Spicy Salmon with Avocado Mango Salsa
It’s common knowledge that smoking can cause cancer. But did you know it can cure salmon? 😎
One of my favorite foods is salmon and I pretty much enjoy it in every possible way – spicy salmon, smoked salmon, crispy skin salmon, poached salmon, a burger, and even fried, like in salmon fried rice. And it doesn’t take a whole lot of effort to make salmon enjoyable because its fatty flesh provides a perfect canvas for flavor.
That’s why I love this practically 2-ingredient sauce of sriracha and butter to make the perfect spicy salmon in less than 15 minutes. This vibrant and fiery sauce will pair beautifully with your favorite seafood dishes, particularly for dishes like spicy salmon, transforming them into restaurant-worthy meals that even picky eaters will enjoy.
What makes this combo work…
Sriracha, a Thai hot sauce renowned for its perfect balance of sweetness, spice, and tang, is a popular choice among spice enthusiasts and surprisingly the wellness community! True story – that’s where I first learned about it, following bodybuilders and how they prepped for shows. This was a common ingredient!
It’s made from red jalapeño peppers but it’s not hot like habanero, which makes it an excellent ingredient to ramp up fiery flavors in your meals, plus the capsaicin in pepper also helps curb appetites.
The unique combination of sriracha and butter creates a creamier sauce that adds a rich and robust depth to salmon dishes but really any dish.
Unsalted butter, a common staple in many kitchens, provides a smooth base that counterbalances the heat of sriracha. It is rich and therefore enhances the overall taste and texture of the sauce. Combined with a sauce like sriracha, the result is a spicy, buttery, mix that complements the salmon’s natural flavors because, again, salmon is fatty. The result – decadence!
So with minimal ingredients needed, this sriracha-butter sauce adds an exciting “kick” to your spicy salmon recipes, or any other protein like chicken, beef or even tofu. And the mango & avocado salsa helps cool the palate so you get the sensation of hot and cold with every bite.
This is a seamless fusion of East and West, combining the traditional Asian flavors of sriracha, with the classic Western ingredient of butter.
Pro-tip: to create the perfect spicy salmon dish, remember to sear the salmon, then glaze or gently toss with the sriracha-butter sauce. This ensures the infusion of flavors into the fish, making every bite an explosion of heat, sweet, tang and creaminess!
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- 1lb raw (wild) salmon, skinned and cut into 2-inch cubes (I recommend center-cut since it is the thickest part)
- 1 tablespoon coconut sugar
- pinch of sea salt & pepper
- spray oil
- 2 tablespoons raw butter
- 3 garlic cloves, minced
- 5 tablespoons Sriracha
- finely chopped parsley
Season salmon with coconut sugar, sea salt & pepper.
Set a nonstick skillet on medium high heat. Once hot, spray with oil then add the salmon cubes. Sear for 1 – 3 minutes, or until sear marks appear. (Note: monitor the heat because the coconut sugar will burn so sear marks should appear faster than normal.)
Use tongs to flip the salmon over to cook for another 1 – 3 minutes until you reach your desired level of doneness. Remove and set aside.
Reduce the heat to low, then add butter, sriracha and garlic. Stir immediately and ensure the skillet is not so hot that it simmers the butter or sauce. Add the salmon back to the skillet and gently fold into the sauce.
Enjoy with your choice of grain or cauliflower rice and avocado-mango salsa.
Mango Avocado Salsa
- 1 large (~1 cup) mango, diced into 1/2-inch pieces
- 1 large avocado, diced
- juice from 1 lemon
- Optional herb – finely diced parsley, cilantro or basil
Mix the ingredients together in a bowl. Enjoy with the fire salmon!
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Hey, I'm Kevin
My name is Kevin. My life changed when I realized that healthy living is a lifelong journey, mainly won by having a well-balanced diet and maintaining an active lifestyle.
By experimenting in the kitchen and sharing my meals on Tumblr, I learned healthy eating is not boring! By making a few adjustments to my favorite foods, I could design a diet that could help me achieve my wellness goals while satisfying my desire for BANGIN food! 😅 Now I try to help people around the world realize that same level of freedom in eating regardless of budget. Welcome, let's #DemocratizeWellness together!