This Brown Sugar Salmon recipe is so simple yet so delicious! Start with a salmon marinade with brown sugar, soy sauce, and bourbon to add lots of flavor. After marinating, glazing, and baking, you’ll have the perfect brown sugar glazed salmon that everyone is sure to love!
Brown Sugar Salmon
This Bourbon Brown Sugar Salmon recipe is one of my favorites. It’s a few easy steps of marinating, toasting the pecans, glazing, baking, and then done!
When I lived in Florida, I LOVED the fresh seafood. I went back for a visit recently, and me and Pat really enjoyed the seafood, eating as much of it as possible. They salmon down there is just SO good. Missouri is quite a different story as far as seafood goes, but I’m willing to give it a try.
This Bourbon Brown Sugar Salmon recipe is a good place to start. It’s such a simple recipe and it’s filled with so much flavor! It has just the right balance of sweet and spicy, and the texture is perfect. I love the way the toasted pecans create a crunchy layer on top. I’m telling you, it’s so delicious!
This brown sugar glazed salmon starts with some marinating, then we add more and more flavor with glazing throughout the baking process. And of course the layer of pecans on top finishes it off perfectly! This is the perfect simple dinner to make any time!
This Bourbon Brown Sugar Salmon recipe is so simple, so delicious, and so easy to make!
Bourbon Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
The star of this delicious brown sugar salmon recipe is the salmon marinade with brown sugar, bourbon, and soy sauce. The flavor is plenty sweet, but balanced out by the salty soy sauce and smooth bourbon. First we use it to marinate the salmon fillets for a few hours. Then we take the same mixture, heat it up, let it thicken, and use it as a glaze for the salmon before and during the baking process. So this brown sugar glazed salmon really gets alllll the flavor!
Salmon Marinade with Brown Sugar
This bourbon, brown sugar, soy sauce salmon marinade gives this fish the most amazing taste. The fact that we can use it as both the marinade and the glaze means it works double duty! Of course there are a few other ingredients in the mix to really perfect the flavor.
What’s in this Salmon Marinade/Glaze:
- Brown Sugar
- Soy Sauce
- Worcestershire Sauce
- Bourbon (optional)
- Black Pepper
How to Make Brown Sugar Salmon
Salmon has become one of my favorite things to cook, simply because it’s SO easy to make, no matter how you do it. It doesn’t take long to cook, and you can really change up the flavor with different marinades, glazes, seasonings, etc. This bourbon brown sugar salmon recipe is a favorite because it really is FULL of flavor. I almost can’t believe how simple it is to make something this tasty!
How to Make Bourbon Brown Sugar Salmon:
- Start by making the marinade. Combine brown sugar, soy sauce, bourbon, Worcestershire sauce, garlic, and black pepper in a bowl.
- Place the salmon fillets in a resealable bag, then pour in half of the soy sauce marinade and zip it shut. Set the other half of the marinade aside for later, to use as the glaze.
- Let the salmon marinate in the refrigerator for 1-3 hours, flipping the bag every 30 minutes or so to make sure it marinates evenly.
- When you’re just about ready to start cooking the salmon, get working on the glaze. Place the leftover salmon marinade in a saucepan and heat on the stove. Bring it to a boil, then reduce the heat and let it simmer until it thickens.
- While that it simmering, preheat your oven to 400°F.
- Cover a flat baking sheet with parchment paper and place the chopped pecans on it. Toast them in the oven for about 3-5 minutes.
- Now cover a baking sheet with aluminum foil and place the salmon fillets. Sprinkle the toasted pecans over top and press them gently into the salmon. Brush 1/3 of the brown sugar glaze on top.
- Bake salmon at 400°F for 20-25 minutes. Add another layer of glaze every 8-10 minutes to keep adding in more flavor.
This brown sugar salmon is so flavorful, so sweet, so crunchy…it’s just plain delicious! Serve it along with veggies, salad, rice, or another favorite side dish.
This Bourbon Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon is just so tasty, I know you’re going to love it!!
See the recipe card below for details on how to make Bourbon Brown Sugar Salmon. Enjoy!
If you like this brown sugar glazed salmon, you’ll love our other easy salmon recipes too:
- Apple and Horseradish Glazed Salmon
- Grilled Salmon Fillet with Peach Salsa
- Herb Crusted Salmon with Goat Cheese Polenta
- Parmesan Crusted White Wine Dijon Salmon
- Pecan Crusted Honey Bourbon Salmon
- Baked Pesto Salmon Recipe
Wonderful sooooo good!!
So glad you enjoyed it, Gail!
Nice flavor and it looked amazing on the plate
I’m so glad you enjoyed it, Jeff!
I really enjoyed this recipe I wish I had a picture to share but we have already eaten our dinner. The only thing I think I would change is possibly using low sodium soy sauce. Once the glaze was reduced it became very salty. This is probably fine for younger people but for myself it was just a bit too salty.
I’m sorry this was a bit too salty! I usually recommend low-sodium soy sauce, so I will update the recipe to reflect that!
Amazing flavor and quick to prepare 😋
Thanks so much for stopping by!
Wonderful taste and easy to fix
I love to hear that!
The amounts are very confusing. Is it teaspoons or tablespoons? Also am I reading it correctly that it’s 1 cup of soy sauce?? Seems like a lot. Wanted to double check before I made this.
A capitalized “T” is Tablespoon and a lowercase “t” is teaspoon! Yes, a cup!
Thank you for the clarification. It came out great.
This was very tasty. I do have a suggestion to make though that you list teaspoons as tsp and tablespoons as Tbsp. I was in a hurry and glanced at the amount of Worcestershire, so although I reduced the soy sauce by half to decrease the saltiness, I accidentally tripled the amount of Worcestershire! Yikes. Totally my fault for reading it quickly, but tsp and Tbsp would help. :)
Thanks for sharing!
I am making this for the second time in 2 months. This is simply a delicious way to each salmon. A grocery store near us carries fresh salmon fillets and I buy them and fresh catfish as often as once a month. Outstanding recipe. Cooking in Alabama.
That’s great to hear!
Super yummy! Used pistachios instead of pecans and added some ginger slices. This will be my GO TO!
P.s. It’s an excellent use of the bourbon whiskey I bought that I absolutely refuse to drink. Thank you for sharing!!
Absolutely loved this recipe!
My mouth is watering, Morgan!