Apricot-Chile Glazed Salmon

September/October 2013

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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.

Apricot-Chile Glazed Salmon

Makes: 4 servings

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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.

Tips & Notes

  • 1. 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.
  • 2. Oven Variation: Prepare through Step 3. Bake in a shallow baking pan at 350°F, about 15 minutes.


Per serving: 215 calories; 6 g fat (1 g sat, 2 g mono); 66 mg cholesterol; 12 g carbohydrates; 6 g added sugars; 29 g protein; 1 g fiber; 433 mg sodium; 613 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Vitamin A (29% daily value), Potassium (18% dv), omega-3s

Carbohydrate Servings: 1

Exchanges: 1/2 other carbohydrates, 4 lean meat

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