Baked Jerk Salmon Recipe

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This Baked Jerk Salmon Recipe is loaded with Caribbean flavor from homemade jerk seasoning that will wake up your taste buds!

In less than 30 minutes, you'll have an easy salmon dinner that's cooked in your oven at home. This dish is also perfect for holidays and special enough to serve to guests!

Jerk salmon on a bed of rice.
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Why You'll Love It

  • Super fast: ready in minutes!
  • Great taste: Jamaican jerk seasoning is loaded with bold flavor
  • Easy recipe: just mix up a few spices, sprinkle and bake
  • Versatile: can be served hot or cold
  • Adjust the spice: if you like spicy salmon, simply add some heat!
Fork cutting open a salmon filet.

Recipe Highlights

Southern food and Jamaican cuisine have many similarities, which is why I enjoy making both of them so much. Both cuisines are based on soul food that's loaded with warm spices and bold flavors. It's meant to be hearty and stick to your ribs!

When served on a bed of rice, this baked jerk salmon recipe creates a complete meal your whole family love! If you want to make it a southern dish, serve it with Southern Collard Greens with Bacon. It's a match made in soul food heaven!

Or, if you're looking for a simpler version, try this easy Simple Steamed Salmon that's ready in about 20 minutes.

Fork taking a bite of jerk salmon recipe.

Ingredient Notes

The spice blend has a sweet and savory flavor that's made with mild seasonings. If you like spicy flavors, feel free to add cayenne pepper, crushed red pepper flakes, or habanero pepper to the mix. 

You can find all of these ingredients at your local grocery store or market. Be sure to visit the recipe card at the end of this post for quantities and tips. 

Fresh Salmon

  • fresh skin-on salmon fillet (wild caught or Atlantic)
  • fresh lime juice
  • olive oil
Ingredients needed for jerk salmon recipe.

Dry Seasoning

  • brown sugar
  • garlic powder
  • onion powder
  • salt & black pepper
  • smoked paprika
  • ground cumin
  • nutmeg & allspice
  • ground cinnamon
  • dried parsley

Although I prefer using a dry rub with this recipe, you can alternatively mix all of the seasonings with ¼ cup olive oil to make a jerk marinade. Either way, you'll get tons of flavor from this unique blend of jerk spices.

Equipment

  • sheet pan or baking sheet
  • small mixing bowl
  • mixing spoons
  • sharp knife

Instructions

Mix the seasonings with the brown sugar in a small bowl. Try to get out most of the lumps. You can process it in a blender or food processor if desired.

Jerk seasoning mixed together in a white bowl.

Pat salmon filets dry with a paper towel. Drizzle olive oil on fish and rub it in on both sides.

Fresh salmon filet getting prepped for baking.

Sprinkle the top of the salmon with homemade jerk spice mix. You can use a spoon or your hands...whatever works best for you.

Jerk seasoning being sprinkled on salmon from a spoon.

Using your fingers, rub in the seasoning. ​Cover the entire piece of fish with dry rub on both the top and the bottom.

Jerk spice rub being rubbed into salmon with fingers.

Let salmon rest at room temperature for about 20 minutes until the seasoning has a chance to penetrate the fish.

Salmon after jerk spice rub has been sprinkled on top.

Cut the large piece of fish with a sharp knife into equal portions before baking, or do it afterwards once the skin has softened. Add olive oil to a sheet pan and place the fish on top of the oil.

Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 145º F when inserted in the thickest part of the filet. Keep in mind if your fish is more than an inch thick, it will take longer to cook. This temp will result in a flaky pink center.

Salmon with jerk seasoning on top on a sheet pan.

What to Serve with Jerk Salmon

The most common side to serve with fish is a classic type of rice blend. I love the rice medley found in the freezer section at Trader Joes.

Mango salsa or pineapple salsa is a nice condiment to serve with fish. There are many different sides that taste great with this baked jerk salmon recipe. Try a few of these ideas...

This easy recipe goes well with Squash Casserole and Caramelized Brussels Sprouts. My family enjoys it with Twice Baked Mashed Potatoes and Maple Bourbon Glazed Carrots.

Jerk salmon also tastes great with a green veggie like Lemon Butter Asparagus or Green Bean Casserole without mushroom soup.

Variations

If you prefer poultry, try my Jerk Chicken Rice Bowl instead. It has a similar taste, but it's made with chicken instead of fish.

