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Who doesn’t love a little bit of sweet and savory? The sweetness of honey and brown sugar makes this glazed salmon stand out, and it’s a perfect and simple recipe for any dinner table.

Depending on the market price of salmon and your proximity to the fresh variety, salmon might be a bit of a splurge but you could also use this glaze for chicken and have similarly tasty results.

If you don’t have honey on hand, you could also use maple syrup for the same sweetness factor. If you don’t have brown sugar, simply use an extra tablespoon of honey. Then, in just 15 minutes, it’s time to dig in!

Balsamic-Glazed Salmon

(makes 6 servings)


  • 1 salmon fillet (2 pounds) cut into 6 serving pieces, or six pre-cut salmon fillets
  • Salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons honey
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons sesame seeds


  1. Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the salmon, skin-side down, on the sheet. Sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper.
  2. Whisk together the honey, vinegar, brown sugar, sesame seeds, and garlic in a small bowl. (If it seems too thick, whisk in a splash of water.) Then, brush half the glaze over the salmon.
  3. Bake the salmon for 10 minutes, then brush the salmon with the remaining glaze. Bake the salmon for 5 more minutes, or until it flakes easily.
  4. Serve with rice, veggies, or another side.
  5. Enjoy!

Recipe adapted from Betty Crocker

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