This Brown Sugar Seared Salmon comes together quickly. You can have a delicious dinner even on your busiest days!
I heard a little birdie saying that you were wondering what's happened to me- those of you who are frequent flyers here at The Café know we've been in London for the past 2 weeks visiting our daughter and her family. We can't stay away from our three little sweet granddaughters for very long (mommy and daddy too!).
Normally when we're spending time in London, you'll see lots of posts about fun restaurants or new culinary delights we've discovered. This time, however, has been a bit different; our main purpose has been to welcome and help acclimate this little (well maybe not so little) family to a new arrival, a baby boy named Luke! We've been thrilled to be involved in such an exciting, memorable event. It's taken many hands to make it all work around here and a few things, like cooking fancy meals (and taking the time to blog about them), have had to take a bit of a back seat.
Nevertheless, we still have to eat and that's when super-simple, super-fabulous recipes like this Brown Sugar-Seared Salmon come in handy. Oh, and did I mention it comes together lickety-split? I love to serve it with a simple green salad but it also makes a fabulous special occasion entree, served with mashed potatoes or polenta and some steamed or roasted veggies.
Pick up some fresh salmon today or thaw a few fillets from your freezer. When dinner-time rolls around, you can have a delightful meal on the table on even the busiest days. Once you try this Brown Sugar-Seared Salmon, I have the feeling you'll be pulling out the recipe again and again!
- 4 salmon filets
- ¼ cup brown sugar
- teaspoon zest of 1 lemon finely zested
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 2 teaspoons sesame seeds
- 1 teaspoon sea salt
- ½ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
- 1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
- 1 teaspoon sesame oil
- lemon slices for garnish
Combine brown sugar, lemon zest, chili powder, cumin, sesame seeds, sea salt and pepper in a small bowl.
Divide mixture evenly and pat on both sides of salmon fillets.
Heat a large skillet over medium-high heat, then add olive oil and sesame oil. Place salmon fillets in hot pan, reduce heat to medium and cook until crusty and caramelized on the outside and just opaque in center, about 4 minutes per side. Serve immediately with lemon slices for garnish.
Made this last night for my Mum & husband, who have very different tastes. Both of them absolutely loved it, the sweet caramelized crustiness, the zing from the chili powder, it was a big hit.
Thanks, Chris, this one is a keeper for sure and oh so simple.
Chris Scheuer says
Thanks Coleen! I'm glad you enjoyed it!
The Café Sucré Farine says
Julie, so glad you all enjoyed this, it's definitely a favorite for us!
Chris, This recipe was a smash hit with our family and you know that is saying a lot with 4 kids 11 and under! I made 2 lbs of salmon and they were begging for more! The ultimate compliment. Thanks for sharing these delicious and nutritious recipes. I make probably one of your recipes a week! Blessings, my friend.
Nami | Just One Cookbook says
I love and buy the same salmon from Costco too! I have to try this recipe too. Very quick and easy to prepare and I'm sure this looks really delicious. A picture is worth a thousand words!
Lizzy Do says
Congratulations again on the arrival of your sweet new grandson! Your salmon looks fantastic...and you've reminded me that I really need to bite the bullet and join Costco 🙂
Sam @ My Carolina Kitchen says
Congratulations on your new grandson. That's great news and it's so nice that you can be with them.
I'm always in the mood for salmon and yours looks delish.
Your food pictures are amazing. They are so yummy looking! I am gonna have to try this since I love love salmon.
Blond Duck says
This sounds so good. I'm always looking for new salmon recipes.
Hi, excellent meal and look so tempting. Your presentation look like 5 star gourmet, 2 thumbs up for you.
Have a nice week ahead.
guess you must be multitasking in london! like the juicy look of the salmon and also the sesame crust!looks really good!
That's fantastic news Chris. With an extra little one, I'm sure your trips will become even more frequent!
Sandra Lee says
Cuddling with Luke is way more fun then cooking and we totally understand. Thanks for taking so time away from baby to share this with us.
Claire @ Claire K Creations says
I'm going to try this with chicken breast. Yum Chris!
Congratulations on the new addition to the family! Our granddaughter arrived last month...it is such a wonderful time..
Your salmon looks wonderful! I love the combination of sweet with the chipotle....yum....
I needed a quick dinner and made salmon last night. Wish I would have thought of sesame seeds! That would have made a pretty ordinary dinner special! Now I know.
Tricia @ saving room for dessert says
Looks gourmet to me! Love salmon and love easy, so this is perfect. So happy you are able to be there to help. What a blessing!
What! No pictures of the little ones! Lol. Enjoy your family b/c that's what is important! Your blog will still be there. The salmon looks really good, it's making my mouth water. Lol.
Laura (Tutti Dolci) says
Seared salmon is the best! Love the brown sugar here. Hope you are having a wonderful time! 🙂
one day at a time says
Chris- thanks for the tip about Costco frozen salmon! I did not know that and I shop at Costco all the time. My family loves salmon, and this will be a great way to keep it on hand. One thing I have discovered about costco Kirkland brand lasagna is really very good. Way better than other frozen lasagnas. I make a marinara to go over it and it is delicious!
Kim Garceau says
This looks like a perfect recipe! Love salmon and with all these spices, yumm!
That looks so delicious! And many congratulations on your family's newest arrival.
Jennifer @ Peanut Butter and Peppers says
This looks amazing! I don't have salmon but I do have some kind of light in flavor fish in my freezer. How horrible is it, that I forgot what kind of fish I bought? I actually never made fish at home because my Husband won't eat it, and he's a fisherman! But I stink he will eat your recipe! I can only imagine how wonderful the flavors must be!!