Mustard- and Brown Sugar-Rubbed Salmon

Recipe Source: Prevention Magazine (Feb 2009)
Servings: 4
Work Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes

Commentary: Brown Sugar-Rubbed Salmon is one of the best-kept secrets of food stylists and foodies alike.  The sugar caramelizes into a shiny glaze, creating picture-perfect salmon that tastes outrageous.

2 tablespoons dark brown sugar
1 1/2 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon mustard powder
4 salmon fillets (6 oz. each), skin removed
1 teaspoon olive oil


1.  STIR together sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, and mustard in small bowl.  Unwrap fish and leave it on paper you bought it in, placing it so side that had skin is down.  Press sugar mixture evenly onto fish.
Question:  It sounds like you only put the mixture on one side of the salmon.  As stated in the about section….cooking doesn’t come naturally to me 🙂  Feel free to leave a comment with any insight.

2.  HEAT oil in large non-stick or cast-iron skillet over medium heat.  When hot, place fish rub-side down in pan.  Cook until rub dissolves and darkens slightly (being careful not to burn), about 4 minutes.  Flip fish and cook to medium doneness, about 1 minute.

LEFTOVERS: If you made extra salmon, turn it into a dynamite salad.  Just flake the salmon and toss it with a little oil and lemon or lime juice.  Or stir the flaked fish into a rice, potato, or pasta salad.

NUTRITIONAL INFO PER SERVING: 351 cal, 34 g pro, 7 g carb, 0 g fiber, 20 g fat, 4 g sat fat, 100 mg chol, 823 mg sodium


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