Salmon with Cilantro-Pineapple Salsa


Serve this island-inspired salmon with fruity salsa for dinner and your guests may just think you're in the tropics. Not in the mood for fish? The salsa also works well with chicken and pork.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Additional Time:
10 mins
Total Time:
30 mins
4 servings


  • 1 pound fresh or frozen skinless salmon fillet, about 1 inch thick

  • 2 cups coarsely chopped fresh pineapple

  • ½ cup chopped red or green bell pepper

  • ¼ cup finely chopped red onion

  • ½ teaspoon finely shredded lime peel (set aside)

  • 3 tablespoons lime juice, divided

  • 1 small fresh jalapeño chile pepper, seeded and finely chopped (see Tip)

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro or parsley, divided

  • ½ teaspoon chili powder

  • ¼ teaspoon salt

  • Pinch of cayenne pepper

  • 4 wedges Lime wedges

  • 4 leaves Torn lettuce


  1. Thaw fish, if frozen. Rinse the fish; pat dry with paper towels.

  2. For salsa, combine chopped pineapple, bell pepper, red onion, 2 tablespoons lime juice, the chile pepper, and 1 tablespoon of the cilantro (or parsley) in a medium bowl; set aside.

  3. Combine lime peel, the remaining 1 tablespoon lime juice, the remaining 1 tablespoon cilantro (or parsley), the chili powder, salt, and cayenne pepper in a small bowl. Brush on both sides of the fish.

  4. Well grease a wire grill basket. Place the fish in the grill basket, tucking under any thin edges for an even thickness. Place the grill basket on the rack of an uncovered grill directly over medium coals. Grill for 8 to 12 minutes or just until the fish flakes easily with a fork, carefully turning once halfway through grilling.

  5. To serve, cut the fish into four serving-size pieces; top with the salsa. If desired, serve with lime wedges and lettuce.


Tip: Because chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid direct contact with them as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the peppers, wash your hands and nails well with soap and warm water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

257 Calories
12g Fat
13g Carbs
23g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 1 serving
Calories 257
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 13g 5%
Dietary Fiber 2g 7%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 23g 47%
Total Fat 12g 16%
Saturated Fat 3g 13%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Vitamin A 979IU 20%
Vitamin C 64mg 71%
Folate 57mcg 14%
Sodium 219mg 10%
Calcium 33mg 3%
Iron 1mg 5%
Magnesium 47mg 11%
Potassium 588mg 13%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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