Quick and Easy Spicy Salmon

This spicy salmon recipe uses only a few ingredients: salmon, olive oil, and an assortment of spices. Even though it is simple, this salmon packs in so much flavor with the perfect amount of spice.

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Spicy Salmon made with a homemade spice blend takes less than ten minutes start to finish for an easy weeknight meal. Make it as mild or spicy as you like. Serve it with some Balsamic Brussel Sprouts or Healthy Fried Rice.

When I was younger my mom, who was the cook in the family growing up, served my brothers and I a lot of fish for dinner. Being like many other parents out there, she was so busy transporting us from one activity to the next that she had little time to make dinner. That being said she still wanted us to eat something healthy and nutritious. Fish was one of her go to dishes to prepare, even on her busiest of days. And we all loved this spicy salmon.

Nowadays the trend continues and I eat a lot of fish for the same reasons my mom did. Growing up I have discovered how easy it is to get stressed out with work and the general busyness of life, so much so that eating a healthy, delicious meal is no longer a priority. Many people think that frozen meals and take out food is the only way to have a quick dinner. Over the years I’ve discovered a handful of recipes that are made of wholesome, nutritious ingredients and take a matter of minutes to make. Among those recipes is this easy salmon recipe. All you need is ten to fifteen minutes and you can quickly make a delicious dinner.

Tips for Making Spicy Salmon

This healthy salmon recipe is a very simple task, perfect for even the worst of cooks to try. Yet there are a few tips to keep in mind when cooking salmon. You only need to cook salmon for about eight minutes, but since every oven and grill cooks food differently, keep an eye out for the texture of the salmon. When the salmon is flakey in texture it is fully cooked.

Many people also worry about the slimy, white substance that forms on the salmon while it cooks. This substance is just a protein that secretes from the muscle of the salmon. Just remove it before cooking. Also, if you choose to use frozen salmon, make sure it is completely thawed out before cooking, otherwise it will not cook fully or evenly in the oven.

Another tip is to marinate your salmon before hand. Though you can season the fish right on the spot if you do not have a lot of time, an easy marinade can add even more flavor and depth to the dish. Use the same ingredients listed below. Mix them together in a bowl, add a few tablespoons of water, and pour over the salmon. Keep stored in an air-tight container or gallon-sized plastic bag, and refrigerate for a few hours before cooking. As I said, this quick salmon recipe is pretty easy to make, and if you keep these tips in mind while cooking, it is practically foolproof.

The Benefits of Salmon

Salmon is one of those foods that is always talked about among the health community because it has so many health benefits. Whether you are on a weight-loss diet, diet to improve your health, or just want to start eating better, salmon is a great food to keep in the fridge. It is loaded with protein but contains fewer calories than other fatty fish and meats. It also has an abundance of vitamins and nutrients. It contains healthy fats, including omega 3s, which help reduce inflammation and improve your cardiovascular health. Salmon is also rich in antioxidants and b vitamins, which help balance and strengthen your immune system. This easy salmon recipe is chalk full of nutrients, which is one more reason it is a go-to in my recipe book.

Side Dishes for Spicy Salmon

One of my favorite sides to serve this healthy salmon recipe with is a fresh cranberry salad. Simply combine Fresh, mixed greens with a sprinkle of dried cranberries, roasted sunflower seeds, and a vinaigrette made of one part olive oil and one part lemon juice. The tart flavors of the cranberries and lemon pair wonderfully with the salmon.

If you are grilling the salmon, another great side to serve with this quick salmon recipe is grilled corn. Wrap the shucked corn in aluminum foil and place on the grill for about ten minutes while the salmon cooks until it is fully cooked. Top with butter, salt, and pepper and enjoy. You can also make this Mexican Grilled Corn smothered in lime and cheese.

Another easy side is roasted vegetables, which can be done with almost any vegetable you have in your fridge. My favorites are asparagus, potatoes, cherry tomatoes, mushrooms, and squash. Cut up your preferred vegetables into even, bite-sized cubes. Place them on a baking tray and drizzle them with a little bit of olive oil. Season them with salt, pepper, or even Italian seasoning. Give them a toss and cook them in the oven until they are tender. Make sure to give them a stir every now and then so that they do not burn. This is an easy side dish that is a great way to use up leftover vegetables.

Now that you know more about cooking salmon, and the different ways you can serve it, here is how to make this easy salmon recipe.

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Quick and Easy Spicy Salmon

Quick and Easy Spicy Salmon

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  • 2.5 tsp. chili powder (leave out or use half as much to make it less spicy)
  • 3/4 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp. salt
  • 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1/4 tsp. ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp. smoked paprika
  • 30 oz. skinless coho salmon fillets
  • 2.5 tsp. olive oil

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In a small bowl, mix together all of the dry spices.


Spray each piece of salmon with cooking spray and rub the spice rub onto the fish.


Using a sauté pan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the salmon and cook on one side for 4-5 minutes. Flip the salmon and cook for an additional 4-6 minutes until done to your liking. This would also be great grilled broiled for 4-5 minutes per side.

Nutritional Facts
Serving Size: 6 oz.
Amount Per Serving
Calories 274
Calories from Fat 23
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g
Saturated Fat 3g
Monounsaturated Fat 4g
Polyunsaturated Fat 3g
Cholesterol 77mg
Sodium 218mg
Total Carbohydrate 1g
Dietary Fiber 0g
Sugars 0g
Protein 37g

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

The Nutritional Values provided are estimates only and may vary based on the preparation method.


Any salmon variety will work for this recipe, just make sure to remove the skin.
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