Glazed salmon only takes 4 ingredients to make! It’s seared and baked to perfection with a sweet and salty glaze. Plus, how to know when salmon is cooked!
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I come from a family of seafood lovers and am learning how to properly cook it. Tonight’s seafood choice was salmon.
The most I’ve ever had is a salmon patty. Those are easy. Fry, get them golden brown.
Actual fillets? That’s a whole new world for me. Although I have learned it is similar to chicken in that if you overcook it, it’s dry.
It also begins seeping white albumin. If you see white oozing out, remove it from the heat. White albumin is not bad and is not at all harmful to eat, but it is often a sign that it is done cooking.
Ingredients for Glazed Salmon
- Salmon Fillets
- Olive Oil
- Brown Sugar
- Soy Sauce
How do you know salmon is cooked?
Internal temperature: The USDA recommends an internal temperature of 145 degrees Fahrenheit, however, many cooks will agree it’s overcooked at that point. I tried it, and it was dry and oozing white albumin.
125 degrees Fahrenheit turned out to be the perfect temperature when inserting a thermometer into the thickest part of the fillet.
It was flaking at the thickest part for this temperature as well.
Because of the great variation of temperatures in ovens, and the thickness of the fillets, it’s best to keep a watchful eye on the fish to get a feel for doneness.
I find the flaking test to be the best result.
Is salmon good for you?
Salmon itself is rich with protein, omega-3 fatty acids, potassium, and vitamin B.
It also aids in inflammation, contains an antioxidant that gives it its reddish hue, and fish oil has been shown to decrease depression and anxiety. How about that for just eating a fish!
How much salmon per week?
Eating two servings of salmon a week is enough to gain the positive effects from its nutrients.
How much salmon is a serving?
A serving is 4 to 5 ounces, but if your guests have bigger appetites 8 ounces is also a generous portion.
Filleted salmon can be sold as 4, 5, 6, and 8 ounces in the freezer and meat sections of grocery stores. Sometimes they’re sold sliced in half length-wise with bones removed.
If you have a whole fish, see how Gordon Ramsey fillets it into 10 pieces!
Try these other great seafood meals!
- Air Fryer Salmon
- Double-Roux Shrimp and Sausage Gumbo
- Fish Tacos with Spicy Slaw
- Honey Garlic Smoked Shrimp
- Lobster Bisque
- Lobster Rolls
- Shrimp in Garlic Wine Sauce
- Smoked Salmon
- 2 Salmon Fillets, 5 oz each
- 2 teaspoons Olive Oil
- 3 tablespoons Brown Sugar
- 2 tablespoons Soy Sauce
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Line baking sheet with foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.Note: If you have a frying pan with a metal handle that can tolerate oven temperatures you can place the pan in the oven instead of using a baking sheet.
- Heat a medium-sized pan over medium-high heat and add olive oil. Add salmon fillets with skin side up to hot pan and cook for 2 minutes.
- Flip salmon fillets so that skin side is down on pan (or on baking sheet.) Bake for 6-8 minutes. Oven times can vary depending on how thick salmon is.Note: To check for doneness, gently press down on the top of the thickest part of the salmon. If it flakes, it's done cooking. If it is seeping white (albumin), it is already overcooked.
- While it bakes, add brown sugar and soy sauce to a bowl and mix. Heat in the microwave for about 25 seconds until brown sugar has dissolved.
- Once salmon is cooked, remove from oven and spoon glaze over top.
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