BROWN SUGAR LEMON GARLIC BUTTER SALMON — This sweet and spicy salmon is coated in a buttery lemon, garlic and brown sugar glaze, with a hint of cayenne for added kick.
My boys are all huge salmon fans, so I always pick some up when I go to Costco. And this Brown Sugar Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon is our new favorite way to prepare it.
Garlic, butter, lemon, herbs and spices–pretty much all the flavors I love to pair with fish are include in this recipe.
The salmon is brushed with the sauce and cooked, then basted with additional sauce and broiled for a beautifully glazed finished dish.
Topped with some fresh parsley and lemon slices, it’s a perfect light meal any day of the week.
And the whole thing only takes about 20 minutes to make from start to finish. Which makes it an easy but elegant meal for a busy weeknight.
It’s the kind of meal that almost makes us feel like we’re eating in a fancy restaurant. Only it’s a lot less expensive!
This recipe will also work with frozen, thawed salmon fillets if that’s what you have available.
Oh, and you definitely don’t want to skip the step of lining your pan with foil or parchment paper. The glaze can get pretty sticky!
I hope you enjoy all the delicious flavors of this quick and easy salmon dish as much as my family does!
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Tips for Cooking Fish
Choosing fresh fish: Rather than shopping for a certain type of fish, buy the fish that looks the freshest. Similar types of fish can usually be substituted in a recipe.
If you were planning to use cod in a recipe, for example, you can easily substitute orange roughy or snapper.
Cooking time: Measure your fish at its thickest part, then aim for about 10 minutes of cooking time per inch of thickness.
Is it done? To test fish for doneness, insert a knife into the flesh at the thickest part. It should be just barely translucent in the center.
Even if it doesn’t look quite done, the fish will continue to cook after you remove it from the heat, so make sure not to overcook it.
Here’s what you’ll need to make Brown Sugar Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon
- Spices: salt and pepper, cayenne pepper, paprika
- Brown sugar
- Lemon juice
- Produce: garlic, fresh parsley, lemons
- 2 pounds salmon fillets
- Salt and pepper, to taste
- 1/4 cup butter
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 2 tablespoons lemon juice
- 2-3 cloves garlic
- 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1/4 teaspoon paprika
- Fresh chopped parsley and lemon slices, for garnish
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line a large baking sheet with foil or parchment paper. Spray with non-stick cooking spray.
- Season salmon with salt and pepper and arrange on prepared baking sheet.
- Combine butter, sugar, lemon juice, garlic and spices in a medium saucepan. Bring to a boil over medium-high heat and boil for 2-3 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
- Brush salmon with half of sauce. Bake for 10-15 minutes, or until fish flakes easily with a fork. While salmon cooks, continue to simmer remaining sauce.
- Remove salmon from oven and turn on broiler. Brush salmon with remaining sauce and place under the broiler until slightly caramelized, about 3-5 minutes.
- Garnish with fresh parsley and lemon slices, if desired.
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Nutrition Information:Yield: 6 Serving Size: 1
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 416Total Fat: 26gSaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 16gCholesterol: 116mgSodium: 207mgCarbohydrates: 10gFiber: 1gSugar: 8gProtein: 34g
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