Sugar and Spice Baked Salmon

This Sugar and Spice Baked Salmon is so simple and quick, you will be shocked at how delicious it tastes!  Seriously!  How can something that takes virtually no time at all be worthy of serving to guests or for a simple weeknight dinner?  No clue but here it is!

Topping a fresh salmon filet with a dry rub of brown sugar, kosher salt, sweet paprika and garlic powder and baking it in the oven gives you a fab piece of fish for any occasion.  It’s quick, it’s easy and it only takes a few ingredients.  Can we say “easy peasy”?

Make the dry rub, sprinkle it over the fish that’s been rubbed with olive oil, and bake in the oven until the fish is cooked through, approximately 13-5 minutes.  You can also pop the broiler on for a minute or two at the end to brown up the topping.

The fish is perfectly cooked when it easily flakes with a fork but is still a little glossy.  You want to be careful to not overcook the salmon.

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Sugar and Spice Baked Salmon

Makes: 6 servings

Prep Time: 5 minutes

Bake Time: 15 minutes

Total Time: 20 minutes


  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp kosher salt (see Chef’s Note)
  • 2 tsp sweet paprika
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 pounds salmon filet



Preheat the oven to 375°F. In a small bowl combine brown sugar, salt, paprika, garlic powder and pepper.

Place the salmon on a rimmed baking sheet, skin side down. Brush the salmon with olive oil and sprinkle it with prepared spice mixture, spreading it around until completely coated.

Bake salmon in the oven, on the center rack for 13-15 minutes, depending on the thickness of your salmon. Salmon is done when the center easily flakes with a fork, but still has a good amount of gloss to it. Take care to not over cook.

Chef’s Note:

We like to use 1 teaspoon kosher salt for each pound of meat/poultry/fish that we cook. Feel free to reduce it to 1 & 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt and adjust seasoning after it is done cooking. If you are using table salt, use 1- 1 & 1/2 teaspoons to start and adjust before serving.

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    • Harry

      Easy peasy. I had to say it. I gotta try it. It look delicious Fran. Cheers

      • Francine

        Very funny! Watch for the launch of my Easy Peasy category in the next few weeks. I’m taking all of my “easy peasy” recipes and putting them in their own special category.

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