Pan-Roasted Salmon

Pan-Roasted Salmon

I don’t usually like to tell you guys what to do.  I figure you are welcome to try my recipes if you find them interesting.

But, this fish recipe is different.  This recipe will blow your mind.

Pan-Roasted Salmon

Out of all the food I’ve cooked, this is probably the recipe I have made the most ever in my kitchen.  In fact, I bet I’ve made it at least 30 times in the past 5 years.  Now, that’s saying something.

In addition to the salmon always coming out perfectly delicious, this fool-proof recipe is very easy to follow, yet looks super impressive.  How awesome is that?

Pan-Roasted Salmon

The combination of the brown sugar, cinnamon and cumin in this rub is wondrous.  Please try it.


I like to serve it over garlic sautéed spinach or alongside garlic parmesan green beans and red potatoes.  But it can also just go with steamed rice if you prefer.

Pan-Roasted Salmon

Wondrous, I tell you.

Pan-Roasted Salmon

Want more proof?  Check out this video of me cooking this very recipe:

Pan-Roasted Salmon


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If you give this recipe a try, let me know what you think by leaving a comment and rating it. And don’t forget to take a picture and tag it #asweetpeachef on Instagram! I LOVE seeing what you come up with. Enjoy!

4.2 from 5 reviews
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Be ready for the best salmon recipe you've ever eaten. This Pan-Roasted Salmon is amazing. (Adapted from Cuisine At Home Magazine)
Recipe type: Easy
Serves: 4
  • 4 6-oz. salmon fillets, skin on
  • 1 tbsp. olive oil
  • 2 tbsp. brown sugar
  • 2 tsp. kosher salt
  • 1 tsp. ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp. ground cumin
  • ¼ tsp. dry mustard
  • ⅛ tsp. ground cinnamon
  1. Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.
  2. Combine the brown sugar, salt, pepper, cumin, dry mustard and cinnamon in a small bowl and set aside.
  3. Rinse the salmon in running water to remove any loose scales and then gently pat them dry using a paper towel. Remove all excess water prior to adding the rub.
  4. Rub the spice mixture on the top side (non-skin) of the salmon fillets.
  5. Heat an oven-proof fry pan over high heat. Add the olive oil to the pan and allow to get hot. Place the fillets, rub-side down, in the hot oil. The fish should sizzle.
  6. When the fish releases easily (doesn't stick to the pan) and the rub side is nicely browned, about 2-4 minutes, carefully flip the fillets over and transfer pan to the oven.
  7. Roast the salmon until it flakes easily with a fork (insert a fork and gently twist -- if the fish looks flaky, it's ready), about 5-8 minutes.


  1. Maryan says


    Thank u for sharing this recipe, looking forward to making tonight for dinner. I don’t have mustard of any kind. Will making this dish without mustard alter the taste dramtically?



      • Maryan says

        We eat salmon once a month, usually baked. My husband and I loved this recipe. The spice rub is amaaaaaazzzing. We had this dish with Cajun sweet potato wedges. The combination of the salmon and potato was delicious.

        Thanks again.

  2. Michelle says

    My family eats salmon a lot and my kids can get sick of it. However, they really loved it tonight with this recipe! I will reduce the salt slightly next time, maybe by 1/2 tsp., but it was a success. Which is great to say because it makes my failures not so many.

  3. Angela says

    Hi. I made this and I love the way it cooked up but the cumin flavour was too prevalent for our tastes. We love Mexican food and I cook with using cumin frequently so I am aware of its flavour. I will use this recipe again but will reduce the cumin by 50% for sure.

  4. bay area mom says

    This is THE BEST salmon recipe EVER! I will be forever thankful to my friend for turning me on to it. Every single time I have prepared this it has been a huge hit with adults and kids alike. Without fail, every new family I’ve introduced it to has asked for the recipe. Love it, thank you!

