Thursday, October 22, 2015

Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

"Think Orange", the theme for this week at I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC). We are celebrating the colour orange, and we can make any recipe with any orange-hued ingredients using any of Ellie Krieger's recipes. I've chosen to cook salmon.

Simple, easy and quick! Recipe calls for the salmon skin to be removed, but I did not do that. We like eating the fish with skin.The salmon fillets are brushed with some oil, then rubbed with the spice mix ; light brown sugar, chilli powder, cumin powder, ground black pepper, and salt. They are then grilled over medium heat until charred and cooked to your liking. We like ours well-done.

Served the salmon fillets with some steamed Asia greens. I did not have any lemons but have lots of calamansi lime. Squeeze half a calamansi lime over the salmon fillet just before serving, yummy!

Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub
(adapted from "The Food You Crave", Ellie Krieger)
Serves 6
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons packed light brown sugar
1 tablespoon chilli powder
1 teaspoon ground cumin
1/8 teaspoon salt
1/8 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
six 5-ounce salmon fillets, skin and any pin bones removed
1 tablespoon olive oil

Coat your grill or a grill pan with cooking spray and preheat over medium heat. While the grill is heating, combine the brown sugar, chilli powder, cumin, salt, and pepper. Brush each salmon fillet with 1/2 teaspoon of the spice mixture.

Grill the salmon, flesh side down, until charred, 4 to 5 minutes. Flip the salmon and cook for another 5 to 6 minutes for medium doneness. For well-done fish, cook an additional 1 to 2 minutes. Transfer to a platter and serve immediately.

I'm linking this post with I Heart Cooking Clubs (IHCC), theme for this week,
"Think Orange"



  1. Excellent! Love salmon and this recipe. Thanks for sharing, Joyce! It looks delicious!

  2. I'm so happy you chose a recipe from "the Food You Crave" because I have the book and this recipe looks really good. I usually cook salmon with the skin on, too. I don't eat a lot of it, but I think it adds flavor and holds the fish together. And, our lucky dog gets the salmon skin that we don't eat, so everyone is happy.

  3. Joyce, I love your grilled salmon. I always loved grilled salmon though it's also good to have steamed variation or even panfried ones. This is definitely a healthy dish for the family :)

  4. The rub sounds like it would go really well with salmon. I'll have to put this on my list...pinning so I won't forget :)

  5. I am a salmon fan! This is a simple yet great way to prepare salmon.

  6. I love the orange food you picked :) We adore salmon and this recipe sounds wonderful. I really like lElie Krieger also.

  7. Oh salmon, that's brilliant. I never thought of that but it is orangey. I love salmon & in my opinion we don't have it often enough. Great run you made for it.

  8. Another lovely dish, Joyce! I have this recipe marked to make because we love salmon, as well as all the flavors, and this recipe is so easy and healthy. Looks beautiful next to the greens:)

  9. I love salmon it is my favorite fish.

  10. I came thisclose to making this salmon dish too Joyce. That sweet and spicy rub sounds so good and I love that you used calamansi lime over it too. Great pick!

  11. Goodness! Salmon is such a great choice Joyce! I haven't cooked salmon for the longest time ever. I guess I can give this recipe a try. :D

  12. I like my salmon with the skin as well. Here I've learned another ingredient I know nothing about. Calamansi lime. How does it taste as compared with regular lime?

  13. Salmon is one of my faves. This looks just perfect for lunch - soon!



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