This Salmon with Spicy Mango Salsa is so easy to make and so delicious! You can have perfectly seared salmon topped with a fruity and spicy mango salsa on the table in about 20 minutes! Serve it with rice or salad greens!
Whenever mangoes go on sale I buy as many as I can. They are the perfect fruit for using as a side dish - like this easy Minty Mango Salad.
But I also love them in a salsa. They immediately add a fruity, tropical vibe to whatever you pair with it.
Today, we are using it to top some perfectly seared salmon. An easy weeknight dinner, ready in about 20 minutes!
- Cilantro - we try and buy organic cilantro since tender leafy greens can be sprayed a lot.
- Peppers - I used serrano from my garden. I used two because I was planning on seeding them and wanted to get more pepper flavor. You can use whatever chili peppers you have, or omit them if you don't want it spicy.
- Mangoes - I was thrilled when I learned that you don't have to buy organic mangoes! They come with a thick skin that keeps the bugs and pesticides out!
- Garlic - another one that you don't have to buy organic.
- Limes - since you are using the juice and the zest in this recipe, try to find organic if you can. If not scrub them really well. Here is an interesting article on washing produce - How to Clean Fruits and Vegetables - that you might find helpful.
- Red onions - I don't like raw onions, so I use my Quick Pickled Red Onions, you can use raw if you like them.
- Salmon - Trying to decide what kind of salmon to buy can be challenging - this article from The Seafood Watch Salmon Recommendations can help you make your choice.
Step by Step Directions
When making the salsa, try and chop or dice the pieces as small as you can. A smaller dice works better for getting a little bit of each flavor in every bite.
Peel and dice the mango - I tried for about 1/2 to 1 inch dice.
Finely chop the cilantro.
Decide if you want seeds in or out and finely dice the serrano peppers.
Dice the onions and mince the garlic.
Zest and then juice the lime.
Add all the ingredients to the bowl.
Stir the mango salsa and let it sit for the flavors to meld, while you sear the salmon.
You can grill the salmon, if you'd like, I just went the extra easy route and pan seared mine.
Heat a skillet over medium high heat. Add the olive oil. Season each salmon fillet with salt and pepper and add them to the pan, flesh side down. Cook undisturbed for 3 minutes.
Turn and cook for an additional 3 to 4 minutes depending on how thick your salmon is. I did 3 minutes.
Serve the salmon topped with the mango salsa.
This recipe is so good and so easy! The mango salsa is fresh and fruity and you can adjust the amount of heat by leaving the seeds in or out.
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Salmon with Spicy Mango Salsa
- 2 mangoes peeled and diced
- 1/2 cup cilantro fresh, chopped
- 1/2 cup red onion diced
- 1 clove garlic minced
- 2 tbsp lime juice fresh
- 2 serrano chilies finely diced (seeded or not)
- 2 teaspoons lime zest
- 1 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
- 4 salmon filets about 6 ounces each
- Combine the mango, cilantro, red onions, garlic, lime juice, peppers, and lime zest in a bowl and stir to combine.
- Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium high heat.
- Sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper and place in the skillet flesh side down. Cook without disturbing for 3 minutes.
- Turn the salmon and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes or until done to your liking.
- Serve the salmon with the salsa.
This post was originally published in 2011 and has been updated for 2020.