Chipotle-Lime Salmon

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  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste
  • 1 (2 pound) skin-on salmon fillet, portioned into 6 servings
  • 2 chipotle peppers in adobo sauce
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 ½ teaspoons adobo sauce from chipotle peppers
  • 1/2 teaspoon lime zest
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1 pinch cayenne pepper
  • Citrus Avocado Salsa:
  • 1/2 large Hass avocado, peeled, pitted, and diced
  • 1 small navel orange, peeled, segmented, and diced
  • 1/4 cup chopped red onion
  • 3 tablespoon chopped fresh cilantro
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon orange juice
  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Preheat oven to 400°F (210°C).
  2. Heat skillet on high heat for 1 minute. Add vegetable oil and heat for another minute. Season salmon with salt and pepper and place in skillet, skin side down and cook for 2 minutes. Gently flip the salmon and cook for 2 additional minutes. Remove from the skillet and transfer to a baking tray and place in the oven for 5 to 7 minutes.
  3. Pulse together in a food processor: chipotle pepper, olive oil, lime juice, adobo sauce, lime zest, cumin, garlic powder, and cayenne pepper for 2 minutes until smooth and creamy; season with salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Place avocado, orange, onion, cilantro, lime juice, garlic, and orange juice together in a bowl; toss together and season with salt and pepper.
  5. Divide the salsa into portions and place on plates along with salmon; top with citrus-avocado salsa to serve.
Mealthy tip:

If you’re using skinless salmon, continue using the same steps. Make sure your pan is always hot and steaming before adding oil and allow the oil to heat up before adding the salmon. Be careful not to over crowd the pan, as it lowers the temperature of the skillet. For best results, cook salmon in batches of 2-3 servings.


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November 08, 2017 at 6:27pm

Janet Gainsley says:

Love the flavor of this!! Will definitely make again!

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October 31, 2017 at 6:42pm

Katie Hason says:

I've never had chipotle flavored salmon before, and I've been seriously missing out. This recipe was fantastic! I love spicy foods, so the cayenne and adobo was perfect. I wonder how the salmon would taste in a taco? So good, I an't wait to make this again.

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October 26, 2017 at 1:58am

Laura Griffin says:

The chipotle and lime flavors were really bold, but paired well with the salmon. The salmon would probably also be really good to use in tacos. I'll probably try that next! I'm not a huge fan of oranges, but the citrus avocado salsa was a pleasant surprise. A lot of flavor in this dish, I look forward to making it again.

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September 08, 2017 at 10:55am

Aja A says:

Very delicious salmon dish with a kick of heat from the cayenne and adobo sauce. The salsa is a refreshing compliment to salmon which does cut down on the spice. Make sure to get that salmon skin very crispy as you will find it more palatable.