Grilled Brazilian Rub Salmon is perfect for summertime. The rub is delicious and very kid-friendly. My kids normally don’t like salmon, but this is one salmon recipe that they all love. I’m not sure there’s anything Brazilian about this recipe, but that’s the name based on a recipe my friend gave me many years ago.
Grilled Brazilian Rub Salmon is a recipe I’ve had for years. I don’t remember where I got it from, but it’s one of those recipes that can be made quickly, yet is impressive.
To be honest, I’m not sure there’s anything Brazilian about this recipe, but that’s the name of the recipe that was given to me.
Brazilian Rub Salmon Marinade
First, the salmon is marinated briefly in fresh orange and lemon juice and seasoned with salt and pepper. I’ve used lime juice and it’s worked well too.
Next, the rub for this Brazilian Rub Salmon is mixed together and spread on top of the salmon. The rub consists of fresh garlic, Spanish smoked paprika, paprika, and chili powder. The original recipe didn’t call for Spanish smoked paprika, but I added it for extra smoky flavor.
Using Cedar Planks for Grilling
Cedar planks are a great way to add extra smokiness to this Brazilian Rub Salmon recipe. It makes a dramatic presentation too. Cedar planks need to be soaked for at least 30 minutes, if not longer. Otherwise, they might catch on fire (this has happened to me before). Drizzle some oil on the cedar plank, place the salmon on top and drizzle a little bit of extra virgin olive oil on top. If you don’t have a cedar plank, I suggest grilling the salmon on top of an oiled piece of foil. This will keep the fish from sticking to the grill.
Kid Friendly Fish
My boys don’t like cooked fish (they like sushi), but they love this Brazilian Rub Salmon. The first time I made it this summer, I made enough just for my husband and me. The boys wanted to taste it and before I knew it, they had devoured our dinner. I’ve been making this Brazilian Rub Salmon at least once a week ever since.
Watch this video to see how easy Grilled Brazilian Rub Salmon is to make:
Grilled Brazilian Rub Salmon
- 28 ounces salmon cut into 6 portions
- juice of 1 orange
- juice of 1 lemon
- sea salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
- 2 tablespoons organic brown sugar
- 1 teaspoon Spanish smoked paprika
- 1 teaspoon paprika
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 4 garlic cloves minced
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
- Place fish in pie dish. Sprinkle with orange and lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper; let sit for 15-20 minutes.
- In a small bowl, mix together brown sugar, smoked paprika, paprika, chili powder, garlic and olive oil. Spread evenly on top of salmon.
- Place salmon pieces on an oiled foil-lined baking sheet.
- Grill until cooked through.
The salmon can also be baked at 425 degrees for about 12-15 minutes, until cooked through.
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