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Spicy Baked Salmon

Posted by Denise on October 9, 2012

spicy baked salmon on brown plate
Moist and slightly spicy, the easy rub kicks Spicy Baked Salmon up for an easy weeknight dinner.

Months ago, I found this recipe in a magazine (I wish I could remember which one, but I think it was Cook’s Illustrated) and just had to try it. We are trying to add more fish into our diets, especially those fish high in healthy fats. We love the taste of salmon and it is very easy to work with. This recipe is quick and easy, perfect for a weeknight dinner. Pair it with a fresh salad and a veggie and supper is ready.

The salmon turned out so good, moist and nicely seasoned, that we ate the entire filet at one meal! We like spicy things and this has a little bite to it. If you don’t like it spicy, just leave the cayenne pepper out of the mix and it will still be delicious.

We have made Spicy Baked Salmon many times since and it has become one of our favorite salmon dishes.


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Spicy Baked Salmon



 spicy baked salmon ingredients

 Spicy Baked Salmon ingredients.




Makes 3 to 4 servings





Salmon filet, preferably with skin still on it, between 2 and 3 pounds

1 ½

tablespoon olive oil


clove garlic, peeled and pressed through garlic press or ½ teaspoon garlic powder


tablespoons onion, finely minced

1 ½

teaspoon black pepper, freshly ground if possible


teaspoon paprika


teaspoon ground cayenne pepper


teaspoon dried thyme


teaspoon salt





1.    Preheat the oven to 325o F. Combine all of the spices together in a small bowl.

spicy baked salmon spices in bowl


2.    Place the salmon skin side down on a baking sheet. Drizzle the olive oil onto the salmon filet and rub it lightly into the fish’s fleshy side. Sprinkle the spice mixture evenly over the fish. Gently rub the spices into the salmon’s flesh.

               spicy baked salmon


3.    Place salmon in oven on lower rack and cook for 20-30 minutes or until it is cooked through but not dry.  

4.    Cut into serving sized pieces and plate up. Enjoy!

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Note: You can cut the filet into serving sizes before it is baked if you prefer. It has a neater appearance if you are trying to impress someone if you cut the fish while it is raw. You will need to watch it a little more closely since the fish will cook more quickly in smaller cuts. Group the pieces together to keep it from cooking too quickly.


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