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Chili Rubbed Salmon and Mango Salsa

chili salmon mango salsa

If you've never made a single recipe off my blog, that's fine. But I beg you to try this one. If you're not a seafood lover, you can easily substitute chicken.  The sweetness of the fruit mixed with the subtle heat of the cumin and chili powder is a perfect combo.

 This recipe was passed along to me from my friend who made the infamous chocolate peanut butter banana cream pie and I believe she got it from her mother in-law.  I love a recipe that's been passed through several hands before it gets to you.  It's a good sign.

I like to make the salsa earlier in the day when I'm marinating the salmon.  Then when it's crunch time, all I have to do is bake the salmon and we're ready to go.  Here's a shot of it getting ready to go into the fridge to rest for a while.

chili salmon mango salsa

Chili-Rubbed Salmon

4 salmon fillets
1 tbsp. olive oil
1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 tbsp. paprika
1/2 tsp. salt and 1/2 tsp. pepper
1 tbsp. chili powder

Combine last five ingredients in a bowl and stir.  Brush mixture on top of the fish.  Spray baking sheet with non stick cooking spray and chill for 3 hours.  Bake salmon at 350 degrees for 15 minutes.

Tropical Salsa

1 mango, peeled and diced
2 plums, washed and diced
1/4 cup washed and chopped cilantro
1/4 cup fresh lime juice
1 tsp. salt
1 cup diced fresh tomatoes
1 tsp. ground cumin
1 tsp. Thai chili sauce

Mix and serve over cooked fish.


  1. Looks (beautiful and) delicious! xoxo

  2. That look so yummy! I actually did something kind of similar last night and made an avocado/poblano salsa for my salmon. It was a good way to switch the normal salmon night!

  3. That looks delicious!! I'm a salmon fan but never know how to make it other than grilled. Thanks for the suggestion. The tropical feel gIves me hope that warm weather is around the corner!

  4. Drooling!! Looks delicious! Just saw on tv today that salmon is super good for your complexion/skin - that must be a sign that I need to try this!

  5. Oh my gracious! That looks so good!! Must try it... Hope you had a good day!

  6. How fabulous does the tropical salsa look and sound... yum! xo

  7. I made this for dinner tonight!!! It was AMAZING. Thanks for the inspiration Amy!

  8. I made this tonight with a couple of changes. Subbed pineapple for plums in salsa, but also did not marinate salmon for three hours. It was delicious, but I will marinate longer the next time. thank you for a great reicpel