Grilled salmon with avocado salsa
This recipe for grilled salmon with avocado salsa is so easy to make and is a guaranteed crowd (and family) pleaser. The salmon is seasoned with a mix of coriander, cumin, paprika, onion powder and pepper. It’s grilled (or baked/pan seared) and topped with avocado salsa.
Summer seems to finally be here, which means spending a lot of time outside: in the water, playing in the backyard with the kids, grilling outside and having lunch or dinner on the patio. Of course there is also a sort of nice laziness associated with summer, you want meals to be easy and quick to prepare, but also refreshing and filling.Jump to Recipe
This grilled salmon is seasoned with a homemade seasoning mix of ground coriander, cumin, paprika and onion powder to give it a nice spicy flavor. It’s grilled perfectly and then topped with a salsa made with avocado, onion, mild hot peppers, cilantro, lime juice, and olive oil.
Salmon and avocado are one of those perfect matches; whoever was the first person to put these two together was a genius. The salmon and the avocado both have that creaminess melt in your mouth feeling, while the lime, onion, hot pepper and cilantro add a great contrast of tangy flavor.
I’ve probably said this before but if I had to go to a deserted island and could only choose a few food items to take with me, avocados would be one of them (I’m hoping I could learn how to catch some fish on my island). They’re also one of those items – along with cilantro and limes – that whenever I run out of them it means that I need to go grocery shopping. I’ve prepared this dish before with grilled ahi tuna and it was also a great match – pretty much any fish (halibut, snapper, cod, mahi mahi, corvina, etc) will work great with the avocado salsa.
For an easy summer dinner, you can season the fish in the morning and let it marinate all day or season it while the grills warms up. The avocado salsa can be made in about 5 minutes, and can also be made ahead of time. I usually serve this grilled salmon with rice, either plain Latin/Ecuadorian style cooked rice or lime cilantro rice, and some patacones/tostones or thick green plantain chips.
Grilled salmon with avocado salsa
- 2 lbs salmon cut into 4 to 6 fillets
- 1 tbs olive oil
- 1 tsp salt
- 1 tsp ground coriander
- 1 tsp ground cumin
- 1 tsp paprika powder
- 1 tsp onion powder
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1 avocado peeled, seeded and sliced
- 1 small red onion sliced
- 3 mild hot peppers seeded and deveined, diced or sliced
- Juice from 2 limes
- 3 tbs olive oil
- 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
- Salt to taste
- Mix the salt, coriander, cumin, paprika, onion and black pepper together, rub the salmon fillets with olive oil and this seasoning mix, and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
- Pre-heat the grill.
- Combine the avocado, onion, hot peppers, cilantro, lime juice, olive oil and salt in a bowl and mix well, chill until ready to use.
- Grill the salmon to desired doneness.
- Serve the salmon topped with the avocado salsa, and with rice and patacones or thick green plantain chips on the side.
This is by far the best fish recipe I have ever had in my entire life. My fiancé and I will be eating this regularly. The avocado cools down the fish perfectly. Amazing.
OMG! I made this today and I loveeeeeee it..my family was upset they couldn’t all have seconds… going to make this recipe again. I baked my salmon it was delish. Thank you for sharing this beautiful recipe.
I made this last night for dinner. It was FANTASTIC!
I baked the salmon instead of grilling it, and I added corn to the salsa. It was so flavorful and delicious. Definitely something I’ll come back to again and again. Loved the salsa, it was so fresh and flavorful!
Such a great recipe, thanks for posting!!
Making this for a dinner party but I have one veggie coming too…any suggestions on a vegetarian dish that could still use avocado salsa and rice but replace the salmon?
You could use the same seasoning mix on a few vegetables and grill them just like the salmon.
An egg would also make a great replacement for the salmon and goes great with the avocado salsa on top and the rice.
Another option would be a llapingacho (cheese stuffed potato pattie): https://www.laylita.com/recipes/2008/04/07/llapingachos-or-stuffed-potato-patties/
You know that saying, “that was so good that it make you wanted smack your mama”. Well LAYLITA SMACK YOURSELF!!! Cause this dish was SO AWESOME!!!! :)
I made this and it was amazing :) first time making fish! Very pleased thank you :)!
My husband & I made this tonight on the grill and loved it. (I had planned on making everything last night, but our plans changed. I got the salmon ready with the rub & made the salsa last night & then we made the dish tonight after we both got home.) IT WAS DELICIOUS!!!! I’ve never eaten a salsa of this nature, but I really loved it. . . and so did my husband who can be very picky! Thank you for a GREAT salmon recipe!!! We will definitely be making this again. (*Also, I did chop the avocado, red onion, and peppers into similar sized smaller pieces so that it was more of a relish. We both loved the flavor with the salmon!)
Just finished eating this salmon recipe – and it was fabulous! I cooked it in a pan but that didn’t make a difference. The salsa was also wonderful. I didn’t have chiles so I added banana peppers and it was awfully good. This is definitely a recipe I’ll make over and over again. Thanks for sharing!
Thank you Laylita! Fantastic recipe!
I just made this recipe today. My son, who hates salmon and avocadoes, absolutely loves it! It was a complete hit. Thank you for sharing this recipe!