Grilled Wild Salmon with Smoked Paprika

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This wild salmon recipe has become one of my weeknight faves. Wild salmon is an ingredient that doesn’t need a lot of “help.” It has rich texture and full flavor, so your best bet is to keep it simple. This super-easy rub calls on smoked paprika to complement the richness of the fish. We love it on tortillas, topped with our Fiery-Sweet Peach Salsa, Quick-Pickled Red Onions and sliced avocado.

Grilled Wild Salmon with Smoked Paprika


Prep Time: 5 minutes

Cook Time: 10 minutes

Yield: Serves 4

Grilled Wild Salmon with Smoked Paprika


  1. 1/2 teaspoon sea salt
  2. 1/4 teaspoon smoked Spanish paprika
  3. 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  4. Dash cayenne pepper
  5. Freshly ground black pepper, to taste
  6. 1 (1-pound) wild Alaskan salmon fillet, skin on
  7. Olive oil


Preheat grill or a grill pan to medium-high heat.

Combine the first 5 ingredients in a small bowl. Rub over skinless side of salmon. Brush both sides of salmon with oil. Grill 5 minutes on each side, or until desired degree of doneness.

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  • JamesOfNY

    Wow, that was delicious. It’s even better with a bit of lemon juice squeezed over.

  • liahuber

    I’m making it tonight! Will try it with a squeeze of lemon, James. Thx!