Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Smoked Paprika Rubbed Salmon

Okay, I have a new obsession.  True Blood.  I love it.  I can't get enough of it.  And I'm thankful that Netflix has consistently been delivering Season 2 to my mailbox for the past week or so.  Just sayin'.

Remember all that salmon we got a few weeks ago?  And the promise of me posting salmon recipes?  Yeah, I know.  I've slacked.  I haven't posted any since we got the salmon.  That doesn't mean we haven't cooked it.  Boy have we been eating salmon!  I've just gotten caught up with all the other things going on, that those recipes weren't in the spotlight to post.  Just yet, anyway.

But this baby.  This was great.  This... was my very UN-Superbowl-themed dinner that we had on Sunday.  Instead of gorging on wings, dips, and all those other Superbowl-related artery-clogging goodies... I settled (well, preferred) to have this beautiful (and slightly healthier!) salmon.

Adapted from Mccormick's website

Juice and zest from 1 minneola orange
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 teaspoon dried thyme
3 6 oz. salmon fillets
1 tablespoon brown sugar
1 tablespoon hot smoked paprika
1 teaspoon cinnamon
salt and pepper, to taste

In a small bowl, combine orange juice, olive oil, and thyme.  Place salmon fillets in plastic Ziploc bag and carefully pour in marinade.  Seal tightly, getting rid of as much air as possible from the bag.  Let sit in fridge for about 30 minutes.

Preheat oven to 400 F.

In another small bowl, combine brown sugar, paprika, cinnamon, salt, black pepper, and orange zest.

Remove salmon from bags and place on foil lined baking sheet.  Rub paprika mixture atop salmon and bake for about 10-12 minutes, or until salmon is pink throughout. 

We served this salmon with some freshly sauteed spinach, corn, & carrots.  It was a match made in heaven.  There was a great contrast of sweetness from the brown sugar and a little kick of spice with the hot paprika.  Definitely a great flavor! 

I chose the healthy route on such a gluttonous day, but only because I was too lazy to make anything too crazy.  This is definitely one of those quick weeknight dinners that will make you feel good about yourself afterwards!  Enjoy guys!


  1. Mmmmm...that salmon looks and sounds fab! I need to buy salmon. It has been way too long!
    I'm also totally in favor of the non-superbowl themed meal :)

  2. Finding salmon recipes at the moment , this looks beautifully cooked, will save this too, thankyou.

  3. I've never seen True Blood before! I've heard so much about it, I'm intrigued!

  4. That is a beautiful piece of salmon! Well, even though it's a non-superbowl themed dinner (which I personally think is way better ;)), the paprika fits right in with Valentine's Day wouldn't you agree??

  5. when you add some chili to any dish they will brighten up. This one looks delicious. Look like you have wonderful party during the Superbowl

  6. OMG! I am drooling...Salmon looks so fantastic.

  7. smoked paprika and I are still at war from when it tainted my quinoa with its hammy smokey goodness. I haven't forgiven it! I do remember loving it. just not as of late

    I totally would try this with reg paprika and then sneak a sprinkle of the bold stuff! <3 haha

    Jenn @ Peas & Crayons

  8. Fantastic! Love the addition of paprika in them, looks yummy...

  9. I'm a huge True Blood fan... Alexander Skaarsgard (Eric) is one of my claimed celebrity freebies! ;)

  10. Salmon is my favorite. I will tell my husband the idea of using paprika if he is cooking Salmon...he said that he will cook something for me on Valentine's Day and I would like to eat this dish.

  11. I love True Blood too! Did you know that Bill and Sookie are married in real life? Chemistry! And I also love this salmon...delicious! Thank you for sharing your tasty meal with me. I hope you are having a happy and warm Wednesday night.

  12. I've seen this recipe in McCormick's and I've bookmarked it! It looks awesome. I will sure try it!

  13. That's a generous portion of Salmon! My son will definitely go for it. Hahaha! Salmon is expensive in S'pore. Wonder if it's as pricy over there?

  14. Looks sooo good, Peggy! I bet your skin is glowing with all of the salmon you've been eating. I seriously need to eat more, Everyone in my house love it not sure why I've been slacking recently! Will for sure bookmark this for future cooking!

  15. Yummy! Another recipe is added to my to-do-list, it looke really good :-)

    My best,

  16. I'll take this over gluttonous any day! I love the rub on this.

  17. This looks good! We've never ventured into making salmon, it's always just been talapia and flounder and tuna...but this looks yummy :) Very healthy for ya too ;)

  18. That is one gorgeous plate of food! I love salmon!

  19. What a colorful plate! Wouldn't mind to be invited to your dinner table ;) thank you for sharing :)

  20. I've always want to try smoked paprika! this looks so good, i love salmon : )

  21. This looks sooo yum! Like hot smoked salmon only it. Have you read the books that the series is based on?? So so good!

    And because I love your blog I am awarding you the Stylish Blogger award! Grab the award and instructions here: :) xox

  22. This looks delicious!! I have been wanting to add more fish to our diet, but I do not have too much experience cooking it.. this looks great!



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