Spicy Salmon with fresh ginger, jalapeno, garlic, and lime juice is one of those simple recipes you will make again and again. It’s another good spicy option for salmon in addition to our Blackened Salmon and Cajun Salmon for anyone who loves heat as much as we do.
I am always on the lookout for new salmon recipes since it is something I prepare on an almost weekly basis. So when I saw this recipe on The Iron You I was excited to try it. The simple flavor blend of ginger, chili, and lime juice is one of my favorite combinations and it seems like the perfect pairing for salmon. In terms of the salmon, any type will work, but I often prefer coho salmon since it is a bit lower in fat and calories than other wild salmon varieties including king and sockeye salmon. I usually ask someone at the grocery store seafood counter to remove the skin before I buy to make prep easier for me at home.
Spicy Salmon: Adjust the spice level
This baked salmon recipe calls for jalapeno pepper, but adventurous eaters might want to experiment with other varieties of chilis, or chiles — both spellings are technically correct. Here are a few possible spicy substitutes to try in your ginger chili lime salmon marinade. But, no matter which variety strikes your flavor fancy, remember to be careful when you’re seeding and mincing any spicy pepper. That’s because hot peppers contain a chemical called capsaicin, which gives chilis their burn and can affect your skin and eyes as well as your taste buds.
- Anaheim Chilis – These peppers, sometimes called New Mexico chilis, are green when fresh, red when dried, and can vary widely in terms of their spiciness.
- Serrano Chilis – These green chilis are smaller than jalapenos, but pack more heat if you’d like to spice this ginger chili lime salmon up even more.
- Habanero Chilis – These peppers go from green to yellow to orange to red as they ripen and are some of the spiciest available in grocery stores.
- Bird’s Eye Chilis – These chilis can be green, red, or somewhere in between. And while they’re tiny, they pack a ton of spice for their size.
If you’re cooking for kids and others who can’t take the heat, you might try substituting part of a sweet pepper for the jalapeno. The garlic and ginger in the marinade will still provide some kick. But most won’t find seeded jalapenos or mild Anaheim chilis too hot to handle, and you can always try a small sliver of the chili before you add it to the marinade to make sure the spicy salmon will suit your taste.