Chile Lime Salmon with Mango Avocado Salsa – Tender and INCREDIBLE salmon with mango salsa that’s bursting with Mexican FLAVORS to complement the fish!! So EASY and ready in 15 minutes!!
This recipe is perfect for busy weeknight dinners and since the salmon is made on one sheet pan, it makes clean up a breeze.
The recipe is also delicious and fancy-looking yet fuss-free so you can serve it when you’re entertaining. Make the salsa in advance, pop the salmon under the broiler, and dinner is ready in a flash.
We adored this salmon recipe and even though it may be a bit more of a summery-feeling recipe, I wouldn’t mind this any time of year. It would be a nice treat on a cold winter day that would put me in a Mexican vacation mindset.
What’s In The Chile Lime Salmon
For this awesomely flavorful salmon recipe, you’ll need:
- Salmon Filets (I used four very thick filets, each about 8 ounces each, 2 pounds salmon in total)
- Olive Oil
- Tajin or Chile Seasoning
- Lime Juice
What’s In The Mango Avocado Salsa
- Orange Bell Pepper
- Jalapeno or Serrano Chile Peppers
- Lime Juice
- Optional Honey
However the salsa is very flexible based on what you have on hand and enjoy. Other salsa recommendations include:
- Onions (Red, White, Green)
- Another Color Bell Pepper
- Another Type of Chile Pepper (for a different level or type of heat intensity)
- Black Beans
How Does The Salmon Taste
The Tajin, which is a blend of various chiles and lime flavoring, along with the actual lime juice, and the touch of honey helps give this salmon tons of flavor and keeps it extremely moist and tender.
It’s lightly crisped on the outside but I like to cook my salmon on the rare side because the soft and tender center is where it’s at for me. The contrast of the exterior versus the interior of the salmon is great.
Along with the salsa, it’s a match made in heaven. The warm broiled salmon, the cool mango and other vegetables in the salsa (I use produce that’s already been in the fridge and is chilled), all those texture and temperature contrasts are phenomenal and make this dish extra good.
I have to say this is one of the best salmon recipes I have made in a long time and definitely within my top 5 of all time. Everything just worked perfectly.
More of my favorite salmon recipes include:
- Grilled Honey Lemon Butter Salmon – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Wonderfully tender, so juicy, just melts in your mouth, and has FABULOUS flavor!!
- Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon – Make salmon at home in 30 minutes that tastes better than from a restaurant! Easy, tender, and packed with flavor from the honey and lemon butter!
- Foil Pack Lime Cilantro Salmon – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Tender, juicy, and bursting with Mexican-inspired flavors that everyone loves!
- Honey Dijon Salmon – Easy, ready in 20 minutes, juicy, tender, and so flavorful from the honey, Dijon, and lemon juice! If you’re trying to incorporate more fish in your diet, this is the recipe to make!
- Sheet Pan Garlic Lemon Butter Salmon – Juicy salmon at home in 30 minutes that’s easy and tastes better than from a restaurant! The butter is infused with lemon and garlic and adds so much flavor!
Tips For Cooking Salmon Perfectly
This salmon is broiled, and as always, anytime you’re broiling something you should keep a very close on your food because it can burn very quickly under the broiler.
You don’t have to broil on the top rack (you can use the second rack), and while it will take slightly longer, there’s less chance of it burning if you’re not confident with your broiler or it’s not a feature you use often on your oven.
Exact broiling time will depend on the size and thickness of the salmon, climate and oven variances, and personal preference for doneness. For me, for more rare-in-the-center salmon, 7 minutes was perfect.
If you want more well done salmon, cook it slightly longer by a minute or two, but I recommend not overcooking it. It just doesn’t have the same flavor if it’s overcooked.
You could also bake this salmon at a high oven temperature, approximately 475F for probably 10-ish minutes, but I like the quick searing method of using the broiler which also preserves a more rare center.
