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Chipotle Salmon

Chipotle salmon is a healthy and easy salmon recipe with big, bold flavor. Chipotle chiles and warm spices from cinnamon, allspice, and cumin give this chipotle salmon recipe extra health benefits.
Chipotle Salmon

A couple of weeks ago, I was lucky enough to win a new cookbook called Foods and Flavors of San Antonio by a foodie friend Gloria Chadwick. I was so excited to get this cookbook because all month long, she has been enticing us with a ton of wonderful Tex Mex recipes over on her site while promoting the release of her cookbook! Every time I go over to visit her on her blog, I leave with cravings. Cravings for this Chipotle Salmon was one of many.

There are so many great recipes in this book! I already have many bookmarked…Black Bean Burgers, Drunken Beans, Green Chile Meatballs, Stuffed Poblano Peppers…are you hungry yet? There are also plenty of enchiladas, fajitas and tacos to choose from. Gloria put together a wonderful collection of recipes for her book, from beverages all the way to breakfast.

Chipotle Salmon

Last week I came home from the grocery store with some nice salmon and wanted to try something new with it. I had seen a recipe for this Chipotle Salmon in Gloria’s book and decided it was exactly what I wanted to cook. I love chipotle seasoning, and recently opened up a can of chipotle peppers for Fish Tacos so I had plenty leftover to use up. I served the salmon with whole wheat couscous with sauteed pinto beans, red bell pepper and red onion. I also garnished the salmon with some culantro from my herb garden.

We really love the Chipotle salmon dinner and will definitely be making it again.

It has just the right amount of smoky spice to it, and the lime juice really freshened up all the flavors. Thanks for a great recipe Gloria and I wish you a ton of success with your new cookbook!!

Print Recipe

Chipotle Salmon

Yield: serves 4


  • 4 garlic cloves, chopped
  • 2 TB olive oil
  • 1/8 tsp ground allspice
  • 1/8 tsp ground cinnamon
  • juice of 2 limes
  • 2 tsp sauce from canned chipotle chiles
  • 1/4 tsp ground cumin
  • salt and black pepper to taste
  • 4 salmon steaks
  • lime slices, for garnish


  1. In a medium size bowl, combine the garlic, olive oil, allspice, cinnamon, lime juice, chipotle sauce, cumin, salt, and black pepper.
  2. Coat the salmon with the marinade, then cover with plastic wrap and let marinate in the refrigerator for 1 hour.
  3. Preheat the broiler. Transfer the salmon to a broiler pan and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side or until cooked through.
  4. To serve, garnish with lime slices.

Recipe from Foods and Flavors of San Antonio

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34 Responses to “Chipotle Salmon”

  1. Kerstin posted March 23, 2009 at 12:11 am

    I love chipotle – looks fabulous! Great photos!

  2. Elenka posted March 23, 2009 at 12:25 am

    I’m not familiar with chipotle….is it Hot??
    I just copied the pesto pizza recipe. I love roasted veggies. I just have to find a low sodium pesto first.

  3. Aggie posted March 23, 2009 at 12:29 am

    Hi Elenka! Yes I would say chipotle is pretty hot and has a very smoky flavor…however, I found this recipe to be not as hot since we were just using the sauce from the peppers. If you try it, avoid including any part of the actual peppers.

    Have you ever tried making your own pesto? I guess it might be still early for basil in some parts of the country, but I think homemade is the best, especially if you are trying to control the sodium.

    Thanks for stopping by!! 😉

  4. melissa posted March 23, 2009 at 12:30 am

    I won the book too! Haven’t made a recipe out of it yet. Maybe this week. The salmon looks delightful.

  5. Erica posted March 23, 2009 at 12:32 am

    This looks so good! Maybe I will finally brave it and eat Salmon!

  6. Barbara Bakes posted March 23, 2009 at 4:06 am

    I really need to try chipotles. Your fish looks great!

  7. Mary posted March 23, 2009 at 4:38 am

    I’ve never used chipotle, but I have used sriracha. I guess the principle the same.

  8. Katherine Aucoin posted March 23, 2009 at 12:38 pm

    Wow Aggie, I really like this recipe and hope I get a chance to try it soon!

  9. 5 Star Foodie posted March 23, 2009 at 12:45 pm

    Salmon with chipotle sounds like a winning combo! Great recipe!

