Chipotle Lime Salmon


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Salmon marinated in smoky chipotle and tart citrus is quickly broiled for an easy weeknight dinner. With the abundance of fish at my fingertips after Sean’s trip to Alaska, I found myself constantly looking for new ideas and recipes to try.

I made this recipe for the first time almost three years ago when I stumbled across it on Aggie’s Kitchen and the salmon was even better than I expected.

With Sean planning another trip to Alaska in the next couple weeks, I’m dusting off all the seafood recipes here on the blog and planning a whole lot of new ones as well. I can hardly wait to fill the freezer with fresh salmon.

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After barely an hour in the marinade, the salmon is incredibly flavorful. The chipotle flavor is present, without any real heat. The lime keeps it fresh and light. This is delicious with Chipotle Lime Rice and Chili Lime Corn on the Cob.

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Chipotle Lime Salmon

Recipe slightly adapted from and with thanks to Aggie's Kitchen


  • 4 salmon steaks large or small, I used 1 ½ lbs of salmon
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/4 cup fresh lime juice about 2 limes worth
  • 1 tablespoon adobo sauce from canned chipotle peppers
  • 4 large garlic cloves minced
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • additional lime wedges for serving
  • Optional: minced fresh cilantro or parsley for garnish


  • In a small bowl or jar, combine the olive oil, lime juice, chipotle sauce, garlic, allspice, cinnamon, cumin, salt and pepper. Whisk or shake to combine and then pour over the salmon in a flat baking dish. Turn the salmon to make sure it is coated and then cover and place back in the refrigerator. Let individual filets marinate for about 15 minutes, and no more than 1-hour max for a large piece of salmon.
  • After 45 minutes, preheat the broiler and set one oven rack about 6 inches from the top of the oven. Remove the salmon from the refrigerator and let it warm slightly on the counter-top while the oven is heating. Transfer the salmon to a large baking sheet or broiler pan and cook for 3 minutes scale side up. Then flip over and cook another 3 minutes, until cooked through. You might need an additional minute or two, but you shouldn't need more than that. Serve with lime wedges.
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Mary Younkin

Mary Younkin

Hi, I’m Mary. I’m the author, cook, photographer, and travel lover behind the scenes here at Barefeet In The Kitchen. I'm also the author of three cookbooks dedicated to making cooking from scratch as simple as possible.

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  1. Jenn says

    I love Aggie's site.. she's always got great recipes! And this is no exception. LOVE combining chipotle and lime… I bet the fish was fantastic!

  2. Joanne says

    I LOVE the pairing of chipotle with salmon! there's something about the spice combined with teh buttery fish that is so amazing. Great dish!

  3. Anonymous says

    I had salmon patties planned for tonight, and remembered this post, and felt inspired to mix several of your ingredients with the breadcrumbs and egg from the can of salmon's recipe, and it was AWESOME. Chipotle lime salmon patties were a BIG hit, and so cheap!

  4. Kat says

    I just served this last night at a small dinner party & everyone raved over it & requested the recipe! It's really good. I served it with the cilantro lime rice (another recipe of yours) and a salad.

  5. Peter J Smith (Pjay) says

    I am not sure what I did wrong but this one did not work for me. The salmon was burned and falling apart with just an hour in the marinate. The flavor was all lime even though I added some chipotle powder to bring it up a little.

    So I would advise a much shorter marinate, maybe 15 minutes max.

    • Mary Younkin says

      I’m so sorry to hear that happened! I typically work with fairly thick pieces of salmon, so that likely is a factor in whether it can handle a longer marinating time. I’ll make a note in the recipe. Thanks for taking the time to let me know that happened.

    • Mary Younkin says

      Hi, Peter. Sorry to hear that the salmon didn’t turn out well for you. The recipe actually says that you should marinate the salmon for an hour at maximum. I also advise a much shorter marinating period! Hopefully next time will turn out much more favorably.