These delicious slightly spicy and sweet chili rubbed salmon filets are dairy free, gluten free, perfectly seasoned and come together in just 20 minutes as a healthy meal!
20-Minute Sweet Chili Rubbed Salmon Filets
It was about time I revisited this delicious recipe. These sweet chili rubbed salmon filets made their way into my kitchen way back in 2013 and became a staple, go-to, fave! I’ve noticed on my analytics that this recipe over the last 7 years is still being visited by readers all the time so it was definitely due for new beautiful photography and a little update.
When I created this recipe I had been experimenting with “enhancing” simple meals. For those who aren’t familiar with the term in relation to food, to me it basically means to bring out the natural flavors and add flavor intensity without adding heavy sauces, oils, butter, etc. The best way to do this is with using spices, herbs, or citrus!
How To Enhance Food With Spices & Herbs
I love cooking with a variety of spices, some you may have never even heard of before (ahem… “fenugreek”?!). It’s so much fun to attack the spice aisle in your favorite grocery stores and come up with some amazing flavor combinations. There are a bunch of spice combinations to be found all over Pinterest, and if you feel so inclined, there’s a book called The Flavour Bible that gives tons of profiles for different foods and the flavours, spices, and herbs that work well with them. If you feel this area is new to you my recommendations are to:
- Start simple, using one unfamiliar spice at a time in a familiar recipe or by following a recipe online (like this one!)
- Experiment with dry herbs during cooking and experiment with fresh herbs as garnishes
- Always consider citrus! Try lemon, lime, or even orange as a garnish or in your dishes as it always enhances with so much freshness!
- Write down your faves for future inspiration. When you come across a new spice, herb, or citrus that you love with a particular food or recipe, write it down and go back to it again.
The Sweet Chili Rub for the Salmon
Salmon is a great ingredient when it comes to trying out different spices, herbs, and citrus as it’s a very versatile fish, not to mention it’s super healthy, full of essential fatty acids, and delicious! I love to make maple or ginger soy salmon and recently I made this delicious blackened salmon salad using a great combo of spices. For the sweet chili rubbed salmon filets I combined chili powder for a little heat with coconut palm sugar for a little sweet. Then, dill adds in a perfect amount freshness along with lemon and the staples, garlic and onion powder.
If you aren’t into spicy food, this rub is actually very mild so it’s worth a try and your mouth definitely won’t be on fire after eating it!
Here’s what you’ll need to make the rub:
- chili powder
- fresh dill
- garlic powder
- onion powder
- ground cumin
- coconut palm sugar
This delicious mix of herbs and spices for the rub truly creates an amazing flavor combination that “enhances” the salmon wonderfully.
Complete the Sweet Chili Rubbed Salmon in a Bowl!
You can literally serve this rubbed salmon with any sides your heart desires but my favorite way to gobble it up is with a bed of rice or quinoa, a sprinkle of mixed greens, roasted broccoli and lightly salted tomatoes, and a big wedge of lemon to squeeze over it all….there’s the citrus! I also decided to add a sprinkle of hemp seeds at the end which is totally optional but adds even more nutrition and a touch of texture.
In less than 20-minutes from start to finish you have an amazing, nourishing, wonderfully “enhanced”, easy-peasy lunch or dinner to enjoy on your own or make for the whole fam. Yum!
Be sure to pin the photo below the recipe to save this one for later as it’s also a great “stay-at-home” recipe idea for these crazy times!
Christal // NITK