This Brown Sugar Crusted Salmon is tender, moist, and topped with a perfectly crusted brown sugar layer. Serve it alongside vegetables and brown rice for a healthy dinner.

salmon fillet on a white plate, with a brown sugar crusted top. Lemons and broccoli in the background.

I had the pleasure of attending a meeting with Nick, owner of Alaska Seafood Select.  He mentioned that 90% of the seafood consumed in the US is imported. We send the fish to China to be processed, and then back to the U.S. Crazy! In addition to this, farmed salmon has color added (if color wasn’t added the salmon would appear grey), as well as steroids and antibiotics. Now when I go to the grocery store I’m more conscious of which fish I buy.

A salmon fillet, two lemon wedges, and a small pile of broccoli sitting on a white plate.

You’re going to see a lot of fish on my site. I love fish and seafood! Not only because of the health benefits but because it tastes delicious. My dad and his brothers have a running tradition of going to Alaska every other year. With them, they bring one of their children. When my year rolled around I was 12 years old. We spent a week fishing 8 + hours each day. We fished for halibut, silvers, and crab. If you have the opportunity to go fishing in Alaska, GO! It’s so fun! Not only will you enjoy yourself and the delicious food, but the scenery is breathtaking. I have a side story for you… my uncle, cousin Beth, my dad, and I were together fishing on the same boat one afternoon. In the distance we saw a big commercial Fishermans boat. We could see people gathering on the boat to look at a pack of whales swimming not far from their boat. Our first thought, “Cool! Let’s turn off our boat motor to see if they’ll come closer to us.” In a matter of minutes, a HUUUUUGE humpback whale was heading for our boat. There was 30 seconds of pandemonium on our boat. Do we put our boots on? What happens if the boat flips? Rather than panic, my uncle pulled out his video camera and caught it on tape. I wish I had the footage to show you! It’s definitely a moment I’ll never forget. Needless to say, the whale didn’t flip our boat. He just dove under it. (Not an exciting way to end my story). But I’m grateful I stayed dry that afternoon. 🙂

A close up of a fork cutting into a brown sugar crusted salmon fillet.

Growing up, my father made brown sugared salmon once a month. My siblings and I loved the sweetness of the brown sugar. If you have children who don’t like fish, try this brown sugar crusted salmon. You might be surprised at their willingness to eat it. My dad would include a small bowl of brown sugar on the table just in case someone needed an extra dosage of sugar.

Enjoy!

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Servings: 2
Brown Sugar Crusted Salmon
Prep Time:
5 mins
Cook Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
15 mins
 
Ingredients
  • 2 - 6 oz salmon fillets
  • 1 T olive oil
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 tsp kosher salt
Instructions
  1. In a small bowl combine the brown sugar and salt. (If you like more heat, or spice, feel free to add a little cayenne pepper or a pinch of red pepper flakes. I don't like much heat, so I stick with just the brown sugar). 

  2. In a skillet over medium heat, add the olive oil. Let the olive oil slowly warm up. 

  3. Take the salmon fillets, and gently pat the brown sugar mixture on top of the fish. (Don't apply it to the skin side). You'll notice that the fish absorbs the brown sugar quickly. So after you've placed the brown sugar on the fish. 

  4. Place the salmon in the skillet, skin side down. Sear for 4 minutes or so. Then flip the fish so that the brown sugar side is on the skillet. Turn the heat to medium low and cook for 4-5 minutes, or until the fish reaches an internal temperature of 145°F. Serve immediately.*

Recipe Notes

*We like to add a little extra brown sugar to the tops right before serving. 

Course: Main Course

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