Delicious, pan-seared brown sugar crusted salmon is easy to make, with spice rubbed salmon fillets, and can be on the table in about 15 minutes!My husband and I love salmon, so I am always on the lookout for new ways to prepare it. I found this recipe for Brown Sugar Crusted Salmon online, thought it sounded delicious, and just knew I had to give it a try! And guess what? It WAS delicious!
This recipe is incredibly EASY, and quick to prepare! I got the original recipe from Chris, at The Cafe Sucré Farine. She has a wonderful blog that I enjoy very much and recommend, without hesitation. So, here’s all you need to do, to make this delicious entree:
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Make The Brown Sugar Spice Rub
In a small bowl, mix together the brown sugar, zest from one lemon, chili powder, cumin, sesame seeds, sea salt and black pepper. How totally easy is that? This rub will be used to coat the salmon, and brings lots of flavor to the fish!
Prepare The Salmon Fillets
Divide up the seasoning mix, and carefully spoon it over BOTH sides of the salmon, patting it into the fish as you go.
Pan-Sear The Brown Sugar Crusted Salmon
Heat a large skillet on medium-high for a minute or two. When it is very hot (but not smoking), add the olive oil and sesame oil to the skillet. Now carefully add the seasoned salmon fillets to the hot skillet, and immediately turn the heat down to medium.
NOTE: I was only cooking for two, that’s why there are only 2 pieces of salmon in this picture.
Cook the brown sugar crusted salmon on medium heat for about 4 minutes. The bottom of the salmon will get “crusty” as the brown sugar caramelizes on the outside.
Carefully turn the salmon over and cook the other side for 3-4 more minutes, until done. The brown sugar will turn dark as it caramelizes.
Serve Brown Sugar Crusted Salmon
Once the brown sugar crusted salmon is done and cooked through, carefully remove each piece from hot skillet and place on individual plates. I served the salmon with asparagus and rice on the side. That’s it!
Brown sugar crusted salmon has a wonderful, slightly sweet tasting “crusty” edge, and is really good! This would be a PERFECT dish to fix on a crazy busy weeknight when you want something great to eat without spending lots of time in the kitchen!
Sure hope you will give this quick and easy, delicious recipe for brown sugar crusted salmon a try! I think you will enjoy the slightly sweet and slightly spicy crust on the fish! And I KNOW you will LOVE just how quickly this entree comes together with no stress at all!
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Looking For More SALMON Recipes?
You can find all of my recipes in the Recipe Index, located at the top of the page. A few favorite salmon recipes include:
- Pan Seared Creole Salmon
- Orange and Rosemary Glazed Salmon
- Sweet Chili & Garlic Glazed Salmon
- Broiled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
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Recipe Source: Chis at http://thecafesucrefarine.com/2012/09/a-super-simple-dinner-on-run-brown/#_a5y_p=1463456
- 4 salmon fillets (no skin)
- 1/4 cup brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest (from 1 lemon)
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoon sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 Tablespoon olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
In a small bowl, stir together the brown sugar, lemon zest, chili powder, cumin, sesame seeds, salt and pepper. Put equal amounts of spice mixture on BOTH sides of salmon fillets, patting it down to adhere.
Bring a large skillet to medium high heat; add the olive oil and the sesame oil once skillet is hot. Carefully add the salmon fillets to the hot skillet, then reduce the heat to Medium.
- Cook the salmon for about 4 minutes. When the bottom is a bit crusty and the brown sugar mixture has caramelized on the outside of the salmon, turn the salmon pieces over (carefully).
Cook the other side of the fish for an additional 4 minutes, until done. Carefully remove salmon fillets from skillet and place on individual serving plates.
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Thanks for such kind words 🙂 I really appreciate them. So happy you enjoyed the salmon. It’s one of our favorites!
Thank you, Chris! I meant every word! LOVE your blog (and your husband’s photography!). May God bless you, and the work of your hands today!