Pastrami Salmon Rub

Pastrami Salmon Rub has quickly become one of our quick dinner recipes. The salmon seasoning mix comes together quickly and creates a fragrant smell while cooking.

Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs! #salmonrub #bakedsalmon #pastramirub www.savoryexperiments.com


 

Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs!

Pastrami in the United States is commonly thought of as just beef. Pastrami actually refers to the food preparation rather than the actual meat.

It is a system of curing and preserving all types of meats: lamb, turkey, beef, chicken. So if that is the case, why can’t we pastrami some salmon?

Make sure you PIN this Salmon Rub!

For our pastrami salmon rub, we are going to skip the brining, smoking, steaming and drying part of the pastrami making process and skip right to the good stuff- the pastrami rub!

Brown sugar helps create a caramelized glaze balancing out the rest of the tangy flavors. Together it is not enough to overpower the fish.

Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs!

Simple preparation, extreme sophistication and less than 30 minutes from fridge to table. This is the best kind of salmon recipe if you ask me!

Please be mindful of salmon cooking times. While this recipe states 10 minutes, this can vary greatly depending on the thickness of your salmon filets. Mine were approximately 1/2 inch thick.

Most home cooks make the mistake of overcooking salmon and then deeming it to be something they only order in restaurants.

The truth is, salmon should be prepared medium and the moment you start to see white oozing from the sides, known as albumin which is a coagulated protein, then you have already cooked it just a little too long! Salmon should be cooked to an internal temperture of 145 degrees.

The only way to ensure you don’t overcook your salmon is using a meat thermometer. When you think about it, as long as the salmon has been handled properly and kept at the correct temperatures, people eat the stuff raw all the time, so you should be okay!

Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs!

We generally pair our baked salmon with a side of Toasted Couscous or Almond Rice and steamed vegetables.

Tools for making Pastrami Salmon Rub:

Meat Thermometer – The ONLY way to ensure you are properly cooking meat, seafood and fish. Every kitchen should have one, I prefer my digital version so I don’t have to open the oven (reducing the oven temperature and lengthening cooking times) every time I need to check.

Quality Olive Oil – Many olive oils imported from Italy are cut with vegetable oil and are not quality. I order mine from California where I know that the US FDA is monitoring that it is 100% pure olive oil.

You’ll immediately taste the difference. This brand is suitable for cooking, salad dressing and bread dips.

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Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs! #salmonrub #bakedsalmon #pastramirub www.savoryexperiments.com
Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs!

Pastrami Spiced Salmon

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Pastrami Salmon Rub is a blend of the perfect salmon seasoning! Not only for baked salmon, this rub also work for grilled salmon and salmon kabobs!
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 35 minutes
Servings: 2

Equipment

Ingredients

Instructions

  • Combine brown sugar, sea salt, garlic powder, ground ginger, ground coriander, black pepper and ground allspice in a small dish.
  • Rinse salmon with cold water and pat dry. Place in an oven safe dish coated with cooking spray.
  • Rub olive oil evenly over both fillets. Spoon spice mix onto the salmon. Pat down to secure in olive oil. Place in the refrigerator for 15 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Remove fish from refrigerator. Bake for 10 minutes. Switch oven to broil and broil for 1-2 minutes or until spice mixture is browned and bubbly.
  • Remove from oven and allow to sit for 3-4 minutes. Serve and enjoy!
  • If you’ve tried this recipe, please come back and let us know how it was! 

Notes

Make sure to use a coarse sea salt and not regular iodized salt or fine salt. 

Nutrition

Calories: 328 kcal, Carbohydrates: 17 g, Protein: 34 g, Fat: 13 g, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Cholesterol: 93 mg, Sodium: 2407 mg, Potassium: 922 mg, Fiber: 1 g, Sugar: 11 g, Vitamin A: 70 IU, Vitamin C: 0.6 mg, Calcium: 39 mg, Iron: 2.1 mg
Author: Jessica Formicola
Calories: 328
Course: Main Course, Main Dish
Cuisine: American
Keyword: baked salmon, pastrami rub, salmon recipe
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Jessica Formicola

Jessica the mom, wife and chef behind Savory Experiments. You might see her on the Emmy- nominated TV show Plate It! or on bookshelves as a cookbook author. Jessica is a Le Cordon Bleu certified recipe developer and regularly contributed to Parade, Better Homes & Gardens, The Daily Meal and more!

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  1. I made this last night and it was amazing! I did cut the salt a little bit and rubbed the salmon as the recipe stated but let it sit in the fridge for 3 hours wrapped in plastic wrap. I threw it on the grill for about 20 minutes. While it was cooking I mixed some horseradish,thousand island ,sauerkraut and lemon juice together. Right before I took it off I toasted two slices of rye bread with Swiss in the toaster. Once done added the sauerkraut mixture and the salmon on the toast . It was the best Reuben I ever had. My husband who doesn’t even like salmon said it smelled amazing! Thank you for such a great recipe 👍

  2. 5 stars
    We changed Xmas dinner up a bit and made it pescatarian. We used this as our main dish along with cray tails and abalone. (Australian xmas!) The whole family loved it. I served this with a peach and blueberry baby spinach and ricotta salad.

  3. 3 stars
    The basic ingredients might be okay, but the recipe is WAY too salty, despite my having used 1/4 of the recommended rub, and the recommended times overcook the salmon. This recipe needs work.

    1. Hi Ken, the cooking times vary greatly depending on the size of salmon you are using and thickness, as stated in the article. But 10 minutes for a cold piece of fish shouldn’t be too long at all. What size was your filet?
      Also, did you happen to use regular iodized salt instead of sea salt? I can see how it might be too salty with that, but a coarser salt shouldn’t be too much at all.

  4. 5 stars
    i made this last night for xmas 2019 as we have gone pescatarian. The whole family loved it! Very easy and very tasty. Thank you!

  5. Oh my goodness, this looks great! I will try it this week to balance out of the holiday treats I have been eating.