baked salmon with spiced cocoa rub

Here’s a new recipe for salmon!

I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I can’t stop talking about how I love mixing things up so I don’t get bored of eating the same thing over and over again. Salmon is no exception. Small changes lead to big results and it doesn’t take much effort to change up your seasonings so that you’ll get a whole new dish! 🙂

This is a very simple rub that you can use for many different foods. Try rubbing some on chicken pieces before you bake it or on different cuts of meat. I make extra rub and keep it in my pantry in a small glass jar. Don’t forget to label your jar so you can remember what’s inside!

I may have put a little bit too much on the salmon (as shown in my picture), but it still was so yummy!

Have you tried any new spices on salmon lately?
I’d love to know, so please share your ideas and comments below!!

Baked Salmon With a Spiced Cocoa Rub

Serves 4-6

  • 1 tbs. brown sugar
  • 1 tsp. unsweetened cocoa powder
  • 1/4 tsp. chili powder
  • 1/4 tsp. cinnamon
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • 1 piece of salmon fillet with skin on, enough to serve 4

Mix all the ingredients in a small bowl until blended. Store in an airtight container, I use small Mason jars.

Rub 2-3 teaspoons of the rub on the salmon, depending on the size, and let it sit in the fridge for at least an hour. Leftover rub can be easily stored in your pantry.

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Place the salmon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Bake for 25 minutes, check for doneness before taking it out. When ready tent the salmon with aluminum foil and let sit for 5 minutes before serving.

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