Barbecued salmon with soy and brown sugar marinade

Barbecued salmon with soy and brown sugar marinade


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About this recipe: A simple soy sauce and brown sugar marinade, with hints of lemon and garlic, is the perfect salty-sweet complement to rich salmon. Even my 9-year-old loves this recipe!


Serves: 6 

  • 1 tablespoon lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon minced garlic
  • freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 5 tablespoons soy sauce
  • 4 tablespoons dark brown soft sugar
  • 5 tablespoons water
  • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • 700g (1.5 lb) salmon fillet

Prep:2hr10min  ›  Cook:15min  ›  Ready in:2hr25min 

  1. In a small bowl, stir together lemon zest, garlic, pepper, soy sauce, sugar, water and vegetable oil until sugar is dissolved. Place fish in a large resealable plastic bag with the marinade, seal, and turn to coat. Refrigerate for at least 2 hours.
  2. Preheat barbecue for medium heat.
  3. Lightly oil cooking grate. Place salmon on the preheated barbecue, and discard marinade. Cook salmon for 6 to 8 minutes per side, or until it flakes easily with a fork.


Brown sugar and soy BBQ salmon
Brown sugar and soy BBQ salmon

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Reviews (19)


Made it healthier. My husband really liked this one. I used 5 T lemon juice and 1/4 t. black pepper. I cut the soy sauce to 4 T. to lessen the salt flavour and used only 1 T. olive oil to cut calories. I also sprayed the grate with olive oil to keep the salmon from sticking. Turned out wonderfully. - 21 Jul 2008


Something else. I have one thing that I do every time I cook salmon. I always make a little foil parcel for each fillet and seal, leaving a little room for air to circulate inside. If you bake the foil parcels on a baking tray at 200 for about 15 minutes (slightly longer depending on number of fillets), the salmon cooks to perfection every time! This is a great recipe to use when preparing salmon in foil parcels... it poaches gently in its own juices and always comes out so tender and delicious! - 21 Jul 2008


Delicious!! I made a few changes to the recipe. Intead of lemon, I used orange zest. I also added some fresh ginger and onion. In order to lower the sodium, I used 3 tablespoons of a reduced sodium soy sauce, and in order to cut calories, I ommitted the oil an used a foil tent to bake/steam. I also cut the amount of sugar in half and I opted for a light brown sugar. The salmon was moist, delicious, and I especially loved of the flavor the orange zest. - 21 Nov 2011

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