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Pineapple Salmon

This juicy, grilled pineapple salmon is brushed with a mouthwatering sweet and savory pineapple glaze. The salmon is topped with a fresh and easy pineapple salsa that gives all the tropical vibes. Serve this elevated summer dish for a weeknight dinner on top of a bed of your favorite rice. 

Salmon filet topped with pineapple glaze sauce and fresh pineapple salsa in a blue bowl.

As we head into grilling season this grilled pineapple salmon with fresh pineapple salsa needs to be at the top of your summer recipe list and I’ll tell you why!

Grilled salmon is the BEST! Fear not, because I’m telling you my foolproof method on grilling perfect salmon every time for juicy, charred and flavorful fish. 

Pineapple glaze slathered on each and every bite. This pineapple glaze is made with strong flavors like pineapple juice, fresh lime juice, ginger, and fresh garlic for the ultimate flavor bomb.

Fresh pineapple salsa is a flavor vibe for summer. This pineapple salsa is whipped together with 5 simple ingredients and tops this fish perfectly. It’s also amazing just with your favorite tortilla chips!

 

Pineapple juice, corn starch, ginger, garlic, soy sauce, honey, salmon filets and peppers spread out and in little bowls.

Ingredients: 

  • fresh pineapple
  • red onion
  • jalapeno
  • red bell pepper
  • lime juice
  • cornstarch
  • soy sauce
  • pineapple juice
  • honey
  • sriracha
  • garlic
  • fresh ginger
  • (4-6) salmon fillets
  • olive oil 

Step by step process on how to prep and grill salmon.How to Grill Salmon

Grilling the salmon brings out the ultimate flavor in this dish.

It makes the pineapple salmon juicy, flavorful from the grill, and a bit charred on top for a great bite! You can definitely bake or pan sear it, but I highly recommend following these easy steps for grilling salmon!

  1. Prepare your grill by brushing your grates clean and heating to 450-550 F with the lid closed.
  2. Blot salmon filets dry with paper towels. The salmon should be very dry. This will ensure it from not sticking to the grill.
  3. Brush salmon filets with olive oil and season evenly with kosher salt and black pepper. 
  4. Grill the salmon skin side down over direct heat with the lid closed for 5-6 minutes or until the fish lightens in color and you can flip the salmon filets without them sticking. 
  5. Gently turn the salmon over, close the lid and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until desired doneness or fish flakes off easily. 130 F is salmons’ ‘finished’ temperature.
  6. Let it rest: Cover the salmon tightly with foil and let it rest for 3-5 minutes before serving, this will ensure optimum juiciness! 

Let’s make the Pineapple Salsa!

This easy pineapple salsa for the salmon is not only super colorful but it adds so much fresh flavor to the dish!

This easy salsa is made up of red bell peppers, fresh pineapple chunks, red onion, jalapeno, cilantro, fresh lime juice, and a little salt. Leave it on the side or serve it right on top of the salmon. 

Step by step process on how to make pineapple salmon marinade, the salsa to go on top and the finished grilled salmon.

How to make pineapple salmon:

Prep the pineapple salsa! Simply toss all the ingredients together and refrigerate until serving! You can do this a few hours before if you’re serving it for a dinner party or the next day. 

Prep the pineapple glaze: Whisk all your glaze ingredients together in a small saucepot and heat on medium for 5-6 minutes. The mixture will quickly become thicker and oh so saucy.

Truly the ultimate flavor bomb. Keep this mixture warm until the salmon is finished cooking. 

Cook your salmon: I personally think grilled salmon is perfect for this recipe, buuut you could also

pan sear it in a skillet on medium heat for 3-4 minutes on each side 

OR

in the oven at 450 F for 12-15 minutes or until it flakes off easily. 

Brush that glaze: After your salmon is finished cooking be sure to generously brush on the delicious pineapple glaze and top with the fresh pineapple salsa before serving.

Salmon topped with pineapple glaze sitting on a bed or rice with pineapple salsa in a pink bowl.

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Salmon filet with pineapple glaze and topped with pineapple salsa in a blue bowl.

Pineapple Salmon

  • Author: Elizabeth Van Lierde
  • Prep Time: 20 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4-6 Salmon Portions 1x
  • Category: Fish
  • Method: Grilled
  • Cuisine: Hawaiian

Description

This juicy, grilled pineapple salmon is brushed with a mouthwatering sweet and savory pineapple glaze. The salmon is topped with a fresh and easy pineapple salsa that gives all the tropical vibes.

 Serve this elevated summer dish for a weeknight dinner on top of a bed of your favorite rice. 


