Coffee-Rubbed Salmon Sandwiches

Espresso powder and dried ancho chili powder give these salmon sandwiches a spicy-sweet kick.

Coffee-Rubbed Salmon Sandwiches
Photo: Karla Conrad
Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
5 mins
Total Time:
25 mins
4 sandwiches


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillet

  • ¼ cup light sour cream

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley

  • 2 teaspoon cider vinegar

  • 1 teaspoon prepared horseradish

  • 1 recipe Coffee Rub

  • 2 teaspoon olive oil

  • 4 whole wheat hamburger buns, toasted

  • 2 cup baby salad greens

  • 8 thin red onion rings

Coffee Rub

  • 1 teaspoon instant espresso coffee powder

  • 1 teaspoon dried ancho chile powder

  • ½ teaspoon packed brown sugar

  • ¼ teaspoon dry mustard

  • ¼ teaspoon ground cumin

  • teaspoon cayenne pepper


  1. Thaw salmon, if frozen. Rinse fish and pat dry with paper towels. Cut salmon into four equal pieces; set aside. In a small bowl stir together the sour cream, parsley, vinegar, and horseradish. Set aside.

  2. Sprinkle salmon evenly with Coffee Rub; rub mixture into salmon with your fingers.

  3. In a large nonstick skillet heat oil over medium heat. Cook salmon in hot oil for 5 to 7 minutes or until fish begins to flake when tested with a fork.

  4. Top bottom halves of toasted buns with salad greens, salmon pieces, and onion rings. Spoon sauce over salmon and onion rings. Add top halves of buns.

Coffee Rub

  1. In a small bowl stir together espresso powder, chile powder, brown sugar, mustard, cumin, and cayenne pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

363 Calories
12g Fat
33g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 363
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 12g 15%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 67mg 22%
Sodium 347mg 15%
Total Carbohydrate 33g 12%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 29g
Vitamin C 4.7mg 24%
Calcium 181.7mg 14%
Iron 2.9mg 16%
Potassium 722mg 15%
Folate, total 56.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.7mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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