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Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

Grilled Salmon with Mango Salsa

Prep and Cook Time: about 25 minutes. Notes: Wild salmon has much more flavor than farm-raised; it's also considerably healthier for the environment. Unlike winter mangoes, which can be stringy, late-spring varieties are velvety textured. For the mildest flavor, remove the seeds and veins from the chile.

Sunset APRIL 2005

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings


  • 1 salmon fillet (about 1 1/2 lb.; skin on, pin bones removed; see notes), rinsed and patted dry
  • About 1 1/2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon grated lemon peel
  • Kosher salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 cup chopped firm-ripe mango
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • About 1 teaspoon minced fresh habanero or serrano chile (see notes)


1. Lay salmon, skin down, on an oiled piece of heavy foil that's about 2 inches bigger than the fish on all sides. Rub top of fish with oil, then lemon peel. Sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.

2. In a bowl, mix mango, lemon juice, and cilantro. Add chile, salt, and pepper to taste.

3. Lay salmon (on foil) on a barbecue grill over a solid bed of medium-hot coals or medium-high heat on a gas grill (you can hold your hand at grill level only 3 to 4 seconds); close lid on barbecue. Cook until salmon is opaque but still moist-looking in center of thickest part (cut to test), 12 to 15 minutes. Spoon off any oil from foil.

4. Carefully slide a wide spatula between salmon skin and foil and lift salmon to a platter. Spoon half the mango salsa over fish. Slice fish crosswise and serve with remaining salsa.

Wine pairing: An off-dry Riesling or Gew├╝rztraminer with good acidity cools the chile fire in the salsa and complements the rich fish and tropical fruit.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 355
  • Calories from fat: 51%
  • Protein: 34g
  • Fat: 20g
  • Saturated fat: 4g
  • Carbohydrate: 7.7g
  • Fiber: 0.5g
  • Sodium: 103mg
  • Cholesterol: 100mg

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