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Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Salmon is a protein packed recipe that tops salt and black pepper seasoned salmon with a delicious sweet and tangy sauce. Roast in the oven in minutes.
Salmon is one of my favorite fish to cook. It is healthy, easy to find in the grocery store, and can be prepared in so many ways. I love to thoroughly season my salmon and bake it in the oven, but lately I have been topping it with a glaze before baking.
Why top it with a glaze you ask?
That's a good question because it adds rich flavor and makes the salmon extra tender and juicy. It also doesn't require me to add anything additional before serving. When it comes to meals, I like to keep it simple with as few ingredients as possible. This recipe is no exception because the glaze only requires brown sugar and Dijon mustard, that's it! These two are pantry staples in my kitchen and produce the most wonderful sweet and tangy flavor.
Anyway, enough about that, let's get started with the recipe.
What ingredients for this easy salmon recipe?
- Black pepper
- Dijon mustard
- Brown sugar
How to make oven roasted salmon?
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and move the baking rack to the top half of the oven. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and Dijon mustard until combined. Set aside.
Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray. Place the whole salmon or salmon fillets, skin side down, on the prepared sheet pan.
Evenly sprinkle the salmon with salt and ground black pepper.
Top the salmon with the glaze in an even layer across the top.
Place into the oven and back 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the salmon from the oven and allow it to rest for 1 to 2 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
Should I cover salmon while baking?
For this recipe, no you do not have to cover. Just make sure the baking rack is positioned in the upper half of the oven. This is the farthest position away from the heat and will prevent the salmon from cooking too quickly. If you prefer not to re-position the oven baking rack, then you need to lower the oven temperature and you will not get the crisp sear on the salmon skin.
How do you know when salmon is finished?
This recipe states to cook the salmon for 12 to 15 minutes. However, oven temperatures and the size of the salmon will vary and additional or less cook time may be required. The best way to know when the salmon has finished cooking is to test it. The salmon with go from red and raw to opaque pink. Once it is pink and flaky but still has a little bit deeper pink in the middle/thickest part of the cut, then it is ready. Once the salmon has been removed from the oven and is allowed to rest for 1 to 2 minutes the cooking process will finish and the salmon will be perfect.
Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Salmon
- Sheet pan
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
- 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
- 1 pound salmon, whole or fillets
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. and move the baking rack to the top half of the oven.
- In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar and Dijon mustard until combined. Set aside.
- Line a sheet pan with aluminum foil and lightly spray with cooking spray.
- Place the whole salmon or salmon fillets, skin side down, on the prepared sheet pan.
- Evenly sprinkle the salmon with salt and ground black pepper.
- Top the salmon with the glaze in an even layer across the top. Place into the oven and back 12 to 15 minutes. Remove the salmon from the oven and allow it to rest for 1 to 2 minutes before serving. Serve warm.
*All nutritional information is based on third party calculations and is only an estimate. Each recipe and nutritional value will vary depending on the brands you use, measuring methods and portion sizes per household.
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Have any comments, questions, or other delicious ideas for this Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Salmon? Please share them in the comments below!
Oooh, I'm so mad at you! I have been craving salmon forever and now you're just playing with my emotions with this amazing recipe!!
My bad! Perhaps take it as a sign that it is time for you to give salmon a try 😉
Made this recipe last night and it was amazing!! Just found my new go-to recipe right here - so easy to make and delicious!! Thanks!
Thank you! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it!!
I love how brown sugar can be paired with savory dishes like this!
Thank you! Yes, it blends so well with the mustard.
We are always searching for new salmon recipes, and this is one we hadn’t tried! That glaze is PERFECT for salmon! It comes out so tender and juicy, and full of flavor.
Thank you! The glaze really makes the salmon even better.
Hi I was wondering if could cook the Salomon on the grill instead of the oven?
Hi Donya! Yes, you can cook the salmon on the grill as well.
This salmon looks so good and cooked to perfection. This will be on the table come Sunday afternoon!
Thank you! I'm sure you will love it!
This salmon looks delicious LaKita!! I would add some rice and a green vegetable and make a meal!!!
Thank you! That is exactly how I love to serve it as well!
Salmon is one of my favorite things to whip up and I love this recipe. I will be trying it soon.
Thank you Jayne! Hope you enjoy!
I have tried this and it was amazing dish I have ever made in a week.
Thank you LaKita.
Thank you!! So glad that you gave them a try!
This salmon not only looks perfect but the flavors are perfection.
Thank you so much Jazz!
You had a beautiful canvas, and a great recipe here. I love this twist on salmon - I'm always trying to make it a little more exciting. You've talked me into giving this a try!
Thank you! The salmon was a beauty!
I can literally taste this by just reading it! Absolutely stellar!!!
Thank you Kaluhi!
I love a good salmon recipe! This is perfect!
Thank you Capri!
Simply amazing! Thank you Lakita.
Thank you Tracey!
So easy and tasty! I used regular mustard because I didn't have Dijon on hand and it still turned out well.
Glad to hear Stefanie and that regular mustard worked as well!!
Can you use pork chops instead of salmon for this recipe? If so what would be the oven temperature for thin bone in pork chops?
I have not ever tried substituting pork chops for this recipe, sorry!
The salmon was so delicious and it came out perfectly cooked. The brown sugar/Dijon mustard combo made it so tasty. Thanks for a great recipe!
Thank you so much Pat!!