Sweet and Spicy Salmon: When you get it right, stick with it!

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Brenda Stanley
Tales of the Dinner Belle
Belle's Sweet and Spicy Salmon
Belle's Sweet and Spicy Salmon
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You need to embrace the things you do well and quit worrying about the rest. Just like when my 4-year-old granddaughter told me as I tried for the fourth time to back into a parking space in downtown Pocatello, “You aren’t very good at this, are you Grandma.” I know I will always be a work in progress.

I think that is one of the reasons I enjoy cooking. It is always an evolving, growing and learning experience. There are dishes I have cooked for 30 years that I still find ways to make better, and there are others that I realize I shouldn’t change even a pinch.

One of my most successful creations has been what I call my “Sweet and Spicy Salmon.” This dish is flavorful, unique, and so easy. It is a recipe I have tweaked for years, but this final version is the one I’m sticking with. Serve it with a simple side salad and bread and that is all you need for a meal that is perfect for a special occasion. The only trick: Don’t overcook it. Salmon should be moist and flake easily with a fork.

I’ll make sure to teach my granddaughter how to cook. Her mother can teach her how to drive.

Belle’s Sweet and Spicy Salmon


  • 4 salmon filets cut an inch thick
  • 1/4 cup brown mustard
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 1/4 cup crushed, glazed pecans (you can find these in the baking section)


Line a baking sheet with enough foil that you will be able to bring it up to secure and cover the Salmon. Spray the foil with cooking spray. Place the Salmon steaks on the foil-covered baking sheet. Mix the mustard and sugar together. Spread on the salmon and then sprinkle with the nuts. Secure the foil over the salmon making sure it isn’t touching the nut-covered tops. Bake at 425 degrees for 15 to 20 minutes. Uncover and bake another 5 minutes to brown the top.

Brenda Stanley is the mother of five children, including two sets of twins and a grandmother of two. She is a cookbook author and novelist. She lives with her veterinarian husband on a small ranch in Blackfoot, Idaho. For more recipes and information, visit her website www.talesofthedinnerbelle.com.

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