This healthy apricot-chile glazed salmon recipe marries fruit and chiles to make this easy grilled salmon mouthwateringly special. Use jam rather than preserves for a smoother, prettier glaze. Look for New Mexico chili powder in well-stocked supermarkets or online at, or substitute your favorite red chili powder.

Dave DeWitt
Source: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2013


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Instructions Checklist
  • Preheat grill to medium-high. (No grill? See Oven Variation, below.)

  • Combine chili powder and salt in a small bowl. Rub onto both sides of salmon.

  • Place jam in a small saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring, until melted.

  • Oil the grill rack. Grill the salmon 4 minutes, then turn it over. Using a pastry brush, coat the top of the salmon with the jam. Close the grill; cook until the salmon easily flakes with a fork, 3 to 5 minutes more. To serve, cut into 4 portions.


Wild-caught salmon from the Pacific (Alaska and Washington) is considered the best choice for the environment because it is more sustainably fished and has a more stable population. Farmed salmon, including Atlantic, should be avoided, as it endangers the wild salmon population.

Oven Variation: Prepare through Step 3. Bake in a shallow baking pan at 350°F, about 15 minutes.

Fish on foil: Fish that flakes easily requires a delicate touch to flip on the grill. If you want to skip turning it over when grilling, measure a piece of foil large enough to hold the fish and coat it with cooking spray. Grill the fish on the foil (without turning) until it flakes easily and reaches an internal temperature of 145°F.

Nutrition Facts

215.2 calories; protein 28.9g 58% DV; carbohydrates 11.7g 4% DV; exchange other carbs 1; dietary fiber 1.5g 6% DV; sugars 6.8g; fat 5.8g 9% DV; saturated fat 1.4g 7% DV; cholesterol 66.3mg 22% DV; vitamin a iu 1435.2IU 29% DV; vitamin c 3mg 5% DV; folate 17mcg 4% DV; calcium 70.8mg 7% DV; iron 1.5mg 8% DV; magnesium 46.4mg 17% DV; potassium 613.5mg 17% DV; sodium 482.7mg 19% DV; thiamin 0.1mg 10% DV; added sugar 6g.

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way too much chile powder. Overpowered the salmon. My family asked me not to make this again. I think I will try again but maybe incorporate the chile into the glaze somehow instead of rubbing into the fish. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Quick and delicious I made this with the oven variation in a cast iron skillet that I preheated with the oven. It was delicious and easy. Pros: Easy quick not a lot of ingredients healthy Read More