Sweet and Spicy Salmon from Mazola

All I can say is if you like salmon please do yourself a favor and try this one out! Oh my gosh - this rub is perfection on the salmon. I made 4 salmon fillets for dinner and my son ate 2 1/2 of them by himself! The flavor is smoky and sweet, and the fish is flaky and tender. The combination is absolutely delicious and went perfectly with some fresh green beans and a piece of garlic toast. My son said it was the best meal we'd had in a long time. I choose to take that as a compliment to the recipe, and not a remark on my cooking of late! :D

I skipped the grapefruit salsa - the only ingredient that I will eat in the list is the grapefruit and I figured that would defeat the purpose (I love onion and bell pepper, but don't eat either raw). I will say most everyone else who did make the salsa said how great it was - so if you like those ingredients whip up a batch and let me know what you think!!

This is a wonderful recipe from Mazola - you can find their whole recipe collection on AllRecipes.com here.

Sweet and Spicy Salmon with Grapefruit Salsa from Mazola on AllRecipes

Sweet and Spicy Rub:
1 1/2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon onion powder
1 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon oregano
1/4 teaspoon thyme
1/4 teaspoon finely ground black pepper
1/8 teaspoon cayenne pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons brown sugar
1 pound salmon fillet
2 teaspoons Mazola® Corn Oil

Grapefruit Salsa:
2 cups grapefruit sections
1/3 cup chopped green onion
1/4 cup chopped red bell pepper
1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 jalapeno pepper, diced

  1. Preheat oven to 375 degrees F.
  2. Combine paprika, onion and garlic powder, salt, oregano, thyme, black pepper, cayenne pepper and brown sugar in a small bowl.
  3. Cut salmon into 4 portions and brush with oil. Distribute the rub over the salmon generously coating all surfaces. Place salmon on a shallow baking pan with sides.
  4. Bake for 15 to 20 minutes, until fish flakes easily.
  5. Coarsely chop grapefruit into bite size pieces. Combine all salsa ingredients and serve with salmon. Grapefruit salsa can be made ahead and refrigerated until ready to serve.


  1. Oh, this looks wonderful! I've been experimenting with cooking more fish this year and this might have to be my next recipe to try. YUM!

  2. I hope you give it a try Amy - we loved it!! :)

  3. That rub sounds wonderful and would work on many different meats. Great pick.

  4. Hmm after my success in liking tilapia when coated in Panko and Parmesan, maybe this should be my next fish adventure?

    1. I hope you decided to give it a try - this one is so good, definitely one of my favorite fish dishes I've ever made at home before!


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