I absolutely love the bold flavours of this spicy baked salmon. The salmon is coated in a spice rub and than baked low and slow in the oven until moist and flakey. It’s simple to prepare and so delicious. This salmon is Whole30, Paleo, Keto and Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal. 

Spicy Baked Salmon
Growing up on the west coast of Canada, salmon is basically its own food group (insert maple syrup and/or lumber jack joke here).

Spicy Baked Salmon
There are so many different ways to prepare salmon, grilled, poached, seared or broiled, but my absolute favourite way is to bake it low and slow.

Spicy Baked Salmon
Baking the salmon at 140° Celsius (280°F) for 30 minutes creates the most deliciously flakey and moist salmon, because in my opinion there is nothing worse than dry fish.

Spicy Baked Salmon
I love the spicy flavours in this rub. If you aren’t a fan of spicy food I recommend starting with just half a teaspoon of chili powder, tasting the mix and then adjusting the flavour depending on your preference.

Any extra salmon is fantastic enjoyed as cold leftovers with salad for 2 or 3 days after baking it. I recommend always eating leftover salmon cold, don’t reheat it as this will dry out the salmon.

This spicy baked salmon tastes just as good cold as it does warm, and would be a great dish to make ahead and serve at room temperature with salad to guests. So easy and so delicious.

Spicy Baked Salmon

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Spicy Baked Salmon

Every Last Bite
This Spicy Baked Salmon is cooked in the oven low and slow until tender and flakey. It's coated in a spicy rub that's so tasty.
4.54 from 13 votes
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Diets Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Grain Free, Keto, Nut Free, Paleo, Specific Carbohydrate Diet Legal, Whole30
Servings 4
Calories 216 kcal


  • 500 grams salmon fillet
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • 2 cloves garlic crushed
  • 1 tbsp paprika
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp chili powder
  • 1 tbsp dried oregano
  • 1 tbsp dried sage
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1 tbsp fresh fennel, chopped


  • Preheat the oven to 140 degrees Celsius (280 degrees Fahrenheit) and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. 
  • Lay the salmon on the baking sheet and drizzle it with 1 tsp of olive oil. Run the crushed garlic evenly over the salmon.
  • In a bowl combine the paprika, pepper, chili powder, oregano and sage. Sprinkle the spices over the salmon so that it is completely coated all over. Drizzle with the remaining 1 tsp olive oil and then place the tray in the oven to bake for 25-30 minutes. 
  • The salmon is done when it flakes easily with a fork. Remove it from the oven and squeeze the juice from half of the lemon over the salmon. Sprinkle with lemon zest and chopped fennel before serving. 
Calories: 216kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 26gFat: 10gSaturated Fat: 2gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 69mgSodium: 71mgPotassium: 735mgFiber: 2gSugar: 1gCalcium: 60mgIron: 2mg
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