  • Make a wrap: add fish, veggies and rice to a tortilla and wrap it up.
  • Turn it into a bowl: make jerk salmon rice bowls by layering rice, salmon and veggies in a big bowl.
  • Put it on a skewer: cut it in chunks and put it on a skewer with veggies. Grill or bake until center is pink.
  • Add it to a taco: turn Baja Chicken Tacos into salmon tacos in a snap!
  • Fold it into quiche: substitute fish for meat in this Meat Lovers Quiche recipe.
Fork cutting into a piece of jerk salmon.

​Expert Tips

  • Use homemade seasoning so you can control the spice level.
  • Start with fresh salmon, although frozen fish will work too.
  • Try not to overcook the fish or it will be dry and tasteless.
  • Watch the spice level because a little heat goes a long way.

Recipe FAQs

Is it okay to eat salmon skin?

Absolutely! It's a personal preference, and some folks don't like to eat it at all. But it's perfectly fine to eat and tastes delicious when you add the spice rub to the bottom of the skin before baking.

How do you make crispy salmon?

If you prefer really crispy skin, cut the salmon filets before baking. Sear in a cast iron skillet with olive oil for 1 minute on each side before placing on the sheet pan, then bake as directed.

What does jerk seasoning taste like?

This jerk spice rub recipe is sweet, nutty and slightly fruity. It has a little kick from the smoked paprika but it's not spicy at all. Be sure to add cayenne pepper if you want some heat.

Jerk salmon after being baked on a sheet pan.

Storage and Freezing

Store leftover salmon in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 3 days.

You can freeze cooked salmon in vacuum sealed bags for up to 3 months. To thaw, place in the refrigerator overnight. Serve cold over a bed of mixed greens, or reheat in the microwave in 30 second intervals until warm throughout.  

More Great Recipes

If you love this recipe, try Salmon Caprese and BBQ Shrimp and Grits that will satisfy your seafood cravings. Be sure to try these delicious Crab Cakes that will melt in your mouth!

Looking for more great spice rubs? Try my Chicken Wing Rub that goes well on any type of wings, or Dry Rub for Corned Beef that makes a slab of Dutch Oven Corned Beef really tender.

Or enjoy this Old Fashioned Salisbury Steak recipe with mashed potatoes and gravy! Honey Glazed Pork Chops are also a special treat for weeknight meals.

Recipe Card

Jerk Salmon recipe on a bed of rice medley with a lime slice on top.

Baked Jerk Salmon Recipe

This Baked Jerk Salmon Recipe is loaded with Caribbean flavor from homemade jerk seasoning that will wake up your taste buds. Ready to eat in less than 30 minutes!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Main Dishes
Cuisine: American
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 12 minutes
Total Time: 22 minutes
Servings6
Calories: 300kcal

*See notes in blog post for detailed tips, photos and instructions.

Ingredients

Jerk Seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon ground nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 teaspoon dried parsley
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • ¼ cup brown sugar

Salmon

  • 2 pounds fresh salmon filet (wild caught or Atlantic)
  • 2 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 fresh limes (cut in half)

Instructions

  • Mix all of the seasoning ingredients in a small bowl. Try to smooth out most of the lumps with a fork. You can process it in a blender or food processor if desired.
  • Pat a 2 pound salmon filet dry with a paper towel. Drizzle olive oil on fish and rub it in on both sides.
  • Sprinkle the top of the salmon with homemade jerk spice mix. Cover the entire piece of fish with dry rub on both the top and the bottom.
  • Rub in the seasoning with your fingers on both sides.
  • Let salmon rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes until the seasoning has a chance to penetrate the fish.
  • Cut the large piece of fish with a sharp knife into equal portions before baking, or do it afterwards once the skin has softened.
  • Add olive oil to a sheet pan and place the fish on top of the oil.
  • Bake at 400 degrees for about 10 to 12 minutes until the internal temperature of the fish reaches 145º F when inserted in the thickest part of the filet. 
  • If the salmon is more than an inch thick, it will take longer to cook, so adjust time accordingly. Use a thermometer to guide you.
  • Squeeze fresh lime juice over salmon before serving.

Notes

  • Salmon cooks very fast at high temperatures. If your salmon is more than an inch thick, you will need to bake it longer than 10 to 12 minutes. 
  • Use an instant read thermometer to ensure the fish is cooked to the proper temperature.
  • View the USDA chart for the recommended guide to cook fish. 
  • You can use a large 2 pound filet or smaller cut portions of fish for this recipe. 

Nutrition

Calories: 300kcal | Carbohydrates: 11g | Protein: 30g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Sodium: 459mg | Potassium: 791mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 9g | Vitamin C: 0.3mg | Calcium: 38mg | Iron: 2mg

Nutrition info is an auto generated estimate.

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One Comment

  1. 5 stars
    So happy to see another seafood recipe on your site! I love jerk seasoning, so I bet this dish is amazing.

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