a roasting pan roast for 8 to 12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fish. Transfer the packets to a plate, remove the ties and open the papers. Season with salt and pepper to taste and serve immediately.

To make a Canadian flag, prepare a bed of mashed potatoes or rice on a rectangular plate. Place two even slices of salmon on either side. Cut a maple leaf shape out of another piece of salmon and place in the middle. Enjoy!

Alternatively, if you don’t want to use cedar papers, you can simply pan-roast the salmon to your liking. Heat up a non-stick pan over medium high heat and fry, flipping once. A minute before ready to serve, add the glaze to the pan.

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8 Comments

  1. Moira says:

    Brilliant! We love to do fish on Canada Day – maybe it’s a West Coast thing. Let’s hope our Vancouver skies brighten today, to enjoy this on a sunny balcony! Happy Canada Day :)

  2. Carol says:

    How about grilling it on cedar planks?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      that would be awesome! i would have done so but didn’t find planks at the store :)

  3. Erikka says:

    So creative! It looks and sounds delicious.

  4. CATHERINE says:

    How much salmon did you use for the quantity of glaze?

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      hi catherine, it’ll make enough glaze for 1 lb of salmon with some left over to pour on top!

  5. Lindsay says:

    Made this last night and it was sooooo yummy! Didn’t find the cedar papers, so pan-roasted it as you recommended and it turned out perfect.

    1. Stephanie Le says:

      yay! so happy you liked it :)

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