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Spice Rubbed Grilled Salmon

Y'all.... This was so dang good! We try to eat salmon at least once a week so we can get those omega-3’s in that are so important to our health (and our little one’s).

I made a plain version for the kiddos (just a pinch of salt), not being sure if they would dig the spice rub, but it turned out that they preferred it! The brown sugar caramelized making a slightly sweet crunchy crust that they loved!

And don’t be afraid of the cocoa powder. I almost left it out, but then went for it and am SO glad I did. When you go savory with cocoa, it doesn’t taste like chocolate but gives depth and warmth to the salmon.

Bon Appetit!

Ingredients -


  • 1 tsp smoked paprika

  • 1 1/2 tsp brown sugar

  • 1/2 tsp chipotle chili powder (or plain chili powder if you don't like heat)

  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin

  • 1/2 tsp kosher salt

  • 1/2 tsp unsweetened cocoa powder

  • 1 lime, juiced

  • 1 lb salmon, cut into fillets (sustainably sourced)

  • olive oil spray

  • lime wedges for serving

For the salad:

  • 15.5 oz can black beans, drained and rinsed

  • 2 cups frozen or fresh corn kernels, thawed if frozen

  • 1/4 cup red onion, minced

  • 3 tbsp finely minced cilantro

  • 1 mango, chopped

  • 1 avocado chopped

  • 1 tomato, chopped

  • 2 tbsp fresh squeezed lime juice

  • kosher salt to taste

Directions -

  • Combine all the spices in a small bowl.

  • Squeeze lime juice over salmon. Rub in the spices to completely coat; set aside to rest while making the salad.

  • Combine all ingredients together in a bowl, toss with lime juice and salt; set aside.

  • Heat (medium - medium high) and lightly oil indoor or outdoor grill.

  • Grill the salmon for about 5-7 minutes (depending on thickness), flip and cook for another 2-3 minutes until desired doneness.

  • Serve with salad and lime wedge.

Compliments to @skinnytaste for this recipe inspiration!

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