Spicy dry-rubbed baked salmon

Heart Smart Gluten Free Low Sodium

This spicy dry-rubbed baked salmon recipe uses a salt-free spice mixture, a great option if you’re watching how much salt you eat. 


4 4-ounce fresh or frozen salmon fillets
4 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
2 tablespoons packed brown sugar
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon onion powder
1/4 teaspoon cumin


  1. Preheat oven to 375 F.
  2. Rub 1 teaspoon of oil on a salmon fillet. Place on a small baking sheet, skin-side-down. Repeat with remaining salmon fillets.
  3. In a small bowl, combine remaining ingredients. Stir with a fork until well-blended. Rub each fillet with 2 teaspoons of the rub mixture. Place baking sheet in the refrigerator for 10 minutes. Remove from refrigerator and bake for 20 to 25 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. (Fish is done when a cooking thermometer inserted into the center of the fillet reads 145 F.)
  4. Serve warm. 

Makes 4 servings

Recipe contains: fish

Carb choices per serving: 1/4

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First Published: 09/26/2016
Last Reviewed: 02/24/2022

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You can leave out or use less cayenne pepper if you prefer a less spicy fish.
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