Southwestern Maple Glazed Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

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The spices on this easy salmon dish create a delicious crust and add a hint of heat to balance out the sweetness of the syrup.

southwestern salmon pineapple salsa

This maple glazed salmon was featured on the August cover of Cooking Light.  It caught my eye as I was about to get in line at the grocery store and looked so good, I turned around and made a beeline to the fish counter instead.

You basically make a homemade chili powder, dust it generously onto the fish, then broil and glaze with maple syrup.  The spices create a delicious top crust and add a hint of heat and bitterness to balance out the sweetness of the syrup and richness of the salmon.

The pineapple salsa is my addition.  If you don’t want to bother, the fish is delicious on its own but the fresh fruit really adds another dimension and completes the dish.

What you’ll need to make the dish

How to make it

Begin by making the pineapple salsa. It’s simply a mix of chopped fresh pineapple, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and maple syrup.  Set it aside to let the flavors marry while you prepare the salmon.

For the salmon, begin with the spice rub.  You’ll need ancho chili powder, cumin, paprika, kosher salt, and sugar.  Note that ancho chili pepper powder is not the same as regular chili powder.  Chili powder is a blend of spices that season chili and similar dishes, while ancho chili powder is a pure chili powder made from ground ancho peppers with deep rich flavor and mild to medium heat.  Many large grocery stores carry it, and you can always find it at Whole Foods.

Arrange the salmon fillets on a foil-lined baking sheet for easy cleanup, then sprinkle the spice rub over top.

Set your oven rack about 6 inches from the broiler, and then broil the salmon for about five minutes. Remove the pan from the oven and brush the salmon fillets with maple syrup, and then broil for one minute more.

As you can see, the top crust will look very dark and almost burnt but don’t worry, it’s not — the spices simply turn dark when moistened.  To serve, transfer the salmon fillets to plates and top with the pineapple salsa.

Southwestern Maple Glazed Salmon with Pineapple Salsa

The spices on this easy salmon dish create a delicious crust and add a hint of heat to balance out the sweetness of the syrup.

Servings: 4
Total Time: 30 Minutes

Ingredients

For the Salmon

  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon ancho chili powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 4 (6 ounce) salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons maple syrup

For the Pineapple Salsa

  • 2 cups diced fresh pineapple
  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice, from one lime
  • 1 tablespoon maple syrup

Instructions

  1. Set an oven rack about 6 inches from the top of the oven and preheat the broiler. Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil and spray with non-stick cooking spray.
  2. Make the pineapple salsa by combining all of the ingredients in a small bowl. Set aside.
  3. Mix the paprika, ancho chili powder, cumin, sugar and kosher salt together in a small bowl.
  4. Place the fillets on the prepared baking sheet and sprinkle evenly with the spice mixture. Broil for 5-6 minutes, or until almost done. Remove the pan from the oven and brush the fillets evenly with the maple syrup. Broil for one minute more. Transfer the fish to plates and top with pineapple salsa.

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Nutrition Information

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  • Calories: 441
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Saturated fat: 5 g
  • Carbohydrates: 23 g
  • Sugar: 18 g
  • Fiber: 2 g
  • Protein: 35 g
  • Sodium: 601 mg
  • Cholesterol: 94 mg

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Reviews & Comments

  • The pineapple salsa was so delicious with the salmon. Such an easy recipe. Another hit with my family!

    • — Lilianne Glazer on November 17, 2020
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  • Another hit, this was delicious. Not one of your recipes ever disappoint! The only thing I did differently was add a jalapeño to the pineapple salsa. Thank you Jennifer.

    • — Eileen on September 3, 2020
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  • Delicious! Perfect balance of sweet and spicy.

    • — Amanda on August 17, 2020
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  • My entire family thought this was delicious!! I was looking for a salmon that was more “southwest” to go with black beans and rice….this hit the nail on the head. I did not use/make the pineapple salsa because I was looking up recipes literally minutes before cooking dinner and did not have the ingredients, but I will make it next time. Thanks for sharing this recipe…it’s a keeper!

    • — Lori on August 5, 2020
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  • Can you cook the salmon from frozen?

    • — Jacob Sims on August 2, 2020
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    • Hi Jacob, I’d recommend defrosting it first.

      • — Jenn on August 3, 2020
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  • Hi Jen,
    Made this for dinner guests last night along with the greens beans and shallots. Both were delicious. I’ve tried most of your recipes and they’re all wonderful . Will you be coming out with another cookbook ?
    Colleen

    • — Colleen Rowan on July 18, 2020
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    • So glad you liked both this and the green beans! Yes, I am working on another cookbook that is set to be released in the fall of 2021 — thanks for inquiring! 🙂

      • — Jenn on July 19, 2020
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  • Jenn. This is one of our fave recipes. The salmon and pineapple pair so well together. I used Table salt the first time and it was a bit salty but it was perfect the second time when using kosher salt as you mentioned. This is part of our regular rotation. And so easy too. Thanks.

