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Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon – A little bit sweet, a little bit tangy, and a fresh herb finish…this easy recipe for Alaska salmon will keep you coming back for more. (Scroll down for a VIDEO & the full recipe!) 

We LOVE this gorgeous honey & brown sugar glazed @alaskaseafood salmon! It's the perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and fresh! #ad #ic #askforalaska
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Salmon is a regular part of our rotation, in large part because I consider it one of the most versatile kinds of fish. Besides being a great source of healthy fats and some serious protein, there are SO many delicious ways to flavor it. It pairs well with everything from sunny citrus, to umami or Asian flavors, to creamy sauces, to fresh herbs, and more.

One of the most popular applications EVER on my blog is this one–a slightly sweet honey and brown sugar sauce with a hint of lemon and a fresh herb finish. It’s one I developed during our college days and one we’ve continued to make for years and years since. These days, we’ve made a few simple swaps, but the bones of the recipe have made it a favorite we keep coming back to.

Gorgeous Wild Caught @alaskaseafood Salmon just ready for a glaze! #askforalaska #ic #adWe make this Honey & Brown Sugar Salmon ALL the time. SO good!

Notes on the Recipe:

Fresh vs Frozen. We live in the middle of the very dry desert, so I rely on frozen filets whenever we eat seafood. It’s actually super convenient–frozen fillets are available year-round. I gravitate toward quality, wild-caught varieties like Alaska wild-caught salmon. The quality is some of the best in the world, I appreciate the sustainable fishing practices, and the flavor is hard to beat. You can also look for fresh–I recommend asking for Alaska at the seafood counter since the Alaska salmon season kicks off mid-May!

Which variety should I use? I’ve used lots of different cuts and varieties of salmon, but most often I make this with wild caught keta or sockeye salmon, which are the varieties I can most often find near me. You can also find king, coho, and pink salmon from Alaska that are delicious choose as well.

Simple Swaps. We used to make this with butter before going dairy free. These days we use ghee, a clarified butter that has all the dairy solids removed. It’s completely dairy and casein free, and still lends that delicious buttery flavor.

As for the sweetener, we’ve used both coconut sugar and brown sugar with great success. Use whichever you keep on hand or prefer to use.

Herbs, herbs, herbs. This is a great recipe for using up the last of whatever fresh herbs you might have on hand. It plays well with cilantro, parsley, chives, basil, etc.

Want a thicker glaze? This makes a TON of glaze, with plenty left on the pan to spoon over the finished salmon. If you want the glaze a bit thicker, you can add 1/2-1 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot to your glaze as it melts in the saucepan. Continue to cook until the mixture thickens slightly, then brush on the salmon as directed.

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Honey & Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon - This is such a simple, delicious, gluten free dinner! Honey & Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon - This is such a simple, delicious, gluten free dinner!
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We LOVE this gorgeous honey & brown sugar glazed @alaskaseafood salmon! It's the perfect blend of sweet, tangy, and fresh! #ad #ic #askforalaska

Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon


  • Author: One Lovely Life
  • Yield: about 4 servings 1x

Ingredients

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  • 4 (6oz) salmon fillets, thawed if frozen – I prefer wild-caught Alaska salmon
  • 3 Tbsp butter or ghee
  • 2 Tbsp honey
  • 1/4c brown sugar or coconut sugar
  • Juice from 1 lemon
  • Salt and pepper
  • Lemon Slices, to top
  • 34 Tbsp fresh herbs (chives, basil, cilantro, or parsley are nice).

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees
  2. In a small saucepan, combine butter/ghee, honey, brown sugar, and lemon juice and cook over medium heat until melted together and smooth. Stir in salt and taste. Adjust lemon juice or salt to taste.
  3. Place salmon on a baking sheet covered with foil. Brush salmon generously with honey glaze. Arrange lemon slices on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper.
  4. Bake 10-12 minutes, or until cooked through, spooning the extra glaze on the foil back over the salmon. Sprinkle with fresh herbs, and additional salt and pepper.
  5. *If you cook one large piece (vs. fillets), you’ll need to add at least 5-10 minutes extra cooking time. Check it after 5 minutes and go from there.

Notes

Want a thicker glaze? This makes a TON of glaze, with plenty left on the pan to spoon over the finished salmon. If you want the glaze a bit thicker, you can add 1/2-1 tsp cornstarch or arrowroot to your glaze as it melts in the saucepan. Continue to cook until the mixture thickens slightly, then brush on the salmon as directed.

One of my ALL TIME most popular recipes! Honey Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon is just the right blend of sweet, tangy, and fresh. We LOVE this one! (gluten free)
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40 Comments

  1. Made this last night for a group of friends and it was a huge crowd pleaser! The prep was also very simple, which I appreciated as the host. 🙂 Thank you!

  2. I’ve used a variant of these recipe a good 15 times now. First time I did it exactly and I felt that honey made it too sweet. Next time I omitted the honey and added a pitch of garlic powder. I leave it to simmer for about 2 mins which helps thicken it. Other than that, I follow it exactly. My spouse absolutely loves it, it is now his favorite meal.

    Thank you for sharing

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