Rating: 4.5 stars
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A simple soy sauce and brown sugar marinade, with hints of lemon and garlic, are the perfect salty-sweet complement to rich salmon fillets. Adding vinegar or fish sauce and white pepper will emerge new flavors to create a Filipino or Thai twist! For more of a twist, use other types of fish, like cod, catfish or tilapia. You can even use it on chicken! Trust the cooking of the fillets and do not be tempted to open or you will lose valuable time and heat.

Recipe Summary

20 mins
35 mins
15 mins
3 servings


Original recipe yields 3 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified
Ingredient Checklist


Instructions Checklist
  • Combine water, soy sauce, brown sugar, olive oil, lemon juice, cornstarch, garlic powder, and black pepper together in a saucepan; cook over medium-high heat until sauce is thickened, 5 to 10 minutes.

  • Preheat oven to 425 degrees F (220 degrees C). Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.

  • Arrange salmon fillets on the prepared baking sheet. Brush sauce on both sides of each fillet. Fold aluminum foil loosely over fillets and seal edges together creating a packet.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until fish flakes easily with a fork, 12 to 15 minutes.

  • Bring remaining marinade to a boil and serve alongside cooked salmon.

Cook's Notes:

For added flavor, add 1 to 2 tablespoons of either apple cider vinegar or fish sauce.

Want to spice it up? Add 1/2 teaspoon of cayenne red pepper.

Grapeseed oil can be substituted for the olive oil.

Cooking on the grill: Prepare as directed and create foil pouch to marinate according to your schedule. Cook on grill-top in the pouch for 12 to 15 minutes and at the very end take the fillets out and give them a grilled flavor.

Editor's Note:

The nutrition data for this recipe includes the full amount of the marinade ingredients. The actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

354 calories; protein 21.1g; carbohydrates 21.8g; fat 20g; cholesterol 55.9mg; sodium 1264.6mg. Full Nutrition