Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon

Posted on Oct 17, 2018

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

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, close up on plate of two baked pieces

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon

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?

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.

How do you make brown sugar glazed salmon?

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!

If you’ve tried this Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, please rate it below in the comments and let me know how it went ~ I love hearing from you! HUNGRY FOR MORE?  Subscribe to my Newsletter and come hang out with me on PINTEREST, INSTAGRAM and FACEBOOK.

Cajun Brown Sugar Salmon, close up on plate of two baked pieces

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 3 votes
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Course: Fish/Seafood/Main Course
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Resting time: 3 minutes
Total Time: 17 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: Kelly ~ 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.
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    October 22, 2018

    5 stars
    This is one of the easiest, tastiest, and dare I say healthiest recipes in the world.


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    5 stars
    This is a very delicious recipe. Exactly what you’d expect, the perfect blend of sweet and spicy flavour. Will definitely make this again.


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    5 stars
    I made this for my meal prep recipe but it smelled so good that I had to sample it early. Holy goodness it’s amazing. A perfect blend of sweet and heat but it doesn’t overpower the salmon. Great recipe!!


    1. Kelly

      It’s so good and so darn easy! Glad you tried and liked it!


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    Can I grill this too instead of oven?


    1. Kelly

      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.