  5. Fran Terhune says

    Lacey, You photography is spectacular. I am so excited I found your blog. Thanks so much for the ebook! I have not found a salmon recipe I care for or wish to try…this one is a must! (((HUGS)))

    • says

      Hi Fran! I’m so glad you found me, too! :). Thanks so much. I love hearing that about the salmon recipe and I appreciate your kind words about my photography. Enjoy the cookbook :)

  6. charles says

    Technique is good but rub is too salty by far (and I’m a salt freak). B-. Might be OK if you cut the salt by 2/3ds. No evident flavor from the mustard or the cinnamon, maybe because you just got salt and cumin.

  7. Ann says

    This was fantastic! Thanks so much! I cut back on the salt but it was still a wonderful dish. I just recently started cooling with cast iron and am loving it!

  8. says

    Made this tonight. I love how simple and delicious this recipe is. The cinnamon, cumin, and mustard balance out the brown sugar nicely so it has a hint of sweetness but isn’t cloying. Delicious.

  9. Bianca says

    Made this tonight in my cast iron skillet. I heated the killer in the ven a 450 for lost n hour before I put it on the cooktop to sear the salmon. After searing, I put it back in the ven or about 5 minutes – perfection. I typically grill or bake our salmon but this one is a keeper!! The crusted brown sugar with hint of cinnamon is a hit.

    Served with your “bikini” reds, asiago bread and a salad with pear vinaigrette.

    Now let’s just hope my skillet won’t smell fishy 😉

  10. Robyn says

    Made it tonight and it was very good! I loved the mix of spices. I used 1 tsp sea salt and I thought it was plenty. Thanks for the great recipe! Pinning now.

  11. says

    Loved the recipe. Finally, my teenager tried and loved it! Hurray! I would add less kosher salt next time. Or, I would only put the rub on after the oven and skillet are preheated so the rub releases in the pan and not on the cutting board. Also, if cooking a large batch of salmon, I would grease a cookie sheet with olive oil and preheat along with the oven. Then sear all the salmon at once then finish together in the oven on the cookie sheet. This would serve a crowd easily this way

    Really great! Thanks.

  12. says

    I made this salmon for dinner tonight and, oh my word, it was by far the best salmon I have ever had. Thanks for a great recipe! This one is a keeper for sure!!!

  13. Jerry says

    Hi I just made this recipe this was the best salmon I have ever tasted thank you for such a delicious way to make salmon

  14. Kryss says

    My hubby double teamed this in the kitchen tonight and the results were amazing. This is def. added to the list for dinner parties. It was soooo easy! We made it with that garlic spinach ( my hubby kicked it’s butt) and risotto. We will use this for our next dinner party and look like pros with minimum effort. Thank thank thank you!

    Totally Satisfied Cooking Duo!

  15. Ben says

    Made this about 20 times now…. Truly awesome recipe. I reduce the cumin a biit and up the mustard but that’s just personal preference. Too good.


    – an aspiring cook

  16. cecilia says

    this rub was amazing! I halved it since I’m cooking for 2. I didn’t notice you had to use an oven-safe pan (which I don’t have) until I was already in the middle of the recipe, but I transferred it to a baking dish and it worked out okay– I also don’t have dry mustard but the internet tells me prepared mustard is an okay substitute — it tasted good to me! Next time I’ll try it with dry mustard (and I need to buy an oven-safe skillet)! This was delicious with a garlic & spinach thin pasta. Thank you!

    • says

      Cecilia, a baking dish is a great use instead of an oven-safe skillet….but I’d totally recommend getting one if you’d like to pan-roast foods more (which I totally recommend!). Thanks so much for the feedback :)

  17. Kelsey B says

    I’ve cooked this twice this week already! I’ve been waiting for a perfect salmon recipe to come along, and this is it! Goes great with pasta and spinach

  18. Jeanne says

    Used this recipe on salmon steaks last night and they were outstanding. Nice blend of spices. Needed a hotter oven for the steaks, but at 8 mins per side and 450 degrees they were perfect. Thanks

  19. Sheryl says

    Hi Lacey,

    I live in Seattle and my husband fishes for salmon every day in late summer/early fall. I was looking for something a little different to do with the salmon and came across your recipe. I was a little nervous because cumin and cinnamon can be overpowering. I am so pleased to say your recipe was simply amazing! My husband raved about it and said it was his new favorite! Thank you so much!

