Delicious Salmon Recipe with a Brazilian Twist

Welcome to my kitchen, where the aroma of Brazilian and American cuisine intermingle. Today, I am delighted to share with you a recipe that will elevate your senses to new heights. Get ready to meet my Salmon with Brazilian Rub Recipe!

I cannot think of anything more pleasing than combining the juiciness of salmon with an exotic blend of Brazilian seasonings. I assure you; this dish will enchant your taste buds in unexpected ways. With the perfect balance of spicy, sweet, and tangy flavors, this skin-on salmon fillet rubbed with a tantalizing dry seasoning blend is a crowd-pleaser that will win over the fussiest eaters.

This Salmon with Brazilian Rub Recipe is genuinely a hidden gem that I love to serve at dinner parties or for a cozy night in. The best part? It requires minimal effort to prepare and brings maximum flavor as if it was crafted by a top chef. Trust me, you’ll want to add this recipe to your weekly meal plan!

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

Salmon with Brazilian Rub
Salmon with Brazilian Rub

My dear food enthusiasts, let me tell you why you will certainly love this Salmon with Brazilian Rub recipe.

Firstly, this recipe is incredibly flavorful and unique, blending American and Brazilian cuisine into one. The Brazilian Rub seasoning mix brings a combination of sweetness, spiciness, and smokiness that perfectly complements the natural taste of the salmon fillets.

Secondly, this recipe is versatile in terms of cooking methods. You can either grill or bake the salmon, depending on your preference. Grilling will give it a delicious, slightly charred taste, while baking will make the salmon more moist and tender.

Thirdly, the ingredients used are not only delicious but also healthy. Salmon is an excellent source of Omega-3 fatty acids and protein while oranges provide a good dose of vitamin C. Plus, the recipe calls for only minimal amounts of brown sugar and butter to enhance the flavor without compromising its health benefits.

Lastly, this recipe is easy to make and perfect for busy weeknights or entertaining guests. The Brazilian Rub seasoning mix can be easily mixed together in a small bowl using pantry ingredients like brown sugar, chili powder, smoked paprika, garlic powder, salt, and pepper. Once you rub the salmon filet with this mix and cook it with oil over medium heat for about 4-5 minutes per side until golden brown and perfectly cooked inside.

So my friends, if you are looking to try something new and exciting that’s packed with flavor yet healthy at the same time, give this Salmon with Brazilian Rub recipe a go! I guarantee that you won’t regret it!

Ingredient List

 Beautifully coated with a savory Brazilian rub!
Beautifully coated with a savory Brazilian rub!

Get ready to taste deliciousness with these ingredients
For the salmon:

  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • juice of 1/2 lemon
  • juice of 1/2 orange
  • zest of 1 lemon
  • zest of 1 orange
  • Brazilian Rub
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • 1 tsp chili powder
    • 1 tsp smoked paprika
    • 1/4 tsp Spanish smoked paprika (optional)
    • 1/4 tsp salt
    • Freshly ground pepper to taste

For the orange salsa:

  • 2 large oranges, peeled and chopped into small pieces
  • Juice of 1/2 orange
  • Zest of 2 oranges
  • Seasoning
    • 2 tbsp brown sugar
    • Zest of small orange
    • Salt and fresh ground pepper to taste

Make sure all your ingredients are fresh and at room temperature for the best results.

The Recipe How-To

 Elevate your dinner with this scrumptious salmon recipe.
Elevate your dinner with this scrumptious salmon recipe.

Now, let’s get into the nitty-gritty of this salmon recipe. Before jumping in, make sure you’ve got all your ingredients at the ready, including salmon fillets, Brazilian rub, brown sugar, chili powder, garlic, and of course, some olive oil.

Step 1: Prep the Salmon

Rub each side of the salmon fillets with a generous amount of the Brazilian rub that you’ve created using ingredients like brown sugar, chili powder, and some smoked paprika. Make sure to coat both sides evenly to ensure a flavorful taste in every bite.

Step 2. Grill the Salmon

Heat up your grill to medium heat and brush it with some olive oil. Begin grilling the salmon fillets starting with the skin side down for around 4-5 minutes until it develops a crispy crust. When you’re ready to flip it over to the other side, do so carefully as to not break up the fish.

Step 3: Baste with Orange Juice

Once you’ve flipped your salmon fillets over, baste them with a mixture made from some freshly squeezed orange juice, brown sugar, garlic and olive oil. Doing this will help lock in moisture and add an extra layer of flavor to your dish.

Step 4: Finish Grilling & Serve

Grill the fillets for another 4-5 minutes before taking them off the fire. Test if they are cooked by checking if they flakes easily or reaches an internal temperature of about 145°F (63°C). Serve immediately alongside some grilled vegetables or rice.

