Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa is a flavor-packed dinner recipe! Salmon filets are dusted with a homemade chipotle seasoning blend, grilled to flaky perfection, and then topped off with a sweet, zesty corn salsa. 

When you have fresh corn on the cob, this is a recipe that you need! You will be amazed by how perfectly the sweet corn kernels blend with the fresh tomatoes and cilantro to make a quick and simple salsa. 

This is a delicious and healthy dinner that can be on the table in 30 minutes! It’s perfect for any night of the week and can even be meal prepped. To make this chipotle salmon recipe, all you need is a handful of ingredients, a large skillet, and a couple bowls. Dinner will be ready in no time!

A platter of Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa on the table waiting to be served.

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa is a flavor-packed dinner recipe! Salmon filets are dusted with a homemade chipotle seasoning blend, grilled to flaky perfection, and then topped off with a sweet, zesty corn salsa

When you have fresh corn on the cob, this is a recipe that you need! You will be amazed by how perfectly the sweet corn kernels blend with the fresh tomatoes and cilantro to make a quick and simple salsa. 

This is a delicious and healthy dinner that can be on the table in 30 minutes! It’s perfect for any night of the week and can even be meal prepped. To make this chipotle salmon recipe, all you need is a handful of ingredients, a large skillet, and a couple bowls. Dinner will be ready in no time!

A platter of Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa on the table waiting to be served.

Why KJ Loves Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

This is one of those recipes that continues to surprise me over and over again – it’s just SO good yet so simple! That’s my kind of recipe! The chipotle seasoning on the salmon really amps up the flavor. And the fresh corn salsa? One of my favorite parts! This is such a fun, bright, flavorful recipe loaded full of summer flavor. A great recipe to use all that wonderful, summer sweet corn for! Healthy and delicious—sign me up!

Fresh corn on the cob, red onion, tomatoes and cilantro ready to be turned into a fresh corn salsa.

What Type of Salmon to use for Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

This chipotle salmon recipe is flexible—you can use whatever type of salmon you prefer, or whatever is available. You can use whole filets or individual filets. Depending on the option you choose, you may need to adjust the cooking time. 

King Salmon

King salmon is higher in fat content and lighter in color. You’ll get a rich, buttery flavor with this option.

Sockeye Salmon

Sockeye salmon is lower fat and has a deep orange color. This type of salmon cooks faster.

Salmon filets before they have been dusted with the chipotle seasoning blend.
Salmon filets that are seasoned and ready to be grilled.

When is the salmon done?

You’ll know your salmon’s done when it turns from translucent and red to pink and opaque. It should flake off easily with a fork.

Temperature recommendations vary. The FDA recommends you cook salmon to 145°F, but that could result in slightly dry salmon. America’s Test Kitchen recommends you cook the salmon to 125°F. 

So it’s up to you—cook to whatever temperature you’re most comfortable with!

Chipotle Salmon filets on the grill with wonderful grill marks.

Avoiding that weird, white stuff...

Have you ever cooked salmon and ended up with a white, slimy-looking substance on the top? That’s called albumin, and it’s a protein that gets pushed to the outside of the fish when the salmon is overcooked. 

To prevent this from happening: 

  • Bring fish to room temperature before cooking
  • Monitor temperature closely and don’t overcook
A bowl of fresh corn salsa before it is mixed together.

Ways to Serve Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

Toss together a salad – Going for an extra healthy option? Lay this smoky salmon on top of a fresh bed of greens and toss with the corn salsa and any other veggies your heart desires. A fun twist on a taco salad!

Fill up a bowl – This chipotle salmon pairs wonderfully with Coconut Cilantro Rice. Add your favorite taco toppings, and dinner is ready to go! 

Try out tacos – Char the tortillas for another added layer of flavor.

Keep it simple – Serve with your favorite grilled or roasted veggies for a meal that’s light on work and heavy on flavor. 

Throw a fiesta – Serve with Strawberry Smash Peach Margaritas and 5-Ingredient Guacamole for an instant party.

A close-up photo of a grilled Chipotle Salmon filet with fresh corn salsa.

Looking for other Salmon Recipes? Check these out!

Honey Mustard Baked Salmon

Lemon Herb Seared Salmon

Honey Cajun Salmon Bowls

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Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa on a serving platter.

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa


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  • Author: KJ & Company - Kate Poskochil
  • Total Time: 30
  • Yield: 4 servings 1x

Description

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa is a flavor-packed dinner recipe! Salmon filets are dusted with a homemade chipotle seasoning blend, grilled to flaky perfection, and then topped off with a sweet, zesty corn salsa


Ingredients

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  • (4) 6 oz salmon filets
  • 2 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon seasoned salt
  • 3 ears of fresh corn, kernels removed
  • 10 oz cherry tomatoes, quartered
  • 1 small red onion, finely diced
  • 1/3 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Preheat your grill to high heat, about 450-500 degrees. Evenly coat the salmon filets with the olive oil.
  2. In a small bowl, combine the chipotle powder with the seasoned salt. Generously season all sides of the salmon filets with the seasoning blend.
  3. Grill the salmon skin side up for about 5 minutes before carefully flipping over. The salmon filets should naturally release from the grill grates when they are ready to be flipped. Grill for another 3-5 minutes until desired cooking temperature is achieved. 125 degrees for rare and up to 145 degrees for well done.
  4. While the salmon is cooking, combine the fresh corn kernels, tomatoes, red onion and cilantro in a medium bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper if desired.
  5. Serve the salmon with the fresh corn salsa over the top. Enjoy!

Notes

  • King or Sockeye salmon filets can be used.
  • To save you even more time, you can make the fresh corn salsa a day in advance! It even gives all the flavors more time to marry together and is wonderful!
  • This recipe is a great meal-prep option. Let the salmon cool completely after cooking and store in the refrigerator separate from the fresh corn salsa for a couple days.
  • If you don’t want to grill, the salmon can also be seared in a skillet on medium-high heat or baked in a 400 degree oven.
  • Nutritional information for this recipe is only an estimate. The accuracy of the nutritional information for any recipe on this site is not guaranteed.
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Grilling

Nutrition

  • Serving Size: 1
  • Calories: 345
  • Sugar: 6.5g
  • Sodium: 531mg
  • Fat: 11.8g
  • Saturated Fat: 1.3g
  • Carbohydrates: 27.2g
  • Fiber: 5.1g
  • Protein: 36.8g
  • Cholesterol: 90mg

Keywords: Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa

Chipotle Salmon with Fresh Corn Salsa on a serving platter.

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Recipe originally posted on August 8, 2019 – updated on June 27, 2022.

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