The smoky-sweet flavor in this grilled salmon recipe comes from the combination of ancho chili powder and maple syrup that's brushed on the fish. Find ancho chile powder in the spice section of most supermarkets (substitute 2 teaspoons regular chili powder if you can't find it). Use a spatula to separate the fish from its skin after grilling. Round out the meal with a simple spring salad.
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon chili powder
1 teaspoon ground ancho chile powder
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
1/2 teaspoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon sea or kosher salt
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
1 teaspoon maple syrup
How to Make It
Prepare grill, heating to medium.
Combine first 5 ingredients. Sprinkle fish with salt; rub with paprika mixture.
Place fish on grill rack coated with cooking spray; grill 7 minutes. Drizzle fish with syrup; grill 1 minute or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
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I thought this was just ok. I, too, used extra maple syrup. But the spice blend just didn't do it for me. And I was hoping for more of a glaze with the syrup - instead , it just kind of slid off. Next time, I'll just stick to the sweet and spicy CL salmon recipe - now that's amazing!
Loved this! And my 10yr old had a lot of fun making the spice rub. We served it with the Edamame Succotash (http://bit.ly/hLPDjs) and mashed potatoes! Delish. The chili powder and maple syrup - yummy combo!
I liked the flavor of this salmon, but I thought the quantity of spice was way too much and the quantity of maple syrup was way too little. I will make this again but will use the other CL recipe on this site that uses the same ingredients in different amounts.
This was pretty easy and good. Didn't have ancho chili powder, so used two tsp. of regular chili powder, but used hot Hungarian paprika, and increased brown sugar to 1 tsp. Cut salt down to a dash, and had to increase syrup to two tsp., which still didn't begin to be enough. Broiled it for 7 min., then baked it at 350 for 5 min. Will make again with adjustments.
Very good salmon recipe. I wouldn't say it blew me away, but for such a quick and easy recipe, it certainly delivers a very satisfying and wonderful meal. Cooking time is a bit off - for 1-inch thick salmon fillets, you want 12 minutes in a covered grill at med-hi heat. That should give you moist, flaky meat that is nonetheless cooked through opaque.