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Brown sugar glazed salmon is the perfect recipe for a summertime dinner. It only takes about 2 minutes to prepare and another 10 minutes for it to cook in the oven. The end result is tender, flaky salmon with an irresistible sugar glaze on top! Everything about this twist on brown sugar glazed salmon screams guilty pleasure… sweet with a little kick, this dish is always a hit in our house. When you look at the clock and realize that dinner should have been in the oven a half-hour ago – this is the recipe to turn to.
Impressive and Easy Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
I can almost guess what you are thinking… how can a recipe starting with brown sugar be healthy? Before I started making healthier recipes, I spotted this recipe on Food Network's show, “The Kitchen”. (Check out the original recipe here). It was such a simple recipe that it quickly become my go-to recipe for busy weeknights because from the time I started preparing it to serving it was under 20 minutes. However, after finding out I had type II diabetes, I had to switch things up. I discovered Truvia Brown Sugar Blend and it was a game-changer.
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What Is Truvia Brown Sugar Blend?
According to Truvia.com, ” Truvía®Brown Sugar Blend is a mix of zero-calorie Truvía® Natural Sweetener (stevia leaf extract, erythritol), sugar and molasses. This product allows you to maintain the sugar-like taste and texture in your favorite recipes with 75% fewer calories from brown sugar.” What does that mean for you? It's a calorie-free sweetener that has virtually no effect on blood sugar levels making it a healthier choice in your recipes. This leads me to my next point about using wild caught salmon over farm raised salmon.
Why should I use wild-caught salmon over farm-raised salmon?
Salmon in generally can be a healthy option for your protein of choice at dinner time. It is rich in omega-3 fatty acids which are proven to be beneficial for your heart and your brain health. The key difference in wild-caught salmon vs farm-raised, however, is the fat content. In a farm setting, the salmon are bred to be fattier and larger than you would find in the wild in order for the farms to maximize their profit margins. By consuming wild-caught salmon, you will consume less fat and calories, which is ultimately healthier for you.
Can You Air Fry Salmon?
If you would like to use an air fryer instead of an oven to make glazed salmon, it is absolutely possible. Set the air fryer to 390 degrees and let it cook for 5-7 minutes.
How to Know When Salmon Is Done Cooking
The easiest way to know when salmon is done cooking is by checking that the internal temperature is at least 145 degrees. If a thermometer isn't handy, you'll want to check the center for a solid pink color.
Should I Remove The Skin From The Salmon Before Cooking?
This is completely up to you. In this recipe, I use skinless salmon filets and lay the salmon on lemon slices to prevent it from drying out while it is baking. However, if you choose to bake it with the skin, it will easily peel off when it is finished cooking.
How Long Does It Take To Bake Salmon?
Keep in mind that cooking times can vary based on the thickness of the fish, however the general rule of thumb is 10-12 minutes in the oven at 400 degrees will give you a salmon that is well done.
Can I Grill Glazed Salmon?
If you would rather use the grill instead of an oven, that is also a possibility. Just be sure to use either a silicone mat to avoid the fish sticking to the grates. You can also use cedar planks to give it a nice smoky and sweet flavor.
Can I Substitute Another Kind of Fish for Salmon?
For this recipe, you could substitute halibut, grouper or cod for salmon. Just keep in mind that white fish can cook faster than salmon. Keep an eye on the internal temperature to be sure that the fish does not get overcooked.
What is the Best Way to Store Leftover Salmon?
If you want to store in in the refrigerator, keep it in an airtight container for up to 3 days. If you need to store it for longer, place it in a freezer safe plastic bag and get as much air out of the bag as possible before freezing.
What should you serve with Glazed Salmon?
Personally, I love simple vegetables or a side salad with this salmon. If you chop up some fresh green beans and saute them in a pan with your favorite cooking spray. If you have any extra brown sugar blend from the salmon, you can add that in to carry the flavor through the whole meal. I applied that principle to some steamed edamame and it was delicious! Here are some great ideas for side dishes for glazed salmon:
How To Make Glazed Salmon
This recipe is so easy to follow, my daughter has been able to make it herself since she was 5 years old! Here are a few tips to making the perfect glazed salmon:
- Use Salmon fillets that are relatively the same thickness for even cooking time.
- Remove the salmon from the fridge about 15 minutes before you are ready to start cooking.
- If you have a whole side of salmon instead of fillets, add about 5-10 minutes to your cook time.
- For an added punch of flavor, serve with a lemon wedge to squeeze over the salmon before eating.
How Many Points Are In This Recipe?
With the new Plan, points can vary for diabetics. Points can also vary with different brands. Please use your recipe maker to determine your exact points.
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Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon
Sweet Truvia brown sugar and spiced with chile powder, this quick and easy salmon recipe is ready in about 20 minutes!
- 2 Tbsp Truvia Brown Sugar
- 2 tsp Chile Powder
- 4 Salmon Filets
- 1 Lemon Sliced
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees
- Combine brown sugar and chili powder in a small bowl
- Lay lemon slices on a baking sheet lined with foil, place the salmon filets on top of the lemon slices.
- Generously rub the brown sugar mixture on top of the salmon
- Bake for about 7-10 minutes until salmon is the desired temperature.
- Serve with your side dish of choice and enjoy!
If you prefer a spicier salmon, add increase chile powder to taste.
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Nutrition InformationYield 4 Serving Size 1
Amount Per Serving Calories 477Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 20gCholesterol 143mgSodium 139mgCarbohydrates 10gFiber 1gSugar 1gProtein 50g
*This is an automatic calculation by a third party app*
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