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Sweet and savory Spice Rubbed Salmon topped with a cool and refreshing papaya mango salsa for the perfect quick and easy weeknight meal! It is broiled to perfection and ready in under 20 minutes.
I love salmon, and I am always on the look out for new ways to prepare it! A couple of weeks ago I found a recipe Marcie @ flavorthemoments had posted and it sounded awesome.
It looked very similar to the seasoning that I had used before on barbecue chicken, so I combined the two and created my version of spice rubbed salmon. It is super easy to make, and has a sweet and spicy flavor that everyone in the family will enjoy. I even kept the sides really simple, steamed broccoli and baked sweet potatoes…..YUM!
This is the original image made without brown sugar to keep the meal Whole30/Paleo.
- whole salmon filet- about 1.5 pounds, skin on or off. You can also use 4 to 6 fillets if you prefer.
- olive oil
- brown sugar mixed with chili powder, onion powder, garlic powder, and some sea salt to create the perfect crust for your salmon.
- Papaya Mango Salsa recipe – optional but delicious addition to your salmon!
How to make Broiled Spice Rubbed Salmon:
If serving with Papaya Mango Salsa, prepare the salsa in advance so it has time to chill.
Mix spices together in a small bowl, set aside. Turn on oven broiler.
Place salmon on a parchment paper or foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
Sprinkle spice mixture over salmon and gently rub into flesh.
Place under broiler for 5 to 6 minutes until caramelized and golden brown. KEEP an eye on it, it will burn quickly if you are not careful!
Remove from oven, slice to separate the filets, and serve as is or topped with papaya mango salsa.
More delicious salmon recipes:
- Instant Pot Salmon and Potatoes – super easy and delicious!
- Salmon with Cilantro Sauce
- Baked Salmon with Pineapple Salsa
- Salmon Oscar – fancy yet easy to prepare!
- Miso-Ginger Glazed Salmon served on a bed of soba noodles with edamame and asparagus.
- Cherry Chipotle Glazed Salmon
What to serve with salmon:
- Instant Pot Sweet Potatoes – Whole30 & Paleo
- Mashed Sweet Potatoes – Whole30 & Paleo
- Sauteed Zucchini and Carrots – Whole30 & Paleo
- Instant Pot Loaded Mashed Potatoes – sorry, not Whole30 or Paleo
- Shredded Carrots with Bacon – Whole30 & Paleo
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Spice Rubbed Salmon
- 1.5 tablespoon brown sugar omit for Whole30 & Paleo
- 1 teaspoon onion powder
- 1 teaspoon garlic powder
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 0.5 teaspoon sea salt
- 1.5 pound wild-caught salmon whole filet, or 4 to 6 sections.
- 1 tablespoon olive oil
- Mix spices together in a small bowl, set aside. Turn on oven broiler.
- Place salmon on a parchment paper or foil lined baking sheet and drizzle with olive oil.
- Sprinkle spice mixture over salmon and gently rub into flesh.
- Place under broiler for 8 to 10 minutes, depending on the thickness, until caramelized and golden brown. KEEP an eye on it, it will burn quickly if you are not careful!
- Remove from oven, slice to separate the filets, and serve as is or topped with papaya mango salsa.
- Omit the brown sugar for whole30 & paleo.
- Substitute Swerve Brown “sugar” for Keto. That is what I used in the images above.
- A salmon filet that is 1-inch thick will take about 8 to 10 minutes to cook. Adjust according to the thickness of your filet.
- If using skinless salmon coat the bottom of the salmon as well before adding the seasonings.
- Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
- Reheat leftover salmon in an air fryer for 5 minutes, or a microwave oven.
- All oven vary, cooking times are approximate.
- Papaya Mango Salsa recipe – if using, prepare in advance to give it time to chill.