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sweet and spicy glazed salmon sandwiches

Hey Wednesday party people!

I’m still down here in Florida with Jaden, Todd and Diane and working my butt off assisting in shooting Jaden’s new cookbook. Okay, let’s be honest…what I really have been doing in eating everything in sight. This woman knows how to COOK. I can’t wait to show you some behind the scenes action when I get home in a few days.

But first….can I please tell you about the fish sandwich I ate last week? I love salmon but hate the way it makes my house smell to cook it, so this time, I made a delicious sweet and spicy glaze with honey and spices, topped my salmon fillet with it and then broiled to perfection.

And guess what? No icky fish smell! The glaze is a combination of honey, cayenne pepper, paprika, chili powder and brown sugar and is positively delicious. I love that sweet and spicy combination on fish and meats. I was just going to serve the fish alone, maybe with a side of roasted new potatoes or asparagus, but then I found these great (HUGE!) pretzel rolls and knew it was meant to be.

If you’ve never tried a pretzel roll, folks, you’ve never truly lived. And that’s a fact. My first pretzel roll experience was at King Street Grill in Charleston and now as I type this, I think I need to learn to bake my own. They are just so good. And huge. Watch out! Adam and I could have split one of these sandwiches, they were so large.

Oh! And even if you don’t really like mayonnaise (I don’t), still try it on this sandwich. I think you’ll like it!

Sweet and Spicy Glazed Salmon Sandwiches

makes two (large) sandwiches

Print this recipe!


2 4-5 oz wild Atlantic salmon

2 tsp paprika

1 tsp salt

2 tsp brown sugar

1/2 tsp cumin

2 tsp chili powder

1/4 tsp cayenne pepper

1-2 tbsp honey

1/2 lemon, juiced

pretzel rolls (or regular rolls)





Preheat broiler on high.

Mix together the chili powder, cumin, brown sugar, paprika and cayenne pepper.

Rub the salt on the salmon fillets, followed by the spice mixture. Lay fillets in a pie dish or on a tin foil-lined sheet tray and drizzle the honey over top. Broil fish for 5-8 minutes, until flaky but still pink. Remove from oven and drizzle lemon juice over top.

Prepare sandwiches by smearing mayonnaise on one side of the pretzel roll, then topping with a salmon fillet. Top with lettuce and tomato, followed by other half of roll. Serve warm.


20 minutes

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  • Reply
    Tabitha (From Single to Married)
    February 1, 2012 at 3:39 am

    I’m with you – don’t care for the smell. I’ll have to try broiling it though, especially after seeing your sandwich, it looks great!

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    megan @ whatmegansmaking
    February 1, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Funny you should post about this today, because I just posted pretzel rolls on my blog! They are so easy and SO GOOD! Especially because you can eat one (or two!) warm out of the oven. I don’t know if I’ve ever tasted anything so good. So yeah, try this recipe when you attempt to make your own. I LOVE them! 🙂 And yes, now I have to try a salmon sandwich next time I make them!

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    K @ The Chic Teach
    February 1, 2012 at 4:06 am

    I don’t even LIKE fish, and this looks delicious!

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    Erika @ The Teenage Taste
    February 1, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Wow, just wow. Words can’t even begin to describe how delicious these sandwiches look! And the fact that they’re on pretzel rolls is just the icing on the cake! Love it – bookmarking! 😀

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    February 1, 2012 at 4:31 am

    I think I want the roll – filling or not! Do you intend to shoot your own photos for your own book coming out?

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      February 1, 2012 at 4:34 am

      My book doesn’t have any photos in it…so nope!

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        February 1, 2012 at 8:20 am

        Really? Wow. Well a good idea for your next one! 🙂

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    Molly @ RDexposed
    February 1, 2012 at 4:39 am

    Mmmm I want to pair with rosemary potatoes and asparagus!

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    kathleen @ the daily crumb
    February 1, 2012 at 5:00 am

    mayonnaise is one of the things i will bust out the word “hate” for, but i trust you enough to try it here… !