With these easy-to-follow recipe steps, you’ll be cooking up delicious grilled Brazilian rub salmon in no time!

Substitutions and Variations

 #foodporn alert! Can you resist this sizzling piece of fish?
#foodporn alert! Can you resist this sizzling piece of fish?

of the Recipe:

One of the great things about this Brazilian rub salmon recipe is that it’s versatile and allows for substitutions and variations. Here are some ideas to help you personalize your dish:

1. Lemon instead of orange: If you don’t have an orange on hand, or if you prefer a different citrus flavor, feel free to substitute with lemon juice and zest.

2. Brown sugar alternatives: While brown sugar adds a rich sweetness to the rub, you can also use coconut sugar, honey, or maple syrup as a substitute.

3. Adjust spice levels: Some people prefer their salmon to be spicier, while others prefer less heat. Adjust the amount of chili powder and smoked paprika based on your personal taste preferences.

4. Different types of fish: This rub can be used on other varieties of fish such as sea bass, tuna or swordfish. Experimenting with different kinds of fish can elevate the recipe.

5. Grilled vs Baked Salmon: While the recipe calls for grilling the salmon, it can also be baked or broiled in the oven for a different preparation method.

6. Add Lime Juice and Cilantro: To give the salmon a fresh twist and brighten up flavors try adding lime juice and cilantro to your Brazilian Rub seasoning.

Overall, don’t hesitate to get creative with this recipe and make substitutions or variations that fit your taste preferences. The possibilities are endless!

Serving and Pairing

 Pack your fork and dive into the flavors of Brazil and America.
Pack your fork and dive into the flavors of Brazil and America.

When serving this delicious salmon with Brazilian rub, there are several options to complement the flavors of the dish.

For a refreshing twist, accompany the salmon with a citrusy orange salsa made with diced orange chunks and fresh cilantro. The sweetness and tanginess of the salsa perfectly balance the savory flavors of the salmon and create a delightful combination in every bite.

Another fantastic pairing for this dish is quinoa salad. The nutty flavor of quinoa, mixed with roasted peppers, cherry tomatoes, and a splash of lemon juice make this salad not only aesthetically pleasing but also a great source of protein, fiber, and healthy carbs.

If you are looking for something more classic, sautéed asparagus or green beans with garlic make for excellent sides. Alternatively, if you’re feeling adventurous, try roasted sweet potatoes or mashed yuca root.

To drink with this meal, I recommend a crisp white wine like sauvignon blanc, pinot grigio or an Argentine torrontes. Alternatively, for those who prefer non-alcoholic beverages, a lemon iced tea or freshly squeezed lime juice is perfect to refresh your palate in between bites.

No matter how you choose to serve this scrumptious salmon recipe with Brazilian rub, these pairings are sure to enhance the flavors and show off your culinary skills to all your dining companions.

Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating

 It’s not just any fish; it’s a wild caught, fresh salmon with a Brazilian twist!
It’s not just any fish; it’s a wild caught, fresh salmon with a Brazilian twist!

After preparing this delicious Brazilian-style rub salmon, you may want to make some ahead of time for those busy weeknights or to have leftovers for lunch. Fortunately, this recipe is easy to make ahead of time and can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.

To make ahead, prepare the seasoning as instructed and apply it on the salmon fillets. Place the fillets in an airtight container in the fridge until ready to cook.

If you have leftovers, store them in an airtight container in the fridge for up to three days. When reheating, use a non-stick pan or grill to recreate that crispy texture. Simply heat a tablespoon of olive oil on medium heat and place the salmon fillet skin-side down for 3-4 minutes or until golden brown.

Alternatively, you may reheat the salmon fillets in the oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F and place the salmon fillets on a baking sheet. Heat them up for 5-7 minutes or until they are heated through.

With this Make-Ahead, Storing and Reheating tips, you can now enjoy your Brazilian-style rub salmon anytime without worrying about food waste or compromising its flavor and texture.

Tips for Perfect Results

 Make a fancy dinner at home with this delicious salmon recipe.
Make a fancy dinner at home with this delicious salmon recipe.

As a chef, I can tell you that if you want to make the best salmon with Brazilian rub recipe, you need to follow some tips to get it right. Here are some tips for achieving the best possible results:

Firstly, always season your salmon fillets with some sea salt and fresh ground pepper before applying the Brazilian rub. This will help enhance the flavor and make sure that the rub adheres well to the salmon.

Secondly, make sure you mix together all of the Brazilian rub ingredients in a small bowl before rubbing it evenly onto each salmon filet. Doing this will ensure that all of the flavors are evenly distributed throughout each piece of fish.

