Spice Rub Baked Salmon with Avocado Salsa

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Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
15 mins
Total Time
20 mins
Calories
491

Paleo Baked Salmon that’s rubbed down with a sweet & spicy spice blend and seared in the oven for that perfect flaky bite! This tender salmon is topped with a creamy Avocado Salsa and done in less than 30 minutes for the ultimate weeknight dinner!

Baked Salmon your thing? Then you need to make my 20 Minute Garlic Butter Baked Salmon or my Easy Chili Lime Grilled Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa.

baked salmon in foil with avocado salsa on top

My Favorite Spice Rubbed Baked Salmon Recipe

Guys, I cannot even describe to you how excited for you to try out this recipe!

This meal is a powerhouse on flavor and nutrients! It has a whopping 50 grams of protein in each serving, good fat from both the salmon and the avocado, omega-3’s and 8 grams of fiber. It’s the perfect meal to fill your body up after a long day AND a work out. (cuz I know you’re working out now … right?)

Here’s the good news. I know hearing all the nutrients may not get you excited to eat this … hmm… omega-3’s don’t sound good? How about a center cut Salmon Filet that’s rubbed down with a sweet and spicy Spice Blend then baked in the oven until the fish flakes off with a slightly crispy sear on top.

But we don’t stop there. Oh no, now we top that flaky Salmon with a homemade Avocado Salsa that is creamy and zesty. The salsa totally takes this dish over the top and makes it completely irresistible. If you don’t like salmon, here’s a Chicken version of this same dish. Psst.. it’s been pinned almost half a million times. So, I’d say you like it! 🙂

how to make spice rub baked salmon

Here’s what you need for this Spice Rub Baked Salmon Recipe:

Spice rubs are where it’s at. Sure, salt and pepper are fine. But rub a spice blend on it and you’re guaranteed to have a cash money end product in the end. Here’s what you’ll need to make this salmon recipe.

  • Salmon: You can bake this in portioned salmon filets or the long filet and then slice it yourself.
  • Spices: Your pantry will be your best friend here. I use a combo of cumin, smoked paprika, garlic powder, red pepper flakes, salt and pepper.
  • Olive Oil: Just one tablespoon of extra virgin olive oil is all you’ll need here.
  • Avocado: You can’t go wrong with this one -fresh whole avocado are key.
  • Cilantro: Fresh is best. You’ll be using this in the avocado salsa.
  • Garlic: Minced garlic cloves will add the zing this dish needs. Can I get an amen from all those garlic lovers! 
  • Lime: What is salsa without lime juice? Plus it keeps those avocados from turning burn.
  • Red Wine Vinegar: I love the acid the red wine vinegar brings to this dish and helps cut through the fat from the salmon and avocado. Just a little goes a long way here.

baked salmon topped with avocado

How to make this Spice Rubbed Baked Salmon?

This recipe comes together so fast, as in 20 minutes and you’re eating. You can’t get better than that!

  1. Preheat Oven: Set oven to 400°F.
  2. Prep Salmon: Pat salmon dry with a paper towel. This helps the spices that you season it with stick better.
  3. Make Spice Blend: In a small bowl, add garlic powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, salt and olive oil.
  4. Season Salmon: Rub seasoning blend on the flesh side of the salmon. Place on baking sheet skin side down.
  5. Place in Oven: Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Broil: Remove from oven and turn the broiler on. Place salmon back in oven under broiler for another 2-3 minutes, or until the top is browned and crispy.

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What temperature do you bake salmon?

There’s a couple theories here on what temperature. I’ve seen 325°F, 350°F, 400°F and even 425°F. I have tried just about all of them and in my opinion the best temperature is 400°F. I even cook my salmon in the air fryer at 400°F. The high heat sears the outside of the salmon and gives you that crunchy texture, while the inside is perfectly flaky. I even like the place my salmon under the broiler for 2 minutes or so to really lock in that sear. Trust me, the sear is where the flavor is at.

salmon with spice rub on it that's topped with avocado salsa

How long do you bake salmon?

This will depend on the thickness of your salmon. It can range anywhere between 6 minutes or 12 minutes when baked in the oven. This also assumes a cook temperature of 400°F. 

How to tell if Salmon is cooked?

The best way to tell if your salmon is done is by gently pressing down on the top with a fork. If the salmon flakes, meaning it easily breaks along the white lines that run across the salmon, then it is done.

homemade avocado salsa

How to make an Avocado Salsa Recipe?

The key to avocado salsa is fresh ingredients and 5 minutes. Here’s how to make it, and believe me you don’t want to skip this part of the recipe!