  10. Netts Nook posted March 23, 2009 at 1:28 pm

    This Salmon sounds great can’t wait to try it. Love the chipotle.

  11. Jennifer posted March 23, 2009 at 2:06 pm

    That does look like a great cook book!

    I love the green chili meatballs!

    I have only tried salmon once, I know its good for you but I didn’t like it. Maybe it was the way it was prepared?

    I’m going to attempt it again, and maybe I will like this version. thanks for sharing the recipe!

  12. Colleen posted March 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    I’m always looking for new ways to cook salmon, and I have some chipotle chilis in the adobo sauce hanging out in my fridge!

  13. Gloria Chadwick posted March 23, 2009 at 3:36 pm

    Aggie, Your salmon looks really delicious! Glad you liked the recipe. Thanks. 🙂
    You’re gonna love the Black Bean Burgers. It’s my favorite burger, topped with guacamole! Now that you’ve mentioned the burger, I think I’ll go over to E-Z’s Grill and have one today for lunch on their outdoor patio!

  14. Maria posted March 23, 2009 at 4:09 pm

    The salmon looks delicious. Love the flavors you used!

  15. biz319 posted March 23, 2009 at 4:14 pm

    I wish I liked salmon because this looks so good!

    Gotta love TexMex food!

  16. Cathy posted March 23, 2009 at 5:04 pm

    I just love the flavors on this salmon! I love chipotles, and lime makes everything better (well, most things :-)) This cookbook sounds awesome — everyone I know who goes to San Antonio raves about the food!

  17. Deborah posted March 23, 2009 at 5:28 pm

    I have been really into chipotle lately, so this sounds fantastic!

  18. Helene posted March 23, 2009 at 6:18 pm

    Congratulations for the cookbook. I ordered it at the library. Can’t wait to get it.

  19. finsmom posted March 23, 2009 at 6:51 pm

    This sounds unbelievably amazing! A perfect recipe for an outdoor get together. Thanks for sharing!

    Great photos!

  20. Maris posted March 23, 2009 at 9:16 pm

    This looks so good it’s making me want salmon!

  21. Dawn posted March 23, 2009 at 9:42 pm

    wonderful Aggie! how’s the back? still getting those massages? I haven’t had one in a year now.

  22. Annie posted March 23, 2009 at 10:19 pm

    Love salmon… this is a winner!

  23. Bridgett posted March 23, 2009 at 10:23 pm

    Chipotle is always a fantastic addition to many meats, but I love this one. I need to give this a try soon!

  24. Caitlin posted March 23, 2009 at 10:32 pm

    this looks so good-definitely my type of meal!

  25. Teresa Cordero Cordell posted March 23, 2009 at 11:22 pm

    Aggie, wonderful choice in recipes. That salmon looks absolutely delicious. Isn’t Gloria great? The cookbook is fantastic.

  26. unconfidentialcook posted March 24, 2009 at 12:59 am

    I’m just finding my way with lime juice–it’s amazing what it does to a recipe. I just made lime soup the other night, a Mexican version–and everyone practically licked their bowls.

  27. Carrian posted March 24, 2009 at 2:54 am

    You always make everything look so so good. I don’t like salmon (I know, I’m from the Pacific Northwest and I don’t like fish, crazy)yet I am drooling over this dish!

  28. Elra posted March 24, 2009 at 6:21 pm

    OMG, chipotle is my favorite ever. I put cipotle in almost anything including fried rice, ha..ha.. ha.. I am serious though!

  29. Paula posted March 25, 2009 at 2:53 am

    Oh Aggie, this salmon looks great! We eat a lot of salmon as it’s readily available where I live, and it’s one of my son’s favorite foods. I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it. Guess what recipe I’ll be using next time? 🙂

  30. Kathy - Panini Happy posted March 28, 2009 at 4:53 am

    I’ll be chipotle flavors would be fantastic with salmon. Kind of the perfect little kick!

  31. Rumela posted August 18, 2009 at 10:47 am

    I was made this for dinner tonight, and it was delicious! I was a little nervous it wouldn't have enough depth of flavor, but it turned out scrumptious. even my meat-loving husband liked it. I'm trying to do several meatless meals a week both for our health, so I really appreciate easy, chipotle salmon meals. thank you for shearing your post.


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