Salmon Rub

Salmon Rub

Community Classics .
Edited on Jul 03, 2007

Sounds strange with sugar and so many spices, but tastes awesome on grilled salmon! Everyone loved it, kids and adults! Got this from the family fun website.


1 2- to 3-lb. salmon fillet
4 tbsp. or more Salmon Rub (below)
Mayonnaise (optional)
Hardwood chips (optional)

3 tbsp. kosher salt
2 tbsp. sugar
1 tbsp. light or dark brown sugar
2 tsp. ground black pepper
2 tsp. celery seed
2 tsp. paprika
2 tsp. garlic powder
1 tsp. cayenne
1 tsp. onion powder
1/2 tsp. chili powder
1/4 tsp. ground cumin
1/4 tsp. ground fennel seed


1. Combine all the rub ingredients (the recipe makes 2/3 cup) and sprinkle several tablespoons on the flesh side of the fish, working it in with the back of a spoon. (Store the remaining rub in an airtight container.)

2. If the fillet is from a less oily variety, such as Atlantic, first coat it with a thin layer of mayonnaise. When your coals are ashed over, or with the gas grill at Medium, add a handful of soaked hardwood chips.

3. Place the fillet on a lightly oiled cooking rack skin-side down and close the grill. Do not turn the fish. Cooking time will vary anywhere from 15 minutes to 1 hour. The fish is done when the flesh separates into moist sections with a fork (don't wait until it separates into dry flakes). Serves 4 to 6.

Not a NESTLÉ®-tested recipe.

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