Makes 6 servings

Notes: Instead of a fillet, you can use salmon steaks. If marinating salmon (through step 2) up to 1 day ahead, chill airtight. If time is short, use the marinade as a sauce instead; heat and spoon over cooked salmon.

How to Make It

Step 1

In a microwave-safe 9- by 13-inch baking dish, combine brown sugar, wine, soy sauce, butter, and lemon juice. Heat in a microwave oven at full power (100%) until boiling, about 2 minutes, stirring several times. Let cool 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 2

Rinse salmon, pat dry, and lay skin side up in sugar-soy marinade. Cover and chill at least 1 hour or up to 1 day.

Step 3

Lift salmon from marinade, drain (reserve marinade), and lay skin side down on a sheet of heavy foil. Trim foil to outline of fish.

Step 4

Transfer fish on foil to a grill over a solid bed of hot coals or high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 2 to 3 seconds). Cover barbecue; open vents for charcoal. Cook until salmon is opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), or 140° on a thermometer, 20 to 25 minutes. With 2 wide spatulas, transfer fish to a platter.

Step 5

Return marinade to microwave oven and heat at full power until boiling, 1 to 2 minutes, stirring several times. Pour into a small bowl.

Step 6

Cut fish into portions, lift from skin onto plates, and add marinade to taste.

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Ratings & Reviews

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September 02, 2016
Since this recipe came out over a decade ago I have used it at least once a month, twice if I'm lucky. I double the sauce to have extra for rice on the side.

tara31's Review

May 28, 2011
We made the marinade exactly as directed and grilled the salmon on a cedar plank. So simple and delicious!

NY2COMunchkin's Review

July 05, 2010
I have been making this recipe for years, it is easy and delicious. Everyone who tastes it loves it, including fish haters. When I can't grill it, I roast it in the oven at 350 until done. My mother prefers the broiler. Eather way, it is always wonderful.