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?

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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 10 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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26 Comments

  1. Wow this looks so healthy and delicious! I don’t think your crazy at all for putting pumpkin on salmon 🙂 Now if only I could convince my husband to eat salmon!

  2. Hey Brittany, this sounds awesome! But I’m a vegetarian. Thoughts on how well this would work on tofu instead of salmon? Thanks!

  3. Love the twist on a traditional recipe! That’s what experimenting in the kitchen is all about so more power to ya 🙂

  4. I admit, it sounded strange when I read the name of your post, but that actually looks and sounds delicious! I love to pair with salmon with sweet ingredients, so why not pumpkin pie-esque ingredients (which are always yummy)? great idea… I’ll definitely have to try it!

  5. This is a fabulous idea! Forwarding to Sharon as well in case she missed it, I think she would really like it too 🙂

  6. This doesn’t sound crazy at all- I’ve been on a weird pumpkin kick this week: Pumpkin Fettuccini Alfredo & Pumpkin Chili the last 2 nights for dinner!

  7. 5 stars
    I made this for dinner tonight with the help of my 5 year old. He ate every bite! It was yummy! Thanks for a great twist on salmon!

  8. How perfect. Fall salmon. If you make your own pumpkin it’s a great way to use it all while it’s fresh. And all of us could use a little more salmon in our lives.

  9. I tried this glaze this morning (with a little extra brown sugar) on pumpkin waffles… so good! Thanks for posting 🙂

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

  11. 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!

  12. 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!

  13. 5 stars
    I was looking for a fall salmon recipe and this is it. I tend to like my salmon on the medium rare side and was unsure how that would pair with the warming pumpkin. It ended up tasting great and exceeded my expectations!

    1. YAY! I am so happy to hear that you are loving this recipe, Siena. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I really appreciate it!

    2. 5 stars
      I was searching for a recipe for salmon and fortunately found this one. It’s not often that I have all the ingredients at home but I did so I make it last night. It is excellent!!
      Thank you!

      1. Ah yay! I am so glad you found this recipe, Ruth. Thank you so much for coming back and sharing your review + star rating, I so appreciate it!