Smoky and sweet with a bit of heat, this spice-rubbed salmon is the perfect light dish for the New Year.
Once the New Year comes around, I’m like most people- ready to move on from all of the holiday indulgences and start focusing on some lighter, healthier dishes. Spice-Rubbed Salmon is one of my go-to recipes on busy weeknights. When people ask me how it’s possible to cook healthy meals when you’re pressed for time, I point to recipes like this one. Not only is it healthy and delicious, it can be prepared in about 15 minutes!
I love dry spice rubs and they’re so easy to make yourself, there’s no need to buy them! Spice rubs are a great way to add a ton of flavor to a dish without adding a lot of calories or fat. And most of us have a good number of dried spices hanging out in our pantries. This is a great all purpose rub that works well on salmon but also on chicken, beef, pork, or vegetables. It has a combination of smoky, spicy and sweet flavors that balance each other out nicely. It gets smokiness from chili powder, cumin and smoked paprika and a hint of spice from cayenne pepper.
For sweetness, I used honey granules that I recently got in my latest Hatchery box. They are a nice way to add the flavor of honey to your dishes without the messiness of honey. If you don’t have it, you can substitute coconut sugar or light brown sugar. And if you like heat, feel free to double the cayenne. Who knew healthy could be so good?
For the perfect side dish, try my easy Sesame Roasted Broccoli.
- 4 salmon fillets (about 6 ounces each)
- 2 teaspoons chili powder
- ½ teaspoon cumin
- ½ teaspoon smoked paprika
- ⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper
- 1 tablespoon honey granules (can substitute coconut sugar or light brown sugar)
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- Pat the salmon dry. In a small bowl, mix the chili powder, cumin, smoked paprika, cayenne, honey granules, a ⅛ teaspoon salt, and ⅛ teaspoon pepper together. Brush each salmon filet with ½ teaspoon olive oil and sprinkle equal amounts of the dry rub on top, patting it onto the salmon so that it adheres.
- Heat a grill, grill pan or nonstick skillet over medium and spray with cooking spray. Place the salmon in the pan, seasoned side down and cook until browned, about 3 minutes. Flip and cook another 2-5 minutes to desired doneness. Remove from pan and serve.