Today I wanted to share with you all one of my favorite go to recipes for 8-Minute Broiled Salmon. This delicious salmon recipe cooks in literally 8 minutes and I promise you the butteriest, most delicious piece of fish you have ever tasted. Now there are a couple of secrets to making this melt in you mouth salmon and the first one is the dry rub. My Salmon dry rub is the perfect combination of smokey, savory, spicy, and sweet. That “sweet” comes in the form of brown sugar and creates a mouth-watering caramelized crust on the salmon underneath that broiler.
The second secret is you have to buy good quality, fresh salmon with the skin on. The skin provides an extra layer of protection (fat and flavor) that helps keep the salmon buttery and tender. Now, I know some of you might not be the biggest fish lovers but don’t worry you don’t have to eat the skin it slides right off after cooking.
The final thing I love most about this salmon is it goes with everything from a quick pasta dish to mashed potatoes and grilled asparagus. (You can also cook the asparagus under the broiler too 😉
But my all time most favorite way to serve this salmon is with a tropical romaine salad topped with avocado, tomato, mango, cilantro, shallot, and a lemon vinaigrette. Yum! Buttery salmon and sweet juicy mango is so out of this would good!
8-Minute Broiled Salmon
4 Skin On, Center Cut Salmon Filets (of equal size)
Salmon Dry Rub:
1 Tablespoon Smoked Paprika
1 Packed Tablespoon Brown Sugar
3/4 Teaspoon Thyme
1 Teaspoon Sea Salt
1/8 Teaspoon Cayenne Pepper
Black Pepper to Taste
Add the smoked paprika, brown sugar, thyme, sea salt, cayenne pepper and black pepper to a small bowl stir to combine.
Place the salmon on a plate or tray skin side down then generously rub all the spice mixture over the top and sides of the salmon.
Cover with plastic wrap and allow the salmon to marinate while preheating the broiler.
Now for the tricky part… Pre-heat your broiler for 5 minutes. Lets talk ovens. I have an electric oven with an overhead broiler and 5 optional rack positions. My broiler has 3 heat setting high, medium, and low. For my oven I use the medium heat setting and the second rack position from the top. If your oven only has a high/low setting use the high heat setting and the middle rack position.
Line a baking sheet pan with aluminum foil and drizzle on a little extra virgin olive oil. Place the salmon on the greased sheet pan skin side up then put in the oven under the broiler and set the timer 4 minutes.
With a pair of tongs quickly turn the salmon over (skin side down) and set the timer for another 4 minutes.
Remove the salmon from the oven squeeze over a little lemon juice and tint with foil. Allow the salmon to rest for 5 minutes.