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Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon is tender and flaky salmon covered in the most amazing garlic brown sugar soy glaze. The flavor is out of this world, and it will become a new family favorite! 

We love salmon in our home and love that it is a simple and satisfying meal. Be sure to also try Cilantro Lime Butter Salmon, these yummy Sheet Pan Garlic Lime Salmon Fajitas, or these Butter Garlic Herb Salmon Foil Packets for more oven-cooked salmon recipes!

Salmon wrapped in foil and garnished with lemon slices.

A Reader’s Review

“This is the best salmon recipe I’ve found to date! I am a relatively novice cook and this salmon is so easy but SO GOOD that I make it about once a week!”

-Leah

Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

This may not be well known, but I used to hate salmon! But I have been converted, and now I can’t get enough. Salmon has turned into one of my all-time favorite foods, and not only is it delicious, but it’s good for you too! Win-win. There are quite a few salmon recipes that you have to try.

This garlic brown sugar salmon recipe soared to the number one spot of my favorite salmon recipes because it turns out perfectly every time. The sweet glazed made from brown sugar, garlic, soy sauce, lemon juice, and some salt and pepper is so delicious and perfectly complements the fish. The salmon flakes off with your fork, making every bite melt in your mouth. Even my kids love this recipe!

Ingredients in Garlic Glazed Salmon

This delicious garlic brown sugar glazed salmon has the perfect mixture of sweet and savory. I mean, how can you go wrong with brown butter and garlic?? To find all of the exact ingredients, check out the recipe card at the bottom of the post.

  • Atlantic Salmon: I used Atlantic salmon in this recipe, but you can use another kind if you prefer.
  • Olive Oil: This is what the salmon will cook up in, making it nice and flaky.
  • Brown Sugar: This creates a caramelized glaze and adds a sweetness to the flavor.
  • Soy Sauce: The soy sauce adds a tangy taste.
  • Garlic Cloves: The minced garlic adds a flavor and smell that makes this salmon irresistible!
  • Lemon: I use the juice of one lemon. Fresh is always best!
  • Salt and Pepper: The seasonings enhance all of the flavors in the recipe.
  • Lemon Slices and Chopped Parsley: I use these as a garnish to the salmon.

How to Make Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

Not only does this salmon taste heavenly, but it’s so easy to make. You can be eating it in less than 30 minutes!

  1. Prep: Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the salmon on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.
  2. Make Glaze: In a small bowl, whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the glaze over the salmon. Top the salmon with aluminum foil and seal.
  3. Bake: Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked throughout. Take the foil off of the top and baste the salmon with the sauce in the foil. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.
3 photos showing how to baste the salmon with the garlic brown sugar glaze.

How to Tell When Salmon is Fully Cooked?

You can tell when your garlic brown sugar glazed salmon is fully cooked when the fat intensifies and runs out. Cook the salmon further only to get the desired degree of doneness. When flakes separate easily, but the meat is translucent, it’s rare but edible.

A black plate with garlic brown sugar salmon, lemon slices and asparagus.

Storing Leftovers

This Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon can last for up to 3-4 days when stored properly in an airtight container in the refrigerator. When you are ready to eat your leftovers, cooking them up in the air fryer is my favorite way! Reheat them in an air fryer at 350 degrees Fahrenheit for 4-5 minutes. It keeps the texture perfectly flaky every time.

A close up of garlic salmon on a plate with asparagus and lemon slices being cut into with a fork.

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Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

4.92 from 110 votes
By: Alyssa Rivers
Garlic Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon is tender and flaky salmon covered in the most amazing garlic brown sugar soy glaze. The flavor is out of this world, and it will become a new family favorite! 
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 25 minutes
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients 

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil. Lay the salmon on top and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Fold up the sides of the aluminum foil around the salmon.
  • In a small bowl whisk together the olive oil, brown sugar, soy sauce, garlic, lemon juice, salt, and pepper. Pour the glaze over the salmon. Top the salmon with aluminum foil and seal.
  • Bake for 20-25 minutes or until salmon is cooked throughout. Take the foil off of the top and baste the salmon with the sauce in the foil. Broil for 3-5 minutes or until brown and caramelized. Garnish with lemon slices and chopped parsley if desired.

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Notes

Originally Posted on June 21, 2019
Updated on August 31, 2023 

Nutrition

Calories: 449kcalCarbohydrates: 15gProtein: 47gFat: 21gSaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 125mgSodium: 1496mgPotassium: 1169mgFiber: 1gSugar: 14gVitamin A: 90IUVitamin C: 0.7mgCalcium: 46mgIron: 2.3mg

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Mediterranean
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269 Comments

  1. 5 stars
    WOW!!! Had 3 pounds of Atlantic salmon so I doubled the recipe, and as always used extra garlic. 20 minutes in the foil was sufficient. This was AMAZING, and so incredibly simple. Bagging the leftovers with the sauce; it’s going to make a fantastic lunch. Thanks for the recipe. It’s a keeper.

  2. Wow, this looks good. Thinking of making this for my dad’s birthday celebration this week!

    Can I just bake the salmon in a close fitting covered casserole and skip the foil?

  3. Such an easy and impressive recipe. I prepared it with cauliflower fried rice and now have a weekly staple on my hands! I will say my glaze tends to burn in my broiler. Not sure if I have an unusually high heat broiler. I’m just going to broil less time and keep a closer eye on it

    1. Hi Amber!
      I really like to add asparagus or broccoli. These are both great vegetables that go really well with fish. Please let me know what you try. I would love to know what you decide!

  4. First time trying to cook salmon, turned out great! Nice and easy recipe to follow with delicious results. OH YEAH!

    1. Jordan!!

      I am so glad that you liked the salmon! It really is so easy and so good! Thanks for sharing your results and for following along with me!

  5. First let me say I am not much of a seafood eater. But this recipe was fantastic and I will definitely eat more fish using this recipe. I give it two thumbs up.

    1. Andy!

      I am so glad that you liked it, even without liking seafood much. This really is one of my favorite recipes. Thanks for sharing with me and for following along.

  6. 5 stars
    OMG! Best salmon recipe I have ever tried. This sauce is so incredible. This is going to be my new favorite go to recipe for salmon. If I could give it 10 stars I would. Thank you!

    1. Jeannine!!

      Thank you so much for the comment!! I love that you like it. I really love this recipe as well!! Thanks for following along with me!