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Fresh and light Salmon with Mango Salsa is a healthy seafood recipe. Citrus fish topped with a fruit salsa, perfect for a summer dinner idea. Gluten free and dairy free.
A filet of Salmon with Mango Salsa on a wood board.

This Salmon with Mango Salsa is a fresh and bright seafood recipe with light flavors. A perfect combination of flaky salmon, tangy mango salsa, and fresh flavors ideal for summer that the whole family will enjoy. Gluten free, dairy free.

A filet of Salmon with Mango Salsa on a wood board.

Why You Will Love This Recipe

This Salmon with Mango Salsa recipe is one of my favorite salmon recipes because of how easy and fresh it is!

The fresh mango salsa is full of sweet and savory flavors that pairs perfectly with tender salmon. This would also taste amazing with our Pineapple Mango Salsa!

With a fast cooking time, this salmon with mango salsa recipe is a great addition to your dinner rotation and one of my favorite salmon recipes for a busy weeknight.

A piece of Salmon with Mango Salsa partially eaten.

Ingredients

You can find the specific quantities and step-by-step instructions in the fully printable recipe card at the bottom of the post.

Salmon Fillets – any size or type is fine, you will just adjust cooking time accordingly. Skin on or skin off, does not matter!

Olive Oil

Mango – fresh is ideal as frozen mango will be very, very mushy and release a lot of liquid

Red Onion

Jalapeno Pepper – the heat from the pepper is a great balance to the sweetness of the mango. For more heat, add more jalapeno or use a spicier pepper such as serrano.

Fresh Lime Juice – fresh is best, especially when it is a key ingredient!

Lime Zest

Fresh Cilantro – if you do not like cilantro, you could also use fresh mint or just skip this completely. I love the addition of a fresh herb for brightness!

Garlic Powder

Salt

Black Pepper

Instruction Overview

Make the marinade by whisking all ingredients together in a medium bowl or dish.

Place the salmon fillets in the marinade for 15 minutes. Flip, and marinate another 15 minutes.

While the salmon is marinating, make your sweet mango salsa.

Chop all salsa ingredients and mix together. Chill until ready to serve.

The fish marinating

Preheat a large skillet over medium heat.

Add a little oil and then when hot, add the salmon skin side down and cook for 4 minutes.

Gently flip and cook another 3-6 minutes, depending on how well done you want it.

Cook the salmon filets until you have an internal temperature of 125 degrees F for medium. If you want the salmon cooked all the way through, increase cooking time approximately 3-4 minutes more until 145 degrees F inside.

You can check this with a meat thermometer inserted in the thickest part of the salmon, or gently breaking the fish in the thickest part to look inside.

Keep in mind that smaller filets will cook a little faster than larger salmon filets. Cooking time will also vary slightly based on how thick or thin the fish pieces are.

Add the fresh mango salsa on top of the cooked salmon and serve with some lime wedges.

I love to serve this with my Coconut Lime Rice, Avocado Coleslaw, or Air Fryer Asparagus!

How to Know When Salmon is Done

When is salmon done? This is a personal preference, depending on if you want it cooked all the way through or not.

The cooking time will vary just from the size and thickness of your salmon fillets, in addition to your doneness preference.

  • Medium (somewhat translucent and darker pink in center) – cook to internal temperature of 125℉ (51℃), approximately 8-10 minutes total (in skillet), depending on thickness
  • Well Done (cooked through, light pink and opaque) – cook to internal temperature of 145℉ (63℃), approximately 10-13 minutes total (in skillet), depending on thickness
Close view of a piece of Salmon with Mango Salsa on a wood board.

Cooking Alternatives

I have also included instructions for how to make this salmon recipe on the grill, in the air fryer, or in the oven!

See the full recipe card at the bottom of the post for all instructions. And remember that exact cooking times vary based on fish shape, thickness, and your preference of doneness!

Kim’s Tips

It is important to not marinate much longer than the 30 minutes. Lime is acidic, and with a delicate protein like seafood, the acid can start to cook the fish and get mealy if left too long.

FAQs

What sauce does salmon go with?

This salmon would taste great with a citrus sauce or a creamy sauce!

