Monday, August 20, 2012

Chipotle Lime Salmon

Chipotle Lime Salmon - get the recipe from
Salmon marinated in smoky chipotle and tart citrus is quickly broiled for an easy weeknight dinner. With the abundance of fish at my fingertips after Sean's trip to Alaska, I found myself constantly looking for new ideas and recipes to try. I made this recipe for the first time almost three years ago when I stumbled across it on Aggie's Kitchen and the salmon was even better than I expected.

With Sean planning another trip to Alaska in the next couple weeks, I'm dusting off all the seafood recipes here on the blog and planning a whole lot of new ones as well. I can hardly wait to fill the freezer with fresh salmon.

After barely an hour in the marinade, the salmon is incredibly flavorful. The chipotle flavor is present, without any real heat. The lime keeps it fresh and light. This is delicious with Chipotle Lime Rice and Chili Lime Corn on the Cob.

Chipotle Lime Salmon
recipe slightly adapted from Aggie's Kitchen
Yield: Serves 4-5 depending on the size of the steaks
(printable recipe)

4 salmon steaks, large or small, I used 1 1/2 lbs of salmon
2 tablespoons olive oil
1/4 cup fresh lime juice, about 2 limes worth
1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
4 large garlic cloves, minced
1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
additional lime wedges, for serving
Optional: minced fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish

In a small bowl or jar, combine the olive oil, lime juice, chipotle sauce, garlic, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, salt and pepper. Whisk or shake to combine and then pour over the salmon in a flat baking dish. Turn the salmon to make sure it is coated and then cover and place back in the refrigerator. Let it marinate for no more than 1 hour.

After 45 minutes, preheat the broiler and set one oven rack about 6 inches from the top of the oven. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and let it warm slightly on the counter-top while the oven is heating. Transfer the salmon to a large baking sheet or broiler pan and cook for 3 minutes scale side up. Then flip over and cook another 3 minutes, until cooked through. You might need an additional minute or two, but you shouldn't need more than that. Serve with lime wedges. Enjoy!

Chipotle Lime Salmon - get the recipe from

ONE YEAR AGO: Lemony Dill Potato Salad
TWO YEARS AGO: Double Chocolate Almond Ice Cream
THREE YEARS AGO: Bacon and Egg Chipotle Taco Salad

FOUR YEARS AGO: Waffles with Waffle Sauce


  1. This is the second broiled salmon recipe that I've read today. Bookmarking them both! Broiled salmon is my favorite!

  2. I love Aggie's site.. she's always got great recipes! And this is no exception. LOVE combining chipotle and lime... I bet the fish was fantastic!

  3. How interesting combined with allspice, cinnamon and cloves. Absolutely beautifully cooked too. Hope you had a nice weekend.

  4. I LOVE the pairing of chipotle with salmon! there's something about the spice combined with teh buttery fish that is so amazing. Great dish!

  5. Chipotle pepper sauce is extremely good on salmon, but I'd be tempted to toss in a pepper or two ratchet up the heat. ;-)

  6. This looks to die for Mary and I especially like the chipotle addition.

  7. Bringing a mild smoky heat to salmon is a really good idea. This rocks.


  8. This looks beautiful Mary, you guys sure are enjoying that salmon.

  9. I wonder what you were going to serve the rice with... the whole meal looks delicious!

  10. This salmon looks delicious. I could eat it every day.

  11. That's a nice salmon, my family would go nuts over that.

  12. I had salmon patties planned for tonight, and remembered this post, and felt inspired to mix several of your ingredients with the breadcrumbs and egg from the can of salmon's recipe, and it was AWESOME. Chipotle lime salmon patties were a BIG hit, and so cheap!

  13. Aww, just seeing this! I haven't made this in forever and it was always a favorite in our house!! xo