Soy Sauce and Brown Sugar Salmon Marinade

This marinated Salmon baked in a foil packet for 15 min stayed tender, and caramelized beautifully on the bottom. Makes an easy, elegant meal. MadeFromPinterest.netGrowing up I did not like any seafood of any kind. After living in Maryland for a year and a half, I learned to love crab. But I still don’t like shrimp. And I know some of you are going to give it to me good over this, but I don’t like lobster. I branched out to other types of fish and recently fell in love with Salmon. Deeply in love with salmon. Head over heels in love with salmon. I am enjoying trying out methods preparing and cooking this wonderful fish. So when I came upon this pin, it just called to me. The pin says, “Soy Sauce & Brown Sugar Salmon Marinade. Wrap it in foil and bake at 425° for approx. 15 minutes. Moist and delicious.”.This simple marinade for Salmon caramalizes beautifully. Looks elegant, and so easy to make.
It kind of baffled me because the pin said to wrap it in foil, but the salmon in the picture had grill marks.  Maybe it was grilled after baking? When I made this, I was a little disappointed when I opened the foil packet after baking and could understand wanting to grill it. It was sort of pale and icky looking. Then I flipped the salmon over and found that each slice had a beautiful caramelized crust on bottom.Marinated Salmon. Wrap in foil and bake for 15 minutes. An easy, elegant meal.

The time for baking really depends on how big a slice of salmon you are using. Next time I would use bigger slices of salmon. My whole family liked it, and felt there was not enough. I should have made bigger slices and MORE of them! The original pin is from and calls for grilling. Baking it in a foil packet is an idea that came from one of the comments. I am confident it would be delicious either way. If you are looking for an easy to prepare and cook salmon, this is a solid recipe. It is simple and it’s presentation is elegant. Give it a try!

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Soy Sauce and Brown Sugar Marinade
  • 1½ pounds salmon fillets
  • lemon pepper to taste
  • garlic powder to taste
  • salt to taste
  • ⅓ cup soy sauce
  • ⅓ cup brown sugar
  • ⅓ cup water
  • ¼ cup vegetable oil
  1. Season salmon fillets with lemon pepper, garlic powder, and salt.
  2. Combine soy sauce, brown sugar, water, and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag, pour soy sauce mixture over fish, seal, and turn to coat.Marinate for at least 2 hours.
  3. Preheat grill for medium heat.
  4. Lightly oil grill grate. Place salmon on the preheated grill, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  5. Or
  6. Wrap it in foil and bake at 425° for approx. 15 minutes.


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  1. bakerettejen says:

    This is a recipe I know my family will love! It looks delicious. I’ve pinned it to my board!

  2. This sounds and looks amazing! Thank you for sharing on Simple Supper Tuesday.

  3. This sounds super tasty! I’m going to pin it for later!

  4. Looks delish! I love fish dishes but am never brave enough to make them myself… besides shrimp. :)

  5. cookingwithcurls says:

    I am always looking for new salmon recipes, and this one look delicious!!!

  6. Crystal says:

    Do you think marinading it for a long time would hurt anything? I have to work until 4 every day and we like to try to eat no later than 5.

  7. Just curious – what do you think it would do to substitute coconut oil for the vegetable oil?

    • As far as I know coconut oil does not stay liquid when refrigerated. I am not sure it would work. Let me know if you give it a try. We would love to hear your results.

  8. Did you put any extra marinade in the foil pack to get it carmelized?

  9. My daughter is a fabulous cook and often prepares seafood, to include salmon. This recipe is going to be great for surprising my girl! Mom can cook pretty good still! Thanks for posting it. I’m pinning it right now!!

    • Don’t you just love it when we can show our kids we still got it? Me too! Thanks for pinning Debbie and enjoy the recipe.

  10. I Made this and replaced soy sauce with dijon mustard and served it inside the foil pocket. The salmon was cooked to perfection!

    • That sounds heavenly, CC! I think I will give it a try. I LOVE Salmon. Dijon mustard and brown sugar, oh yeah! What a great variation on the recipe. Thanks so much for sharing this great idea.

  11. What sides would you recommend to serve with this recipe?

  12. I made this last night and I skipped the grilling and just baked. I didn’t cover them in foil, just laid them on foil. I didn’t get the carmalized results I was hoping for doing it that way…. But the taste was still very good!

  13. This recipe is a fail safe recipe! has become one of my favorites!

    • I am so glad to hear that! Thanks so much for your kind comment Teri! Sherri – The Youngest Sister

  14. wendy_jean says:

    I just made this tonight, and my 4 year old picky eater loved it. Thanks!

  15. The most best recipe ever! We love the marinate. I always bake my salmon with this recipe.

    • I am so happy to read your comment. Glad you like this recipe as much as I do! It is great on the grill, too. Perfect now that warm weather is returning!

  16. Karissa says:

    I have found that the oil is not necessary at all. Salmon is oily enough on it’s own.

    • This could be a great option for those who want to cut down on fat. Thanks for sharing your experience, Karissa.

  17. We made this for dinner last night and it was really enjoyed! Thank you for posting it. I’ve added it to the fish and seafood section of my website.

  18. Anyone know of a healthier sub for brown sugar? I have been soon this exact recipe for years, in the foil packet, but now I am clean eating…. Stevia maybe?

  19. Do you think I could duplicate this recipe in a foil packet maybe on broil? I much prefer it grilled to baked, but not outdoors in MI in the winter! :)

    • You could even pan fry it, Kate. I would try broiling it without the foil and let it caramelize. Just flip it over halfway through the cooking time. I haven’t tried it this way, but I bet it would be good!

  20. i made this last night- due to short notice, i did not marinate- i simply seasoned the fish and mixed equal parts brown sugar and soy sauce, and then drizzled it over the fish- it was SO delicious! there is HOPE if you dont plan ahead :)


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