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.

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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Pumpkin Spice Salmon

5 from 3 votes
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.
A filet of pumpkin spice salmon on a white plate next to a kale salad with pomegranate arils.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4

Ingredients

  • 4 wild caught salmon fillets, about 4 oz each
  • cup canned pumpkin or homemade pumpkin puree
  • 3 Tablespoons brown sugar or coconut sugar + extra for sprinkling
  • 1 teaspoon pumpkin pie spice
  • ½ teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon sea salt
  • ¼ -⅓ cup roasted and salted pepitas, crushed a little

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
Course: Lunch/Dinner
Cuisine: American
Keyword: pumpkin spice salmon

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    22 comments
    1. AnnMarie Habelow
      September 25, 2018 AT 9:38 pm

      5 stars
      I made half of this recipe for my dinner tonight and lunch tomorrow. I put the salmon atop baked butternut squash cubes, baked sweet potato cubes, and steamed kale. Fantastic meal!

    2. bluejaimedia
      November 12, 2014 AT 9:34 pm

      I came home, too tired to stop at the store, looked in my fridge and had a piece of salmon and half a can of pureed pumpkin that needed to be used up and that was about it. I typed in salmon and pumpkin and found this recipe. It’s in the oven. I can’t wait to try it!

      1. Brittany Mullins
        November 12, 2014 AT 10:26 pm

        Yay! Let me know how it turned out. 🙂

    3. Mike Luque
      November 26, 2013 AT 12:36 pm

      Looks great, Brittany. One of my clients was talking about making salmon for a dinner she was having and I sent her this recipe.
      But what the heck is a “pepita”??

      1. Abby M
        September 22, 2021 AT 9:30 pm

        A pepita is another term for pumpkin seed. It’s the seed without the shell.

      2. Eating Bird Food
        November 26, 2013 AT 1:39 pm

        Thanks Mike. Pepitas are no shell pumpkin seeds, you can see them on top of the salmon in the photos. 🙂

    4. natalie@thesweetslife
      November 24, 2013 AT 6:54 pm

      what a brilliant recipe!!

    5. Hailey
      November 23, 2013 AT 11:28 pm

      I like pumpkin….I like salmon….how could two rights make a wrong? Looks delish!

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