Staple Recipe: Spicy Brown Sugar Salmon

I love trying new recipes. I’m constantly ripping out pages from Bon Appétit or bookmarking recipes from food blogs and Pinterest. With so many recipes on my “to try” list, it’s rare that I use the same recipe twice. On that rare occasion that I do repeat a recipe, it has to have certain qualities: versatility, simplicity, and taste really, really good. These recipes become staples because they can be thrown together without many ingredients and make for great leftovers in a variety of settings (on top of a salad, stir-fried with rice, etc).

This spicy brown sugar salmon has become one of my favorite go-to recipes. It is so incredibly easy to throw together, but tastes so much more delicious and complex than the mere 5 minutes it takes to get in the oven. This salmon is great on its own as the main course, or as leftovers on top off a salad. It has all the qualities I look for in a repeat recipe – versatility, simplicity, tasty – and is just an added bonus that it’s good for you too! Add this to your weekly recipe rotation now!

Spicy Brown Sugar Salmon adapted from How Sweet Eats

makes 4 servings


4 skin-on salmon filets (about 2 lbs)

1/4 cup brown sugar

1/2 tsp paprika

1/2 tsp garlic powder

1/2 tsp salt

1/2 tsp freshly ground black pepper

1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes

1. Preheat oven to 450 degrees. Spray baking sheet with cooking spray.

2. Combine sugar and spices in a small bowl and rub over each salmon filet (meat-side only, not skin-side).

3. Place skin side down on baking sheet and roast in the oven 12-15 minutes until just cooked through in the center. Serve hot or cold as leftovers!




1 thought on “Staple Recipe: Spicy Brown Sugar Salmon

  1. kim litt

    yum! I’ve been making a ton of salmon lately, we’re kind of addicted — I’ll definitely try this!!

    Love your blog, CC! 😀


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