Sweet and Savory Salmon

Salmon is one of the best foods for your heart and brain.

But maybe you have someone in your family who is not a salmon fan.

Here is a recipe that leverages everyone's innate preference for sweet foods and makes salmon a hit even with the pickiest of eaters.

The best part about this recipe is that it is so simple!


-3-6 oz of salmon per person

-Chili Powder

-Brown Sugar

-Salt and pepper (optional)

-Oil or cooking spray


  1. Debone the fish.  Let it sit out at room temperature for about 15 minutes.
  2. Sprinkle chili powder on each piece.
  3. Add  1-2 tsp. of brown sugar (per filet).  I usually take the back of a spoon to press the sugar into the flesh of the fish.
  4. Sprinkle a bit more chili powder and salt and pepper (optional).
  5. Heat a non-stick pan over medium heat.  Coat the pan with cooking spray or oil.
  6. Cook skin-side up for 90 seconds to 2 minutes, skin side down for 90 seconds to 2 minutes, and on each of the sides for 30-60 seconds**.
  7. Remove from heat and let rest for 5 minutes.

**Cooking times vary depending on the thickness of the cut; the internal temperature should reach at least 140 degrees.

I find that baked sweet potatoes pair really well with this dish.  I also likely steamed broccoli, asparagus or green beans.

If you want to jazz it up, you can top the salmon with chopped pecans and serve with a side of wilted spinach. The options are limitless!



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