Broiled Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

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Broiled Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub is an easy broiled salmon recipe topped with a simple salmon rub.  It’s a healthy dinner that comes together in minutes!

front shot of broiled salmon with salmon rub flaked with a fork

**This recipe was originally published in January 2013.  I’ve included more helpful information in the text and recipe, and updated the photos to include process shots.

Salmon is something that we eat weekly, so I prepare it a multitude of ways to change things up.  This Broiled Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub is a recipe that I turn to often as it’s so easy to make.

Years ago, I came across a salmon rub called Rub With Love.  I used it often, and while we really liked it, it was very expensive.  I decided to create my own version, and haven’t looked back.  

I’ve been making this recipe for years now, and it never gets old. 🙂

overhead shot of broiled salmon fillet on a white serving platter with fork flaking the fish

Why you’ll love this Easy Broiled Salmon Recipe:

  • The salmon is crisp and caramelized on the outside, and tender and juicy on the inside. 
  • It’s got a sweet and spicy flavor that compliments the salmon perfectly.
  • The recipe contains only 5 simple ingredients.
  • The salmon rub takes less than 1 minute to make.
  • Broiling is the quickest way to cook salmon.  It’s done in about 8-10 minutes!
  • Salmon is a healthy, protein packed meal that you can feel good about feeding your family.
  • This recipe is quick enough for busy weeknights, and elegant enough for entertaining.

Sweet and spicy salmon ingredients

You only need 5 ingredients for this easy broiled salmon!

  • 1 large salmon fillet or 4-6 smaller ones, weighing 4-6 ounces each
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Brown coconut sugar or brown sugar
  • Chili powder
  • Smoked paprika

The salmon rub includes 3 ingredients, plus salt, making it the easiest dry rub ever.

broiled salmon on baking sheet with chopped parsley on top

What is the best temperature to broil salmon?

The best temperature to broil salmon is 500 to 550 degrees, so be sure and set your broiler to high heat.   The high temperature is necessary to caramelize the salmon. 

The crisp, caramelized exterior is what makes broiled salmon so special.

Be sure that the salmon is 6 inches under the broiler in order to caramelize properly and cook quickly.  If it’s further from the broiler, it will not achieve the same level of crispness and will take longer to cook.

overhead shot of broiled salmon fillet with salmon dry rub and parsley

How long to broil salmon?

A 1″ thick salmon fillet will take about 8-10 minutes, so increase or decrease the cooking time accordingly.

Do you have to flip salmon when broiling?

Broiled salmon does not need to be flipped.  The broiler will work it’s magic and the end result is a beautiful, caramelized salmon fillet! 

How to make Broiled Salmon

broiled salmon before cooking, with and without salmon rub

  • Preheat the broiler.  Place the oven rack 6″ under the broiler, and preheat the broiler to high heat.
  • Prep the salmon.  Place the salmon fillet(s) on a foil lined baking sheet and brush with olive oil.  If the skin is off, coat the bottom of the fish with oil as well to prevent it from sticking.
  • Prepare the salmon rub.  Place the coconut sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika and kosher salt in a small bowl and stir to combine.  Massage the desired amount of salmon rub into the top of the salmon.
  • Broil the salmon.  Broil for about 8-10 minutes or until the top is caramelized and the fish flakes easily with a fork.

angled front shot of broiled salmon on baking sheet with parsley

How do I know when my broiled salmon is done?

Salmon is done when the fat has rendered and it flakes easily with fork.  A salmon fillet that is 1″ thick will take about 8-10 minutes under the broiler.

Recipe notes

  • It takes about 8-10 minutes to cook salmon fillets that are around 1″ thick.
  • If the skin is off of your salmon, I recommend coating the bottom with olive oil as well to prevent sticking. If the skin is on, the skin will stick to the foil and the fillet is easily removed from the pan.
  • Store leftover salmon in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Double or triple the salmon rub and store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.

broiled salmon with salmon rub on baking sheet with fork

Additional salmon recipes you’ll love:

Serve salmon with the following side dishes:

Broiled Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

Yield: 4 servings
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 8 minutes
Total Time: 13 minutes

Broiled Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub is an easy broiled salmon recipe topped with a simple salmon rub.  It's a healthy dinner that comes together in minutes!

front shot of broiled salmon with salmon rub flaked with a fork

Ingredients

  • 1 1/2 lbs. salmon, skin on or off (4-6 fillets or 1 large)
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown coconut sugar (or brown sugar)
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt

Instructions

  1. Place the salmon fillets on a foiled lined rimmed baking sheet. Place an oven rack about 6 inches from the top of the oven and preheat the broiler to high.
  2. Prepare the rub. In a small bowl, combine the coconut sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika and salt.
  3. Drizzle the olive oil evenly over the salmon fillets, then massage the desired amount of the salmon rub into the top of the salmon (you may not need it all).
  4. Broil the salmon for 5-10 minutes, depending on the thickness (see Notes), or until the salmon flakes easily with a fork. Serve and enjoy!

Notes

  • It takes about 8-10 minutes to cook salmon fillets that are around 1" thick.
  • If the skin is off of your salmon, I recommend coating the bottom with olive oil as well to prevent sticking. If the skin is on, the skin will stick to the foil and the fillet is easily removed from the pan.
  • Store leftover salmon in an air tight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.
  • Double or triple the salmon rub and store leftovers in an airtight container in a cool, dry place for up to 1 month.

Nutrition Information:

Yield:

4

Serving Size:

1

Amount Per Serving: Calories: 405Total Fat: 25gSaturated Fat: 5gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 18gCholesterol: 107mgSodium: 426mgCarbohydrates: 6gFiber: 1gSugar: 5gProtein: 38g

Nutrition information is mean to be an estimate only. The numbers will vary based on the quantity consumed, brands used and substitutions that are made. This information contains all of the dry rub, though you more than likely won't need it all.

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