Brown Sugar Salmon Rub

Grilling a beautiful salmon on the backyard BBQ in the summer is a favourite for my oldest son and me. With my other two kids completely disgusted by the thought of eating fish, it’s not something I make often because it requires me making two dinners that night to keep everyone happy. I mean, what’s wrong with these kids that they don’t like salmon? It’s sooooooo good! This weekend however, it’s just me and my oldest son and the only dinner to make that we have our sights set on is a grilled salmon fillet. I usually buy a brown sugar rub, there is a particular one we love, but it’s getting harder and harder to find it in local stores and there is no way I am going to order it off Amazon then wait a week for it to arrive. Usually, I need something now or I can’t remember before hand to get it so what good does that do me? I decided, in that moment, I needed to suck it up and learn to start making my own. But, I had no idea where to start or what to use and realized I needed to get some inspiration. I honestly started by googling my favourite rub that I always got, looked at their ingredient list, wrote down what I could get off of it, and apparently, had to figure out what those remaining secret spices were. After browsing a few other recipes for ingredient ratios and ingredients, also keeping my own palate in mind, I came up with this little number for a spice rub for our salmon. And, even though it’s not exactly on point of what we had before, this was…GOOD! I mean, real good! And now, guess who always has salmon rub on hand? This girl does!!!! Heat up the grill!


  • 1 cup dark brown sugar
  • 3 tablespoons course salt
  • 1 ½ teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 ½ teaspoons chili flakes
  • ¾ teaspoons mustard powder
  • ½ teaspoon ginger powder
  • 1 ½ teaspoons onion powder



Not a whole lot of steps here other than combine all the ingredients in a bowl and mix together.


When you have made the rub, lay the salmon fillet out and rub the spices onto the fish.

Lay the salmon onto a cedar plank on the grill or however you like to grill a salmon.


The brown sugar gives a beautiful crispy glaze to the fish as it cooks while the salt and spices keep it savoury, moist, and delicious. Shut up you are going to love this rub so much!

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