Brown Sugar Salmon

Monday, June 7, 2021
Here is the easiest quickest salmon recipe you will ever find on the web Brown Sugar Salmon has 4 ingredients, yes just 4 and besides being simple the flavors are spectacular!

I usually make this on busy weeknights when I have no time to fuss and guess what? This is sensational in flavors.

This simple glaze has butter, brown sugar, and dijon mustard on ot that's it, and you can season the salmon with salt and pepper to taste.

We love all kinds of seafood but salmon with a little tang and sweetness gets perfectly seasoned with these few ingredients.

Even though this is baked to perfection if you're huge fans of grilling instead of baking, pan-fried or even air-fried just make the sauce separately.

One of those best-kept secrets in the 1940s, most foods were made frugally on a budget, they used regular mustard with a little white wine when they had it, so that mustard was the only ingredient I changed.

If you love salmon you may also like to try my Lemon Dill Salmon recipe.

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this is a brown sugar salmon

salmon broiled with brown sugar glaze

Simple Salmon

I love my homemade recipe for Jack Daniels Barbecue Sauce and sometimes I just make salmon with my favorite barbecue sauce, but the kids absolutely love this glaze and it's a nice alternative.

The whole recipe is mixing the sugar with mustard, spreading over the top bake then broil, that's it.

You can serve salmon with any side dish you prefer, I always love cowboy beans and corn with this meal.

salmon with brown sugar glaze

Ingredients You Will Need (see suggestions below for more flavor combinations)

  • salmon
  • butter
  • brown sugar
  • dijon mustard
  • brown sugar or honey
  • salt and pepper to taste

raw salmon with brown sugar glaze

Other Favorite Topping Recipes

  1. teriyaki sauce with crushed pineapple and a little brown sugar
  2. mango, chopped green bell peppers, pineapple, and papaya
  3. pecans, brown sugar, and apricot preserves
  4. fresh lemon butter garlic sliced and fresh dill weed
  5. cajun spices, tequila, and hot sauce
  6. chicken broth butter and fresh parsley, basil, garlic with oregano
  7. jarred pesto
  8. heavy cream with dill and melted butter poured over smoked salmon after cooking
  9. rosemary, lemon wedges, black pepper, and butter

these are cut wedges of raw salmon filets

Perfect Side Dishes

  1. Mandarin Pineapple Coleslaw
  2. Salt and Vinegar Potatoes
  3. Cowboy Beans
  4. Cornbread

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Busy Cooks

I can't stress enough how simple this recipe is, and if you would like to try other salmon recipes don't miss our Best Salmon Roundup Recipes.

This really doesn't take much effort the buttery brown sugar topping is so delicious, we would love to hear your thoughts in the comments on this recipe.

This is a great addition for any salmon seafood lover out there.

Brown Sugar  Salmon

Brown Sugar Salmon

Yield: 1
Author: Claudia Lamascolo
Prep time: 5 MinCook time: 10 MinTotal time: 15 Min
Grilled or baked this glazed brown sugar topping for salmon is off the charts delicious and super easy with just 4 ingredients.


  • 1/4 cup brown sugar, packed
  • 2 tablespoons dijon mustard
  • 1 tablespoon melted butter
  • 4 (6 ounces) boneless salmon fillets
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat the to 425 degrees.
  2. Either oil spray aluminum foil or line a baking dish with parchment paper for the salmon.
  3. Season the salmon with salt and pepper ( cayenne if you like some heat).
  4. In a small bowl, whisk together the butter, brown sugar, and Dijon mustard,  spoon the mixture evenly onto the top of the fillets.
  5. Cook for 10 minutes in the preheated oven.
  6. Now turn the oven to broil and broil on high for an additional 5 minutes, or until the glaze is caramelized and golden.

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More Salmon Recipes To Try:

Drunken Smoked Salmon
Lemon Dill Salmon
Brown Sugar Salmon
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Disclosure: This recipe was originally shared in 2012. It was edited and re-published in 2021.