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Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon Recipe (VIDEO)

This homemade Glazed Salmon with brown sugar, dijon mustard, and lemon juice is the easiest roasted salmon. The glaze is sweet and sticky after caramelizing in the oven. Did I mention it’s a quick dinner idea? There is no marinating required and it’s done in less than 20 minutes. Watch the video tutorial and see how easy it is.

We love salmon recipes from our famous Baked Salmon Recipe to Grilled Salmon and even Salmon Patties. If you are a fan of salmon, this Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon will probably be on your regular rotation.

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon served on a platter

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Ingredients for Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

This glaze is so simple and compliments salmon perfectly. It’s sweet and savory with a hint of spice from the mustard. The splash of fresh lemon juice balances the flavors. Don’t worry, it’s more sweet than spicy and the kids never once complained about it being too spicy.

  • Brown sugar – we used packed light brown sugar which adds sweetness and caramelizes in the glaze
  • Dijon mustard – adds depth of flavor and we love Grey Poupon brand.
  • Lemon juice – use freshly squeezed lemon juice to add some acid and balance the glaze.
  • Salt and black pepper – we add this right to the sauce to save a step seasoning the salmon.
  • Salmon – use 2 lbs of skinless or skin-on salmon, cut into 6 filets
Ingredients for roasted salmon with brown sugar and mustard glaze

Pro Tip: Sourcing salmon (wild-caught versus farmed salmon) can be tricky depending on your location. Wild-caught is best, but get the best salmon you can afford and or access. I have found that thicker, fattier fillets are juicier and more forgiving if you accidentally overcook the fish.

The Best Mustard for Salmon

I love the balanced flavors of Dijon mustard for salmon and we have loved the Grey Poupon brand for years. Dijon is mustard is a wonderful complement to cooking because it adds that acidic component that we love in savory dishes like Lobster Tails, Baked Chicken Legs, and our favorite Cobb Salad Dressing. It’s so versatile and we always keep a bottle in the refrigerator. If you’re looking to substitute, you could also use grainy mustard which would look lovely on the salmon.

Flaked salmon filet with brown sugar glaze

How to Make Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

  1. Prep – preheat the oven, line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment
  2. Make Glaze – combine the glaze ingredients in a small mixing bowl, stir to combine.
  3. Arrange Salmon filets on the baking sheet 1-inch apart and remove any bones with tweezers.
  4. Spread glaze generously over the salmon fillets, brushing it over the tops and sides.
  5. Bake at 400˚F for 12 minutes or until the internal temperature reaches 145˚F on an instant-read thermometer. Remove from the oven and serve garnished with lemon slices.
Step by step how to make roasted glazed salmon

Pro Tip: Lining your baking sheet is important for easy clean-up. No one wants to be scrubbing caramelized sugar from a baking sheet. You can use parchment paper or lightly greased foil.

Filets of brown sugar glazed salmon platter

Common Questions

Can I Substitute honey?

Honey will work but we prefer using brown sugar because it makes the glaze slightly thicker so it’s less likely to run off the sides of your salmon filets.

Can I broil the salmon?

It is not necessary to broil this salmon. Broiling can quickly over-cook your fish and also cause the oven to become smoky from the sugar in your glaze.

How can I tell when salmon is done?

When finished cooking, the salmon will change from red to pink and will be flaky. The best test for salmon doneness is to check the internal temperature with a thermometer, which should reach 145˚F at the thickest part of the salmon.

Can I use skin-on salmon?

Absolutely! Make sure to roast skin-on salmon with the skin side touching the baking sheet, i.e. skin-side-down.

To Serve

Since the glaze in this salmon has a ton of flavor, you can keep the sides pretty simple. We love to serve this as a main course paired with these simple sides.

Platter of glazed salmon garnished with lemons and parsley

Make-Ahead

This glazed salmon recipe is so easy that there really is no need to make ahead anything. However, if you wanted to you, you could cut up the salmon and arrange it on a baking sheet and stir together the topping in a separate bowl then cover both, and keep refrigerated until ready to bake. Spread sauce over salmon before baking.

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Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon Recipe

5 from 25 votes
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes
Brown sugar glazed salmon
Roasted Glazed Salmon with a sweet brown sugar and dijon glaze. This recipe is so easy and bakes up so juicy, tender and flaky. It’s also a quick dinner idea (done in under 20 minutes) and roasted salmon pairs well with simple sides like rice and steamed veggies.
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $16-$24
Keyword: brown sugar glazed salmon, roasted salmon
Cuisine: American
Course: Main Course
Calories: 274
Servings: 6 people

Ingredients

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400˚F with one rack positioned in the top third of your oven. Line a rimmed baking sheet with parchment paper and set it aside.

