Large barbecued sugar spice salmon with cocoa

Barbecued Sugar-Spice Salmon with Cocoa

This recipe was submitted by Marsh Scott in reference to our development of a new salmon seasoning.

It is credited to the Pacifica Del Mar Restaurant in Del Mar, California from Peggy at the Home Cooking Guide.

Yield: 4 servings

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Barbecued Sugar-Spice Salmon with Cocoa Recipe

Preparation Instructions

Heat a grill on medium-high heat.

Combine the sugar, mustard, cinnamon, paprika, cocoa, chili powder, cumin, pepper and salt. Dip the salmon in the oil and tap off any excess oil. Then, dip the filets in the spice mixture to coat both sides and around the edges. Pat the spice mixture in place; you'll have some left over. Grill the salmon until it just begins to flake, about 4 minutes per side for 1-inch filets, or until it's done as desired.

Yield: 4 servings
Helpful Hints

To make a Chinese mustard sauce to serve with it, combine 1/4 cup dry mustard powder, 1/4 cup sugar, and 2 Tablespoons hot water. Mix them well, and pass the sauce at the table.

Photo by Andrea Wagner.


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Jennifer S

I've seen several salmon recipes with cocoa powder and mustard, so I finally tried one out. It was just okay, but I think that may be because I broiled the fish instead of grilling it. A more intense heat probably would have carmelized some of the sugar and spice. I will try it again once we get the grill out.

DawnMarie Y

My daughter turned me onto this and it is now a favorite in my house also. The platter is always licked clean.

Andrea W

My husband and I love this! It's really outstanding - it's flavorful and it's really easy to make.