This spice rubbed oven baked salmon recipe is smokey, peppery, sweet, and a little spicy. Ready in 15 minutes for a quick and easy weeknight meal. Make this today!
This is the best spice rub seasoning for this baked salmon recipe. The spice rub adds a southwest flavor that's slightly spicy and smokey with a hint of sweetness from the brown sugar. The smoked paprika and cayenne definitely add a warmth to round out all the flavors! Pair it with this crunchy colorful rainbow cabbage salad for a healthy, delicious dinner in under 30 minutes!
Tips for Spice Rubbed Baked Salmon Recipe:
To cut down on the cooking time, I cut my salmon fillets in half into 3 to 4oz pieces. You can leave them as is and increase your cooking time by about 2 minutes. Pat them really dry with a paper towel. Next cover them with oil. This helps the spice rub stick to them and keeps the outside of the salmon from drying out. Sprinkle the spice rub on top of the salmon and pat it in so that the spices really stick to the salmon. This is best seasoning for baked salmon because it's flavorful but doesn't overpower the salmon. It's great on other proteins too such as chicken and pork.
At this point, if you want to make blackened salmon, you would just cook this in a pan over medium heat. Place it rub side down for 2 - 3 minutes until blackened, then flip and cook the other side for about 3 - 4 minutes.
But for this recipe for baked spice rubbed salmon, simply line a baking pan with parchment paper and place the salmon fillets on top. Bake them in the oven until your desired doneness.
Serve this spice rubbed baked salmon recipe with rice or potatoes or this crunchy rainbow cabbage salad for a low carb meal.
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Spice Rubbed Oven Baked Salmon
- 2 6oz fresh or thawed salmon fillets cut in half
- 1 Tablespoon avocado oil
- 1 Tablespoon brown sugar
- 1½ teaspoons ancho chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
- 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne powder
- pinch salt & pepper
- rainbow cabbage salad on the side
- Preheat your oven to 425 degrees F.
- In a small bowl, combine brown sugar, ancho chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, and salt & pepper.
- Cover your salmon fillets with oil and then rub your salmon fillets with the spice rub.
- Bake the salmon for 6 - 8 minutes until done. For larger pieces, bake for 10 - 12 minutes until done.
- Serve with rainbow cabbage salad.
*Nutritional information is an estimate, calculated using online tools.