Brown-Sugar Salmon with Strawberries Recipe
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Brown-Sugar Salmon with Strawberries Recipe

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I first tasted strawberries and cucumber together when living in the UK; now they make a delicious relish for salmon. — Judith Foreman, Alexandria, Virginia
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES:4 servings
Quick Diabetic Exchange Test Kitchen Approved
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 20 min. + chilling Grill: 10 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 1/3 cup packed brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 salmon fillets (5 ounces each)
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh mint
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 1 tablespoon lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons grated lemon peel
  • 1/8 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 cup finely chopped fresh strawberries
  • 1 small cucumber, finely chopped

Nutritional Facts

1 fillet with 1/2 cup relish equals 375 calories, 20 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 71 mg cholesterol, 375 mg sodium, 23 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 25 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 lean meat, 1-1/2 fat, 1-1/2 starch


  1. In a small bowl, mix the first five ingredients; rub over flesh side of salmon. Refrigerate, covered, 1 hour.
  2. For relish, in another bowl, mix mint, oil, lemon juice, lemon peel and sugar. Add strawberries and cucumber; toss to coat.
  3. Moisten a paper towel with cooking oil; using long-handled tongs, rub on grill rack to coat lightly. Place salmon on grill rack, skin side down. Grill, covered, over medium heat 8-10 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Serve with relish. Yield: 4 servings (2 cups relish).
Originally published as Brown-Sugar Salmon with Strawberries in Taste of Home April/May 2013

Light-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a light-bodied white wine such as Sauvignon Blanc or Pinot Grigio.

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Reviewed Aug. 23, 2015

"Fantastic recipe! I don't have a grill so I placed the salmon under the broiler until cooked. Was amazing!"

Reviewed Jul. 9, 2013

"This delicious dish was our first attempt at grilling fish - came out pretty good too! We appreciated the fact that the recipe mentioned to oil the grill first. Our salmon took about 18 minutes to cook. The edges were crusty and delicious. Loved the brown sugar topping. The relish was good also. I almost think I'd like the relish without the strawberries to get all the sweetness from the brown sugar - a nice contrast to the cucumbers. Will definitely make this again."

Reviewed Jul. 3, 2013

"This was amazing - especially the salmon!"

Reviewed May. 6, 2013

"My husband, who is a picky eater, loved this recipe! It was very easy to make. I had to make one change, though. I'm allergic to citrus. So instead of lemon juice and peel, I used sour salt or citric acid for that lemony taste. I would definitely make this for dinner party!"

Reviewed Apr. 16, 2013

"My whole family LOVED this (including 11 and 9 year old kids)! I pretty much followed the recipes exactly (except that I didn't have mint). BBQ'd the salmon (one large 1.3 lb fillet from Costco) on the grill (benefit of living in Southern CA in April) and it was perfect. My husband said "Save this recipe to make again". Thank you!"

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