Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Brown Sugar Glazed Grilled Salmon

Last night was a monumental occasion for me:  I cooked and ate salmon.  It's been about 9 years since I tried my first salmon, and nearly gagged it down.  Since that dinner, I've refused to eat it but always secretly hoped that I would like it.  I'm happy to report that I like it!  Surprisingly, so did my toddlers.  I couldn't believe it when they started eating it without questioning what it was, gagging, or putting up a fuss.  Since it is a more expensive dish, it probably won't end up on our weekly menu, but we will enjoy it from time to time.

This recipe is so easy and the glaze is quite delicious!  It does contain sugar and butter, so it's probably not the most healthy way to eat salmon, but certainly yummy!

What's your favorite way to cook salmon?

1 Tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon honey
2 teaspoons unsalted butter
2 Tablespoons Dijon mustard (I used honey Dijon)
1 Tablespoon soy sauce
1 Tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1 whole salmon fillet, skin on, 3/4 to 1-inch thick

In a small saute' pan over medium heat, melt brown sugar with honey and butter.  Remove from heat and whisk in mustard, soy sauce, olive oil and ginger.  Cool (oops!  I didn't see the cool portion when I made this last night, which is probably why it was pretty runny when I spread it on).

Place salmon, skin side down, on a large sheet of aluminum foil.  Trim foil to leave a border of 1/4 to 1/2 inch around the edge of the salmon.  Coat the flesh of the salmon with the brown sugar mixture.

Grill salmon indirectly over medium heat until the edges begin to brown and inside is opaque, 25 to 30 minutes.  The internal temperature should be about 125F.  Carefully transfer salmon with the foil to a cutting board.  Cut the salmon crosswise into 6-8 pieces, but do not cut through the skin.  Slide a spatula between the skin and flesh and remove salmon pieces to a serving platter.  Serve immediately.

source: Weber's Art of the Grill Deck


  1. Way to go eating the salmon!! I don't think I'm a big fan of it still either, but this glaze sounds so good! Do you think it would work with tilapia? I still have some tilapia fillets in the freezer that I would like to use up.

  2. YAY! I am really weird about cooking fish at home...the smell of opening it or it being in the fridge always grosses me out. However, I sometimes overcome this and make some! I need to try this recipe!

  3. Thanks for posting this, Lauren! Publix has salmon on sale this week, so I put it on my list. :) We've been trying to eat more fish recently around here for some low-fat meals. :) Micah likes it too, which is great!!

  4. Thanks so much for your sweet comment on my blog! I'm like you -- It's been a few years since I last gagged down salmon, but I always wished I had a recipe that I would want to eat! This looks REALLY good! I can't wait to try it! Thanks for sharing! :) xo, Reannah


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