Monday, April 8, 2013

Lime-Marinated Spicy Grilled Salmon with Cilantro-Pumpkinseed Pesto

For the fish:
2 1/2 pounds salmon fillet, skinned and pin bones removed
1/4 to 1/3 cup freshly squeezed lime juice
2 teaspoons lime zest
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 tablespoons fresh cilantro, finely chopped
2-3 tablespoons Smoky Chipotle Adobo
1/8 cup olive oil

For the Pesto:
1 or 2 poblanos, fire-roasted, peeled, and seeded
6-8 cloves garlic, peeled
1 cup green pumpkinseeds, pan roasted until most of hte seeds have popped and the edges are slightly browned, then cooled
1 bunch cilantro, washed and the last 2 inches of the root end removed
1 1/2 tespoons salt
juice of 1/2 a lime (1 tablespoon)
2-3 tablespoons cool water (or as needed to make a smooth puree)
1/4 cup olive oil

Cut the salmon into serving-sized portions (6 ounces each).  Preheat the grill to medium-high.

Combine lime juice, zest, garlic, and cilantro in a bowl and set aside for 10-15 minutes.  Brush or drizzle the fish with the lime mixture to completely coat.  Let sit for 5 minutes to absorb the flavor and slightly dry.

Sprinkle the salmon with the dry rub and let sit 5-10 minutes more.  Brush the surface of the fish with olive oil to evenly coat.  

Make the pesto.  Combine all pesto ingredients, except olive oil, in a food processor or blender and process until smooth (with a blender more water will be needed).  Taste for salt and chile heat, adjusting as needed.  Blend in the oil.  Set aside.

Cook fish on the grill until done but still moist and not overcooked (the time will depend on the thickness of the fillet).  Serve warm with pesto on top.

Serves 6.

Recipe adapted from Fiesta on the Grill, by Daniel Hoyer.


  1. I've never seen pumpkin seed pesto before-it sounds amazing! This recipe looks incredible too. So glad I found it at the Show me what you got party.

    I have shared some pretties and freebies at my weekly linky party this week so if you have a minute please stop by and say g'day!

    Best wishes,
    Natasha in Oz

  2. This sounds amazing! I am always looking for salmon recipes. Pinning! Visiting from Creative Corner Blog Hop. Have a great week!

  3. I love cilantro, in fact I am going to be growing some in pots this summer. I saw this recipe on tempt my tummy and had to pop over. This recipe looks amazing! Thank you for sharing!

  4. Wow... so many fresh bright flavors in this sandwich. Thanks so much for sharing it with us on foodie friday.

  5. Hi Kate,
    I just love the flavors for your Salmon, it looks delicious!
    Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and have a great week!
    Come Back Soon,
    Miz Helen