Bourbon-Glazed Salmon and Baked Asparagus

This recipe is a surefire way to eat right, feel good, and maintain a light midsection while most importantly getting full. It's the perfect bourbon-glazed combination of good fats from fish (protein) and green veggies, leaving out starch to minimize carbs.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
30 mins
Total Time:
45 mins
4 6-ounce salmon fillets


  • 1 bunch fresh asparagus, trimmed

  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets

  • olive oil

  • 1 pinch salt and ground black pepper to taste

  • cup brown sugar, divided

  • 5 ⅓ fluid ounces bourbon whiskey, divided

  • ¼ cup non-dairy butter spread (such as I Can't Believe It's Not Butter®)


  1. Preheat the oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C).

  2. Rinse asparagus under cold water and snip off the bottom of each sprout. Dry with a paper towel and lay flat on a baking sheet.

  3. Rinse salmon; pat dry with paper towels. Lay salmon face-up on a separate baking sheet.

  4. Drizzle olive oil over asparagus; season with salt and pepper and rub through and around the asparagus.

  5. Bake asparagus in the preheated oven, turning over halfway, until lightly browned, about 20 minutes.

  6. Rub about 2 tablespoons brown sugar over the salmon. Drizzle 1/2 the bourbon over salmon. Let marinate, 15 to 20 minutes.

  7. Melt butter spread in a medium nonstick pan over medium-low heat. Add the remaining brown sugar; stir to dissolve. Add salmon fillets; cook until fish flakes easily with a fork, 5 to 7 minutes per side. Pour in the remaining bourbon during the last 2 minutes of cooking. Serve with the asparagus.

Cook's Notes:

You can use unsalted butter in place of the non-dairy version.

If you have thick pieces of salmon, place the pan from the stove into the oven for 5 minutes to ensure the inside of the salmon is cooked thoroughly.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

487 Calories
19g Fat
23g Carbs
33g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 487
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 19g 24%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 72mg 24%
Sodium 213mg 9%
Total Carbohydrate 23g 8%
Dietary Fiber 2g 8%
Total Sugars 20g
Protein 33g
Vitamin C 8mg 41%
Calcium 102mg 8%
Iron 3mg 19%
Potassium 823mg 18%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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