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Brown Sugar Salmon

This brown sugar salmon is a sweet and healthy recipe that is perfect for fall and winter.

brown sugar salmon

When paired with green beans and mashed potatoes, as is the case here, it works great for a quick weeknight dinner.

Cooking this salmon with brown sugar glaze is simple and it only involves a few ingredients to make this delicious meal. If you’ve got kids that don’t eat fish, try this sweet and tangy salmon recipe that might just satisfy their taste buds.

What Makes A Good Pan Fried Salmon

A good fresh salmon can make the difference between a great tasting salmon versus a mediocre salmon. Look for firm salmon with bright color fillets.

Good pan-fried salmon must have moist fillet with crispy skin. Seasoned with the right amount of salt and pepper, you’ve got yourself a healthy and delicious meal.

Of course, this recipe has added flavor with the brown sugar glaze on top.

what makes a good salmon

How To Make Brown Sugar Salmon

I love the crispy skin on salmon. The trick to having crispy skin is to dry the skin thoroughly before frying. I usually use a paper towel and press gently to suck out any moisture on the surface.

Seasoning for this recipe is simple. A pinch of salt and pepper is all you need.

Chef Tip: Season salmon right before frying. This will prevent the salmon fillet from drawing out too much moisture by the salt.

The glaze on the salmon is simple but delicious. It is just a combination of brown sugar and dijon mustard.

This is important. When frying, make sure you preheat the oil to medium heat. This ensures you have a hot enough oil to crisps the skin quickly. If you fail to do this and the oil temperature is too low, the skin tends to stick on the pan.

Lastly, I like pairing salmon with hearty ranched mashed potatoes and green beans. Now that’s one delicious healthy meal!

How To Make The Best Brown Sugar Salmon

Brown Sugar Salmon

Easy and delicious brown sugar salmon.

Course Main Course
Cook Time 16 minutes
Servings 2


  • 2 pieces Salmon Fillets
  • 1/2 oz Brown Sugar
  • 1/2 oz Dijon Mustard
  • 2 tsp Olive Oil
  • Salt and Pepper (to taste)


  1. Prep the glaze by mixing brown sugar and dijon mustard in a small bowl. Set aside.

  2. In a medium heated non-stick pan, add 2 tsp olive oil. Let the oil heat up for a few minutes.

  3. Place salmon fillets to hot pan skin side down. Fry for about 1-2 minutes. Flip the salmon and fry for another 3-4 minutes. 

  4. Transfer fillets on a baking pan. Brush brown sugar glaze on the flesh side and roast for 8-10 minutes or until internal temperature reach 145F.

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