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Bourbon and Brown Sugar–Glazed Salmon

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Becky Luigart-Stayner
Makes 4 servings.
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Bourbon and Brown Sugar–Glazed Salmon

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This flavorful salmon recipe is a winner. The marinade adds a lovely flavor without taking away from the salmon. Even those who aren’t too fond of fish will enjoy this healthy salmon dish.


1/4 cup bourbon
3 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
2 tablespoons olive oil
1-1/2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon chopped fresh ginger or crystallized ginger
1 tablespoon Dijon-style mustard
2 cloves garlic, minced
juice of 1/2 lime

Combine all of the marinade ingredients in a bowl and whisk to blend.


1-1/2 pounds salmon fillets
freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Put the salmon into a large plastic freezer bag and add half of the marinade. Reserve the remaining marinade for basting. Seal the bag and turn it several times to coat. Refrigerate for 1 hour, turning the bag occasionally.

Preheat the oven to 375°F. Line a large, shallow casserole with aluminum foil. Butter the foil and place the salmon in the casserole, skin side down. Pour the marinade in the bag over the salmon and season with pepper, to taste.

Bake for 8 minutes, remove from the oven, and baste with marinade. Bake for 8 minutes more, then baste again. Bake, in total, for 20 to 25 minutes, or until the salmon flakes easily. Spoon any remaining pan juices over the fish when it is served.

Variation: Glazed Salmon With Bourbon-Mustard Dressing


Add 2 teaspoons of Dijon-style mustard to the reserved marinade and whisk to blend. Baste each baked fillet with 1 to 2 teaspoons of marinade.

In a large bowl, make a salad of 1 1/2 cups of thinly sliced green cabbage; 1 cup of grated carrot; 1 cucumber, peeled, seeded, and diced; and 4 to 5 ounces of baby salad greens mix.

Drizzle the remaining marinade on the salad and toss to coat. Serve the salad and salmon together, garnished with toasted pumpkin or sunflower seeds and/or thinly sliced crystallized ginger.