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Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub (CEimB)

Salmon with sweet spicy rub is an easy, healthy broiled salmon that is packed with bold flavor! This easy salmon recipe is the perfect way to introduce salmon to your family! Full of flavor, packed with protein, and easy to make!

This healthy Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub is the perfect recipe to introduce salmon to your family! Full of flavor, packed with protein & easy to make! An Ellie Krieger recipe via

Another great Ellie Krieger recipe!

This week’s Craving Ellie in my Belly recipe, Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub, was chosen by Pam from Lobster and Fishsticks. Once I read over the ingredient list for this simple fish recipe, I knew immediately I was going to love it. I’m a huge fan of sweet and spicy flavors…though I wouldn’t consider the flavor in this dish spicy. It has great chili flavor but there isn’t any heat, so don’t let the term “spicy” mislead you. It’s the perfect amount of seasoning.

This healthy broiled Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub is the perfect recipe to introduce salmon to your family! Full of flavor, packed with protein & easy to make! An Ellie Krieger recipe via

(look at that piece of fish!)

I made the salmon with sweet spicy rub for my husband and mother in law, and they both loved it. Instead of grilling it I put it under the broiler. I served it with Whole Wheat Linguine with Spring Vegetables. I was craving pasta and as always, veggies, so although it may sound like a weird combination with the salmon, it really all went together nicely.

Enjoy the broiled salmon with sweet spicy rub recipe, and Happy Easter!

Broiled Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub is the perfect recipe to introduce salmon to your family! Full of flavor, packed with protein & easy to make! An Ellie Krieger recipe via

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Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub

Yield: 6 servings


  • cooking spray
  • 2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 6 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skin and any pin bones removed
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil


  1. Coat your grill or a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat. While the grill is heating, combine the brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Brush each salmon fillet with 1/2 teaspoon of the oil, then rub each fillet with about 1/2 tablespoon of the spice mixture.
  2. Grill the salmon, flesh side down, until charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the salmon and cook another 5 to 6 minutes for medium doneness.
  3. For well done fish, cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes.
  4. Remove to a platter and serve immediately.

Recipe from Ellie Krieger, The Food You Crave or Food Network

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26 Responses to “Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub (CEimB)”

  1. Erica posted April 10, 2009 at 11:21 am

    Fabulous rub- I bet it would be so good on Chicken too! Enjoy the beach! It is suppose to be gorgeous today! So jealous 😉 I think we’re going to go tomorrow.

  2. Meghan posted April 10, 2009 at 11:48 am

    The pasta looks fantastic! Love those veggies, and it looks like a light spring dish! Happy Easter!

  3. Kevin posted April 10, 2009 at 12:44 pm

    That salmon dinner looks good! I like the sound of that rub!

  4. Pamela posted April 10, 2009 at 12:56 pm

    The beach, huh? Sounds like a great way to spend some time together. Hope you had fun! The salmon turned out really nice, and the pasta dish looks wonderful, too.

  5. Mary posted April 10, 2009 at 2:08 pm

    The salmon looks terrific. This is a perfect spring meal.

  6. Sara posted April 10, 2009 at 7:01 pm

    That really is a nice piece of fish. Everything looks excellent.

  7. What's for Supper? posted April 10, 2009 at 7:21 pm

    Your fish looks awesome! Great pics.

  8. Kerstin posted April 10, 2009 at 7:44 pm

    Gorgeous pictures – both the salmon and linguine look amazing! I love all the fresh spring veggies!

  9. Maria posted April 11, 2009 at 4:10 am

    Hope you had fun at the beach! good for you! This dish looks fantastic! Happy Easter to you and your family!

  10. melissa posted April 11, 2009 at 6:35 am

    Fantastic meal. Hope you have a great time over the weekend with your husband. That’s the good stuff. 🙂

  11. Girl Japan posted April 11, 2009 at 10:07 am

    The colors of spring, nice greens and lovely contrast in all your photos Aggie! The beach, salmon… I am insanely jealous. = )

  12. Sophie posted April 11, 2009 at 3:43 pm

    MMMMMM..Aggie!! This salmon & pasta look delicious! Enjoy your break!!

  13. unconfidential cook posted April 11, 2009 at 6:01 pm

    What a lovely dinner–we love salmon and are always looking for new ways to fix it. Thanks.

  14. Leslie posted April 11, 2009 at 10:18 pm

    oh my my..this looks sooo good. I am the only oone in my family that will eat fish. So I will have to make this all for my self! Great photos!

  15. Patsyk posted April 12, 2009 at 12:36 am

    Sweet and spicy is perfect w/salmon! Looks like a great recipe from Ellie!

  16. Proud Italian Cook posted April 14, 2009 at 6:09 pm

    I’m craving this whole meal!!

  17. Carrie posted April 15, 2009 at 3:11 pm

    The salmon and the pasta both look delicious! Reading this left me craving both!

  18. Dana Tate posted April 28, 2009 at 2:49 pm

    I made this salmon recipe and I posted it on my blog for a gluten free recipe. My family really enjoyed it thank you.

  19. The Duo Dishes posted May 20, 2009 at 12:16 am

    Oooh, great dry rub for fish. Such a good idea. Salmon’s awesome to hold up to bold flavors.

  20. Girl Japan posted June 12, 2009 at 8:25 am

    p.s. where can I find the rub?

  21. marla {family fresh cooking} posted January 12, 2011 at 9:25 pm

    I must, must try this salmon. It looks amazing, thanks for sharing!

  22. Ann from Sumptuous Spoonfuls posted April 2, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    I made this salmon for my “teen” daughter who is on a low sodium diet and she ATE it! Thank you! We are having such a hard time finding low sodium foods she will eat. The combination of that sweet with the chili powder and cumin was great. I didn’t do it on the grill because it’s too windy out tonight, so I added some smoked paprika to give it the “smoky” taste.

    • Aggies Kitchen posted April 4, 2012 at 11:14 am

      Oh Ann this makes me so happy. We love this salmon and I believe its the salmon dish that got my kids eating salmon too! My daughter begs for more. I broiled mine and it cooked up so quickly. I actually thought of adding smoked paprika this time but didn’t! Next time!

      There’s a recipe on my blog for Fish Oreganata that your daughter might like? You can definitely manage the salt in that, it’s another easy fish dish that I think appeals to kids (well my kids like it 🙂 ) How old is your daughter? Good luck in your search for low sodium foods she will like!! We use the new blends of Mrs Dash pretty often to flavor up veggies too.

  23. northierthanthou posted April 29, 2013 at 5:26 pm

    I would absolutely steal that fish and let others have the side garnishments as I run off into the wilderness with my tasty loot.


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