An incredibly simple and delicious recipe from "The America's Test Kitchen Family Cookbook". This is a fabulous cookbook from the folks at Cook's Illustrated Magazine.
- Adjust an oven rack to the upper-middle position and heat the oven to 500°F Bring the maple syrup and soy sauce to a simmer in a small saucepan over medium-high heat. Cook until the mixture is syrupy and measures roughly 1/2 cup, about 5 minutes.
- Meanwhile, remove any pin bones from the salmon. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels, season with salt and pepper, and lay it skin-side down in a lightly oiled 9x13-inch baking dish, spaced about 1 inch apart. Bake for 5 minutes.
- Using a pastry brush, spread a thick layer of the maple-soy glaze over the tops and sides of the salmon. Continue to bake until all but the very center of the fish has turned from translucent to opaque, about 5 minutes longer. (If you like it well-done, you may want to cook it for longer.).
- Brush the fillets with another layer of glaze and sprinkle with the sesame seeds before serving.