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    February 1, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Looks tasty. You seem interested in food facts, so I thought I would let you know that there is no such thing (commercially available) as wild Atlantic salmon. All Atlantic salmon sold in the U.S. is farm-raised because most countries (including the U.S.) prohibit the sale of wild-caught Atlantic due to low stocks. All wild-caught salmon is from Pacific species, such as king and sockeye.

    Keep up the great work – I love your blog.

    – R.

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      February 1, 2012 at 6:43 am

      Just wanted to second this, and add (because you are into health) that farmed (Atlantic) salmon is incredibly toxic – studies recommend consumption no more than twice per YEAR or complete avoidance. Farmed salmon also has none of the benefits that wild-caught Alaskan salmon has – analyses demonstrate drastically lower levels of healthy omegas. Just something to keep in mind!

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    Angela @ Eat Spin Run Repeat
    February 1, 2012 at 5:15 am

    Mmm this rub/sauce sounds amazing! I’m on a huuuuge salmon kick right now (woohoo omega-3s) and I seriously want this for breakfast this morning!

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    Kristin @ FoodFash
    February 1, 2012 at 5:32 am

    Sweet, spicy, and soft pretzel roll?? Umm done and done.

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    February 1, 2012 at 5:52 am

    mmmmm….i would kill for this sandwich! looks downright amazin!!

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    Lauren @ What Lauren Likes
    February 1, 2012 at 6:01 am

    want!! Looks amazing 🙂

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    Liz @ Tip Top Shape
    February 1, 2012 at 6:12 am

    I know what you mean about the fishy smell. Not the most pleasant aroma to have wafting through your apartment. This recipe looks delicious, though!

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    February 1, 2012 at 6:21 am

    I LOVE pretzel rolls & mayonnaise, but not the smell of salmon, so I can’t wait to try this one 🙂

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    Urban Wife
    February 1, 2012 at 7:05 am

    I definitely don’t like the smell either but broiling it has been a life saver! This sandwich looks great.

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    joelle (on a pink typewriter)
    February 1, 2012 at 7:05 am

    That roll looks INCREDIBLE! I don’t even like salmon, but that roll…… I hope you do learn to make them so you can teach us. 🙂

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    Gina @ Running to the Kitchen
    February 1, 2012 at 7:06 am

    You’ve apparently tapped into my brain b/c I made salmon for dinner last night and just literally tweeted (God, I hate how loser-ish that sounds) “love salmon, hate the way it makes my house smell…18 hours after dinner”.

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    amy walters, aDESIGNdock
    February 1, 2012 at 7:12 am

    I love Salmon – what a fantastic recipe! Plus, it looks soooo pretty and colourful.

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    Cait's Plate
    February 1, 2012 at 7:27 am

    Oh heck yes. That bun!? That alone would make me love this sandwich!

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    February 1, 2012 at 7:36 am

    This looks so good! I have never had pretzel sandwiches and I don’t know where to get it. Also, I’m glad to have a salmon cooking tip because I always mess it up.

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    Elizabeth @ Chronic Venture
    February 1, 2012 at 7:37 am

    mmm sounds like a delicious glaze and combination of flavors for that salmon!

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    February 1, 2012 at 7:43 am

    I’ve been ever so curious about pretzel rolls after Mama Pea posted a recipe for Philly cheesesteaks with homemade pretzel subs about a year ago. Joy the Baker just posted a pretzel dog recipe today, so you know what? I think it’s meant to be. I’m gonna start some dough this morning 😀
    (And you know what that means? Salmon sandwiches for lunch tomorrow! Yessss.)

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    Aylin @ Glow Kitchen
    February 1, 2012 at 7:48 am

    I am just amazed at how pink that piece of salmon is.

    I also used to be obsessed with pretzel rolls while I was studying in Germany. Some swiss cheese between 2 slices and BAM — lunch.

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    February 1, 2012 at 8:15 am

    for most of my life, I was really grossed out by the idea of mayonnaise. then I went abroad and had the most life changing mayo in Amsterdam. now I can’t stop myself from slathering it on a number of things, from faux chicken patties to french fries, and now, this sandwich.

