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!
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!
- 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.
How to make sugar spiced salmon
- Preheat your oven to 400 degrees and spray a baking dish with non-stick cooking spray.
- Then mix your spices together while the oven is heating and set them aside.
- 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.)
- 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.)
- 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!
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!
- Roasted/sauteed veggies: Broccoli, asparagus and green beans are great options with this!
- Roasted baby potatoes with garlic and dill
- Fresh corn salad with avocado
- Kale salads: My favorites are peach & blueberry kale salad and citrus & pomegranate kale salad.
- Roasted/mashed butternut squash
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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- Chipotle Salmon Tacos with Mango Salsa
- Smoked Salmon Sushi Roll Ups with Citrus Soy Sauce
- Easy Cilantro Lime Shrimp & Avocado Salad
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Easy Baked Sugar Spiced Salmon
- 4 salmon fillets (can use fillets with the skin on or off)
- 2 Tbsp coconut sugar (can be replaced with brown sugar)
- 1½ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp salt
- ½ tsp pepper
- Lemon wedges, for serving
- 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.