Long before salmon was a popular food staple, it was a vital source of sustenance for Native American tribes living in the Pacific Northwest. They smoked the fish to preserve it for winter months and feast days. Today, salmon is beloved around the world for its incredible flavor and versatility. Grilled salmon, in particular, is a delicious and healthy option for a quick weeknight meal or a weekend feast with friends and family.
This recipe for Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa is a perfect blend of smoky spices and fresh ingredients. The smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, oregano, and cumin add a rich, earthy flavor to the salmon fillets. The avocado salsa, made with diced avocados, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt, provides a refreshing, tangy contrast to the spicy fish.
To make this dish, simply preheat your grill, rub the salmon with the spice mixture, and grill it until it’s cooked through and lightly charred. While the salmon is cooking, prepare the avocado salsa by combining the diced avocado, red onion, cilantro, lime juice, and salt in a bowl. Once the salmon is ready, top it with the avocado salsa and serve it hot off the grill.
This meal is a surefire crowd-pleaser that you can whip up in no time. It’s healthy, flavorful, and easy to make. Plus, the combination of the grilled salmon and the bright avocado salsa makes it a real showstopper. So why not add a bit of Pacific Northwest flavor to your next meal?
Ask the Chef: Pro Tips for making Grilled Salmon with Avocado Salsa
Choose Fresh, High-Quality Salmon
The key to a great grilled salmon dish is to start with high-quality fish. Make sure to choose fresh salmon from a reputable source. Wild-caught salmon is typically more flavorful and nutritious than farm-raised salmon.
Preheat Your Grill
Preheating your grill is important for getting those beautiful char marks and avoiding sticking. Preheat your Ninja Foodi grill for at least 10 minutes on high heat before cooking the salmon.
The spice rub in this recipe adds a lot of flavor to the salmon. Be sure to rub the spice mix all over the salmon fillets generously so that they are well-coated.
Don’t Overcook the Salmon
Overcooked salmon can be dry and tough. Cook the salmon until the internal temperature reaches 145°F (63°C), which will yield perfectly cooked, moist salmon.
Remove Skin Before Serving
If your salmon fillets come with skin, be sure to remove it before serving. The skin can be left on while grilling to help keep the salmon moist, but it is not palatable and should not be eaten.
Make Your Avocado Salsa Fresh
To get the best flavor and texture, make the avocado salsa fresh just before serving. If you need to make it ahead of time, store it in an airtight container in the fridge, but don’t add the lime juice until just before serving to avoid browning.
Adjust Seasoning to Your Taste
The amount of seasoning and lime juice in the avocado salsa is just a guideline. Feel free to adjust the amounts to your taste. If you like it spicier, add a diced jalapeño pepper; if you prefer it less tangy, use less lime juice.
Pair with a Refreshing Side
A crisp salad or grilled vegetables are great side dishes for grilled salmon with avocado salsa. They will complement the flavors of the dish and provide a refreshing contrast to the richness of the fish.