  2. In a small bowl, combine the sugar, mustard, lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.

  3. Lay the fillets on the prepared baking sheet skin-side-down (if your fillets have skin) and spaced about 1 inch apart.

  4. Generously spread the glaze over the top and sides of the fish. Bake for 10-15 minutes*, or until the internal temperature at the thickest part reaches 145˚F on an instant-read thermometer, and the flesh flakes easily with a fork.

Recipe Notes

*For leaner or thinner wild-caught fillets, bake for 10 to 12 minutes. For thicker, fattier farmed fillets or king salmon, bake for 12 to 15 minutes

Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon Recipe
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274 Calories from Fat 108
% Daily Value*
Fat 12g18%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Polyunsaturated Fat 4g
Monounsaturated Fat 5g
Cholesterol 83mg28%
Sodium 318mg14%
Potassium 764mg22%
Carbohydrates 9g3%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 9g10%
Protein 30g60%
Vitamin A 65IU1%
Vitamin C 1mg1%
Calcium 30mg3%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

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  • Andrea Cimeno
    April 30, 2022

    I have to say I have never been a fan of salmon, but thought this looked so pretty and tasty, I had to give it a try! I am alone, so only used 2 filets, and paired it with some jasmine rice that I made with onions, mushrooms and garlic, sautéed and than toasted with some marsala, then cooked in chicken stock. Enjoyed very much, and have enough for another meal! Thanks for some great recipes!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 30, 2022

      Hi Andrea, thank you for sharing your experience with this recipe. So glad you enjoyed it.

      Reply

  • Joyce
    April 29, 2022

    Oh my gosh!!! I made this salmon tonight with your Easy Boiled Potatoes and Roasted Asparagus with Lemon and Parmesan! That sauce on that salmon! We inhaled it! So delicious! I’m going to use that sauce on chicken, pork chops and everything! I have no words! Thank you so much, it’s the best!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 30, 2022

      That’s just awesome! Thank you for sharing your wonderful review, Joyce!!

      Reply

  • Patricia
    April 21, 2022

    I made this recipe following the exact instructions. It was delicious! Definitely a keeper.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 21, 2022

      That’s so great! I’m happy you found a keeper on my blog, Patricia!

      Reply

  • Liz
    April 12, 2022

    I was looking for a quick salmon recipe when I came across yours. The only thing I changed was I added a clove of minced garlic to the sauce. It was amazing! Hubby LOVED it. Will definitely make this again? Thanks and keep those quick meals coming.

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 12, 2022

      Looks like you found your new go-to recipe for salmon. Thank you for your great comments and feedback!

      Reply

  • Wayne Hale
    April 8, 2022

    This recipe was excellent! Sides were sautéed asparagus and white and wild rice!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 9, 2022

      That sounds like a lovely dinner, Wayne!

      Reply

  • Caroline
    April 5, 2022

    Hi Natasha. I made this recipe the other night and it was delicious. I was wondering if it could be used on shrimp? I was going to skewer & grill them. Thanks!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 5, 2022

      Hi Caroline, I haven’t tested that with shrimp, but I bet that could work. If you experiment, let me know how you liked the recipe.

      Reply

  • Gaby
    April 4, 2022

    If I don’t have Dijon mustard on hand, what do you suggest?

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      April 4, 2022

      Hello Gaby, you could also use grainy mustard which would look lovely on the salmon.

      Reply

  • Irina
    April 3, 2022

    Does the salmon need to be cut up before baking? Or can I just make it on half of salmon?

    Reply

  • Debbie
    April 2, 2022

    Made salmon last night for dinner following this recipe and it was delicious! Very easy and I love that it’s just a few ingredients. I’m always looking for new ways to make salmon and happy I stumbled across your recipe. Will definitely be making it this way again. Thanks Natasha!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 2, 2022

      Hi Debbie! You’re very welcome. I’m so glad you enjoyed this recipe. Be sure to check out all of my salmon recipes. I have quite a few. 🙂

      Reply

  • Vanessa
    March 31, 2022

    Omg, I tried this recipe for chicken, why did it come out.. sticky? I understand the glaze might be a bit sticky but this was like toffee sticky, it was all over the inside of my mouth when I tried a bite. Did I make a mistake on my end or did you make a mistake on your end? Please help me, I have salmon in the freezer and Im trying this again today, any tips before I start?

