Chili Rubbed Salmon with Cilantro-California Avocado Salsa

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Nutritional Highlights (per serving)

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18 g
Total Fat
6 g
Dietary Fiber
32 g
26 g
Total Carbs


Serves: 12
12    medium tomatillos, husked and rinsed
3/4  cup  chopped green onion
3/4  cup  chopped fresh cilantro
4 1/2  Tbsp.  fresh lime juice
  Fresh California Avocados, seeded and diced*
1 1/2  Tbsp.  jalapeño, seeded and minced (or to taste)
4 1/2  Tbsp.  chili powder
1 1/2  tsp.  cumin
Tbsp.  brown sugar
tsp.  kosher salt
12    (6-oz) wild Copper River salmon fillets

As with all fruits and vegetables, wash avocados before cutting. Check out our tips for how to choose and use California Avocados


  1. Place tomatillos in a saucepan and cover with water. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 5 minutes. When cool enough to handle, remove tomatillos and chop roughly.
  2. To make the Avocado-Cilantro Salsa, combine the tomatillos, onion, cilantro and lime juice in a bowl. Gently fold in the avocado and jalapeño. Season with salt to taste, and set aside.
  3. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Combine chili powder, cumin, sugar and salt. Sprinkle fish with spice mix.
  4. Heat a flat top grill or large sauté pan to medium heat. Sear the salmon rub side down for 2 minutes. Flip the fillets and place pan in ovenproof pan, seared side up. 
  5. Roast salmon for about 5-6 minutes or until cooked through. Transfer fish fillets to plates and top with the Cilantro Avocado Salsa.

* Large avocados are recommended for this recipe.  A large avocado averages about 8 ounces.  If using smaller or larger avocados, adjust the quantity accordingly.

Calories 340
Total Fat 18 g
Trans Fat 0 g
Saturated Fat 2.5 g
Unsaturated Fat 10 g
Polyunsaturated Fat 5 mg
Dietary Fiber 6 g
Protein 32 g
Total Carbs 26 g
Cholesterol 95 mg
Sodium 660 mg
Potassium 0 mg
Total Sugar 0 g
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 Calorie diet. Your Daily Values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

Amy Sherman

Amy Sherman and Copper River Salmon/Prince William Sound Marketing Association

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