Basil Lemon Brown Sugar Salmon Rub

Sweet, citrusy, and savory rub with brown sugar and basil and fresh lemon, perfect for cooking salmon.

This basil lemon brown sugar salmon rub is a flavor-packed seasoning blend that perfectly complements the natural taste of the salmon. The combination of brown sugar, black pepper, smoked paprika, sea salt, dried basil, and garlic powder creates a deliciously sweet, smoky, and savory flavor profile that is further enhanced by the fresh lemon zest. Spritzing the salmon with lemon juice while cooking adds a subtle tanginess to the dish, making it a refreshing and satisfying meal that is sure to impress.


  • 2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon smoked paprika
  • 1 teaspoon coarse ground sea salt
  • 1 teaspoon dried basil
  • ½ teaspoon garlic powder
  • Zest of 1 lemon
  • Juice of lemon to spritz the salmon while cooking


Mixing the Rub:

  • In a small mixing bowl, combine brown sugar, black pepper, smoked paprika, coarse sea salt, dried basil, garlic powder, and lemon zest. Mix well until all ingredients are thoroughly combined.

Applying to Salmon:

  • Generously coat the salmon with the rub mixture, ensuring an even spread over the entire surface.

Cooking the Salmon:

  • Cook the salmon as per your preferred method (grilling, baking, pan-searing, etc.).
  • While cooking, occasionally spritz fresh lemon juice over the salmon for an added burst of citrusy flavor.