This tender and fresh brown sugar soy sauce salmon recipe is so easy to make! Just season the salmon, mix the sauce then drizzle on top, and bake!
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Brown Sugar Soy Sauce Salmon Overview
This recipe has really incredible reviews! A tender flaky salmon is covered in a sweet and tangy sauce that is so easy to make.
The salmon is baked in the oven, while covered in foil. This will ensure it’s perfectly cooked without drying it out. The sauce ingredients are melted together on the stove and then drizzled over the salmon to create a deliciously sweet flavor.
RECIPE REVIEW: “It came out delicious! Second day was even better. Instead of baking in oven I grilled it. Let it marinade overnight. Thank you!!”
- 1 ½ lbs salmon fillet – plus olive oil, salt and pepper for seasoning
- ½ cup soy sauce
- ½ cup brown sugar
- 4 garlic cloves – minced
- 3 Tbsp lemon juice
- ¼ cup salted butter
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp ground black pepper
RECIPE REVIEW: “Easy and so delicious! I had leftovers for my husband tomorrow. He will love all the sauce with the brown rice. Five stars”
How To Make Brown Sugar Soy Sauce Salmon
Full ingredients and instructions are also in the recipe card at the bottom of this blog post.
STEP 1: Let the salmon sit at room temperature for 10-15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
STEP 2: In a saucepan, add ½ cup soy sauce, ½ cup brown sugar, 4 minced garlic cloves, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup salted butter, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp ground black pepper over medium-high heat. Let simmer until the butter is melted and the sugar has dissolved about 2-3 minutes. Stir occasionally during the process to prevent sugar from burning.
STEP 3: Add the salmon to a large dish or baking sheet skin side facing down. Brush the top with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
STEP 4: Now pour the sauce overtop of the salmon and cover the dish with foil. Bake for 10-25 minutes (depending on the size of the salmon – see notes). Remove the foil and broil for the last 2-3 minutes if desired. This will help to caramelize and crispen the salmon (it’s an optional step).
STEP 5: Add salmon to a large serving plate. Sprinkle with fresh chopped green onion if desired. The extra sauce in the pan can be drizzled over rice or pasta.
How Long To Cook Salmon
The cooking time for salmon will vary depending on the thickness of the fillet. Measure the thickest part of your salmon. It will take approximately 10 minutes for every 1″ of thickness. For example, my salmon is about 2″ thick and took 23 minutes to bake. This time will vary so it’s best to check on it early to avoid overcooking.
Salmon Cooking Times:
|Time (covered with foil)
|approx 10-12 minutes
|1 1/2 “
|approx 15-17 minutes
|approx 20-22 minutes
|approx 25 minutes
How do I know when salmon is cooked?
Baked salmon will flake easily with a fork. Just place the fork in the salmon and try to remove a piece. If it flakes off easily, then it’s cooked. You can also use a meat thermometer to check the temperature. It should reach 145F internally.
RECIPE REVIEW: “Delicious! My husband (who rarely eats fish) went back for seconds!”
- Let the salmon sit at room temperature for 10-20 minutes before cooking. This will ensure the salmon cooks quicker and more evenly.
- This recipe works well with a large salmon fillet that is approximately 1 1/2 to 2 lbs. Choose a salmon fillet that looks fresh, is bright pink in color, and has an even thickness throughout.
- The fish will continue to cook once you remove it from the oven, so it’s better to undercook just slightly than to overcook it.
- This recipe can also be used with any white fish including cod, halibut, and tilapia.
- Use leftover sauce on top of rice or pasta. It’s super yummy!
How To Store
- Refrigerate – Store the salmon in an airtight container, or tightly wrapped in plastic for 3-4 days.
- Reheating – Salmon can be reheated in the microwave, in the oven, or pan-fried to reheat. Be careful not to heat it too long as it can overcook the salmon.
- Serve Cold – Leftover cooked salmon can also be served cold. This is especially great for when serving in salads.
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Brown Sugar Soy Sauce Salmon
- Let the salmon sit at room temperature 10-15 minutes. Preheat the oven to 375°F.
- Add the salmon to a large dish or baking sheet skin side facing down. Brush the top with olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
- In a saucepan, add ½ cup soy sauce, ½ cup brown sugar, 4 minced garlic cloves, 3 Tbsp lemon juice, ¼ cup salted butter, ½ tsp salt and ½ tsp ground black pepper over medium-high heat. Let simmer until the butter is melted and the sugar has dissolved, about 2-3 minutes. Stir occassionally during the process to prevent sugar from burning.
- Now pour the sauce overtop of the salmon and cover the dish with foil.
- Bake for 10-25 minutes (depending on size of salmon – see notes). Remove the foil and broil for the last 2-3 minutes if desired. This will help to carmelize and crispen the salmon (it's an optional step).
- Add salmon to a large serving plate. Sprinkle with fresh chopped green onion if desired. Extra sauce in pan can be drizzled over rice or pasta.
The nutritional information provided is an estimate and is per serving.