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Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil

Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil is easy to make and loaded with flavor, and this tasty salmon is delicious with the optional Tzatziki sauce. We loved this with the middle-eastern spice called Sumac, but use paprika if you don’t have that in your spice collection!

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Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil finished salmon on serving plate with rice

Maybe this Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil will be the recipe that will get you to try the middle eastern spice called Sumac (soo-mack) and if so, you can thank me later for bringing this wonderful new flavor into your life. I’ve been using Sumac for years now in things like Fattoush, Mediterranean Salad Dressing, Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Cauliflower Rice, and if you’ve been reading my blog for a while you’ve probably realized how much I love this flavor. Sumac tastes a bit like lemon, which might be why the idea popped into my head to try it rubbed on salmon, and oh my, was that idea ever a winner!

But if you don’t want to buy a new spice you can certainly use paprika instead for this recipe. I’d recommend sharp Hungarian paprika if you have that, but any kind of paprika will absolutely work.

What ingredients do you need for this recipe?

  • skinless salmon pieces
  • olive oil
  • Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link), or other fish rub of your choice
  • Sumac (affiliate link), optional, but recommended

Sumac-Rubbed Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil found on KalynsKitchen.com

How to Make Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil:

(Scroll down for complete recipe with nutritional information.)

  1. I love both Sumac (affiliate link) and the Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link), we used on the salmon, but if you don’t have those I hope you’ll still try this roasting technique with whatever spice you have that taste good on salmon. I used about 2 teaspoons of fish rub and 3 teaspoons of sumac for 2 pieces of salmon.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450F/230C. 
  3. You need a large, heavy pan that can be heated in the oven to make this, preferably a cast iron frying pan if you have one. 
  4. Brush a generous amount of olive oil on the pan and when your fish is room temperature, heat the pan about 5 minutes in the hot oven.
  5. Once the fish is room temperature, rub each side with a generous amount of olive oil and sprinkle with fish rub and Sumac (or whatever seasonings you’re using), rubbing the seasonings around a little so they stick to the fish.
  6. When the pan is hot, put the salmon top side down in the hot pan and roast about 5 minutes.
  7. Here’s how the top looked when I turned the salmon over.
  8. Put back in the oven to roast about 3 more minutes, or slightly less depending on how thick your salmon pieces are. 
  9. Serve hot, with Tzatziki Sauce if desired.

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Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil

Yield 2 servings
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 8 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes

Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil is easy to make and loaded with flavor, and you can use any seasonings you enjoy on fish if you don't have the ones I used!


  • 2 pieces of skinless salmon, about 6 oz. each
  • about 2 tsp. olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan (use extra virgin olive oil for best flavor)
  • about 2 tsp. Szeged fish rub (see notes)
  • about 1 T Sumac (see notes)


  1. Remove salmon from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.
  2. Preheat the oven to 450F/230C.
  3. Brush a large oven-proof frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil.  (A heavy cast iron pan is best.)
  4. When the fish is room temperature, put the pan in the oven and heat it for 5 minutes.
  5. Rub the salmon pieces on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle generously with Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) and Sumac (or whatever seasonings you have). Use your fingers to rub the spices around a little so they stick to the salmon.
  6. After the pan has heated for 5 minutes, put the salmon top side down in the frying pan and roast 5 minutes.
  7. Carefully turn over and roast about 3 minutes more, depending on how thick your salmon pieces are.
  8. Serve hot, with Tzatziki Sauce if desired.


This recipe makes 2 servings but can easily be doubled. I love Szeged Fish Rub (affiliate link) but you can use any seasonings that are good on fish. If you don't have Sumac (affiliate link) I would use Sharp Hungarian Paprika (affiliate link) or any Paprika you have on hand.

Nutritional information does not include optional Tzatziki Sauce.

This recipe created by Kalyn.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 232Total Fat: 16gSaturated Fat: 3gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 12gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 169mgCarbohydrates: 2gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 21g

Nutrition information is automatically calculated by the Recipe Plug-In I am using. I am not a nutritionist and cannot guarantee 100% accuracy, since many variables affect those calculations.

If you make this recipe I'd love to hear how it turns out. Leave a star rating or share on social media with the hashtag #KALYNSKITCHEN, thanks!

Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
Everything about this Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil is a great choice for any phase of the original South Beach Diet, and this delicious recipe is also low-carb, Keto, gluten-free and can be Paleo, Whole 30, or dairy-free if you skip the Tzatziki sauce.

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    16 Comments on “Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil”

  1. What’s the rice in that picture

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  3. Kalyn, I'm so glad I found this recipe! I grew up eating Middle Eastern food and my Mom loved to put sumac on everything! It's such a great spice. Using it with salmon is genius! I wish I thought of this! 😉

  4. Wanda I loved it; hope you enjoy!

  5. Oh this salmon sounds so easy to prepare and cook. I can't wait to try the Sumac. Another good recipe for my fish x 2 a week. Thanks.

  6. Gigi, so glad you liked it!

  7. As usual, PHENOMENAL! 🙂 Every single one of your recipes makes me stomach yell out to me, "I AM HUNGRY!!"

  8. Jeanette, I know you're going to love it!

  9. Sumac is one spice I don't have which is hard to believe! Next time I'm at Penzey's I'll have to pick up a jar.

  10. I hope this will inspire you to use it!

  11. I have sumac in my cupboard that is very under-utilized.

  12. Obviously I'm half asleep here because I just hit "delete" instead of "publish" on a bunch of comments. So I am copying them here;

    Lydia from the Perfect Pantry:
    I'm a huge fan of sumac, and I love the idea of using it as a rub for salmon. It's also great mixed with a little bit of olive oil, and smeared on pita bread.

    Mi-Liee Cyrus:
    nice and awesome food….

    Dara from Cookin' Canuck:
    You are the queen of sumac (well, and breakfast casseroles). Yes, this recipe is telling me that it's finally time to buy some sumac!

    Apologies to everyone!

  13. Thanks Joanne I loved it on the salmon.

  14. Sumac is one of my favorite spices! Definitely need to try it this way!