Smoky and Spicy Roasted Salmon


  • 4

    (6-ounce) skinless salmon fillets

  • 1 ½

    tablespoons dark or light brown sugar

  • 1

    teaspoon kosher salt, plus more for serving

  • 1

    teaspoon dry mustard powder

  • 1

    teaspoon smoked paprika

  • ½

    teaspoon chili powder

  • ½

    teaspoon black pepper

  • ½

    teaspoon garlic powder

  • 2 to 3

    tablespoons olive oil


  1. Heat the oven to 450 degrees. Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel and place them in an ovenproof baking dish large enough to hold them without crowding.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the brown sugar, salt, mustard powder, paprika, chili powder, pepper and garlic powder; mix well with a fork.
  3. Sprinkle the spice rub over the fillets, then turn them, pressing gently, to coat all sides with the rub. Brush the fillets all over with the olive oil.
  4. Roast the salmon for 12 to 14 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillets, until it flakes easily and is just cooked in the center. Let the salmon rest for 5 minutes, then sprinkle lightly with salt and serve.