- four 8-ounce skin-on salmon filets (better if they are thicker center cuts rather than thinner but use what’s available)
- 3 to 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
- 4 teaspoons Tajin seasoning or similar chile seasoning/powder (something with a slight kick), divided; or to taste
- 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided; or to taste
- 1 1/2 teaspoons freshly ground black pepper, divided, or to taste
- 3 to 4 tablespoons lime juice, divided
- 1 to 2 tablespoon honey, divided; optional and to taste
Mango Avocado Salsa
- 1 large ripe juicy mango, peeled and diced small
- 1 large orange bell pepper, seeded and diced small (another color bell pepper may be substituted)
- 1 medium/large cucumber, peeled and diced small
- 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, finely minced; or to taste
- 1 or 2 jalapeno or serrano chile peppers; optional and to taste (see NOTE 2 below)
- 1/4 cup lime juice
- 1+ teaspoons kosher salt, or to taste
- 1 medium/large ripe Hass avocado, peeled and cubed
- 1 to 2 tablespoons honey, optional and to taste
- Salmon – Preheat broiler to high and place the oven rack on the top position, about 4 to 6 inches below the broiler.
- Line a sheet pan with foil for easier cleanup, slightly roll up the edges of the foil to prevent the liquids from running to the sides of the pan, place the salmon filets on the pan, evenly drizzle with olive oil, evenly season with Tajin, salt and pepper, evenly drizzle with lime juice, and broil for about 5 minutes, or until salmon is nearly done to your liking.
- Remove the pan from the oven, optionally and evenly drizzle with honey, return the pan to the oven in the opposite direction for the most even cooking, and broil for about 2 additional minutes, or until done. If you're not adding the honey, just keep the pan in the oven the whole time, but I would rotate the pan after 5 minutes to ensure the most even cooking. Keep a very close eye on the salmon, especially after adding the honey because the sugars will be prone to caramelizing which is good, but burning is not. SEE NOTE 1 below regarding broiling. While salmon broils, make the salsa.
- Mango Avocado Salsa – Combine all ingredients in a large bowl except the honey, stir to combine, and taste the salsa. Depending on your preference, and if the salsa tastes at all flat, I recommend adding more salt. If you're like me and added two large serranos, with half the seeds included, and you made your salsa a bit spicier than you wanted it to be, adding the honey will mellow and marry the flavors.
- Serve the salsa over or next to the salmon. Salmon will keep airtight in the fridge for up to 4 days as will the salsa. Note that the salsa will become more watery as time passes and the fruits and vegetables release their natural juices.
1. You don’t have to broil on the top rack, you can use the second rack, and while it will take longer, there’s less chance of it burning. Keep a close eye on your food because all broilers are different and you don’t want anything to burn. Exact broiling time will depend on the size and thickness of the salmon, climate and oven variances, and personal preference for doneness.
2. Jalapenos are milder than serranos and removing the seeds will always make the overall salsa milder than with the seeds included. If you prefer milder flavors, I would use 1/2 of one jalapeno with the seeds removed, and work up from there, to taste.
Grilled Honey Lemon Butter Salmon – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Wonderfully tender, so juicy, just melts in your mouth, and has FABULOUS flavor!!
Sheet Pan Honey Lemon Salmon – Make salmon at home in 30 minutes that tastes better than from a restaurant! Easy, tender, and packed with flavor from the honey and lemon butter!
Sheet Pan Orange Chili Salmon – Make restaurant-quality salmon at home in 30 minutes! Easy and packed with so much flavor from orange juice, honey, and chili seasoning!
Foil Pack Lime Cilantro Salmon – EASY, ready in 10 minutes, and a FOOLPROOF way to make grilled salmon!! Tender, juicy, and bursting with Mexican-inspired flavors that everyone loves!
Foil Pack Orange Molasses Salmon – Easy, ready in 10 minutes, and a foolproof way to make grilled salmon! Tender, juicy, and bursting with layers of fabulous flavors!
Sheet Pan Garlic Lemon Butter Salmon – Juicy salmon at home in 30 minutes that’s easy and tastes better than from a restaurant! The butter is infused with lemon and garlic and adds so much flavor!
Honey Dijon Salmon – Easy, ready in 20 minutes, juicy, tender, and so flavorful from the honey, Dijon, and lemon juice! If you’re trying to incorporate more fish in your diet, this is the recipe to make!
Easy Salmon and Potato Foil Packets – Juicy, moist salmon that’s loaded with flavor! Ready in 30 minutes, zero cleanup, and a foolproof way to cook salmon and look like a gourmet cook!!
Maple Barbeque-Glazed Salmon – The glaze is smoky and sweet with a bit of heat and makes this 15 minute recipe just pop!
Honey Lemon-Glazed Salmon Salad – A healthy and fresh salmon salad that’s perfect for weekday lunches or busy weeknight dinners!
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