    • — Aman on July 6, 2020
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  • I made this recipe for the first time and we loved it. I’m always looking for new and delicious ways to make salmon and this is a keeper. The only change I made was to grill the salmon instead of broiling it since it was a very warm day and I wanted to be outside. Thank you for sharing this recipe!

    • — Sally on May 18, 2020
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  • This Salmon was delicious with the accompanying pineapple salsa! Your Black Bean Salad accompanied this as well…my family is in love with this salad!

    My Salmon darkened more than yours in your photo, should I tent it with aluminum foil before the 5-6 min mark?

    Appreciate the wonderful recipes.

    • — joojoo on May 17, 2020
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    • Glad everyone liked it! Yes, if you feel like the salmon still needs more time to cook and it’s getting a bit too browned, just lay foil loosely over top of it.

      • — Jenn on May 17, 2020
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  • This recipe has all the ingredients I love-especially fresh cilantro. Instead of broiling, I seared salmon on the stove and finished it ten minutes in 350 degree oven. The crust was crisp and easy to remove if desired. It was fabulous! Have added this recipe to my file as a high priority. Thanks much❣️

    • — Andrea Leboss on June 14, 2019
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  • Another delicious — and super easy to make recipe — from Jenn. My younger son asked “What’s for dinner?” I said, “Salmon, it’s going to be good.” “Oh, from the special woman?” “Yes!” You are now called “The special woman” in our house! High praise!!
    Thank you Jenn!

    • — Eve on June 10, 2019
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    • 💕

      • — Jenn on June 10, 2019
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    • 🙂

      • — Delaney on May 9, 2020
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  • This was delicious! I was going to make sole amandine for our fish Friday but my store did not have any sole. This salmon recipe had caught my eye and it was really fabulous! I will put this on rotation.

    • — Janet on March 29, 2019
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  • Hi Jenn,
    our grocery store only carry the chipotle chili not the ancho chili powder. Can I sub the ancho with the chipotle?
    Thanks

    • — Lyne on January 30, 2019
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    • Sure, Lyne – you might just use a little less as chipotle chili powder tends to be spicy.

      • — Jenn on January 30, 2019
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  • Fantastic recipe. I’ve made it several times, always a big hit. Question, recipe calls for Paprika. Should I use Hungarian Sweet or Smoked Spanish? I have both. Recipes rarely indicate which so I’m not sure which to use when. Thanks a lot for great recipes.
    Carol

    • Hi Carol, If it doesn’t say, you should use sweet. Recipes will specify if it should be smoked. Hope that helps! 🙂

  • HELP!!!! We LOVE LOVE LOVE this recipe, and I was planning on making it (again) tonight for guests. My husband just mentioned he for got to tell me that the one is allergic to fish. Since I already purchased the ingredients, do you think it would work on chicken?

  • Jenn, my dinner guest just left and I had to immediately tell you how fabulous this was. Served it with oven roasted asparagus and did strawberries with balsamic vinegar and black pepper, and your wonderful banana chocolate marble bread, for desert. The salmon was a restaurant quality dish. We LOVED it!! You are unbelievable.

  • Tip: add the pineapple salsa after the maple brush. Broiling the pineapples brought out lovely flavor that was able to better “stand up” to the strong spices.

    Didn’t have a lime but fresh squeezed grapefruit juice worked great.

  • This is fast, easy and great! The pineapple salsa makes it – I forgot it when we started eating and I think we were all wondering, but add the salsa and the flavors meld beautifully! Only change was a little bit of jalapeno in the salsa!

  • Hi Jenn, my husband is not a fan of pineapples. Do you think the recipe will taste good if I substitute mango for the pineapple? BTW, I can’t wait for you book. Already ordered 2. 🙂

    • Hi Nitza, I think mango would also work beautifully here. Hope you enjoy and thanks for your support of the cookbook! ❤️

    • Made this tonight and my husband and I agreed it’s the best dinner I’ve made in the decade we’ve been married. It’s not spicy at all, so even my kids enjoyed it. We served it with the black bean salad with corn and avocado which is also an amazing dish. This is definitely restaurant quality and so fast and easy if you use pre-cut pineapple spears!

      • — Danielle P on May 15, 2019
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  • Was another wonderful recipe! SO easy!
    Also, have made the Beef stew with Carrots and Potatoes twice. Also, EXCELLENT! Thank you so much!

  • great!

  • I made this last night. Oh my goodness, this was wonderful. Flavorful, moist, and delicious. Had this for dinner with a lovely salad and a glass of wine. Great, quick dinner.

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