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Easy Baked Salmon Recipe with a Brown Sugar Marinade

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Easy baked salmon recipe with a brown sugar marinade is a perfect dinner entrè. This delicious baked salmon fillet recipe is low carb and gluten-free. 

Delicious and nutritious salmon dinner.
A delicious and healthy meal.

Salmon is chock full of good for you lean protein and healthy fat. Add a yummy salmon marinade for a fantastic easy healthy dinner recipe.

My husband and I have been doing lots of thinking about our healthy eating habits and lifestyle choices. Healthy eating patterns are so important to model for our children as they get older.

A single serving of marinated salmon baked in the oven.
This is a healthy dinner with broccoli salad on the side.

Which means we need to get started. Our mission this year is to cook healthy meals for our family.

Healthy quick and easy recipes like this baked salmon wrapped in foil are perfect for us. It’s no trouble to put this salmon recipe together at all.

Try our Grilled Salmon Kabobs and Smoked Salmon Wraps for more easy, delicious and healthy salmon recipes.

Marinated and baked, salmon on a white plate with lemon slices and broccoli salad.
Baked with a delicious brown sugar marinade this salmon is full of yumminess.

Salmon is a stellar choice for a healthy diet.

Salmon Nutrition:

Our Printable Recipe Card has a nutrition label for this completed baked salmon recipe.

Salmon Calories:

I-4 oz. serving of plain baked salmon has only 157 calories.

Read this article to go further in depth on the nutrition of salmon. According to Healthline Salmon is one of the healthiest foods on the planet!

Salmon Health Benefits Summary:

  • Salmon is rich in long-chain omega-3 fatty acids which are heart healthy.
  • Protein in Salmon is high quality. One 3.5 oz. serving provides 22–25 grams of protein
  • Salmon is high in B vitamins
  • Salmon is also high in many other nutrients you body needs such as selenium. This is a powerfully nutritious meat.
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Baked Salmon Recipe:

Tips for this Recipe:

  1. Use a good quality fresh fish for your recipe. There are some poor sources out there nowadays. Make sure your fish is raised in a properly regulated USA fish farm facility or wild caught.
  2. For the most even baking Cut your fresh Salmon into four equally sized fillets.
  3. Seasoning the fillets evenly all over along with the marinade helps drive more flavor into the meat.
  4. Refrigerate the marinating salmon fillets at least 2 hours. You can let the fillets sit in the marinade all day while your away. Or even overnight.
  5. Wrap each fillet in tin foil to create a foil packet for best results.
Prepping Salmon for the foil packets
Prepping Salmon for the foil packets

How Long to Cook Salmon in Oven

This recipe for fresh salmon steaks baked in foil packets calls for an oven time of 15 to 20 minutes. The best salmon recipes are properly cooked.

Baking Tips:

How long to bake Salmon at 400 degrees F is actually not that precise.

  • Your fillet sizes, the way you fold the foil packets and arrange them on your sheet pan will have an affect on the baking time.
  • Every oven is slightly different in how it bakes. Your oven may have hot and cold spots or may run hot or cold.
  • For these reasons check the salmon frequently. Do not overcook your fish.
  • This recipe calls for a final broil of the top after baking. That is also going to require a close eye. The purpose of the broil is to from a yummy brown sugar crust. Don’t over broil the fish.
Brown Sugar salmon
Perfectly baked and broiled salmon.

How to tell when your salmon is properly baked:

Salmon is easy to under or overcook. A mushy underdone fillet is no more appetizing than a dried overly crisp one. For oven baking your are shooting for a moist fillet with even flaking in the meat. Here’s how to tell:

  1. At 15 minutes remove the baking sheet from your oven. Open a foil packet.
  2. With a fork lightly poke the fillet and twist the fork a bit. The meat is properly done when it flakes into even sizes. If the meat is undercooked it will appear undefined and mushy when poked.
  3. For further baking: close the packet and return to oven. Bake another 5 to 10 minutes. Turn the baking sheet if you have hot and cold spots in your oven.

This salmon dinner is easy to make and so yummy. Try this recipe with Bacon Cheddar Broccoli Salad ,lemon slices and a crisp white wine.

The healthy recipe for baked salmon in foil turned out terrific. The foil kept the flavor, moisture and marinade right in the meat.

