The best soy glazed salmon is hands down our favorite way to enjoy salmon! It’s so simple to make and the marinade is just incredible. It caramelizes when the salmon cooks and it’s so good. There’s no other way to eat salmon for me anymore. The entire family loves it, which is mind blowing. The marinade is sweet & salty and pairs perfectly with this dish. Also, use leftover sauce to drizzle on your rice and broccoli or whatever your sides are, SO GOOD!
What you need to make the best soy glazed salmon:
- Salmon- I highly suggest salmon for this recipe! I’m sure this marinade would also taste great on chicken or shrimp as well, you’d just have to cook it to your preference.
- Soy sauce- Soy sauce works great here. You can of course substitute with tamari, liquid aminos, or coconut aminos.
- Olive oil- I prefer olive oil in this recipe. Avocado oil will work great as well.
- Brown sugar- Brown sugar really lends a delicious flavor and helps to caramelize the salmon. You can use honey, maple syrup, or coconut sugar as well, but I haven’t tried it myself.
- Lemon juice- Lemon really just adds to the brightness of the flavor. I’ve also made the marinade without lemon so no worries if you don’t have it. Just omit!
- Dried parsley & dried basil- The dried herbs just adds a fun flavor to the salmon. You can’t taste it them too much, but I love what they add. Herbs just can really upgrade any recipe. You can do both or just pick one. Feel free to increase to 2 tsp if you just choose 1.
- Garlic powder- I mean we rarely cook anything without garlic!
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The Best Soy Glazed Salmon
- 1 lb salmon
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- ¼ cup olive oil
- 2 tbsp brown sugar light or dark
- 2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1 tsp dried basil
- 1 tsp dried parsley
- ½ tsp garlic powder
- In a small mixing bowl, mix together all the sauce ingredients.
- Place the salmon in a dish and pour almost all the marinade all over it. Reserve a little marinade on the side for topping after it's cooked. Let it sit on the salmon for about 10-15 minutes.
- Preheat oven to 400F degrees.
- Heat an cast iron (or oven safe skillet), with avocado oil. Get it nice and hot and add the salmon with the skin side up if your salmon has skin. Don't touch it because you want it to get nice and crispy. Let it cook for about 4-5 minutes on medium heat. You'll see the side of the salmon starting to cook through.
- Next, flip the salmon so it's skin side done and put the skillet into the oven. Let it cook for about 3-8 minutes depending on the doneness you prefer and how thick your salmon is! The internal temperature for fully cooked salmon is technically 145F degrees. We prefer it closer to 135-140!
- Remove it from the oven! Serve with rice and broccoli and an extra drizzle of the marinade. Enjoy!