  20. Michele says

    So happy I found your blog! The salmon was amazing – my new favorite! I’ve already forwarded the recipe to 3 of my friends. Welcome to beautiful Austin, Texas!

  21. Cheryl says

    Sounds delicious – do you think it would work with another type of fish (eg. fresh water trout?). Thanks! :)

    • says

      Hi Cheryl! That’s a very good question. My only concern with another type of fish is the fish’s flavor making it through and marrying well with the flavors of the rub. I’d bet a trout would work well though — though maybe with a little less brown sugar. If you try it, would you share how it turns out?? :)

  22. says

    This recipe was delicious! I just made it for dinner. My husband and I loved it! I sauteed green beans with the leftover sauce. Thanks for sharing this easy recipe :)

  23. Kerry says

    This salmon is amazing and has become a weekly dinner for me and boyfriend. I think he loves me more for making it. He hugs and kisses me when he’s done!!

  24. says

    This is hands down my favorite salmon recipe ever! My husband requested it over steak for Valentine’s Day. I’m planning to feature your recipe and blog link on my site in the near future. Love your blog!

  25. Ted says

    Just tried this recipe; served the salmon with roasted smashed red potatoes and haricot vert. Would use this for guests.

  26. Katrina says

    So glad I decided to try this. I have NEVER eaten such wonderful salmon in my life! I used wild salmon (Costco’s frozen fillets) and cut the salt in half since we are watching sodium. This will be my special recipe for dinner guests. It was SO good, that we will have it often. I can’t wait to try it when our organic spinach and asparagus are ready in our garden. What a fabulous find! Thank you!

  27. kathy says

    i cut the sugar in half and it was still plenty (maybe too) sweet for me. will probably cut it further next time. and will do a better job w/ my ‘searing’ too. definitely one worth making again. served it in w/ roasted brussel sprouts.

  28. says

    found your site thanks to – i was looking for a brown-sugar salmon recipe, and oh good glory, this looks fantastic; we’ll definitely be eating this for dinner tonight! i’m so excited to have found this blog, i’m sure i’ll be back often.

    hope your business and culinary endeavors are going well! :)

  29. mary ann says

    How do I print your recipes? There is no print button and I don’t need the whole page..just the recipe.


    • says

      Hi Mary Ann! There is actually a print option at the bottom of each post with a little green and white icon of a printer (4th from the right). It is right above the Related Posts section in the cartoon vines if you’re on the actual recipe page or right above the Categories section if you’re on the homepage. Unfortunately, I don’t yet have an option to print just the recipe, but this option will only print the text (no images) of the post. If you don’t want the text also, you could always highlight and copy the recipe and directions and paste them into a word document and print from there. Hope that helps (and thanks for your interest in my recipes!)!

  30. Margot says

    I came across your site a day or 2 ago and made this recipe tonight. Great dinner for my husband and me. Looked up a recipe for “rissole potatoes” as I’d never made them before, and they were quite good with the salmon. I make salmon once or twice a month and usually try a new recipe – this one will be a repeat for sure-it’s one of the best I’ve had. Made it with leftover “Peas with Celery Root” from I had from a previous meal. Wonderful. Lots of butter was involved in the two side dishes so it was a more decadent meal than necessary, but the flavors were delish. I can see this salmon being good with a lot of different kinds of sides. Might try a tad less brown sugar next time.

    I’m browsing through your recipes and finding many things up our alley, so I’ll be cooking from your pages again. Thanks for a really good salmon recipe and the rissole potatoes enlightenment.

  31. Catherine says

    I just made this tonight and all I can say is UNBELIEVABLE. SO good! My boyfriend from alaska is quite picky about salmon, and he loved it!

