CEimB: Salmon with Sweet and Spicy Rub

by Joanne on April 9, 2009

Make the popcorn, grab the Milk Duds, sit back and prepare to enjoy this weeks episode of “Craving Ellie“. We have to congratulate Pam of Lobster and Fishsticks for a wonderful choice.  The recipe is from “The Food You Crave” by Ellie Krieger and can be found on page 227. Be sure to go to Lobster and Fishsticks  for more details.


Salmon is a healthy meal choice.  It is high in protein, rich in Omega-3’s (the healthy fats), and filled with Vitamin D, B-12 and a host of other nutrients.  There are endless recipes for salmon and if you have a good quality piece of fish, it is hard to go wrong.   

This recipe was very easy, quick, and tasty.  It finishes like candy.  I bet Pamela’s boys (Cookies with Boys) even liked it (check out Pamela’s post to find out).  One tip when cooking fish for the fish finicky:  make sure all the bones are out of there!  If those finicky fish eaters get a bone between their lips… game over! 



  • 2 TBS brown sugar (recipe called for light, we only had dark)
  • 1 TBS chili powder (Ted wasn’t looking so I put the whole TBS in 😉 )
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp fresh ground pepper
  • Salmon Fillets (we had  1 1/2 lbs)
  • 1 TBS olive oil

The meal was cook according to the book.  Ted prefers his fish JUST cooked and I like mine a little more done. Tonight’s fish was grilled, stove top for 6 minutes per side (Joanne’s piece was left on the hot grill for an extra couple of minutes while fooling around with pictures which achieved the perfect degree of  “doneness”).  We had 2 very thick fillets.  Tip:  When choosing the salmon, opt for the thick center cuts.  Make sure it is an even thickness throughout. 


On the side of this great dish, we had Broccolini with Lemon Glaze.

One more time… Thanks to Pam of Lobster and Fishsticks for a great weekday meal.

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  • At 2009.04.09 08:55, Jessica said:

    I think I over cooked my salmon by a minute or so…I would have preferred it a little more moist…live and learn. I love the broccolini you served with it.

    • At 2009.04.09 09:38, Cathy said:

      Yours looks absolutely perfect! Love it with the broccolini! So glad that this was a hit in your house.

      • At 2009.04.09 10:15, Danielle said:

        That looks perfect!

        • At 2009.04.09 12:57, Hélène said:

          What a beautiful salmon. I have to make this.

          • At 2009.04.09 14:45, Aggie said:

            Oh yum…I’m so hungry looking at your pics!! I can’t wait to make this tonight! Yours looks great!!

            • At 2009.04.09 15:02, applec said:

              The outside was SO good! It was like having dessert with your main meal.

              • At 2009.04.09 16:47, Leanne said:

                Your pictures look great! I agree that the rub was wonderful. Glad you enjoyed it.

                • At 2009.04.09 16:54, Marthe said:

                  That broccolini with lemon glaze sounds really good, I absolutely loved the salmon!

                  • At 2009.04.09 17:02, Sara said:

                    Your fish looks absolutely beautiful and the broccolini sounds yummy. That is my new favorite vegetable.

                    • At 2009.04.09 20:36, pamela said:

                      Can you believe that I forgot to write if the boys liked it or not? I’ve been so forgetful this week! Anyway, Vincent ate some, but Christian didn’t want any. Well…3 outta 4 ain’t bad, right? It was delicious! Thanks for thinking of me in your post!

                      • At 2009.04.10 15:12, Peggy said:

                        Yours looks so delicious. I’m ready to eat this again and it has only been four days since I made it the first time. I bet it was good with the broccolini.

                        • At 2009.04.10 15:23, Natalie said:


                          • At 2009.04.12 11:55, Leslie said:

                            Your photos make me so sad that I didn’t get to this one! Boy, does it look good!

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