With all of the heavier comfort food eating during the winter spring is a time for lighter and healthier fare and up next for me is this super quick, easy and tasty chipotle and lime salmon! The smokey chipotle lime flavour combo is another one of my favourites and it goes so well on melt in your mouth buttery salmon.
This salmon could not be easier, you simply mix the chipotle chilies in adobo with lime juice, garlic, cumin, salt and pepper and bake and broil or grill the salmon until just cooked. This chipotle lime salmon makes for a perfect main course with some sides and it’s also great as a filling for tacos, burritos, quesadillas, salads, etc.
This time I chose to serve it topped with cool and creamy avocado salsa to balance the spicy heat of the chipotle chilies. No matter how you serve it this chipotle lime salmon makes for an amazing light spring or summer meal!
2 tablespoons oil
1 lime, juice and zest
1 chipotle chili in adobo (or to taste)
2 teaspoons adobo sauce
1/2 teaspoon cumin
1 clove garlic, grated
salt and pepper to taste
2 pound salmon fillet
Puree the oil, lime juice and zest, chipotle chilies, adobo sauce, cumin and garlic in a blender or food
processor until smooth, place the salmon on foil on a baking sheet, pat dry, season with salt and pepper,
spread on the chipotle mixture and bake in a preheated 400F/200C oven (or barbecue) until just cooked, about 10-15 minutes.
Option: For One-Pan: Make this a one-pan meal by roasting some vegetables like asparagus or green beans along with the salmon!
Once you start making one pan meals on a sheet tray you’ll want to make them as often as possible. They are generally easy to make and they require less clean up. And when you can cook your veggie with your main dish, then why not?
This is a one pan dish that has the perfect combination of flavors! Lemon and parmesan were just made to go together, so I decided to go with a lemon pepper salmon and garlic parmesan asparagus – and indeed it made the perfect one pan dish. And prep couldn’t get any easier, this came together in no time! And I love how it also only takes 15 – 20 minutes to bake.
The other great thing about this is that my whole family loved it! Picky eating kids included. I’m so glad that both of my girls are finally starting to love salmon! It took a long time for me to love it as a kid. I remember the first time I finally I liked it was when my grandma breaded it and deep fried it like chicken nuggets.
Worked like a charm, key to getting a kid to like salmon. Smart grandma :). Now my thoughts on getting kids to like something – cover it with cheese, like so (as long as they don’t have a dairy allergy of course). When there’s cheese it’s got to be good!
1 1/2 lbs salmon, skin on*
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil, divided
1 tsp lemon zest
1 Tbsp fresh lemon juice
4 cloves garlic, minced, divided
1 tsp dijon mustard
3/4 tsp onion powder
1/2 tsp each salt and fresh cracked black pepper, plus more for asparagus
cooking non-stop. If you’re looking for a delicious main dish that will take only 30 minutes to make, look no further than this Better Homes and Gardens recipe for Chicken, Asparagus, and Bacon Skillet. This meal has just the right amount of protein (chicken), vegetables and fiber (asparagus and squash), and is very flavorful! It’s gluten free and paleo-friendly, and is great for those who are on Atkins or low-carb diet!
This recipe is made in just 2 easy steps! Cook the chicken with bacon until the chicken is browned evenly on both sides, then add some chicken broth, cover the skillet and let the chicken cook for about 5 more minutes until it’s completely cooked through Next (or, you can do it as the first step, before cooking the chicken and bacon) – cook the asparagus and squash in a small amount of water (2 tablespoons) until crisp-tender.
Combine everything, and voila, your dish is ready!
The recipe calls for 8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs. I used 2 large chicken breasts (about 1.8 pounds total) – I cut each breast in half horizontally, to make them thinner and easier to manage – that’s what you see on the photos above.
The recipe calls for cooking the vegetables in the microwave. I cooked them in the skillet instead. Here is how to do it: Add trimmed asparagus and sliced squash to the large skillet, along with 2 Tbsp. water. Season with salt and pepper. Cook, covered, on medium heat for about 5 minutes or until the vegetables are crisp-tender, and the water evaporates.
This can actually be the very first step in the recipe, and then you can remove the vegetables from the skillet, pat dry the skillet and cook the chicken and the bacon in the same skillet!
8 skinless, boneless chicken thighs
3 slices bacon, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup chicken broth
1 pound asparagus spears, trimmed
1 small yellow summer squash, halved crosswise and cut in 1/2-inch strips
4 green onions, cut in 2-inch pieces
Sprinkle chicken with salt and pepper. In 12-inch skillet cook chicken and bacon over medium-high heat 12 minutes, turning to brown evenly.
Carefully add broth; cover and cook 3 to 5 minutes more or until chicken is tender and no longer pink (180 degrees F).
Meanwhile, in microwave-safe 2-quart dish combine asparagus, squash, and 2 Tbsp. water.
Sprinkle salt and pepper. Cover with vented plastic wrap.
Cook on 100% power (high) 3 to 5 minutes, until vegetables are crisp-tender, stirring once.
Transfer to plates. Drizzle cooking liquid; top with chicken, bacon, and onions.
Makes 4 servings.
You can find complete recipes of this Chicken, Asparagus, and Bacon Skillet in bhg.com
Do you have those days where you don’t mind cooking but more than anything you just don’t want to clean up the mess? I have them all the time, dishes are never ending around here. So, when there’s an easy recipe out there that requires minimal prep and clean up I’m all over it!
This salmon really couldn’t get any easier and the method of cooking it all together in a foil pouch seals in moisture and keeps the flavors intact. It’s also a very versatile recipe, you can use other types of veggies (like zucchini, spinach, tomatoes, bell pepper) and herbs or you could even add in some honey or parmesan. I love how fool proof this recipe is, even if you have minimal experience in the kitchen you can easily make this salmon!
Once you try this you’ll likely turn to this method time and time…and time again. I know I will. Salmon is one of my favorite dinners and this is one of my favorite ways to prepare it.
4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
1 lb asparagus, tough ends trimmed
2 1/2 Tbsp olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon thinly sliced
Fresh dill sprigs, or chopped fresh thyme, rosemary or parsley
Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Cut four sheets of aluminum foil about 14-inch long.
Divide asparagus into 4 equal portions (about 8 spears per foil packet) and layer in center of each length of foil.
In a small bowl stir together oil with garlic.
Drizzle 1 tsp of the oil over portion of asparagus then sprinkle with salt and pepper.
Rinse salmon and allow excess water to run off, then season bottom of each fillet with salt and pepper.
Layer fillets over asparagus. Drizzle top of each salmon fillet with 1 tsp of the olive oil mixture and season top with salt and pepper to taste.
Top each with about 2 sprigs dill and 2 lemon slices (if using fresh thyme or rosemary use about 3/4 tsp per each if using parsley use 1 1/2 tsp). Wrap sides of foil inward over salmon then fold in top and bottom of foil to enclose.
Place foil pouches in a single layer on a baking sheet.
Bake in preheated oven until salmon is cooked through, about 25 – 30 minutes.
Unwrap and serve warm.
You can find complete recipes of this Baked Salmon and Asparagus in Foil in cookingclassy.com