Sugar-Crusted Salmon with Avocado Peach Salsa

July 19, 2013 • Alaska Eats, Fish & Seafood, Main Dishes, Recipes, Seasons, Summer

I’m guest posting this amazing Sugar-Crusted Salmon with Avocado Peach Salsa today over at the lovely Karista’s Kitchen. Be sure to hop over there and read all about it. Also, I’m featuring my beautiful peaches from Family Tree Farms again in this cool and fresh Avocado Peach Salsa, which in addition to being delicious with this salmon, would also be terrific served with chips or on tacos or tostadas.

If you love salmon, be sure to check out my 12 other stunning salmon recipes here at Alaska from Scratch, too!

Sugar-Crusted Salmon with Avocado Peach Salsa

A smoky-sweet charred salmon topped with a cool and fresh avocado peach salsa. Sugar-Crusted Salmon recipe adapted from [Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute|] via [Chena Girl Cooks|].

Yields: 4 servings

  • For the Salsa:
  • 2 sweet, but firm peaches (I used yellow saturn peaches), pitted and finely chopped
  • 2 ripe avocados, finely chopped
  • 1 small red or orange bell pepper, finely chopped
  • 1/2 cup red onion, diced
  • 1-2 jalapeños (to taste), seeds removed and minced
  • 1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
  • 1 lime, juiced
  • salt and pepper, to taste
  • For the Salmon:
  • 2 tablespoons sugar
  • 1 tablespoon chili powder
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
  • pinch of cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 4-6 wild-caught salmon fillets (about 4-6 ounces each), pin bones and skin removed
  • 2 tablespoons neutral olive oil

In a bowl, gently stir together the peaches, avocados, bell peppers, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a smaller bowl, stir together the sugar, chili powder, paprika, cumin, mustard, cinnamon, pepper, and salt.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the salmon fillets dry and liberally season the top of each fillet with the rub, patting it so it will adhere. Place the fillets seasoned side down into the hot pan. Cook about two minutes, until rub is fragrant and caramelized, but not burnt. Flip each fillet and continue to cook on the other side 2-6 minutes more, being careful not to overcook (cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fillets and your preferred doneness. I like my wild salmon fillets medium in the center, so mine were ready after 4 minutes). Plate the salmon and top with Avocado Peach Salsa.