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Grilled salmon with corn salsa

Grilled salmon with corn salsa

This is my easy recipe for grilled salmon with corn salsa. The fish is marinated with orange juice, white wine, garlic, achiote (annatto) and lemon pepper. The grilled salmon is served with a delicious roasted corn tomato salsa. I’ve always liked salmon, but really learned to love it when we moved to Seattle. Waiting for the first wild salmon of the season is a Pacific Northwest tradition for our family and summer is the best time to enjoy it.

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Grilled fish with tomato corn salsa

This grilled salmon with corn salsa is a great dish for summer. It’s so easy to marinate the salmon ahead of time, the corn tomato salsa can also be made in advance; then grill the fish when you are ready for a quick lunch or dinner.

Marinade made with orange juice, white wine, garlic, achiote or annatto, lemon pepper and olive oil
The corn salsa was made with oven-roasted corn, but leftover grilled corn can also be used. You can prepare this recipe with other types of fish: halibut, corvina, tilapia, cod, among others will work well with this corn tomato salsa. The salsa is also great with grilled chicken or grilled pork, or just by itself as an appetizer with chips.

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Leftover salmon suggestions: If you have leftover grilled salmon and corn salsa you can easily transform them into a salad by adding some greens, avocado slices and your favorite salad dressing. Or you can make quick leftover quesadillas stuffed with cheese, salmon and corn salsa.

Salmon with corn salsa

Grilled salmon with corn salsa

Easy recipe for grilled salmon marinated with orange juice, white wine, garlic, achiote and lemon pepper. Served with a delicious roasted corn tomato salsa.
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Course: Fish, Main Course
Cuisine: American, International, Latin American, Latin fusion, Pacific Northwest
Keyword: Corn salsa, Fish, Grilled, Salmon
Prep Time: 30 minutes
Cook Time: 15 minutes
Marinating time: 30 minutes
Servings: 4 to 6 servings


Grilled Salmon

  • 3 lbs salmon cut into 6 pieces
  • Juice from 1 orange
  • ½ cup white wine
  • 4 garlic cloves crushed
  • 2 tsp ground achiote or annatto
  • 1 tbs lemon pepper
  • 3 tbs olive oil
  • Salt to taste

Corn salsa

  • 4 ears of corn
  • 1 lb assorted cherry tomatoes cut in halves or quarters
  • ½ red onion finely chopped
  • 1 jalapeno diced – replace with a sweet pepper if you don’t want any heat in the salsa
  • 2 tbs finely chopped cilantro
  • Juice from 2 limes
  • 1 tbs olive oil
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  • To make the grilled salmon marinade, combine the orange juice, white wine, ground achiote, lemon pepper, olive oil and salt in a container with an air tight lid. Shake well until the ingredients are mixed together.
  • Pour the marinade over the fish, cover and refrigerate for at least 30 minutes.
  • To make the corn salsa, remove the husks and silky hairs from the corn. Use a knife to cut the corn kernels from the cob.
  • Toss the corn kernels with oil, salt and pepper and roast them in a pre-heated oven at 425 F for 20-25 minutes. Stir the corn after 10 minutes of roasting to help them roast evenly.
  • Let the corn cool down and then mix with the quartered cherry tomatoes, chopped red onions, cilantro, jalapeno, lime juice, olive oil, salt and pepper. Refrigerate until ready to use
  • Pre-heat the grill and cook the salmon to desired doneness. This will vary based on your grill, I use a small electric grill for fish and set it on the max heat level, it usually takes 5-6 minutes for the salmon to be cooked but still moist.
  • Serve the salmon topped with the corn salsa and your choice of side dishes.

Step by step photos for grilled salmon with corn salsa:

Corn and tomato salsa
Marinade for grilled salmon
Marinate salmon for at least 30 minutes
Salmon on the grill
Grilled salmon
Salmon with corn salsa

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  1. How many cups of corn do you need? I used the amount you described, but mine looked like much less than the amount you had in your photo. I’m guessing our ears of corn were different sizes!

    1. I had about 3 cups of corn kernels – I usually get about 3/4 cup per each ear of corn, more or less depending on the size.

  2. My husband is from Quito and has not been home for over 30 years and when he gets homesick, he usually remembers foods. My mother-in-law, bless her, taught me only one dish but she made so many of the dishes on your site. I made the salmon and salsa and my husband loved it. He was eating the skin as it grilled. Gracias de parte de una México – Américana “pochita”

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