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Chili-Rubbed Salmon with Papaya and Scallions


Pure ground chiles work best in this recipe. Commercially prepared chili powder, which is a mixture of chiles and other seasonings, can be used as well.

  • Servings: 4

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 1997


  • 4 teaspoons ground chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • 4 six-ounce salmon fillets, skin on
  • Freshly ground pepper to taste
  • 1 large clove garlic, minced
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/3 ripe red or yellow papaya, peeled, seeded, cut into fine julienne
  • 2 scallions, cleaned, trimmed, and cut into fine julienne


  1. In a small bowl, combine the chili powder, coriander, oregano, and 1/2 teaspoon salt. Sprinkle the salmon with salt and pepper. Rub the garlic onto the flesh side of the salmon; then rub the chili-powder mixture over the garlic. Set aside for 30 minutes.

  2. Heat grill or grill pan to medium high. Drizzle salmon with oil; place on grill flesh-side down. Grill 3 minutes, being careful not to burn chili rub. Turn; grill until opaque and just cooked through, about 4 minutes.

  3. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl, combine papaya and scallions. Place grilled fish on top of the Black Beans and Corn. Garnish with papaya mixture, and serve immediately with Vegetable-Salad Burritos.

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