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Salmon with Cucumber Chile Relish

salmon with cucumber chile relish

The salmon series continues, as does my love affair with Cook’s Illustrated. The recipe below is another one that I have adapted from this fantastic magazine.

On the comments front, my cup overfloweth. I am so happy with the participation, support and community that is developing on this site. Recently, one of my favorite readers, Courtney, asked a question about meal planning. If any of you have suggestions, please feel free to offer them to her in the comments section. You may also notice that I have recently added a feature whereby the most recent comments are posted on the bottom right side of the page (towards the end of the navigation bar). This is a good way to stay current on all the chat that is happening over here between readers. A wonderful way that we can all learn more from each other.

Salmon with Cucumber Chile Relish


  • ½ pound salmon
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • ¼ teaspoon celtic sea salt
  • 1 medium cucumber, peeled, seeded and diced
  • 1 shallot, minced
  • 1 serrano chile, remove seeds, minced
  • 2 tablespoons mint leaves, minced
  • ¼ cup lime juice, fresh squeezed
  1. Turn oven on to 500°
  2. Cut fish into 2 pieces, leaving skin on; rinse and pat dry with paper towel
  3. Place fish skin side down on a metal baking sheet
  4. Rub fillets liberally with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt
  5. Reduce oven temperature to 275°, then put sheet with salmon on lowest rack
  6. Roast 8 to 13 minutes –so that centers of thickest part of fillets are still translucent when cut into with a pairing knife
  7. To make relish, stir together remaining ingredients from above in a medium size bowl
  8. Remove salmon from oven, transfer to plates and serve with relish

I like cooking salmon this way as it takes away the fishy flavor; adding relish completes the process of de-fishing the fish! This dish is great all year round, though particularly lovely for a spring dinner served with asparagus.

posted on April 29, 2008, 6 comments

  1. That looks fantastic, as did the Thai soup in the last post. I might be making this for dinner this weekend, if it warms up! Brrr….

  2. ~M

    I will have to try roasting salmon this way, although we like the salmon flavor. I will have to see if I can toy with with this relish recipe since I have a cucumber hater on my hands…I’m thinking I might add other vegetables and keep the dice smaller, like an Israeli salad. YUM!

    Elana, I really like the recent comment feature, but I noticed that your comments/replies don’t show up. I think it would helpful to see them!

  3. Paige -How is the transition going? Sounds like the delayed spring is tough after perma-spring in LA. We are having a taste of spring (was almost 80 today), though tomorrow we are due for some more snow…I hope you are well.

  4. Marc @ NoRecipes @ norecipes.com

    CI is one of my favorites. This looks so light and tasty. Looks like a great summer dish.

  5. ~M -So sorry you have a cucumber hater on your hands. I like your suggestion to include my comments on the sidebar, I might try that.

    Marc -What is CI (I bet it is something really obvious that I am missing). Thanks for stopping by and for your comment!

  6. Marc @ NoRecipes @ norecipes.com

    Sorry, CI=Cooks Illustrated:-)

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