Skip the store-bought marinade and try this juicy BBQ spiced salmon made from a simple homemade spice blend! This flavorful salmon comes together so easily, and tastes delicious over a simple side salad.
Anything barbecue flavored gets me SO excited for summer. Now that the weather is starting to get nicer on the east coast, I’m trying to keep our meals light and summery.
This salmon is such an easy weeknight meal, and packed with heart-healthy omega-3 fats!
I’m all about keeping pre-made spice blends or marinades around for convenience, but also love experimenting with my own versions.
This BBQ spice rub is made with a few simple spices, and would be delicious with grilled chicken, tofu, or any protein you like.
The salmon comes out so juicy, and gets a delicious caramelization from the brown sugar. It has a sweet & smokey flavor, with a slight hint of heat from the cayenne pepper.
I love serving it with a side salad or a side of roasted veggies.
How to make a homemade BBQ spice rub
When I think BBQ spice, I think sweet and smokey. This homemade spice blend is seriously so easy to make, and can be doubled or tripled and used for so many things!
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Light brown sugar, or substitute coconut sugar
- Smoked paprika
- Garlic powder
- Onion powder
- Cayenne pepper
The spice blend is rubbed over the top of the salmon, then baked until golden brown. You can finish it off under the broiler for 2-3 minutes to get that perfect crisp.
You guys are going to love this simple dinner! Tag me on Instagram if you try it 🙂