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

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.