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    • Natasha
      March 31, 2022

      Hi Vanessa, did you broil the salmon, it should be glazed but not really sticky unless it’s broiled or overbaked. Also, make sure you are baking on conventional oven mode and NOT convection which bakes faster.

      Reply

    • Larisa
      April 3, 2022

      This was probably because chicken bakes longer than salmon since it’s tougher. The glaze over cooked

      Reply

    • Mary
      April 26, 2022

      I’m guess it’s because you used chicken and recipe calls for Salmon. 🤷🏻‍♀️

      Reply

  • Vanessa
    March 30, 2022

    Wow, so good. I actually tried this on chicken, not on salmon. The glaze you made.. im out of words. So good! Definetly making this again next time we get more chicken!!!!!!

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    • Natasha's Kitchen
      March 30, 2022

      So glad you enjoyed the glaze too on chicken, Vanessa!

      Reply

  • Laura Boyd-Brown
    March 30, 2022

    super salmon recipes, thanks so very much the brown sugar was great!!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 30, 2022

      Excellent. I’m glad you enjoyed this recipe. Thanks for sharing.

      Reply

  • Hylda
    March 28, 2022

    I tried this for the first time last night and all I can say is WOW!!! So delicious and easily one of the quickest meals I have prepared! Thank you!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 28, 2022

      You’re welcome! I’m so happy you enjoyed it, Hylda!

      Reply

  • Jessica
    March 26, 2022

    Awesome easy recipe! Usually I only cook salmon on the stovetop because I am afraid of it getting dry in the oven, but this turned out perfect! The glaze kept the fish super moist and it was the perfect balance of flavors!

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 26, 2022

      Excellent! Thank you for sharing, Jessica! So happy you enjoyed this recipe. I appreciate your 5-star review.

      Reply

  • Nastenka
    March 25, 2022

    Made this today. Followed recipe exactly as it said and nobody liked it :/ we LOVE salmon in our house and love all your other recipes that I cook but for some reason, this recipe wasn’t hitting the spot. It was too sweet for us.

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    • Natasha
      March 26, 2022

      Hi Nastenka, this is a sweeter glaze but we haven’t found it to be too sweet and it’s usually pretty balanced. Make sure you are using the stated amounts of dijon mustard, lemon juice and seasoning, which are necessary to balance the flavors in the glaze. If you were to leave out any of those, it would seem too sweet. Also, if you prefer a More savory glaze, you can add less brown sugar or increase the dijon or lemon juice.

      Reply

  • Karen
    March 25, 2022

    Hi Natasha,

    This recipe looks so easy and delicious I am definitely going to try. Thanks for the recipe!

    Karen
    PS the shark was on the spatula handle when you were playing the fish on the platter. 😊

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 26, 2022

      I hope you love it, Karen & hey, good eye 😉

      Reply

  • DDR
    March 25, 2022

    We made this for dinner tonight and added chopped pecans for the last 5 minutes of baking. Easy and delicious!!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2022

      I’m so glad you enjoyed it! Thank you for the wonderful review!

      Reply

  • Kara
    March 25, 2022

    My family doesn’t love mustard, so I used a little less than the recipe called for, and it was a huge hit! I’ll be making it on a regular basis!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2022

      I’m so happy to hear this recipe was a hit, Kara! That’s so great!

      Reply

  • Nataliya
    March 25, 2022

    I’ve been waiting for this recipe! Love simple, but delicious!

    P.S. Nice magic trick with white pot turning to blue😉🙃

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 26, 2022

      Hey, good eye Nataliya! I’m so glad you loved it! Simple & delicious recipes are the best!

      Reply

  • Brenda Leach
    March 25, 2022

    Love you and your videos! Also your love for Jesus and teaching your children about him! 🇺🇦🇺🇸

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2022

      Thank you so much, Brenda! I appreciate the compliment! Blessings to you!

      Reply

  • Lauretta
    March 25, 2022

    I make my salmon just with mustard and honey and broil a few min nice chrisp on top and done inside so easy just watch it might burn Lauretta

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2022

      Thank you so much for sharing that with us!

      Reply

  • katerina @ diethood.com
    March 25, 2022

    Wow! This salmon looks absolutely amazing! My family would love it!

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2022

      It’s definitely a must-make recipe! I hope you try it soon!

      Reply

  • Linda Wachtel
    March 25, 2022

    It is a great way to make salmon.
    I have been making it this way for many years.
    My son had it when he was in Alaska and I recommend you follow Natasha’s recipe.
    My family loves it.

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    • Natashas Kitchen
      March 25, 2022

      Aww, that’s the best! Thank you so much for sharing that with me. I’m all smiles

      Reply

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