Elevate your everyday salmon dinner with this 20-minute Prosciutto Wrapped Maple Salmon recipe! The sweet and salty flavors are crowd-pleasing and easy to put together using just 6 ingredients.
While it’s hard to improve on a classic salmon dinner recipe, like this Tuscan Salmon Skillet and Salmon and Broccoli Stir Fry, this Prosciutto Wrapped Maple Salmon comes pretty close! Maple syrup-glazed salmon filets are wrapped in slices of prosciutto, then pan-fried and finished in the oven. The end result is a subtly sweet, salty, flaky, and crowd-pleasing meal.
There’s elegance in every bite, and a nice balance between sweet, savory, and salty flavors. The best part is that this 20-minute recipe is easy to make with only 6 ingredients! Salmon wrapped in prosciutto is an all-around delicious main dish or appetizer impressive enough for dinner parties or for elevated family dinners.
- Salmon - Salmon filets are sliced in half, then brushed with maple syrup and wrapped in a slice or two of prosciutto. They’re pan-fried, then finished in the oven to help them cook quickly, form a beautifully caramelized crust on the outside, and remain flaky and tender on the inside.
- Prosciutto - Prosciutto, meaning “ham” in Italian, is made from salt cured pork legs. According to Eataly, the salt is washed off of the legs after a few weeks, then left to dry-age for up to 36 months. The pork takes on a sweet and salty flavor during this time, then is sliced and sold. The thin slices are delicate, making them the perfect blanket to surround appetizers or to add to pasta dishes like my Mushroom Prosciutto Fettuccine.
- Olive oil - For pan-frying the salmon.
- Maple syrup - This warm and sweet syrup is used as a glaze for the pan-seared salmon filets. The flavors are on full display, so make sure you use real maple syrup and not table syrup.
- Salt and pepper
- Dill and lemon - For garnish! Use fresh dill if you can.
How to make prosciutto wrapped maple salmon
Step 1: Slice the salmon filets in half lengthwise. Thinner, more narrow filets will hold up better than thicker filets when wrapped in prosciutto.
Step 2: Brush the maple syrup over each filet, then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Step 3: Wrap 1 or 2 prosciutto slices over each maple-glazed filet. You can stick 1 or 2 toothpicks through the sides to help hold the prosciutto in place. Just remember to take them out before serving!
Step 4: Heat the oil in a skillet. Once it’s hot, add the salmon and sear on both sides to lock in the gorgeous maple flavors.
Step 5: Take the salmon off of the heat and brush each filet with another layer of maple syrup.
Step 6: Transfer the skillet with the salmon to the oven. Bake for a few minutes, then pop it under the broiler to crisp up the prosciutto (optional).
Step 7: When it’s done, transfer the salmon to a serving platter and garnish with fresh dill and lemon slices. Enjoy!
What to serve with prosciutto wrapped salmon
Pair the prosciutto wrapped salmon with simple, healthy side dishes, like roasted vegetables or potatoes, honey roasted carrots, rice, creamy polenta, quinoa, or asparagus. The salmon can also be plated on top of a salad, like this Apple Cranberry Frisee Salad, to turn it into a filling and nourishing meal.
Frequently asked questions
If you can’t find prosciutto, feel free to wrap the salmon in bacon, pancetta, or thinly sliced ham instead.
Yes, you can use frozen salmon if that’s what you already have at home. Just thaw the filets in the fridge before wrapping them in the prosciutto.
I don’t recommend it. Honey is very floral compared to maple syrup, which has more depth and warmth. It wouldn’t balance as nicely with the salty prosciutto and flaky, tender salmon.
According to the FDA, the recommended internal temperature for salmon is 145°F. Use a meat thermometer to measure this in the thickest part of the salmon filets.
It’s up to you! Salmon skin becomes nice and crisp when seared, but it can easily be removed if you aren’t a fan.
If you end up with leftover salmon and prosciutto, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 2 days. Reheat the leftovers in the microwave or in a 275ºF oven for 10 to 15 minutes to revive the crispy prosciutto.
Looking for more salmon recipes?
- Instant Pot Salmon and Quinoa
- Maple Soy Cranberry Salmon
- Onion Parmesan Crusted Salmon
- Sheet Pan Roasted Salmon with Vegetables
Prosciutto Wrapped Maple Salmon
- 3 salmon fillets
- 6 slices prosciutto
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- 1 tablespoon maple syrup
- salt and pepper to taste
- fresh dill
- Slice salmon in half lengthwise. *A narrow piece of salmon will hold up the prosciutto slices a lot better*. Brush salmon with maple syrup and season with salt and pepper.
- Wrap salmon tightly with prosciutto slices. Use toothpick to hold prosciutto as needed.
- Heat oil in a cast iron skillet. Place salmon in the skillet and sauté for about 2-3 minutes each side until the prosciutto is lightly toasted. Remove from heat and brush the prosciutto wrapped salmon with maple syrup once again.
- Transfer skillet with salmon to the oven. Bake at 425F degrees for 10-12 minutes. Option to broil for 2-3 minutes to toast up the prosciutto.
- When done transfer salmon to serving platter and garnish with fresh dill and lemon slices.
This post was updated in 2023 with improved photos, writing, and recipe tips.
Marta Mosier says
I did chilpotle sauce instead of syrup, was delicious.
Silvia Ribas says
Yum, I bet! Thanks for sharing this 🙂