Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub

Grill it... and they will come. Since I got a new grill to kick off the summer, getting friends and family together has been even easier to do. Besides, it's been way too hot to cook indoors so I've enjoyed taking this outdoors. With Copper River Salmon season in full swing, finding new rubs and marinades to work with salmon is always on my radar. This time I made Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub; where Copper River Salmon is rubbed with a blend of sweet and spicy seasonings that are probably sitting in your pantry. It's not only a flavorful rub but this recipe is pretty healthy too!

I really liked this rub because it wasn't too sweet or too spicy or even masked the already delicious, natural flavor of Copper River Salmon. The rub itself seemed to create a glaze for the salmon that really worked well. I would try using the same rub for other seafood such as scallops, shrimps and/or firm fish. I ended up using some leftovers in a spinach salad and that was a great addition to make a side salad into an entree all in itself!

Salmon with Sweet & Spicy Rub
recipe from Ellie Krieger

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
6 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skin and any pin bones removed
1 tablespoon olive oil

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.
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.

For well done fish, cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Remove to a platter and serve immediately.


  1. This looks so good that I am going to try it tonight! I am always looking for new ideas with fish, especially salmon (in hopes my daughter will finally like it)

  2. Follow-up. I DID make this tonight and it was so yummy, I will happily make it again.

  3. I'm digging all the CRS Salmon this year!! The crew has come up wit hsome killer recipes! ~Megan Country Cleaver