Brown Sugar & Bourbon Glazed Salmon

I love the buzz that arises in the south when snow is expected. After the terrible shutdown of Atlanta last time, I understand the angst, but I still can’t help but giggle when the stores clear out of food and the hardware and toy stores sell out of sleds.

We are supposed to get some real snow this time (translation for my northern friends: more than 2 inches) and I’d be all-out giddy if David’s job didn’t require him to be driving all over creation. I’m not a fan of anyone being on the ill-prepared southern streets.

I am excited though because my mom arrives today! Hailey is pretty excited to see Nana, though she is confused why Papa John isn’t coming, too. It’s hard to explain work to a 2 year old. I promised her we’d see him soon.

In honor of my mom’s visit, I am sharing a recipe I got from her. It’s tried and true and the best part? So easy! Yet it tastes delicious and I have yet to meet a person who doesn’t like it.

brown sugar and bourbon glazed salmon- easy and delicious

This broiled salmon recipe is my go-to because it’s so good and cooks up in 10 minutes. Plus, you only need 4 ingredients.

brown sugar and bourbon salmon- marinade ingredients


– 1-1.5 lb salmon (wild-caught preferred)
– 1/4 c bourbon
– 1/2 c brown sugar, lightly packed
– 1/2 c soy sauce (I use low sodium)
– 2 Tbsp oil (I use olive)

Cut your salmon into portions before marinating, using a sharp knife.

brown sugar and bourbon salmon- cut salmon into portions

Pour all marinade ingredients into a large, double sealed ziplock bag and mix well. Then, add your salmon.

brown sugar and bourbon salmon- 4 hours

Let marinate in the fridge for 4 hours. When ready to cook, turn the oven on broil and line a large baking dish or rimmed baking sheet with tin foil or parchment paper.

Place salmon on baking sheet and place half way down in the oven. Broil 10-12 minutes, depending on the thickness of the salmon.

brown sugar and bourbon salmon- broiled

Then eat it up!

This would be a great idea for a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner at home.

brown sugar and bourbon glazed salmon- close up

Last night I served ours over a brown rice and almond pilaf with rainbow chard sautéed with olive oil, garlic and lemon. I always cook an extra piece for Hailey to have the next day. She’ll even eat it cold. It’s good stuff!

brown sugar and bourbon glazed salmon- quick and foolproof - delicious!

What’s your favorite kind of fish?

I love salmon, but also am a huge fan of Chilean Sea Bass. Yet, I’ve never attempted cooking it because I hear it can be tricky and that stuff is expensive!



  1. Christina says

    Ok, I have to admit – I’m not a fan of salmon. I know I should like it, but it’s usually too strong a flavor for me. However, your recipe looks so good that I’m going to give it another shot! Enjoy your time with your mom.

  2. says

    Yesssss! Thanks for sharing. I cannot wait to make this. Grouper is my favorite fish. Tied for second is amberjack and red snapper.

    Yes, we are sitting in Birmingham Alabama with schools closed and workplaces delayed. And all it is doing is pouring down rain! I have to go to the grocery store yesterday for a regular weekly trip. And all the milk and bread people were everywhere!
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  3. says

    YUM!!! Thanks! We will definitely be trying this at our house. I have declared Monday (President’s Day) as a serious meal planning/prep day that may involve other baby items being checked off the list. I WILL.

    Have so much fun with your mom! I was just saying to my mom last night at her home for dinner how we don’t have many more just us dates before bambino. I bet you can barely remember those days pre Hailey with your momma! I look forward to reading about your adventures. Fingers crossed snow isn’t too bad (NW is the same 2 inches is a HUGE deal) and hubby won’t have to drive all over.

    Cheers to a happy and healthy day with or without snow! Good luck on your orange test!!! I’m sure you will do great. I’ve got dinner marinating at home and a walking date after work with a friend and her 7 week old. I’m determined to keep walking without waddling. Yay!

    Thanks again for the recipe :)

    • Brittany Dixon says

      I don’t at the moment, but will think about it. I use tilapia mainly in fish tacos because I find it falls apart so easily, but in tacos, who cares?! 😉

  4. Lauren B. says

    Oh my, this looks delicious! I absolutely love salmon, but I’m always looking for ways to change it up from our usual salt/pepper/cayenne routine. Pinning now!!

  5. Meredith says

    Made this for dinner tonight and it was delicious. Even the little one enjoyed it, and she has not been a fan of salmon lately. Thanks for the recipe!

    • Brittany Dixon says

      I agree, it is expensive! I can find it on sale sometimes at Harris Teeter (wild caught) for a decent price ($10/ lb) and sometimes I buy wild-caught frozen options and just thaw them the day before using them for dinner. They actually taste great and are usually priced lower! Good luck :)


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