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Sweet and Spicy Salmon cut in 3 pieces on pan after roasting, garnished with green onions
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Sweet and Spicy Salmon Recipe

A great rub of spices, brown sugar and lemon zest make this sweet and spicy salmon a light flavorful dish. Perfect for large crowds or just two.
Prep Time25 mins
Cook Time12 mins
Total Time37 mins
Servings (change as needed): 2


  • 2 salmon fillets (6-8 ounces each)
  • 3 tbsp pineapple or orange juice
  • 1 tsp soy sauce
  • 1 tsp maple syrup or honey


  • 1 tbsp brown sugar
  • 2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp grated lemon zest
  • 1/8 tsp cumin
  • 1/4 tsp salt (I use a bit more)
  • 1/8 tsp cinnamon


  • Preheat oven to 400F.
  • MARINATE SALMON: Place juice, maple syrup and soy in a ziploc bag along with salmon. Marinate for 20-30 minutes.
  • MAKE RUB: Combine all Rub ingredients in a small bowl and mix well.
  • PREPARE SALMON: Remove salmon fillets from the marinade. Discard the marinade. Place salmon fillets on a rimmed pan lined with foil or parchment paper. (If using foil, spray with oil for easy clean up). Generously sprinkle rub on top and sides of salmon (if you have a little extra and your salmon has no skin, cover that too).
  • ROAST SALMON AND SERVE: Roast salmon for 10-12 minutes just until it flakes (rule of thumb is 10 minutes per inch of thickness). Don't overcook. Salmon should be medium with a bit of darker pink in the middle if you don't want it dry. Serve hot or at room temperature with lemon slices. Can be cooled, then refrigerated for a day and brought to room temperature before serving.