Grilled Salmon with Papaya Mango Mint Salsa Recipe

About: Chef Isabel Cruz's version of grilled salmon is a showstopper meal--exotic, colorful, and full of flavor. Plus, it's remarkably easy to prepare (both the sauce and the salsa can be made ahead of time). To complete the meal, serve the salmon with sticky rice and orange fennel salad.

Cook Tip: The key to making this salmon is the high heat, so putting it on the grill is a good idea, unless you have a flat pan that can achieve a nice high heat indoors.

Recipe Info

Restaurant: Isabel's Cantina | San Diego

Servings: 4
Prep Time: 45 minutes
Cuisine: Fusion
Meal Type: Recipemealtype object (5)
Main Ingredient: Recipemainingredient object (186)
Dish Type: Recipedishtype object (4)
Cooking Method: Recipemethod object (3)
Season/Occasion: Recipeoccasion object (8)
Dificulty: Recipedifficulty object (2)
Vegetarian: No


Grilled Salmon

Heat oiled grill or wok. Place salmon over heat and cook about 4 minutes on each side. Salmon should be slightly blackened and crispy on outside and moist and flaky inside. The effect you want is a slightly caramelized finish, never burnt. Remove from heat, drizzle with soy joy sauce and honey and serve immediately with a scoop of papaya mango mint salsa.  

For an extra kick, serve with spicy peanut sauce alongside.


Grilled Salmon Note:

Cooking fish at a high heat seals in its natural juices while giving it a nice, crispy coating outside. Drizzling the soy joy and honey toward the end of cooking ensures that the sugars don't burn.

Soy Joy Sauce

Puree all ingredients together except toasted sesame seeds. Once pureed, mix in toasted sesame seeds.

Soy Joy Sauce Note:

This recipe makes about 3 cups. Save leftover sauce--it has a variety of uses including as a marinade for poultry, meat, and fish and as a sauce over stir-frys or steamed rice and vegetables. Sauce freezes well--simply measure out into portions and thaw before use.

Papaya Mango Mint Salsa

Gently toss together all ingredients until well combined. Be careful not to bruise the papaya or mango.

Papaya Mango Mint Salsa Note:

The combination of papaya and mango in this exotic salsa adds both color and taste variation. However, if you're having trouble finding both a ripe, juicy mango and papaya, one or the other will be fine.


1 Tbsp. peanut or corn oil to coat wok or grill 3/4 C. soy sauce 1/2 C. diced papaya (firm but ripe) 1/2 C. diced mango (firm but ripe) 1/4 C. peeled and chopped ginger 1 1/2 - 2 lb. salmon (6-8 oz. per person) 1 C. soy joy sauce (see recipe) 2 jalepenos, minced 2 garlic cloves, chopped 1/2 C. finely diced red onion 1 C. cilantro 1/4 C. honey (optional) 1/2 C. green onions 1/2 C. fresh mint, minced 2 C. papaya mango mint salsa (see recipe) 1/2 C. brown sugar 1 lime, juice of 1/4 C. dark sesame oil 1 orange, juice of 2 tsp. brown sugar 1/4 C. honey 3/4 C. water 1 tsp. chili flakes 2 Tbsp. toasted sesame seeds


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