With school out for the summer, the kids have extra time on their hands and that means we parents need to come up with extra ways to keep them engaged and busy.  Most kids love to cook, especially when the recipe is accommodating to little hands. This recipe for Chili Rubbed Salmon can become an art project because the kids can measure and combine the spices, sprinkle and rub them on the fish, and drizzle swirls of olive oil over everything. Studies also show that kids who help prepare food are more likely to eat it, so your kids are more likely to gobble up the salmon they helped prepare.

You can adapt the seasoning to your taste, making it spicier or more or less salty. If you have picky eaters in your family, consider leaving a portion of the salmon plain rather than rubbing it with the spices.

Recipe: Chili Rubbed Salmon

  • Prep Time: 10 min(s)
  • Cook Time: 10-15 min(s)
  • Total Time: 30 min(s)
  • Servings: 4

Combine spices for a perfectly grilled meal.


    • 1 1/2 lbs. salmon fillet, preferably wild salmon
    • 1 tsp. chili powder, or more to taste
    • 3/4 tsp. dried oregano
    • 1/4 tsp. kosher or sea salt, or more to taste
    • 1/8 tsp. black pepper
    • 1 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil


    • Preheat the oven to 450 degrees. Lay a sheet of foil on a baking sheet for easy cleanup, and lay the salmon on the foil, skin side down. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, oregano, salt and pepper. Sprinkle and rub the spices evenly over the salmon. Drizzle the olive oil in swirls over the salmon and spices.
    • Bake the fish for 10-15 minutes, depending on the fish's thickness, until it is just cooked through and flakes easily in the thickest part.
    • Optional: Put the fish under the broiler for the final 2-4 minutes of cooking for a crispier finish. Cut the fillet into four pieces to serve it.

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