Sweet heat salmon rub

Heather Disarro

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Sweet heat salmon rub makes a fabulous piece of fish even quicker to prepare by doing the spice mix ahead of time. Leave out some of the chili flakes for a milder fish for kids.

sweet heat salmon rub

Sweet heat salmon rub

Makes 1/3 cup of seasoning


  • 1/4 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon red chili flakes
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon cumin powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 1 pound salmon, divided into 4-ounce filets


  1. Combine the brown sugar, salt, chili flakes (if using), garlic powder, cumin, paprika, ginger and black pepper.
  2. For each batch of salmon, brush a baking sheet with oil or spray with nonstick spray.
  3. Lay the salmon skin-side down on the prepared baking sheet.
  4. Sprinkle each piece with 1 to 2 teaspoons of the prepared spice mixture.
  5. Bake at 450 degrees F for 8 to 10 minutes until the fish flakes easily with a fork.
  6. Serve immediately.

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Heather Disarro
Heather is the writer behind the food blog, Heather’s Dish, and the coordinator of the beauty blog, Faces of Beauty. She and her husband live at the base of the Rocky Mountains in the Denver metro area and are constantly active, especially with their two crazy lab mixes Bunker and Keira. They had their first baby, Weston, in March 2012 and have been boundlessly blessed by him every day of his life. You can find more at Heather’s personal blogs, Heather’s Dish and Faces of Beauty or send her a tweet at @heathersdish.