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Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon

Pop these protein-packed salmon fillets in the oven before whipping up a sweet basting sauce. This tangy entree cooks up in minutes making it a perfect meal for busy families and unexpected weekend guests. —Debra Martin, Belleville, Michigan
  • Total Time
    Prep/Total Time: 25 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings


  • 1 salmon fillet (1 pound)
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 3 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 4 teaspoons Dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1 teaspoon rice vinegar


  • Preheat oven to 425°. Cut salmon into 4 portions; place in a foil-lined 15x10x1-in. pan. Sprinkle with salt and pepper. Roast 10 minutes. Remove from oven; preheat broiler.
  • In a small saucepan, mix remaining ingredients; bring just to a boil. Brush over salmon. Broil 6 in. from heat until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, 1-2 minutes.

Brown Sugar-Glazed Salmon Tips

How should I season my salmon?

Because salmon carries a stronger flavor, it can require nothing more than salt and pepper. However, if you want to switch things up, try a spicy rub, like in this spiced salmon recipe or a sprinkle of garlic, lemon-pepper seasoning, fresh herbs (like rosemary or thyme), smoked paprika or jerk seasoning.

How do you know if salmon has gone bad?

You will know raw salmon has gone bad when it has a strong odor that is sour, rancid, ammonia-like or overly fishy. Additionally, if the salmon looks pale or milky, it has likely gone past the point where you want to use it. Any brown spots you may notice in fresh salmon are melanin spots and are okay to eat.

Can you use any other fish with this recipe?

Ocean trout, Arctic char, bluefish and striped bass are great substitutes for salmon. Learn more about the different types of fish.

How long can I marinate salmon?

Marinating is a delicious preparation for salmon. Just make sure you're marinating for 30 minutes or less. Otherwise, the marinade will break down the salmon's proteins, yielding an unpleasant texture when cooked. Check out our marinade guide for other marinating tips and recipes.
Nutrition Facts
3 ounces cooked fish: 225 calories, 10g fat (2g saturated fat), 57mg cholesterol, 491mg sodium, 11g carbohydrate (10g sugars, 0 fiber), 19g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1 starch.

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  • Rhett
    Mar 8, 2021

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  • Kitani
    Jan 20, 2021

    Made this tonight, and it was DELICIOUS! Was surprised how quick and easy this was to put together. Paired with some brown rice, and garlic tomatoe French green beans on the side. So yummy and packed with flavor!

  • Cindy
    Jan 7, 2021

    Melts in your mouth!! and so easy! I made exactly by the recipe and it was so good. I have already shared with friends. Delicious.

  • Angie
    Jul 1, 2020

    This was so, so good. I did substitute the soy sauce with Worcestershire sauce.

  • Just
    May 21, 2020

    Made this tonight and it was absolutely DELISH! Followed the recipe exactly and was so YUMMY! I will def. be adding this to my salmon rotation

  • Mistie
    May 20, 2020

    Very easy and super delicious!

  • Lisa
    May 18, 2020

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  • Kim
    May 10, 2020

    Absolutely awesome! Easy, fast, simple and incredibly delicious. Made exactly to recipe specs.

  • kids chauffer
    Oct 10, 2019

    Delicious! Easy and quick! Will definately be adding this to the rotation!

  • homemadewithlove
    Sep 17, 2019

    A favorite way to fix salmon! Also omitted rice vinegar.