Looking for a hassle-free yet delicious weeknight dinner? This easy brown sugar glazed salmon recipe is the answer. Salmon fillets are seared then coated with a sweet and savory glaze made with brown sugar, soy sauce and fresh ingredients like garlic and ginger. This easy salmon dinner recipe is ready in under 30 minutes making it suitable for weeknights when time is of the essence.
Brown sugar glazed salmon is not only delicious but also versatile, making it suitable for various occasions, from quick weeknight dinners to special family meals. It’s a popular choice for those who enjoy the combination of salmon with a touch of sweetness and umami richness.
Why You’ll Love This Recipe
Quick and Easy Salmon Recipe: The recipe is designed for busy schedules, offering a quick and easy solution for a delicious meal on hectic weeknights. With minimal preparation and cooking time, it’s perfect for those looking to put a tasty dish on the table without a lot of fuss.
Kid-Friendly Salmon Recipe: The sweet and savory combination makes it a hit with even the pickiest eaters. t’s a great way to introduce seafood into a family’s diet, especially for those who might be a bit skeptical about trying fish.
Ingredients for Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
- Fresh Salmon Fillets
- Brown Sugar
- Soy Sauce
- Fresh Garlic
- Fresh Ginger
- Lime Juice & Zest
- Salt & Pepper
- Smoked Paprika
- Olive Oil
- Unsalted Butter
How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
Season the Salmon: Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides of the salmon with salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
Sear the Salmon: Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the salmon fillets in the skillet, skin side down if they have skin. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side. Adjust the time based on the thickness of your fillets.
Make the Glaze: While the salmon are searing, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, water, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Whisk well until thoroughly combined.
Add the Glaze: Lower the heat and add the glaze to the pan. Continually baste the salmon fillets with the glaze and let it cook for an additional 2 minutes until the glaze thickens.
How To Know When Salmon is Cooked
One of the most common questions I get asked is, “How do I know when my salmon is done cooking?” Here are a few tips to help you know when your salmon is perfectly cooked:
- First, take a look at the color of the fish. If it is opaque and pink in the center, it is likely done. If it is still translucent or has a pinkish hue, it needs to be cooked longer.
- Another way to check is to insert a fork into the thickest part of the fish. If the flesh easily flakes off, it is ready to eat.
- Finally, use your best judgement! The internal temperature should reach 145°F (63°C).
Tips for Brown Sugar Salmon
- Choose Fresh Salmon: Start with high-quality, fresh salmon fillets. Look for firm flesh and a mild ocean scent. This sets the foundation for a flavorful dish.
- Pat Dry Before Seasoning: Before applying the spices, pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. This helps the spices and glaze adhere better and promotes a caramelized exterior during cooking.
- Baste While Cooking: While cooking, baste the salmon with the glaze. This not only enhances the flavor but also helps to keep the salmon moist.
What to Serve with Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
The glaze complements a variety of sides, so feel free to get creative with your choices.
- For a light and refreshing side, try a simple green salad with a lemon vinaigrette.
- For something heartier, roasted vegetables and potatoes or quinoa are both great choices.
- I typically serve over white rice with a side of steamed vegetables.
How to Store and Reheat Salmon
Store the cooked salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 days. Make sure to place the salmon in the refrigerator within 2 hours of cooking. When ready to eat, use a microwave or gently warm in the oven. Avoid Overheating: Be cautious not to overheat the salmon, as this can lead to dryness. Reheat just until warmed through.
In just a few easy steps, our brown sugar salmon recipe turns a regular weeknight into a memorable family dinner. Quick, delicious, and effortlessly impressive – it’s a win-win for busy households!
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Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
- 4 salmon fillets
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 3 tbsp soy sauce
- 2 tbsp water
- 2 garlic cloves grated
- 1/2 tsp fresh ginger grated
- 1 tsp lime juice
- 1/2 tsp lime zest
- 1 tsp salt
- 1/2 tsp ground black pepper
- 1/2 tsp smoked paprika
- 1/2 tsp red pepper flakes optional
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 tbsp unsalted butter
- Pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels. Season both sides of the salmon with salt, pepper and smoked paprika.
- Heat the olive oil and butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the salmon fillets in the skillet, skin side down if they have skin. Cook for about 4-5 minutes per side. Adjust the time based on the thickness of your fillets.
- While the salmon are searing, combine the brown sugar, soy sauce, water, lime juice, lime zest, garlic, and ginger in a mixing bowl. Whisk well until thoroughly combined.
- Lower the heat and add the glaze to the pan. Continually baste the salmon fillets with the glaze and let it cook for an additional 2 minutes until the glaze thickens.