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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Chili Crusted Salmon

This is another way to make salmon and I made it as tapas so I could use my palm leaf plate. I was having a little fun with some seafood to see what I could come up with. The Holidays are a perfect time to serve tapas when you have a gathering.

For the chili crust I used some ancho chili powder that I had just picked and wanted to try it. I love the dark color and earthy depth of the can use your favorite chili powder I'm sure!

The amounts are adjustable depending how mush salmon you use, and how much heat you want.

1 tablespoon ancho chili powder (or your favorite)
1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
1 teaspoon salt
lime or lemon zest
(you can add a little cumin if you like, I didn't)
In a small bowl mix together the ingredients. Squeeze a little lime or lemon juice on the salmon and rub it with oil. Add the chili powder mix and and rub on the salmon or sprinkle it on and pat it down on top.

In a heated fry pan...I used my new cast iron griddle, sear the fish flesh side down for 3-5 minutes, flip and cook the other side about 5 minutes until done.

The sauce: I had some Taco Bell Creamy Jalapeno sauce, I added a little mayo, some sour cream, dill and capers...a short cut, I know, I know, I should of whipped up some fresh sauce for it but, can if you like.

This worked! and it was tasty! Just a little spicy, with a nice crust and creamy sauce...squeeze a little more lime...

Now for a little bit more of some local flavor...
A few photos that were taken from my daughter's birthday party boat ride a few weeks back November 27.

It was a beautiful day, in the 80s. and we are having such nice weather now too just the way I like it. This is our time to enjoy our town and get out to the water and beaches before too many tourist come down for the winter.

This is such a casual, laid back, fun place to go by land or sea. Good food, great surroundings, and much to do and see in this area. Many restaurants to go to by boat, we picked one that was easy to get into with a group of girls.

It's hard to get a good shot of the Sarasota sky line when the boat is moving! The Ringling Bridge takes you from the mainland to Bird Key and then out to St Armand's Circle, Lido Beach, and Longboat Key. We have many beaches in Sarasota County and they all offer something different. If you are not a beach person it has much to offer in the way of the Arts, museums, shopping, food and other great stuff. Like I said there is a lot to see and do!


  1. What a fun birthday ride! The salmon looks wonderful!

  2. wow That looks so tasty! Jalapeno sauce sounds perfect for the chilli crusted salmon!

  3. That salmon looks fantastic. The birthday ride looks like a really fun trip. Keep well Diane

  4. Your salmon looks delicious! I'm not sure whether have I tasted ancho chili powder before!
    And the photos of the sea are beautiful, a lovely place indeed to have fun and relax!
    Wish you a wonderful week!

  5. the salmon must be very fresh. i love to have fresh salmon..

  6. I love the spiciness that you had added to the fish...sounds just perfect....beautiful photos of your country, wish I could visit some day:)

  7. This must be tasty! Thanks for sharing these fantastic photos too...

  8. We love salmon and this recipe is so inspiring me; gotta try it. Great photos of your enchaning little corner.

  9. I can't wait to try this, I culd eat salmon everyday!

  10. BinGO! I was just thinking about pan-fried salmon minutes ago - tandoori style! and here I saw a perfect crusted salmon.

  11. that sauce sounds good to me, oh, there's nothing wrong with using ready made sauces..i do that too!such beautiful place you're living there!

  12. What a perfect dish . I love the extra kick and flavours added on the crust of this generous portion of salmon steak. I wish that I can eat this everyday.

  13. What a delicious salmon recipe! I like how you jazzed up the sauce. You live in a beautiful place!

  14. Sure Maranda had a great time on your her b-day. And the chili crusted salmon pretty tempting as well. Need to give it a try. Thanks for sharing this wonderful idea.
    Hope you're enjoying your day, dear.

  15. Great dish! I always like my fish with a little 'zing.' Lovely presentation too. And Sarasota looks so beautiful! I hope you had an amazing time :)

  16. Lindsey-what a coincidence. I also made the chili crusted salmon almost identical, the way you made it...minus the cumin; that only would add bitter flavors. Love the jalapeno leftover sauce that you doctored up...genius, and so yummy!
    The boat ride looks like a lot of were also getting the same weather in Sarasota, as we were getting...and are getting, in West Palm Beach:D

  17. kitchen flavours - ancho is a mild chili which is perfect for my husband. We have so many dried chilis here to choose from. You could use what chili you like.

    tigerfish - tandori sounds good too!

    Elisabeth - I didn't use cummin in mine, it's just many chili powders have cummin and some recipes call for it.

    Thanks everyone for your kind remarks!

  18. I am saving this - husband loves salmon - and I tend to cook it the same way every week - this will mix it up. And these days - I take all the short-cuts I can! Our lake is starting to freeze over. Loved the open water boat-ride photos - Did my winter-heart good!

  19. Drooling over this dish! The sauce looks so good!

  20. I love your sauce short cut, and think it's perfect here! Ancho chili is a favorite and these flavors all work so beautifully :)
    Happy Holidays

  21. Ooooh I love salmon and I love anything spicy - this is right up my alley!


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