Thirdly, it’s important to grill the salmon over medium heat starting skin-side down. This will help to crisp up and cook the skin perfectly without drying out your fish.

Fourthly, avoid overcooking your salmon by only grilling it for 4-5 minutes per side or until it flakes easily with a fork. Overcooking can make your salmon dry and less flavorful.

Fifthly, don’t forget to let your grilled Brazilian rubbed salmon rest for 5 minutes before serving. Resting allows the juices to redistribute throughout the fish and prevents it from becoming dry.

Lastly, if you want to add a little extra flavor to your dish, try serving your grilled Brazilian rubbed salmon with an orange salsa on top or a side of roasted vegetables.

By following these tips, you’ll be able to create an amazing grilled Brazilian rubbed salmon dish that’s packed with flavor and perfectly cooked every time.


Before wrapping up this article, let’s answer some common questions about this scrumptious Salmon with Brazilian Rub recipe that is sure to impress your taste buds. Here are some of the common queries that you may have before trying out this recipe.

Do you oil salmon before or after seasoning?

When grilling salmon, it is always best to coat your filets with a layer of olive oil before seasoning them. Not only will it prevent the fish from sticking to the grill, but it will also add a nice crispy texture to your dish.

What seasoning does salmon need?

When it comes to salmon, you have a lot of options for adding flavor. You can use a variety of spices and seasonings that you already have in your pantry, or opt for ready-made rubs, marinades, or sauces. It’s important to season the salmon at least five minutes before cooking to allow the flavors to penetrate the fish. And if you want to punch up the flavor even more, you can always add extra seasoning after it’s cooked to your liking.

What to put on salmon before cooking?

To add flavor to your salmon without overpowering it, a simple seasoning of salt and pepper will do the trick. Applying some salt and pepper to the fish along with the oil, if desired, prior to cooking will allow you to savor the natural essence of the salmon. This uncomplicated seasoning technique will elevate the taste of your fish without being too complicated.

Bottom Line


In conclusion, the Brazilian Rub Salmon recipe is a must-try for anyone who loves seafood and bold flavors. With the correct mix of ingredients and a little bit of effort, you can create a mouthwatering dish that will impress your guests or satisfy your palette. The dish is versatile, and you can make it in various ways – grilled, baked, or broiled.

Perfection is attainable when you follow the tips outlined above. Always remember to marinate your salmon in the rub mixture for at least 15 minutes before cooking, use fresh ingredients such as orange zest and brown sugar, and check your salmon by gently poking it with a fork.

The good thing about this recipe is that it is easily customizable with different variations and substitutions. You can add lime juice for an extra kick or switch up the spices to suit your taste buds. Experimenting with the recipe only adds to its allure.

Finally, never shy away from trying out new tastes combinations in the kitchen, for cooking is an art where creativity knows no bounds. Simply put: the Brazilian Rub Salmon recipe is worth every ounce of effort put into making it. So let’s dive into our kitchens and get cooking!

Salmon with Brazilian Rub

Salmon with Brazilian Rub Recipe

This is a lil something that really tickles the senses, very unique.
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Prep Time 25 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Brazilian
Calories 493.9 kcal


  • 4 salmon fillets
  • 1/2 large lemon, juice of
  • 1/2 large orange, juice of
  • salt and pepper
  • 1 whole orange, zest of
  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons butter, melted


  • In a shallow dish large enough to hold the salmon, combine the juices, salt and pepper.
  • Add the salmon, turning to coat with the marinade.
  • Let marinate at room temperature for 20 minutes, turning the fillets once.
  • Preheat the oven to 425F.
  • Line a shallow baking pan with aluminum foil and grease with a little of the melted butter.
  • In a small dish, combine the orange zest, brown sugar, chili powder and minced garlic.
  • Rub the marinated salmon with the brown sugar mixture.
  • Place in the pan and drizzle with the remaining melted butter.
  • Bake for 8 to 12 minutes.
  • The big challenge here is not overcooking the fillets- 8 minutes will do for thin fillets (less than 1 inch) and no more than 12 minutes for the thicker fillets.

Add Your Own Notes


Serving: 351gCalories: 493.9kcalCarbohydrates: 9.6gProtein: 65.7gFat: 20.1gSaturated Fat: 6.3gCholesterol: 161.5mgSodium: 324.2mgFiber: 0.8gSugar: 7.9g
Keyword < 60 Mins, Brazilian, South American
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Dora is a chef well-versed in Brazilian and American cuisine. After a hard day's work in the kitchen of her restaurant, she finds the time to jot down recipes for her food blog. Her recipes are sure to delight foodies everywhere, as she strives to make each one unique and enjoyable to read.