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Brown Sugar Baked Spicy Salmon

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This is a salmon recipe I threw together one night after a long active winter day. The kids just loved it, so I tried to re-create the recipe it the best I could. Several dry ingredients are blended together and then rubbed onto to the salmon. This is a similar method to how ribs are made. My kids have grown to love salmon, although fish was not their favorite thing at first. If your kids are not too keen on fish yet, start with mild white fish like tilapia, and eventually make your way to salmon. We try to eat salmon at least once a week because of its high omega-3 fatty acids and Vitamin D. Tonight I used 1/8 tsp. cayenne pepper in the rub and a few of the Tiny Tasters found it a bit spicy. I would use a bit less if your family is not a fan of spiciness.

Ingredients

Food
Amt
Units
Prep
Notes
2-3 pounds salmon fillets (can also use individual fillets)
salmon fillets
2-3
pounds
can also use individual fillets
1 teaspoon olive oil
olive oil
1
teaspoon
2 teaspoons paprika
paprika
2
teaspoons
¾ teaspoon salt
salt
¾
teaspoon
⅛ teaspoons pepper
pepper
teaspoons
⅛ teaspoon cayenne pepper (or just a dash if you desire less heat)
cayenne pepper
teaspoon
or just a dash if you desire less heat
½ teaspoon garlic powder
garlic powder
½
teaspoon
¼ teaspoon cumin
cumin
¼
teaspoon
¼ cups brown sugar
brown sugar
¼
cups

Method

Preheat oven 375 degrees. Spray or brush the salmon lightly with olive oil and place skin side down on cookie sheet or large pan misted with oil. Mix the remaining ingredients together in a small bowl until well blended. Spread the rub evenly on the top of the salmon (if your fillet is smaller, you may not need the whole mixture). Bake 20-25 minutes, until it is cooked through and flakes easily with a fork (may be less time if individual fillets are used so check after 15 minutes).

Prep time
5 min
Cook time
25 min
Cost per serving:
$3.75
Yields/Serves:
4-6
Nutrition Information

Yum Ratings

😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum! It’s spicy but I just keep eating it.” —Maria, age 11
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum! It’s a little too spicy” —Anna, age 10
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum!” —Joseph age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum! I like the spice!” (he inhaled it before any of us could sit down!) —Asa, age 5
😫😟😐😀😍 “Super Yum. It could be a little spicier, though” —Zane, age 9
😫😟😐😀😍 “Yum. That’s saying something, ’cause I don’t like fish!” —Thomas age 14.