Chili Rubbed Salmon with Cilantro Avocado Salsa

by Matt on May 24, 2012

A wonderful reader left a comment about my Copper River Salmon story and asked for a recipe. Well  have I got one for you! This recipe is courtesy the California Avocado Commission and just happens to be photographed by, oh, you know. Written by Amy Sherman, I remember shooting this last year (or year before?) like it was yesterday, it really was a beautiful dish that tasted so fantastic. Give me salmon with California avocado and I’m a happy boy. Enjoy it!

Chili Rubbed Salmon with Cilantro Avocado Salsa
4 medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
¼ cup chopped green onion
¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
1 ½ Tbsp. fresh lime juice
1 ripe, Fresh California Avocado, seeded and diced
tsp. jalapeño, seeded and minced (or to taste)
1 ½ Tbsp. chili powder
½ tsp. cumin
1 Tbsp. brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
4 (6-oz) wild Copper River salmon fillets

Place tomatillos in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, then simmer for 5 minutes. Remove tomatillos and when cool enough to handle, roughly chop them.

Combine the tomatillos, onion, cilantro and lime juice. Gently fold in the avocado and add jalapeño. Season with salt to taste.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt. Sprinkle fish with spice mix.

Heat a large oven-proof nonstick skillet over medium heat.

Cook the salmon rub side down for 2 minutes then flip and place pan in the oven for about 5-6 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer fish fillets to plates and top with the Cilantro Avocado Salsa.

HERE COMES THAT DARN DISCLOSURE AGAIN: California Avocado Commission is my client. I did not get paid for this post. Yay avocados!


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Averie @ Averie Cooks May 24, 2012 at 9:57 am

I love your disclosure. Between the salmon and the avocados, you have me excited. The flavors of lime, cumin, brown sugar, chili…oh delicious!

Amy May 24, 2012 at 6:29 pm

I was so thrilled when I saw you shot the photos for the project! The fold-out brochure with recipes turned out so beautifully. It’s also still up on the California Avocado website.

Mimi Avocado May 25, 2012 at 9:11 am

Salmon is one of Farmer Ben’s favorite meals! Of course, we eat avocado with everything…and avocado is especially wonderful iwth salmon. Looking forward to your next visit!

Marissa | Pinch and Swirl May 25, 2012 at 9:49 am

Copper river salmon arrived at our fish monger just this week and, thanks to you, now I know my first recipe for it. Thanks!

Andy May 26, 2012 at 8:29 pm

Great Shot Matt! I just had a salmon wrap this week for lunch.

Caitlin May 26, 2012 at 10:02 pm

I just made this and it is beyond good :) I’ll definitely be making this again. The flavors work soo well together. Thank you for a fabulous recipe :)

Irvin @ Eat the Love May 27, 2012 at 1:20 am

Oh look two of my favorite things. Matt and Amy! I mean Salmon and Avocado! Mmm. Now I want some…

Cookin' Canuck May 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm

Sweet, salty, spicy – what a fantastic combination of flavors. Well done, Matt and Amy!

Nic@diningwithastud May 29, 2012 at 11:20 pm

LOL Yay avocados indeed :) such an avo fan! Love this dish :) So simple but gorgeous!

Kiran @ June 5, 2012 at 7:15 pm

Salmon and avocado looks so holy yum!!

Jeff @ Cheeseburger June 6, 2012 at 12:51 am

This chili rubbed salmon recipes is great! The cilantro avocado salsa is amazing.

lauren @ the talking kitchen June 20, 2012 at 10:06 pm

Salmon… Avocado… California… you got me.

Tisa Watts June 21, 2012 at 10:01 pm

My partner makes a darn good planked salmon on the grill, but this is going to be next in the rotation! Plus I’ll give this recipe a shout-out on my FB page for Mouse & Fork.

Tim December 28, 2012 at 2:10 pm

Avocado and salmon taste good together?

marci April 2, 2014 at 6:49 pm

OMGOOOOODNESSSSSSSSSS!!!!!!!!!! Made this tonight and it was DIVINE… thank you tons for the recipe…. IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!!!!!!!!!

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