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 52 votes
Author: Natasha Kravchuk
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.
Prep Time: 7 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 19 minutes

Ingredients 

Servings: 6 people

Instructions

  • 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.
  • In a small bowl, combine the sugar, mustard, lemon juice, oil, salt, and pepper. Mix well to combine.
  • Lay the fillets on the prepared baking sheet skin-side-down (if your fillets have skin) and spaced about 1 inch apart.
  • 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.

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 Per Serving

274kcal Calories9g Carbs30g Protein12g Fat2g Saturated Fat4g Polyunsaturated Fat5g Monounsaturated Fat83mg Cholesterol318mg Sodium764mg Potassium1g Fiber9g Sugar65IU Vitamin A1mg Vitamin C30mg Calcium1mg Iron
Nutrition Facts
Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon Recipe
Amount per Serving
Calories
274
% Daily Value*
Fat
 
12
g
18
%
Saturated Fat
 
2
g
13
%
Polyunsaturated Fat
 
4
g
Monounsaturated Fat
 
5
g
Cholesterol
 
83
mg
28
%
Sodium
 
318
mg
14
%
Potassium
 
764
mg
22
%
Carbohydrates
 
9
g
3
%
Fiber
 
1
g
4
%
Sugar
 
9
g
10
%
Protein
 
30
g
60
%
Vitamin A
 
65
IU
1
%
Vitamin C
 
1
mg
1
%
Calcium
 
30
mg
3
%
Iron
 
1
mg
6
%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: brown sugar glazed salmon, roasted salmon
Skill Level: Easy
Cost to Make: $$
Calories: 274

Natasha Kravchuk

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  • Sally
    April 17, 2024

    Natasha, I LOVE your recipes! They ALWAYS turn out DELICIOUS! THANK YOU!
    YOU do such a great job with your demonstrations . You are such a DOLL🥰

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      April 17, 2024

      Thank you so much, Sally!

      Reply

  • Heather
    February 13, 2024

    This came out amazing. Made it for my BIL for the first time and was PERFECT! followed your instructions exactly. You’re always my go to for reliable recipies! Thank you 😊

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    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 13, 2024

      Aw, thanks, Heather! I’m so glad it was a hit.

      Reply

  • Brian
    June 8, 2023

    Natasha – your site is such a GREAT resource for me. I would LOVE to see you on “The Kitchen” or “Beat Bobby Flay” or somesuch. Have you ever been a guest on one of those type shows ? 🙂

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      June 8, 2023

      Aww, thank you so much for that lovely compliment, Brian!

      Reply

  • Kyle
    March 21, 2023

    It’s also great with some chopped pecans added to the topping.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      March 21, 2023

      Sounds amazing! 🙂

      Reply

  • Jen Schneider
    February 2, 2023

    Love this quick easy recipe! The flavor is amazing! It’s -4 here and I just couldn’t bring myself to grill tonight 🥶 yet, SUPRISE!, dinner guests appeared and all I had enough of on hand was salmon. I needed a simple recipe for the oven and I can always count on you! Made it exactly as the video said..DELICIOUS! With bourbon glazed carrots and a couple of boxes of rice a roni pilaf..😆 My husband said I shouldn’t make such fancy dinners or we will have surprise dinner guests every night no matter how cold it is! You are the best!

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      February 2, 2023

      I’m so glad you loved it! Thank you for the feedback! 🙂

      Reply

  • Jennifer
    January 26, 2023

    Made this for dinner Wednesday night. Turned out soooo good! Will be making this again real soon!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      January 26, 2023

      So glad you enjoyed it!

      Reply

  • Michelle
    July 24, 2022

    I tried this today & it was delicious, I substituted the Dijon for French’s, still delicious

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      July 25, 2022

      Sounds good, Michelle. Good to know that you enjoyed this recipe!

      Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 25, 2022

      Glad to hear that, Michelle! Thank you.

      Reply

  • Ron M.
    July 6, 2022

    Bought a wild coho salmon and used this recipe and we loved it. Easy to make and tasted like a restaurant level dish at half the cost.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      July 6, 2022

      So glad to hear that, Ron. Thank you for sharing.

      Reply

  • Dayna
    June 28, 2022

    Made this tonight, it was very easy, super tasty and looks beautiful. Loved it, can’t wait for your cookbook, my kitchen drawer is filled with your recipes. Your videos are adorable just like you and your family and so nice you share your faith. You are the best…and so is your food!!

    Reply

    • Natasha's Kitchen
      June 28, 2022

      Aaaw that is so heartwarming. Thanks for patiently waiting for the cookbook, we’re really working hard to make it great.

      Reply

  • Rebecca Hasse
    June 27, 2022

    This was a quick, easy, and delicious dinner! I made it exactly as is. Thank you Natasha for having so many ideas for salmon that are simple and ready in no time.

    Reply

    • NatashasKitchen.com
      June 27, 2022

      That’s great! So happy it was enjoyed. Thank you for the review.

      Reply

  • 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!

    Reply

    • 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!

    Reply

    • 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.

    Reply

    • Natashas Kitchen
      April 21, 2022

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

      Reply

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