Scale

Ingredients

Pineapple salsa for salmon:

1 cup diced fresh pineapple

¼ red onion, finely diced

1 jalapeno (seeds and ribs removed), minced

1/2 cup chopped fresh cilantro

½ red bell pepper, diced

Juice from one lime

½ tsp salt

Pineapple glaze for salmon:

1 tbsp cornstarch

⅓ cup soy sauce

¼ cup pineapple juice

2 oz lime juice (juice from a lime)

2 tbsp honey

2 tsp sriracha

5 garlic cloves, minced

1-inch piece fresh ginger, minced

For grilled salmon:

4– (4-6 ounce) salmon fillets

2 tbsp olive oil

2 tsp kosher salt

2 tsp cracked black pepper


Instructions

  1. For pineapple salsa: Stir together fresh pineapple pieces, red onion, jalapeno, red bell pepper, lime juice and salt. Taste test for seasonings and set aside. 
  2. In a small bowl whisk together glaze ingredients: corn starch, soy sauce, pineapple juice, lime juice, honey, sriracha, garlic and ginger. 
  3. Heat glaze in a small saucepan over medium heat for 2-3 minutes, whisking often, until glaze has thickened slightly. Keep warm and set aside. 
  4. To grill the salmon: Prepare your grill by brushing your grates clean heating to 450-550 F. 
  5. Blot salmon filets dry with paper towels. The salmon should be very dry. This will ensure it from not sticking to the grill. Brush salmon filets generously with olive oil and season evenly with kosher salt and black pepper. 
  6. Grill the salmon skin side down over direct heat with the lid closed for 5-7 minutes or until the fish lightens in color and you can flip the salmon filets without them sticking. 
  7. Turn the salmon over, close the lid and cook for an additional 2 minutes or until desired doneness or fish flakes off easily. 130 F is salmon ‘finished’ temperature. 
  8. Let it rest: Cover the salmon tightly and let it rest for 3-5 minutes before serving, this will ensure optimum juiciness! 
  9. Drizzle/brush salmon filets with pineapple glaze evenly and top with pineapple salsa before serving. 

Notes

Alternative Salmon Cooking Methods: 

Pan-Seared: Prepare salmon as directed and cook in a skillet on medium-high heat for 3-4 minutes on each side or until the internal temperature reaches 130 F. 

Oven-Baked: Preheat oven to 450 F. Place salmon fillets on a baking sheet and bake for 12-15 minutes or until the salmon flakes off easily with a fork. 

Keywords: grilled, fish, dinner, tropical

8 Comments

  1. Erin
    July 10, 2020 / 7:38 pm

    I love to cook, but making dinner in quarantine has become a real chore. While looking for new ideas to mix it up, I made this salmon and omg it was so good! Made it over rice and it was better than a restaurant. I had some sauce and salsa left over and threw it over grilled chicken the next night, was just as delicious! Thank you for this recipe!!

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      Author
      July 14, 2020 / 11:40 am

      Hi Erin! I am SO happy you loved this recipe! It’s such a great summer staple to have on hand! I am so with you about cooking in quarantine, I’ll make a trip outside to the grill anytime I can. Happy cooking!

  2. Brother Storb
    June 27, 2020 / 8:30 pm

    Not just saying because I know that college housewife is the best on the planet but this Salmon dish was out of the world! What a great idea and awesome verbiage throughout made me feel like I was really in the kitchen with her. Made it for dinner party everybody loved it. what what!

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      Author
      June 27, 2020 / 8:41 pm

      Yeeeee! You’re the absolute best! So happy I could ‘cook’ with you even from TX. Happy cooking (and eating) (love you!)

  3. Laura
    May 26, 2020 / 11:37 pm

    Delicious!! Pretty easy to make – really straightforward and quick.

    While the grill was heating up, I made the salsa & threw it back in the fridge to wait til later. Put the salmon on the grill, set a timer, and went back inside to do the glaze. Grabbed the salmon and let it rest while the glaze thickened, and then served it all up.

    Hubby went back for seconds & we plan to add this to our summer rotation. Yum!!

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      Author
      June 27, 2020 / 8:41 pm

      Hey Laura, thank you so much for making the recipe! I’m so glad you guys loved it! We have also put it in a taco and it works wonderfully! Happy cooking!

  4. Lauren
    May 14, 2020 / 4:37 pm

    We made this for dinner last night and it was sooo delicious!! It was simple and easy to make, and definitely hit the spot! Yum! Thanks so much College Housewife!!

    • Elizabeth Van Lierde
      Author
      May 17, 2020 / 12:48 pm

      YAY YAY YAY! You’re the best Lauren, I’m so happy you guys enjoyed it!

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