  1. Cut Avocado: This is not guacamole. It’s salsa, so instead of mashing the avocado, you’re going to cut it into medium size chunks.
  2. Mix Ingredients: In a small bowl, add avocado, cilantro, red wine vinegar, lime juice, red pepper flakes, garlic clove, and salt to taste. Gently stir to combine.

What to serve with this Salmon?

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baked salmon in foil with avocado salsa on top

Spice Rubbed Salmon with Avocado Salsa

  • Author: Krista @ JoyfulHealthyEats.com
  • prep_time Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • cook_time Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • total_time Total Time: 20 minutes
  • yield Yield: 4 1x
  • category Category: Seafood
  • method Method: Oven
  • cuisine Cuisine: Latin
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Description

Paleo Baked Salmon that’s rubbed down with a sweet & spicy spice blend and seared in the oven for that perfect flaky bite! This tender salmon is topped with a creamy Avocado Salsa and done in less than 30 minutes for the ultimate weeknight dinner!

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Ingredients

Spice Rubbed Salmon:

  • 1.5lb. salmon filet
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

Avocado Salsa:

  • 3 avocados, diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro
  • 1/2 tablespoon red wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1/2 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • salt to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 400°F.
  2. Pat salmon dry.
  3. In a small bowl, add garlic powder, smoked paprika, ground cumin, salt and olive oil.
  4. Rub seasoning blend on the flesh side of the salmon. Place on baking sheet skin side down.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes.
  6. Remove from oven and turn the broiler on. Place salmon in oven under broiler for another 2-3 minutes, or until the top is browned and crispy.
  7. In a small bowl, add avocado, cilantro, red wine vinegar, lime juice, red pepper flakes, garlic clove, and salt to taste. Gently stir to combine.
  8. Top the salmon with with avocado salsa. Serve!

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 6 oz. + salsa
  • Calories: 491
  • Sugar: 1 g
  • Sodium: 315 mg
  • Fat: 28 g
  • Saturated Fat: 3 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fiber: 8 g
  • Protein: 50 g
  • Cholesterol: 0 mg

Keywords: baked salmon, oven baked salmon, avocado salsa

 

 

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38 Responses
  1. Anthony

    Holy smokes this looks tasty! I like the idea of putting a rub on the salmon to get a flavor boost. I cook salmon in the oven a lot, usually oven poaching with some aromatics, but haven’t utilized a spice rub as much. Thanks!

  2. Christel Delétang

    As I baked it a few days ago, I can tell that it is really an easy and quick receipe you need to know because it is just so delicious ! I added red onion slices on top and everything was so flavourful, I really appreciated, thank you so much, Krista !!!!

  3. Emelia

    Love! Love! Love! Tonight will be my second time making this winner for my fiance and me. The perfect amount of sweet, slightly spicy, and definitely refreshing! The ultimate beginning of summer dish! Thanks for sharing this recipe with the world!

  4. Emily Palmer

    Every time I bake salmon, I keep coming back to this recipe. It’s delicious, fresh and simple, and never looses it’s flare. Thank you for sharing this amazing recipe!

  5. Tamara

    This was amazing. We made the mango couscous salad to go with. My husband is not a cilantro fan but loved both of these recipes. Thank you! Love your blog/recipes.

    1. Krista

      Ohh you just made my day Tamara! I’m so honored both of my recipes were on your dinner plate. EEk!! And that you loved them! Hurray!

  6. Bethany @ athletic avocado

    I’m going googly-eyed all over these salmon pictures while drooling at the same time! I cannot tell you how much I love both salmon and avocado! This dish looks super flavorful!

  7. Tiffany

    oh my, this looks SO incredible! Just stumbled across your site and I’m loving your gorgeous and healthy recipes! xo, Tiffany

  8. Renee - Kudos Kitchen

    This is one of the best looking salmon dishes I’ve seen in a long time. The topping of the avocados and onions is seriously making my mouth water. I can’t wait to make this! I know my husband will love it too!

  9. Patricia @ Grab a Plate

    9:30 p.m. and this post is KILLING ME! I love every little thing about it, and really can’t wait to try it. Just beautiful, too!

    1. Krista

      haha… I’m with ya girl! I hate pulling up recipes or working late at night because it’s all food and then I’m hungry! 🙂 Late night snack?

  10. Erin @ The Speckled Palate

    EVERYTHING about this salmon just makes me so happy. The spices. That salsa. The way it’s cooked. I have no doubt this is going to be a HUGE hit in my household!

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