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Brown Sugar Salmon with Strawberries

I first tasted strawberries and cucumber together when living in the UK; now they make a delicious relish for salmon. —Judith Foreman, Alexandria, Virginia
  • Total Time
    Prep: 20 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
  • Makes
    4 servings (2 cups relish)


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 salmon fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 small cucumber, finely chopped


  • In a small bowl, mix the first five ingredients; rub over flesh side of salmon. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour.
  • For relish, in another bowl, mix mint, oil, lemon juice, lemon peel and sugar. Add strawberries and cucumber; toss to coat.
  • Lightly oil grill rack. Place salmon on grill rack, skin side down. Grill, covered, over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with relish.
Nutrition Facts
1 fillet with 1/2 cup relish: 375 calories, 20g fat (3g saturated fat), 71mg cholesterol, 375mg sodium, 23g carbohydrate (20g sugars, 1g fiber), 25g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 starch, 1-1/2 fat.

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  • Debby
    Jun 9, 2020

    My husband and I love salmon...We've been enjoying a bumper crop of strawberries from my little organic garden...saw this recipe and had to try it. SO GLAD I DID! Absolutely delicious! Will make again...and again! Thanks very much!

  • justmbeth
    Dec 10, 2016

    Fresh tasting! Excellent for spring.

  • cbenne12
    Aug 23, 2015

    Fantastic recipe! I don't have a grill so I placed the salmon under the broiler until cooked. Was amazing!

  • DebbieT
    Aug 17, 2013

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  • MurphyNJ
    Jul 9, 2013

    This delicious dish was our first attempt at grilling fish - came out pretty good too! We appreciated the fact that the recipe mentioned to oil the grill first. Our salmon took about 18 minutes to cook. The edges were crusty and delicious. Loved the brown sugar topping. The relish was good also. I almost think I'd like the relish without the strawberries to get all the sweetness from the brown sugar - a nice contrast to the cucumbers. Will definitely make this again.

  • veggiemama
    Jul 3, 2013

    This was amazing - especially the salmon!

  • Marivi90804
    May 6, 2013

    My husband, who is a picky eater, loved this recipe! It was very easy to make. I had to make one change, though. I'm allergic to citrus. So instead of lemon juice and peel, I used sour salt or citric acid for that lemony taste. I would definitely make this for dinner party!

  • DoGoodNow
    Apr 16, 2013

    My whole family LOVED this (including 11 and 9 year old kids)! I pretty much followed the recipes exactly (except that I didn't have mint). BBQ'd the salmon (one large 1.3 lb fillet from Costco) on the grill (benefit of living in Southern CA in April) and it was perfect. My husband said "Save this recipe to make again". Thank you!

  • Cobos
    Apr 15, 2013

    I changed the recipe a little!I baked the salmon, instead of grilling it, because, fish sticks really bad to the grill. It does not matter which kind.The relish, I used corn instead of Cucumbers, since they bother my stomach.Also, I did not used mint, I used cilantro instead. I omitted the sugar on the relish and the salt on the salmon. I used Splenda brown sugar, and I used about 1/8 cup.

  • jlvanwagenen
    Apr 9, 2013

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