Sweet and Spicy Salmon

So it turns out that a spice rub isn’t just for pork. That new and fun fact, combined with my realization that flash-frozen sockeye salmon filets thaw quickly in their vacuum-sealed packaging when placed in a bowl of cold water, meant that a rather tasty salmon dinner made it to the table quite quickly without much planning. The mix of the brown sugar, orange  zest and cumin was a whole new — and wildly well received — direction for salmon. And so easy! I can’t imagine any reason to ever broil a plain filet again.


1 1/2 – 2 pounds of salmon filets

2 tsp. freshly grated orange zest

2 tsp. brown sugar

3/4 tsp. cumin

1/2 tsp. black pepper

1/4 tsp. kosher salt

2 Tbsp. fresh squeezed orange juice



  • Preheat broiler.
  • Remove skin from salmon.
  • Combine, brown sugar, orange zest, cumin, salt and pepper.  Pour 1 Tbsp. of orange juice over filets and rub half of the spice mix onto the filets with the backside of a spoon.
  • Transfer salmon to a broiling pan coated with nonstick spray, and cook for 5 minutes.
  • Turn filets and coat the second side with the remaining orange juice and spice mix. Broil for an additional 4-5 minutes or until salmon flakes easily.


2 thoughts on “Sweet and Spicy Salmon”

  1. WOW! This recipie was amazing! Simple enough ingredients and the right combination of them bursts flavor. I threw my salmon on the grill since it was a beautiful day out. A very easy and healthy recipie. Thanks for the idea!

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