Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

filed under: Food + Drink on March 15, 2019

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon is a simple and delicious way to kick your salmon up a notch! I love the contrast of the light and flakey salmon with a sweet brown sugar glaze. It’s easy enough to put together for a weeknight dinner and the kids love it too!  If you are a fan of salmon, make sure to try my spinach stuffed salmon and Honey Garlic Salmon recipes!

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

Could an amazing meal really be any easier?  We absolutely love salmon in my house. 

That wasn’t always the case though, in fact, I don’t even remember eating salmon when I was little.  I DO remember the first time I tried this tender and juicy cut of fish.  It was forcibly placed on a plate in front of me.  I was not happy about it, but like a good Midwestern girl, I smiled, mentally prepared my facial expressions, and dug in and I was so pleasantly surprised! 

Ever since then I have loved it and could honestly eat it with breakfast, lunch or dinner.  I don’t feel bad eating it because on top of the flavor, it is such a nutrient-rich choice too!  This brown sugar glazed salmon is one of my favorite ways to prepare it too.  Why?  It is so simple!


Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

Glaze for Salmon

The brown sugar glaze in this salmon recipe is the easiest glaze I have ever made.  I am a baker by nature, and glazes are kind of my thing.  There are literally two ingredients in this glaze recipe.  TWO.  I guarantee you already have them.  Or if you don’t, you probably should.  They are kitchen staples.

  • Brown Sugar – light and dark brown sugar can be used interchangeably in most recipes, this salmon recipe is no exception.  Dark Brown sugar just has a bit more molasses in it, which will give it more flavor.
  • Dijon Mustard – There are many varieties of dijon mustard.  Typical dijon mustard is used to add flavor to sauces, gravies and salad dressings.  Some people get dijon confused with whole grain mustard.  They are both ok to use in this recipe, but the whole grain mustard will be grainy versus the dijon which will be creamy

This gorgeous glaze is so simple!

Best Wine to Pair with Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

As a general rule, an oily fish like salmon pairs really well with full-bodied white wine like Chardonnay.  From what I understand it brings out the rich flavor of the fish.  I tend to be a rule-breaker when it comes to wines though, my personal rule is, if you think it tastes good, then it pairs with what you are drinking.  Is that that is generally frowned upon in the wine world?  Probably so.  I am sure there is some truth to it though, maybe I will give it a try next time.

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon Recipe

How to Cook Salmon in a Pan

For this easy salmon recipe, I usually start off by prepping my pans and then mixing up the brown sugar glaze.  So that will take you all of three minutes.   Place the fish on the prepared baking dish (skin side down) and then generously season it with salt and pepper.  Spoon on the glaze and spread it around and then pop it into the preheated oven. 

For this salmon recipe, you will cook it at 425° F for about 10 minutes and then switch your oven to the broil setting.  You want the salmon on the top rack for that.  Don’t go too far, this will not take long.  5-10 minutes max.  You are basically looking to just char the outside of the fish.

How to Make Salmon Recipes

How to Know When Salmon Is Done Cooking

Doneness is really a matter of opinion when it comes to salmon.  Some prefer a medium salmon and some prefer their salmon well done.   Salmon is officially cooked through when the meat is a solid pink through the center.   Always keep in mind that the fish will continue to cook for a few minutes after you remove it from heat.

Salmon Recipe

5 from 8 votes
Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze
Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
10 mins
Total Time
20 mins

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon is a simple and delicious way to kick your salmon up a notch! I love the contrast of the light and flakey salmon with a sweet brown sugar glaze. It's easy enough to put together for a weeknight dinner and the kids love it too!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Salmon with Brown Sugar Glaze
Servings: 4
Author: Amanda Rettke
  • 1/4 cup (50 g) brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 4 (6 ounces) boneless salmon fillets
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  1. Preheat the to 425°F and set the oven rack at to the highest setting.
  2. Prepare the rack of a broiler pan with cooking spray.
  3. Arrange the salmon on top of the prepared broiler pan and season with salt and pepper.
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the brown sugar and Dijon mustard; spoon mixture evenly onto top of the fillets.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes in the preheated oven, switch your oven to the broil setting, and broil for an additional 5-10 minutes, or until the glaze is caramelized and golden.

Looking for More Fish Recipes?

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  • sassygirl says:

    making this tonight…thanks.
    but…your spinach stuffed salmon recipe doesn’t exist! i get an oops! not message when searching.
    any ideas?

  • Mrs. Sherry Carter says:

    I would like to be a baker, you need any help? Or do you teach?

  • Duane johnson says:

    I would like to have the salmon recipe of the brown sugar glaze and any other good ones ,as I live alone I like different choices at night.thank you

  • Tami says:

    What is the yummy looking salad

  • Katie says:

    I’m not a huge fan of salmon, but this was soooo good.Simple, delicious and I will make again for sure!

  • Mary says:

    The best and easiest salmon recipe!!

  • Heather Christ says:

    Made this tonight for supper; the fam was totally impressed. I heard some non verbal guttural sounds of appreciation.

    Also made your cinnamon sugar banana bread this morning and saved the four dying bananas. Thanks so much; you continue to bat 1000.

  • Shari says:

    My husband asked me to NEVER make salmon any other way!!

  • T Ritchie says:

    So, so good! I added 1/2 Tablespoon melted butter to the brown sugar/Dijon mix and we grilled the salmon on foil instead of broiling it. Absolutely wonderful!

  • Tina Gardner says:

    Hi, I just made this Salmon with the brown sugar glaze…..oh my. This recipe is very simple and the salmon taste amazing. I absolutely love it! This recipe is a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing.
    Tina from Maine

  • Joan says:

    Excellent!! Really DELICIOUS!!!!!!!

  • Debbie says:

    I loved it

  • Noelle says:

    What do you mean by set the oven rack at to the highest setting? To the highest rack in the oven? Please advise. I want to make this recipe. TIA.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Noelle! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. Set the rack to the highest position in the oven since you will be broiling the salmon in the last few minutes of cooking it. I hope this clears up any confusion, and have a great day!

  • Wanda Challen says:

    Will regular mustard work in this recipe.

    • Elizabeth Keeney says:

      Hi, Wanda! I work with iambaker and am happy to help with questions. You can use yellow mustard in the recipe, but it may not have as much of a tangy flavor as Dijon mustard. I hope this helps, and have a wonderful day!

  • Ruby says:

    Do you broil on high or low?

    • Amanda Rettke says:

      I broil on high 500˚F – 550˚F.

  • Alice says:

    This brown sugar salmon recipe is fantastic. So moist and tender. A keeper. Thank you for sharing this delicious and easy recipe.

  • Ashley Drake says:

    Your brown sugar glaze salmon is phenomenal! Quick and simple to make, thank you for sharing.

  • Shanna Garry says:

    I subbed raspberry habanero sauce for the Dijon and it changed my whole opinion on salmon!

  • Jennifer Stratz says:

    I’m making this tonight. Can I add shrimp to this would the cooking time be different?