Easy Baked Sugar Spiced Salmon

Sweet, spicy and ready in 10 minutes or less! This tasty salmon recipe is perfect for a quick meal and full of so much flavor!

An easy salmon recipe made with coconut sugar, paprika, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. It's sweet, a little spicy and perfect for a quick weeknight meal!

Salmon is hands down one of my favorite proteins! (Anyone else out there with me on this one?) Because have I got the recipe for you! This easy baked sugar spiced salmon is a brand new recipe that I tried a couple of weeks ago and my entire family is hooked on it now! It’s a little sweet with a touch of spice and adding that squeeze of lemon just puts it over the top! Plus I love that I can bake it too and it’ll come out perfectly cooked every single time! Trust me loves, if you’re looking for a super easy weeknight dinner that’s packed with flavor, easy and healthy for you too – then you NEED to try this recipe ASAP!

The best sugar spiced salmon recipe you will ever make! It's only a handful of ingredients and takes no time at all to make too!

Ingredients

  • Salmon fillets: You can use both fresh or frozen fillets for this recipe!
  • Coconut sugar: Adds a subtle sweetness to your salmon. (You can also replace it with regular brown sugar if you prefer.)
  • Paprika: Gives your salmon some color and adds to it’s flavor.
  • Salt: Every dish needs a touch of salt to really bring out those flavors!
  • Black pepper: Gives your salmon a hint of spice without overdoing it. (If you want your salmon a little “spicer” then you can add a 1/4 – ½ tsp more of pepper.)
  • Lemon wedges: Helps to elevate your flavors and cut the sweetness of the sugar.
A quick and easy baked salmon recipe that's perfect for a weeknight family dinner! It's gluten free, dairy free and refined sugar free too!

How to make sugar spiced salmon

  1. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Then mix your spices together while the oven is heating and set them aside.
  3. Next, place your salmon fillets in your prepared baking dish (skin side down) and sprinkle your spice mixture over the top. (I’ll usually pat the spices into the salmon a little bit with my hands.)
  4. Then place your salmon in the oven and bake for 10-11 minutes. (For a “crisper” salmon, turn your oven to broil and broil the fillets for 1-2 more minutes before pulling them out.)
  5. Serve them immedaitely with fresh lemon wedges on the side.

Should I use salmon fillets with the skin on or off?

Great news loves – both work for this recipe! Because we’re baking the salmon instead of searing it, it doesn’t matter if the skin is on or off. They both cook the same at the same temperature so it’s whichever one you prefer!

This easy sugar spiced salmon is always a family favorite and is so easy too! Just coated your filets with a simple dry rub and bake them to crispy perfection!

What do I serve with sugar spiced salmon?

This salmon is great with just about anything but here are a few side dishes that we absolutely LOVE to serve with it too!

And there you have it loves! A super simple dinner idea that takes no time at all to make and is incredibly tasty too! I just know your family will love this baked sugar spiced salmon just as much as we do!

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An easy salmon recipe made with coconut sugar, paprika, salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon. It's sweet, a little spicy and perfect for a quick weeknight meal!
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Easy Baked Sugar Spiced Salmon

Succulent salmon fillets are coated in a sweet and spicy dry rub and baked to golden perfection! They only take 10 minutes to make and are perfect for a quick and easy meal!
Prep Time5 mins
Cook Time10 mins
Total Time15 mins
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American, Dairy free, Gluten free
Keyword: baked, dairy free, easy, gluten free, salmon, spiced, sugar
Servings: 4 servings
Author: Caitlin Monson

Ingredients

  • 4 salmon fillets (can use fillets with the skin on or off)
  • 2 Tbsp coconut sugar (can be replaced with brown sugar)
  • tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp salt
  • ½ tsp pepper
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Instructions

  • Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray and baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
  • While the oven is heating, mix your coconut sugar, paprika, salt and pepper together in a small bowl. Then place your salmon fillets (skin side down if they have skin) in your prepared baking dish and sprinkle the top of the fillets with your spice mixture.
  • Place your salmon in the oven and bake for 10 minutes. Serve immediately with lemon wedges on the side. For "crispier" salmon you can also broil the fillets for 1-2 more minutes after baking.

6 Comments

  1. Fresh salmon? How many lbs total?

    • Hi Amber! Yes fresh salmon. And I would probabaly about 1 1/2 – 2 lbs of salmon. 🙂

      • Thank you, the recipe turned out delicious, so did the corn salad, however it did take 20 minutes for my salmon to cook. I don’t usually cook and eat salmon, thank you for the great recipe. I have a few more of your recipes lined up for this weeks dinner, thank you.

        • Hi Amber! I’m so glad you loved the recipe! And cook times can be a little tricky depending on your oven. But I’m so glad everything worked out for you! Let me know you ever have any other quesitons! 🙂

  2. Made this recipe using wild salmon for dinner tonight for my husband and kids and they all loved it. Made exactly as written and served it with roasted asparagus. Loved how quick and easy it was to prepare. Thanks Caitlin 😊

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