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Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon ~ sweet and spicy glazed salmon, so easy and on the table in 20 minutes!

Salmon for dinner at home is a weekly goal of mine, for health reasons and all that.  And all I need for motivation is for it to be easy.  I mean really easy.  Nothing complicated, especially on a weeknight. 

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon is what I usually make.  It’s a perfect combination of sweet and spicy, takes maybe five minutes to prep, and bakes in the oven for 12 minutes ~ done!  Need I say more?

Just 3 Ingredients

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, ingredients on cutting board, labeled

Just three ingredients, guys!  Salmon, brown sugar and Cajun (or Creole) seasoning.  As it bakes in the oven, the Cajun spiced brown sugar glazes the salmon.  It’s a really easy and foolproof way to make salmon at home.  Oh, and super tasty.

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, large piece of salmon cut into fillets

I usually buy a large piece of skinless salmon and cut my own fillets.  I just use how many I’m feeding for dinner, which lately is just the two of us.  The rest goes in the freezer and I have it on hand for next week.

Step by Step Instructions

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, step by step photo collage

It’s so easy, like this:

  1. Mix some dark brown sugar and some Cajun seasoning together in a bowl.  Lightly season the salmon fillets with salt, then place a spoonful or so of the sugar mixture on the salmon.
  2. Rub the mixture all over both sides of the salmon.
  3. Arrange fillets on a baking sheet and bake at 400º for 12 minutes ~ done!

I’m a big fan of just baking salmon simply with a couple of additional ingredients.  Like brown sugar mixed with Dijon mustard and spread on the salmon.  Or maple syrup and whole grain mustard.  See where I’m going with this?  You can find those salmon recipes here.

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, baked salmon with pice cut on a fork.

Lately though, I keep turning to this Cajun brown sugar glazed salmon.  I love Cajun spices and mixed with brown sugar it’s just the perfect sweet-spicy combination. 

A note about Cajun seasoning ~ I use an unsalted blend from my grocer and that makes a big difference in how much salt to add to dishes.  If your brand has salt, keep that in mind so your fish isn’t too salty.  Or you can easily make your own Cajun/Creole spice blend, like this one from Immaculate Bites.

Okay friends, go forth and make salmon more often at home.  It’s good for you and you’ll feel good for having made it.  It ain’t hard.  Enjoy, Kelly🍴🐦

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, pice of salmon cut on plate with broccoli

I love Cajun seasoning, so much so that I cook with it quite frequently around here.  You’ll want to give those dishes a try, too!

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Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon ~ sweet and spicy glazed salmon, so easy and on the table in 20 minutes! Perfect for weeknights and getting your healthy fix on.
5 from 6 votes
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Course: Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: American, Southern
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Kelly Wildenhaus | the hungry bluebird


  • 2-4 salmon fillets, skinless, about 6-8 ounces each
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons Cajun/Creole seasoning
  • Kosher salt


  • Preheat oven to 400º
  • Mix brown sugar and Cajun seasoning in a small bowl.  Lightly salt both sides of salmon fillets.  Place a heaping tablespoon of brown sugar mixture on top of each piece of salmon.  Gently rub all over both sides of salmon until evenly coated.
  • Place seasoned salmon on foil-lined baking sheet.  Bake in middle of oven for 12 minutes, take out of oven and let rest for 3 minutes.  Enjoy!


  • This recipe is easily adaptable to one or more pieces of salmon.  The amount above is a good starting point for 4 salmon fillets.
  • Feel free to add more or less Cajun/Creole seasoning to your taste.  Two teaspoons is good for us.
  • Watch the salt!  The Cajun seasoning I use has no salt, so I need to season with salt.  If you use a spice mix with salt, adjust accordingly.
  • You can use salmon with skin on.  When cooked, the flesh will easily remove from the skin with a spatula.  I just prefer skinless salmon for this recipe.
  • You can also use one larger piece of salmon instead of fillets.  You may need to adjust the cooking time a minute or two longer.
Keyword: Cajun brown sugar salmon, Cajun salmon, brown sugar salmon
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Recipe Rating


Friday 17th of July 2020

Is there a different time and temperature for frozen salmon, or do you usually just thaw it then cook it?


Tuesday 28th of July 2020

I've only made this with fresh salmon, I don't think this recipe would work with frozen, so I would thaw it first.


Saturday 25th of April 2020

This was super easy and turned out great!! I’ve been wanting to eat more salmon but haven’t found a recipe I’ve liked until this one! Even my sister who is a picky eater enjoyed it!


Tuesday 28th of April 2020

Glad you liked it, my picky eaters love it, too!


Saturday 28th of March 2020

I usually don't leave ratings but holy moly was this ever DELICIOUS. I drizzled some honey and added some garlic on top of the salmon before tossing in the oven and wow, this is phenomenal. Thanks for sharing!


Wednesday 1st of April 2020

Thanks so much! I like your tweaks to the recipe, too ?


Wednesday 22nd of January 2020

Oh my God!! This is INCREDIBLE. It takes literally two minutes to make and is one of the best things I’ve ever put in my mouth...


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

Can I grill this too instead of oven?


Monday 2nd of March 2020

Can you use light brown sugar?


Tuesday 3rd of September 2019

I'm sure you can grill it, do you mean on an outdoor grill? If so, I would grill it over indirect heat so it doesn't burn.