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Healthy Broiled Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub

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!

piece of broiled salmon on white plate with fork and pasta with vegetables

Another great Ellie Krieger recipe! This salmon recipe comes from one of my favorite healthy cookbooks, The Food You Crave by Ellie Krieger. I highly recommend it to anyone who is new to cooking salmon or trying to introduce new salmon recipes to their family. This healthy salmon recipe is always a winner and has been my go-to recipe for years.

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.

salmon filet on roasting pan

What is a good rub for salmon?

This is one of my favorite rubs for salmon and I always recommend it for anyone new to cooking salmon. All you need is:

  • light brown sugar
  • chili powder
  • cumin
  • salt
  • pepper

How do you cook healthy salmon?

I find broiling it to be the easiest and most flavorful way to cook salmon for dinner.

  1. Preheat broiler and set oven rack down about 6 inches from top. Spray your sheet pan with cooking spray and place salmon, skin side down on pan.
  2. Combine brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in small bowl. Drizzle each salmon fillet with 1/2 teaspoon of oil, then rub fish with spice mixture, distributing evenly.
  3. Broil in oven for 8-10 minutes, depending on thickness of fish.
  4. Remove to a platter and serve immediately.

I made the salmon with sweet spicy rub for my family and they loved it. I chose to broil the fish, but it can easily be grilled as well and I’ve included directions for both.

What do you serve with broiled salmon?

I served it with Whole Wheat Linguine with Spring Vegetables but it can also be served with Cilantro Lime Brown Rice and Cilantro Lime Vegetables for a fresh tasting, light dinner.

Oven roasted potatoes like these Roasted Red Potatoes with Smoked Paprika or Dill Potato Wedges are also great side dishes for this salmon recipe.

 

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 aggieskitchen.com

 

Recipe For Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub

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Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub

  • Author: Aggie Goodman
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 6 servings 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Oven

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!


Ingredients

  • 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
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Instructions

To Broil:

  1. Preheat broiler and set oven rack down about 6 inches from top. Spray your sheet pan with cooking spray and place salmon, skin side down on pan.
  2. Combine brown sugar, chili powder, cumin, salt and pepper in small bowl. Drizzle each salmon fillet with 1/2 teaspoon of oil, then rub fish with spice mixture, distributing evenly.
  3. Broil in oven for 8-10 minutes, depending on thickness of fish.
  4. Remove to a platter and serve immediately.

To Grill:

  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.

Keywords: salmon, fish, broil

Love salmon? Check out my other salmon recipes:

Fresh Salmon Salad

Salmon and Veggie Stir Fry

Blackened Salmon with Citrus Salsa

Almond Crusted Honey Mandarin Salmon

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30 comments on “Healthy Broiled Salmon with Sweet Spicy Rub”

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

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

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

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

  7. Your fish looks awesome! Great pics.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  16. I’m craving this whole meal!!

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

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

  20. p.s. where can I find the rub?

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

  22. 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.

    • 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.

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

  25. Yummy! Thanks for this delicious recipe Aggie. I love salmon so much that I couldn’t wait to try this recipe. It was simply out of this world. Thanks again.

  26. Thanks for this recipe. Looks delicious. I will try it. I love salmon. I typically prepare mine starting with Wild Alaskan Salmon I but directly from a guy that fishes there every summer and brings his catch south in the winter. I have my own “secret” spice rub for all my meats. About 12 spices in all, with the number one ingredient being Turmeric. It is very popular with my friends. I saute my salmon in a cast iron skillet with a little olive oil and coarse salt under the skin side of the salmon, spice rub on the other. I do flip it briefly when it’s almost done.

  27. This fish looks delicious <3 Gonna try this recipe for sure 🙂

  28. Looks yummy!