Apricot-Chile Glazed Salmon

Apricot-Chile Glazed Salmon

2 Reviews
From: EatingWell Magazine, September/October 2013

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 Amazon.com, or substitute your favorite red chili powder.

Ingredients 4 servings

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  • 2 tablespoons New Mexico red chili powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1¼-1½ pounds center-cut wild salmon (see Tip), skinned
  • 3 tablespoons apricot jam


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  1. Preheat grill to medium-high. (No grill? See Oven Variation, below.)
  2. Combine chili powder and salt in a small bowl. Rub onto both sides of salmon.
  3. Place jam in a small saucepan; heat over medium heat, stirring, until melted.
  4. 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 information

  • Serving size: 1 portion
  • Per serving: 215 calories; 6 g fat(1 g sat); 1 g fiber; 12 g carbohydrates; 29 g protein; 17 mcg folate; 66 mg cholesterol; 7 g sugars; 6 g added sugars; 1,435 IU vitamin A; 3 mg vitamin C; 71 mg calcium; 2 mg iron; 483 mg sodium; 613 mg potassium
  • Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (29% daily value)
  • Carbohydrate Servings: 1
  • Exchanges: ½ other carbohydrates, 4 lean meat

Reviews 2

September 18, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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.
September 13, 2013
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By: EatingWell User
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
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