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Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Salmon

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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.

overhead view piece of brown sugar dijon glazed salmon on white plate

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?

  1. Salmon
  2. Salt
  3. Black pepper
  4. Dijon mustard
  5. 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.

brown sugar and Dijon mustard in small glass bowl next to fork small glass bowl with brown sugar and Dijon mustard mixed together with fork

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.

whole salmon on aluminum foil lined sheet pan

Evenly sprinkle the salmon with salt and ground black pepper.

salmon on aluminum foil lined sheet pan topped with salt and pepper

Top the salmon with the glaze in an even layer across the top.

side view salmon on foil lined sheet pan topped with brown sugar Dijon mustard glaze

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.

close up side view brown sugar dijon glazed salmon on white plate

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.

piece of brown sugar dijon glazed salmon on white plate

Brown Sugar Dijon Glazed Salmon

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.
5 from 18 votes
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar dijon glazed salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Resting Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 175kcal

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar, packed
  • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  • 1 pound salmon, whole or fillets
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper

Instructions

  • 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.

Nutrition

Calories: 175kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 23g | Fat: 7g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 62mg | Sodium: 384mg | Potassium: 556mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 3g | Vitamin A: 45IU | Calcium: 14mg | Iron: 1mg
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close up view glazed salmon on white plate with fork

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26 Comments

  • Reply
    Marta
    February 19, 2020 at 3:05 PM

    5 stars
    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!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 20, 2020 at 10:55 PM

      My bad! Perhaps take it as a sign that it is time for you to give salmon a try 😉

  • Reply
    Aline
    February 20, 2020 at 1:17 PM

    5 stars
    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!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 20, 2020 at 10:55 PM

      Thank you! I am so glad to hear that you enjoyed it!!

  • Reply
    Desirée
    February 20, 2020 at 8:43 PM

    5 stars
    I love how brown sugar can be paired with savory dishes like this!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 20, 2020 at 10:56 PM

      Thank you! Yes, it blends so well with the mustard.

  • Reply
    Tamara J.
    February 21, 2020 at 8:07 AM

    5 stars
    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.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 22, 2020 at 9:20 AM

      Thank you! The glaze really makes the salmon even better.

  • Reply
    Adri
    February 21, 2020 at 8:50 PM

    5 stars
    This salmon looks so good and cooked to perfection. This will be on the table come Sunday afternoon!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 22, 2020 at 9:22 AM

      Thank you! I’m sure you will love it!

  • Reply
    Katrina Adams
    February 22, 2020 at 8:07 AM

    5 stars
    This salmon looks delicious LaKita!! I would add some rice and a green vegetable and make a meal!!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 22, 2020 at 9:23 AM

      Thank you! That is exactly how I love to serve it as well!

  • Reply
    Jayne Rain
    February 22, 2020 at 11:31 AM

    5 stars
    Salmon is one of my favorite things to whip up and I love this recipe. I will be trying it soon.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 22, 2020 at 1:00 PM

      Thank you Jayne! Hope you enjoy!

  • Reply
    Prince Joseph
    February 23, 2020 at 12:31 AM

    5 stars
    I have tried this and it was amazing dish I have ever made in a week.
    Thank you LaKita.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 23, 2020 at 11:16 AM

      Thank you!! So glad that you gave them a try!

  • Reply
    Jazz
    February 24, 2020 at 1:44 PM

    5 stars
    This salmon not only looks perfect but the flavors are perfection.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 25, 2020 at 10:33 AM

      Thank you so much Jazz!

  • Reply
    Mila
    February 24, 2020 at 1:52 PM

    5 stars
    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!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 25, 2020 at 10:33 AM

      Thank you! The salmon was a beauty!

  • Reply
    Kaluhi
    February 24, 2020 at 3:03 PM

    5 stars
    I can literally taste this by just reading it! Absolutely stellar!!!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 25, 2020 at 10:34 AM

      Thank you Kaluhi!

  • Reply
    capri
    February 26, 2020 at 2:16 PM

    5 stars
    I love a good salmon recipe! This is perfect!

    • Reply
      LaKita
      February 27, 2020 at 5:23 PM

      Thank you Capri!

  • Reply
    Tracey
    October 19, 2020 at 7:44 PM

    5 stars
    Simply amazing! Thank you Lakita.

    • Reply
      LaKita
      October 21, 2020 at 10:22 AM

      Thank you Tracey!

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