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Sweet-Smoky-Spicy Alaska Salmon Rub

Prep Time:
15 min
Cook Time:
15 min


2 teaspoons smoked paprika (pimenton)
2 teaspoons brown sugar
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon coarse ground black pepper
1/2 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 teaspoon cocoa powder
1/4 teaspoon red chili flakes
4 Alaska Salmon steaks or fillets (6 to 8 oz. each), fresh or thawed
1 Tablespoon olive oil


Heat oven to 400ºF.  Blend all dry ingredients in a small bowl.  Reserve 1/2 tablespoon rub for potatoes.*  Rub/pat remaining spice mixture over top of Alaska Salmon.  Let the salmon rest 5 minutes before cooking.  

Heat an ovenproof pan over medium-high heat.  Add olive oil, then salmon, rub side down.  Cook 3 to 4 minutes, until browned.  Turn fillets over and place entire pan in oven.  Roast just until fish is opaque throughout, about 5 to 8 minutes.

*For Roasted Potatoes Accompaniment:  Heat oven to 400ºF.  In a bowl, stir 1 tablespoon olive oil into 1 pound cubed Yukon Gold or fingerling potatoes.  Add 1/2 teaspoon each thyme and sea salt to reserved rub; sprinkle herb blend on potatoes and stir to coat.  Place potatoes on spray-coated pan and roast for 15 to 20 minutes.