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!
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!
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 is higher in fat content and lighter in color. You’ll get a rich, buttery flavor with this option.
Sockeye salmon is lower fat and has a deep orange color. This type of salmon cooks faster.
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!
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
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.
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Recipe originally posted on August 8, 2019 – updated on June 27, 2022.