Spiced Baked Salmon.

Salmon baked with a rub of cumin, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and salt. Simple. Flavor-packed. And delicious.

Baked spiced salmon in a white bowl with lemon wedges and white wine.

If you eat (and love) salmon as much as we do, you’re probably always looking for new ways to cook it. This salmon recipe is one that we make every. single. week. Maybe that’s why I’ve never posted it – because it’s just an everyday recipe. But those everyday recipes are the best, aren’t they? This baked salmon is also one that we serve when we have company in town, because it’s simple to prep, quick to make and everyone likes it. I’ve gotten the question more than a dozen time “what’s in this rub?” and now I can give more specific ingredients than “a little bit of this, a bit of that.” {Looking at you my Nan!} Those measurements are long overdue!

If you prefer to grill your fish vs. bake (and keep the smell outta the house), no problem. We grill this recipe as much as we bake it, so you’ll like it both ways.

And for serving – serve the salmon with any veggie and grain you like. This roasted cauliflower and brown rice is one of our go-to side dish combos.

Overhead shot of a salmon dinner with lemon wedges and white wine.

If you need a reminder on the health benefits of eating fish, especially fatty fish, twice a week, read on:

  • Adults who eat seafood regularly have better memory and live longer than those who don’t
  • Eating seafood while pregnant is good for your baby’s brain development and can even boost baby’s IQ
  • Eating seafood 2-3 times a week reduces the risk of death from any health-related cause by 17 percent
  • Studies show omega-3s can reduce the risk of heart disease, depression, dementia and arthritis

Learn more about the health benefits of seafood from my friends at the Seafood Nutrition Partnership.

Here’s how to make this Spiced Baked Salmon:

Spiced Baked Salmon

Salmon baked with a rub of cumin, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and salt. Simple. Flavor-packed. And delicious.
Course Main Course
Keyword Spiced Baked Salmon
Total Time 40 minutes
Servings 4 people


For the Cauliflower

  • 1 head organic cauliflower, broken into florets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper

For the Salmon

  • 2 teaspoons cumin
  • 2 teaspoons dark brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 2 pounds salmon filet cut into 4 equal portions

For Serving

  • 2 cups cooked brown or white rice
  • 1 lemon cut into wedges


  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. Prepare two baking sheets with tin foil.
  • Toss cauliflower with olive oil, garlic salt and pepper. Place on one baking sheet then place onto a rack in the lower third of the oven and roast for 25-30 minutes, flipping florets halfway through baking time.
  • Combine cumin, brown sugar, garlic powder, chili powder and salt in a small bowl. Place salmon filets onto one baking sheet. Coat salmon with spice rub. About ten minutes before removing the cauliflower from the oven, add the salmon to a rack in the upper third of the oven. Bake the salmon for 8-10 minutes, or until salmon flakes easily with a fork and is cooked through (time will vary, but a good rule of thumb is to cook the fish 8-10 minutes per inch of thickness). NOTE: I like to broil the salmon for the last 1-2 minutes, so it depends a nice crust. This is optional, but if you like "crispier" salmon, try this.

For Serving

  • Serve salmon over brown rice with cauliflower and lemon wedges.


A white bowl of baked salmon with lemon zest over brown rice with cauliflower.


And, if you need more great and healthy salmon recipes to try, check out these 50 BEST Salmon Recipes – all created by Registered Dietitians.

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