Tropical Salmon with Mango Salsa

Salmon fans you are going to be very happy, and people who aren’t quite sold on salmon yet, you will be too, because The Organic Kitchen’s “Tropical Salmon” is crispy on the outside, tender on the inside and topped with an amazing mango salsa, making it a favorite at Casa de Spiker. And it’s just so darned pretty!
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Tropical Salmon ~ A Family Favorite! #paleo #whole30 #salmon #mangosalsa

Let’s Talk Salmon:

Salmon is high in protein and omega 3 fats (the good kind) and when topped with this antioxidant loaded salsa you can’t find a healthier meal! But there are differences in the quality of salmon available in most stores. If it is possible to purchase wild caught salmon in your area, I highly recommend it. Wild caught salmon is higher in the healthy omega 3 fatty acids, and eats a natural diet that gives the meat that lovely salmon color. Farmed fish is grey and therefore unnaturally colored. Obviously, wild caught is best.

Tropical Salmon ~ A Family Favorite! #paleo #whole30 #salmon #mangosalsa  

Tips for buying fish:

1. It’s best not to buy fish wrapped in plastic. You should be able to smell the fish you are buying. I always buy mine from a fishmonger I trust. If he is handling it, cutting it etc… he will know if it’s not fresh.

2. Always buy fish the day you plan on making it.

3. When selecting fish always point to the piece you want. In stores the freshest fish is placed in the front of the window, closest to you, and the fish from the day before is placed in the back, closest to the fishmonger. So when you are looking at the fish closest to you and ask for it, he pulls it from the back. It doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with that fish from the day before, it’s just not the freshest…and you want the freshest.

The Salsa!:

Salsa is best if made ahead, or the morning of the day you plan on serving. The flavors need a chance to meld…but when I teach this menu in class obviously we don’t have time to wait and it’s still delicious! So if you forget to plan ahead, no worries!

Tropical Salmon ~ A Family Favorite! #paleo #whole30 #salmon #mangosalsa

The trickiest part of making the salsa is handling hot chili peppers. Please read this post to learn how to handle Serrano chili peppers safely…these little peppers are hot! My knife is an 8″ Wusthof Ikon, I love it! (affiliate link)

Personally, I hav nothing against leaving the skin on salmon. But my husband objects. So I will show you how to easily remove the skin and leave it up to you. Whether cooking on the grill or in pan on the cooktop just slide your fish spatula between the meat of the salmon and the skin after cooking. Lift the salmon and the skin stays in the pan.

Tropical Salmon from The Organic Kitchen

What you need: use an oven safe pan and a fish spatula (affiliate links) If cooking on the grill be sure to clean grill well and spray with coconut oil to avoid sticking.

I offer both cooktop and grilling instructions. Enjoy!


Main Course




easy dinner recipe, grilling recipe

Servings: 4 servings

Author: Linda Spiker

  • 1
    large mango
    peeled, cored and diced
  • ¼
    of a red onion
    finely chopped
  • 2
    fresh cilantro
  • juice from half a lime
  • ½ to 1
    Serrano chili (or Jalapeno)
    seeds and pith removed, finely minced (I like ¾ tsp)
  • ½
    of one red bell pepper
  • ¼
    sea salt
  • 4 -6
    salmon filets
    skin on
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • Olive oil
    Avocado oil or Coconut oil

For Salsa:

  1. Combine mango, onion, cilantro, lime juice, chili (see instructions in blog post) bell pepper, and sea salt, stir and set aside

For Cooktop:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees and place rack in the center position.

  2. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.

  3. Heat oven safe pan on cooktop on med/high for 3 minutes.

  4. Add enough oil so that bottom of pan is coated.

  5. Allow oil to get hot.

  6. Carefully place salmon on the pan skin side up. You want to hear the “pshhhh” sound when you place the salmon in the pan.

  7. Cook for 3-4 minutes till salmon is golden and crispy.

  8. Gently turn skin side down and sear for one minute.

  9. Now transfer pan to preheated oven and bake for 8-12- minutes. Cook time depends on how thick the salmon is.

  10. When done, remove from oven.

To serve:

  1. If you wish to remove salmon from skin, slide your fish spatula between skin and meat from one end to the other and lift fish, skin will stay in pan.

  2. Top with mango salsa and serve.

For Grill:

  1. Clean grill then spray with coconut oil.

  2. Preheat to 400 degrees.

  3. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper.

  4. Carefully place salmon skin side up onto grill.

  5. Cook for 6 minutes, then turn and cook 6 more.

  6. When done, remove from grill. If you wish to remove salmon from skin, slide your fish spatula between skin and meat from one end to the other and lift fish, discard skin. Top with Mango Salsa and serve.

Tropical Salmon from The Organic Kitchen


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