Pumpkin Spice Salmon

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Add a hint of fall flavor to your next salmon dish with this baked pumpkin spice salmon! You’ll love the unique combo of sweet and savory with a hint of spice.

Before you close the window thinking that I’m a crazy woman for putting pumpkin on my salmon, hear me out.

People use brown sugar and fruit to glaze salmon all the time. It only makes logical sense that a pumpkin spiced glaze/marinade would work well on salmon too, right?

A filet of pumpkin spice salmon on a white plate next to a kale salad with pomegranate arils.

To test the theory, I made a quick pumpkin butter glaze by heating up pumpkin, coconut sugar and spices and then I slathered it on the salmon. The result? A deliciously sweet and savory, pumpkin-spiced salmon. I’m pretty sure this is going to be a staple dish in our house each fall. It’s sooo good!

Ingredients to Make Pumpkin Spice Salmon

  • salmon fillets – I prefer to get wild-caught salmon! Make sure they are uniform in weight so they cook at the same rate, about 4 oz each.
  • pumpkin – you can make homemade pumpkin puree or use canned pumpkin, just make sure you grab the correct canned pumpkin and not pumpkin pie filling.
  • coconut sugar – you can also use brown sugar.
  • pumpkin pie spice – I love to make my own pumpkin pie spice but you can also use a store-bought blend.
  • apple cider vinegar – the liquid base to help mix and blend the pumpkin spice glaze.
  • sea salt – just enough to really meld all the flavors together.
  • pepitas – aka pumpkin seeds! Roasted, salted, and crushed a little, they make a wonderful topping for added crunch and texture to this baked salmon.
A filet of pumpkin spice salmon on a white plate next to a kale salad with pomegranate arils. A fork is laying next to the plate.

Instructions For Pumpkin Spice Salmon

Preheat – Preheat oven to 400°F, with a rack in the center.

Prepare Glaze – In a small saucepan on low, stir together pumpkin, coconut sugar, pumpkin pie spice, apple cider vinegar and sea salt until sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened just a bit.

Prepare Salmon – Arrange salmon fillets, skin side down, in a single layer in a baking dish. Spread pumpkin glaze over the fish, coating evenly. Sprinkle a quarter of the pepitas over each fillet.

Bake – Bake until fish is opaque but still bright pink inside, about 15 to 20 minutes.

Serve – Serve with an extra sprinkle of brown sugar on top.

Serving Suggestions

You can serve pumpkin spice salmon with just about any side you’d normally pair with baked salmon.

Recipe Tip

tip!This salmon would also make a great main entree to serve for Thanksgiving if you’re a pescatarian or simply don’t enjoy turkey!

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4.91 from 11 votes

Pumpkin Spice Salmon

Add a hint of fall flavor to your next salmon dish with this baked pumpkin spice salmon! You'll love the unique combo of sweet and savoy with a hint of spice.
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Total Time: 25 minutes
Servings: 4

Ingredients  

Instructions 

  • Preheat oven to 400°F, with a rack in the center.
  • In a small sauce pan on low, stir together pumpkin, sugar, pumpkin pie spice, apple cider vinegar and sea salt until sugar has dissolved and the mixture has thickened just a bit.
  • Arrange salmon fillets, skin side down, in a single layer in a baking dish. Spread pumpkin glaze over the fish, coating evenly. Sprinkle a quarter of the pepitas over each fillet.
  • Bake until fish is opaque but still bright pink inside, 15 to 20 minutes.
  • Serve with a an extra sprinkle of brown sugar on top.

Nutrition

Serving: 1/filet | Calories: 334kcal | Carbohydrates: 20g | Protein: 18g | Fat: 20g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Sodium: 156mg | Potassium: 147mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 12g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated, so should only be used as an approximation.

Additional Info

Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin spice salmon
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  1. 5 stars
    I have many, many salmon recipes as I can eat it every night and never tire of it! – this is one of my favorites.
    It is on repeat a lot in the fall time – we just had it last night.
    Thanks for having such a creative mind to think of this one!

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