  32. Adam says

    Cooked this tonight for my girlfriend in my new cast-iron pan (best holiday gift ever), and we both loved the flavors in the dish but found it to be a bit sweet for our tastes. I served it alongside roasted garlic asparagus, which turned out to be an excellent pairing. I’ll use less sugar next time, but all considered this one is a keeper!

  33. Katherine says

    I made this tonight ( in fact, plan on making 3 dishes from this site this week) and the majority of us liked it. I didn’t have large fillets, they were small and thin and I think it caused the fish to taste too seasoned. With that being said, I really liked the flavors of the rub. I also made garlic sauteed spinach to go with it and boy howdy was that wonderful! Thanks for dinner tonight. I love your site.

  34. Diana says

    I want to make a salmon dish for xmas eve, your recipe sounds wonderful. I just have one question? Is this a sweet dish? Is it possible for you to describe the flavors of this salmon dish? It sounds yummy but at the same time complex.

  35. Jacob says

    Very good recipe. I didn’t have any dry mustard so I cut that out and added a bit of soya sauce. Fantastically good.

  36. Kathy Baier says

    Lacey: This salmon recipe was SO easy and tasted delicious! Thanks for sharing. I hope to try another one of your recipes on Sunday. Keep ’em coming. We’re pulling for you! XOXOXO

  37. says

    I made this the other night! My boyfriend and I are both trying to lose weight and eat better at the same time, so I thought salmon over spinach would be an excellent choice – I picked this recipe based on all the gushing about it, and it was fabulous! My boyfriend is very serious about good food, and only praises the best, and he declared it “amazing” so it’s a winner! (and with the spinach I made, it added up to under 500 calories for the dinner with quite an impressive pack of nutrients!) AND it was super easy, I had the whole thing on the table in about fifteen minutes *grin* Thanks for a great recipe!

    • says

      Hi Kelly! I’m SO happy you and your boyfriend liked this dish. It’s definitely a favorite in our house, too. I agree: it’s so quick and easy to make PLUS it’s flavorful AND healthy. Winner! Thanks so much for sharing your feedback, I really appreciate it. Good luck with your diet!

  38. Ness says

    Hey, recipe looks awesome- although I had to pick up on where you wrote ‘it never fails to disappoint’- surely you mean impress, as it looks and sounds lush!!!!!

  39. Sarah says

    Great recipe! The seasonings go so well together. The only modification is the amount of salt. I would decrease it to 1 tsp of salt rather than the 2 (I used sea salt, not kosher if that makes a difference).

    • says

      Hey Sarah! Thanks for sharing your suggestion. I don’t usually cook with sea salt, so that is good to know that it should be decreased with it. Other than that, I’m glad you liked the recipe.

  40. Rhody says

    omg!! i just made this. i could not believe how easy it was. and the aroma from the spices had me drooling and staring at the timer willing it to hurry.

    since i’ve started my life change about three years ago, i’ve been searching for meals like this. i’ve cut down over 3/4’s of the processed foods i used to eat and prepared fresher stuff. seventy pounds lighter now, just twenty more to go. food like this will smooth the road even better. thanks, darlin’.

    this was so good, i emailed this link to my friends and family, begging them to try it. lol

    • says

      Rhody, yay!!! You tried out the recipe and you like it!!! See? SO easy, right? Congrats on your diet and weight loss…that’s amazing. About 4 years ago, I chose to re-work how I ate also and lost about 60 pounds. Keep up the good work! I will try to keep posting good, solid, healthy meals you can add to your repertoire.

  41. Rhody says

    wow…i have 2 filets defrosted, i think i’ll get the other two defrosted. i have everything to make this tonight. sounds wonderful.

  42. says

    This sounds amazing! Coincidentally I was looking fro a great salmon recipe just yesterday and today I stumbled upon your blog. I’m definitely going to try it soon. Good luck on your blog and your new business. I’ll be a regular reader. (And I’m a fellow San Diegan part time.)


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