A cut of Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon on a bed of white rice.

Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon

Our Brown Sugar Glazed Salmon recipe is the perfect easy weeknight dinner! You will love the unbelievable brown sugar miso glaze and the total cook time of just 30 minutes.

This dish stars U.S.-grown sushi rice (short grain) and comes to us from our friend Tawnie of Kroll’s Korner.

  • Servings
  • Prep Time
    10 min
  • Cook Time
    20 min
  • Total Time
    30 min


  • 2 cups U.S.-grown short grain white sushi rice
  • 4, (5-6 oz.) salmon fillets
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup dark brown sugar + 1 tablespoon
  • 1/4 cup white miso
  • 3 tablespoons rice vinegar (rice wine vinegar)
  • 1 teaspoon garlic, crushed
  • 1 teaspoon ginger, minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper chili flakes
  • garnish: green onions, toasted sesame seeds, lime wedges


  • Cook the U.S.-grown short grain white rice: For short grain rice, you’ll use this ratio: 1 cup rice to 1¼ cup cups water. Combine rice and water in a 2 quart saucepan. Heat to boiling; stir once or twice. Reduce heat to low; cover and simmer for 15-18 minutes. Remove lid carefully and fluff with a fork. If rice is not quite tender or liquid is not absorbed, replace lid and cook for a few minutes longer.
  • Make the sauce: Whisk soy sauce, brown sugar, white miso, rice vinegar, garlic, ginger and red pepper chili flakes together in a bowl or measuring cup. Set glaze aside.
  • Preheat oven to high broil.
  • Prepare salmon: remove moisture from salmon by patting dry with paper towels. Season with kosher salt.
  • Cook salmon: Drizzle olive oil in an oven safe baking dish and place salmon fillets in dish. Evenly pour ½ cup of sauce over salmon. Sprinkle remaining 1 Tbsp. brown sugar over salmon. Broil for 8-10* minutes.
  • Remove from oven: Make sure salmon is done. Take a fork and see if it easily flakes apart. Drizzle with remaining glaze if desired, garnish with green onions, toasted sesame seeds and lime wedges. Serve with cooked rice and roasted Brussels sprouts or veggie of choice.

Recipe Notes

Keep an eye on the salmon when using the broil feature since ovens may vary.

Store in airtight container in fridge for 3-5 days.

Allow salmon to come to room temperature for 15-20 minutes. The colder the salmon is prior to cooking, the higher the chance it is to overcook the outside before the middle is cooked.

Nutrition Facts

  • Calories 470kcal
  • Total Fat 5g
  • Saturated Fat 1g
  • Cholesterol 1mg
  • Sodium 1938mg
  • Carbohydrates 57g
  • Dietary Fiber 2g
  • Sugar 15g
  • Protein 30g