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    Averie @ Love Veggies and Yoga
    February 1, 2012 at 8:31 am

    I bet it’s amazing being with Jaden and Todd & Diane. I spent time with Todd & Diane at Food & Light in Boulder last year and they are so knowledgeable and such great people, it was just…beyond wonderful.

    I bet you all are having a blast and that you’re soaking up so much!

    The sandwich looks perfect and love the thick seasoning rub on the salmon…yum!

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    Jill @ Dollars-or-Cents
    February 1, 2012 at 9:02 am

    OMG That looks sooooo good. I love salmon! And that bun! MMMmmm

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    Lauren @ Oatmeal after Spinning
    February 1, 2012 at 9:22 am

    Yum! I’ll have to at least try to the rub for the salmon, if not the whole sandwich! I always use the same old boring (but tasty) rub when I cook salmon and should probably branch out more. I do love a salmon blt, but that’s the only salmon sandwich I’ve had. 🙂
    I’ve seen pretzel rolls at Whole Foods and Wegmans but have never actually tried one. They do sound really good!

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    Hilliary @Happily Ever Healthy
    February 1, 2012 at 9:30 am

    Oh I would love to be in Florida right about now, MN just got cold again! This sandwich looks amazing!

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    Krissy's Creations
    February 1, 2012 at 9:56 am

    I’m just like you… I love salmon, but hate the smell while it cooks. So great to mask it with a nice glaze. Love how you made these on a pretzel roll!

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    February 1, 2012 at 10:08 am

    omg. smittenkitchen has the EASIEST pretzel rolls ever. MUST MAKE THEM. i may have to make them and this sandwhich asap.

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    February 1, 2012 at 10:16 am

    Hey Jenna – Just wanted to pop in to say that I’m greatly enjoying the delicious leftovers of that garbanzo/red lentil stew from last week. This super simple one pot/crockpot recipe is going to be in my regular rotation for sure! Have fun!

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    Deanna B.
    February 1, 2012 at 10:49 am

    I love pretzel rolls! I think I’m finally going to have to give in and order some food grade lye so I can make prezels (and rolls!) to my heart’s content. Or at least until the lye runs out.

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    Adrianna from A Cozy Kitchen
    February 1, 2012 at 11:00 am

    Broiling salmon is totally the way to go. It comes out perfect every time and simpler by, like, a hundred. This looks pretty major!

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    meghan@ struggle muffins
    February 1, 2012 at 11:37 am

    I never really thought of salmon in a sandwich setting – how brilliant, especially on a pretzel roll! Me gusta mucho, will have to try it 🙂

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    Jules @ La Petite Maison Verte
    February 1, 2012 at 12:19 pm

    Oh that looks wonderful! I love salmon more than any other kind of fish, especially a nice filet of Alaskan Sockeye like I JUST picked up today at W.F…I think I see some sweet & spicy glaze in my future!

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    Leslie Means @ Her View From Home
    February 1, 2012 at 12:35 pm

    I want the bread!!!!!! Yum!!

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    Angela @ Happy Fit Mama
    February 1, 2012 at 1:03 pm

    Broiling fish is the way to go! We just had Broiled Sockeye Salmon last night. It was good but I think this might have been better!

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    Sally @ Spontaneous Hausfrau
    February 1, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    I’d like to take that pretzel roll and stuff it in my mouth right now. Whole. And the salmon looks delicious – good combo of spices for salmon.

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    February 1, 2012 at 3:01 pm

    hmmm…I’ve never noticed a bad smell from baking salmon-it smells fantastic in my opinion. This looks really good-will need to try it the next time I buy salmon.

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    February 1, 2012 at 3:39 pm

    Love this! Lately, if I am going to eat fish especially salmon, I prefer it in a sandwich. Love this, and great photo.

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    Living The Sweet Life
    February 1, 2012 at 4:24 pm

    Salmon is so incredibly delicious — your glaze sounds like it would be out of this world. And the sandwich – – im speechless. yuuuummmm!!