We make this dinner for our family because it is easy and pretty healthy. The brown sugar marinade and crust enhance the flavor of the fish immensely.

One time we made it for a large family event. Everyone loves this Salmon recipe. This dinner is definitely going  on our monthly meal planning menu.

Your Printable Recipe Card:

Easy baked salmon with a brown sugar marinade is a perfect choice for a delicious, low carb, dairy -free, gluten-free meal choice. Chock full of good for you lean protein and healthy fat with a yummy marinade!

Baked Salmon

Prep Time: 20 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Additional Time: 2 hours
Total Time: 2 hours 40 minutes

Easy baked salmon recipe with a brown sugar marinade is a yummy and pretty healthy dinner recipe. This delicious baked salmon fillet recipe is gluten-free.

Ingredients

  • 16 oz. salmon fillet (cut into steaks remove pin bones)
  • Salt to taste
  • Lemon pepper to taste
  • Garlic powder to taste
  • 1/3 Cup Brown Sugar (for the top crust)

For the Marinade:

  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 1/3 cup brown sugar
  • 1 cup water

Garnishes

  • Lemon slices
  • Curly leaf parsley

Instructions

  1. Cut your fresh Salmon fillet into four equally sized steaks.seasoned salmon steaks
  2. Season the fillets to taste with the salt, lemon pepper and garlic powder.

The Marinade Process:

  1. In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, water and oil until sugar is dissolved.making a brown sugar marinade-baked salmon
  2. Put the seasoned fillets into a Ziploc bag, pour in the marinade mixture, seal and turn to coat. Refrigerate at least 2 hours,(longer is better for more marinade flavor)salmon in marinade bag

Baking and Broiling:

  1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Remove Salmon Fillets from the Ziplock bag and place on tin foil.
  3. sprinkle the top of each fillet with brown sugar as desired for a yummy crusty top.brown sugar topping on salmon in foil
  4. Wrap each fillet in tin foil to create a steam pouch.
  5. Place pouches on a cookie sheet in oven.
  6. Bake for 15-20 minutes, check frequently as the size of the fillet will make cooking time vary.salmon foil packets
  7. When the salmon is juicy but flaking with a fork it is done. Remove from oven.
  8. Open the foil pouches leaving the pouches on the baking sheet. (This exposes the fillet top to the heat)baked salmon on foil
  9. Set the fillets under your broiler for a few minutes to brown the tops. (Be CAREFUL not to over cook or your fish will be dry. The idea is to caramelize the brown sugar for an extra bit of flavor)
  10. Remove from heat and serve.Brown Sugar salmon

Notes

For a high protein low carb meal use your favorite low carb sugar substitutes.

Nutrition Information

Yield

4

Serving Size

4 oz.

Amount Per Serving Calories 471Total Fat 28gSaturated Fat 5gTrans Fat 0gUnsaturated Fat 21gCholesterol 71mgSodium 280mgCarbohydrates 30gFiber 0gSugar 29gProtein 25g

You will not be consuming the number of calories you see here. The marinade will almost all drain off leaving the flavored meat.

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ashley - baker by nature

Friday 15th of July 2016

What a great dinner option!

Diane

Friday 15th of July 2016

Thank you Ashley

Megan @ MegUnprocessed

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Love easy simple ingredients. Those seasonings sound good.

Diane

Friday 15th of July 2016

It is a good marinade. Salmon is so easy to please :)

lane & Holly @ With Two Spoons

Wednesday 13th of July 2016

I can never get enough salmon! Looks great!

Diane

Thursday 14th of July 2016

Thank you Lane and Holly. We love this simple, healthy dish. Enjoy!

jessica

Saturday 17th of January 2015

PINNED! I love salmon!! I am the only one in my house that eats it, they dont know what they are missing! AND, this post must be meant to be! I just bought about 7 salmons at a local supermarket that was going out of business for next to nothing! I was so excited to score them over 50% off!! Thanks for making this and sharing it at Totally Terrific Tuesday! jess

homemadefoodjunkie

Monday 19th of January 2015

I love sharing at your Terrific Tuesday link party Jessica!

Hadia

Friday 9th of January 2015

Love Salmon a lot Diane. I am always on the hunt for good salmon recipes, and yours look so good Diane! Thank you for sharing!

homemadefoodjunkie

Friday 9th of January 2015

Thank you Hadia. I hope you enjoy this delicious recipe!

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