Does salmon need to be cooked all the way through?

No, you can cook it to more of a medium state where the center is still a dark pink. But you can also cook it completely through if desired.

How do I know when salmon is done?

You can check if salmon is done by using a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature (145 for cooked through, 125 for medium) or you can gently break open the fish to look at the center’s color.

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Salmon with Mango Salsa

Fresh and light Salmon with Mango Salsa is a healthy seafood recipe. Citrus fish topped with a fruit salsa, perfect for a summer dinner idea. Gluten free and dairy free.
5 from 1 vote
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Course: Main Course
Cuisine: International, Tropical
Keyword: Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Seafood, Summer
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Marinating Time: 30 minutes
Total Time: 50 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 132kcal

Equipment

Ingredients

Salmon

  • 4 filets salmon (4-6 ounces each)
  • 3 Tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons lime zest (zest of two limes)
  • 3 Tablespoons lime juice (approximately 2 limes)
  • ¼ teaspoon garlic powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • olive oil or vegetable oil, for cooking

Mango Salsa

  • 1 fresh mango diced
  • ½-1 jalapeno pepper seeds and ribs removed, finely chopped
  • 2 Tablespoons red onion diced
  • 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro chopped
  • ½ teaspoon lime juice
  • pinch salt

Instructions

  • In a medium bowl or dish, make the marinade by combining the marinade ingredients together.
    3 Tablespoons olive oil, 2 teaspoons lime zest, 3 Tablespoons lime juice, ¼ teaspoon garlic powder, ½ teaspoon salt, ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • Add the fish and let marinate for 15 minutes. Flip and marinate another 15 minutes.
    4 filets salmon
  • Meanwhile, make the mango salsa by chopping all salsa ingredients and mixing together in a medium bowl. Season to taste as needed. Chill the salsa until ready to serve.
    1 fresh mango, ½-1 jalapeno pepper, 2 Tablespoons red onion, 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, ½ teaspoon lime juice, pinch salt

Stovetop Instructions (Recommended)

  • Preheat a large skillet over medium heat. Add 2 Tablespoons of vegetable oil or olive oil.
    olive oil
  • When hot, remove fish from the marinade and add the fish skin side down (if it has skin) and cook 4 minutes.
  • Flip and continue cooking an additional 3-6 minutes depending on desired doneness and thickness. (See note). Watch the heat and reduce heat if cooking and browning too fast before cooking through. Remove from heat and set aside.

Grilling Instructions

  • Preheat your grill to medium high heat. Oil the grates.
  • Cook skin side down for 3 minutes. Flip, and cook an additional 3-5 minutes to desired doneness (see note).

Oven Instructions

  • Preheat oven to 475℉ (246℃).
  • Place fish in a baking dish or on a baking sheet and cook to your desired doneness, 6-12 minutes (see note).

Air Fryer Instructions

  • Spray your air fry basket with nonstick spray. Add the fish pieces skin side down.
  • Air fry at 400℉ (204℃) for approximately 7 minutes, to your desired doneness (see note).

Assembly

  • Serve the fish by placing portions on a plate and spooning the mango salsa over top, approximately 1/4 cup per portion.

Notes

Also check out our Pineapple Mango Salsa for a different twist!
Your exact cooking time is going to vary greatly based on how large the fish is, how thick, and your desired doneness. Check the doneness by sticking a knife into the middle of the fish to check what it looks like.
Cooking Times: 
  • Medium (somewhat translucent and darker pink in center) – cook to internal temperature of 125℉ (51℃), approximately 8-10 minutes total (in skillet), depending on thickness
  • Well Done (cooked through, light pink and opaque) – cook to internal temperature of 145℉ (63℃), approximately 10-13 minutes total (in skillet), depending on thickness

Nutrition

Serving: 1serving | Calories: 132kcal | Carbohydrates: 10g | Protein: 1g | Fat: 11g | Saturated Fat: 2g | Polyunsaturated Fat: 1g | Monounsaturated Fat: 8g | Cholesterol: 1mg | Sodium: 293mg | Potassium: 123mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 8g | Vitamin A: 600IU | Vitamin C: 25mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 0.2mg
By on June 21st, 2024

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