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    February 1, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Made this for dinner tonight! Excellent! Thank you for this ~

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    February 1, 2012 at 5:19 pm

    You had me at pretzel roll!!!

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    MyThy as in "Mighty"
    February 1, 2012 at 6:09 pm

    That looks great! I’m afraid to cook fish for the smell and b/c it always comes out…tough?!? I’ll def try this though!

    Also, those are Trader Joe’s Pretzel Buns huh? I’m in LUV with them. If only they could make them hot dog size…Pretzel bun + keilbasa and sauerkraut. YUM!

    Can you do a photo post of Jaden’s new cookbook? Can’t wait to see it!

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    Laurie {Simply Scratch}
    February 1, 2012 at 7:38 pm

    Sweet and spicy are my two favorite words… next to salmon and sandwich of course! YUMMMMY!

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    February 1, 2012 at 9:45 pm

    Yes – I want one of those!! And I’ve actually seen a few bloggers do pretzel rolls lately – they would be a fun thing to learn how to make!

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    Denise @ Creative Kitchen
    February 2, 2012 at 11:27 am

    And now I’m kicking myself for not taking that pretzel roll at the Kenmore Blogger Summit dinner last week. It was the last thing he muttered and was walking away after I’d already gotten whole wheat.!!

    Have fun in Florida!!

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    Javelin Warrior
    February 3, 2012 at 6:20 am

    This sandwich is stunning! I have featured your post in today’s Friday Food Fetish roundup. Let me know if you have any objections and thanks for the inspiration…

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    March 1, 2012 at 6:20 pm

    I made these tonight with this ( recipe for pretzel rolls and it was AMAZING!! My husband was also a huge fan:-). I love your blog and recipes! Thanks again for another great one!

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    Megan Jones
    March 14, 2012 at 12:36 pm

    I have got to say this looks delicious! My boyfriend and I recently tried a new way of cooking salmon and it turned out so succulent. All you have to do is fill up a sink of hot water (roughly 120 degrees) and put the salmon in a ziplock bag with some olive oil and take out all the air. Then you just put the ziplock bags in the water for 15 min and finish it up in a pan with butter. I am thinking you add these spices to the ziplock and you have an easy fantastic meal! Here’s the link to the instructions:

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    June 5, 2012 at 9:07 am

    I just tried this recipe last night for the salmon (unfortunately no pretzel rolls!) but the spice mixture on the salmon is delicious!!! I even made extra spice mixture to save for another time! Thanks for sharing the recipe!

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    July 9, 2012 at 4:55 pm

    HOLY WOW! This was my first foray into preparing fish at home and it was a huge success! I actually used smoked paprika and maple syrup instead (just eyeballed them) and the salmon came out so juicy and buttery tasting with the absolute perfect spice crust. Thank you, thank you! (Love your blog, btw.)

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    July 25, 2012 at 11:17 am

    wow. this looks killer. the buns look amazing too!

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    July 25, 2012 at 11:19 am

    oh, PS. I have a pretzel roll recipe on my blog, if you want one! I agree, I wasn’t living until I tried them….. so. darn. delicious!

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    mary (sisters running the kitchen)
    October 16, 2012 at 8:08 pm

    i made the salmon tonight minus the sandwich part. I absolutely LOVED it and ate every little bite of salmon. Perfect. Thank you so much for a wonderful and flavorful recipe! I chose to substitute the honey with pure maple syrup. so tasty.

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    November 7, 2012 at 6:05 am

    I am excited to make this for dinner tonight! Since I don’t have pretzels rolls I am substituting a wonderful rosemary bread from one of my favorite local bakeries! I can’t wait to try it! Thanks for the inspiration…

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    November 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm

    The sandwiches were FANTASTIC!

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    if you liked this sweet and spicy rub and you liked your salmon on the smoking board, you should put the two together–the taste is mind-blowingly delicious!! Love you blog and recipes, thanks! 🙂

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