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