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Pan-Seared Chili Salmon Recipe
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Pan-Seared Chili Salmon Recipe

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I adapted this recipe from a restaurant dish we had years ago and it remains a regular in our meal rotation. With shortcuts like peeled baby carrots and instant brown rice, it's ready in 30 minutes from start to finish! —Cheryl Herrick, Burlington, Vermont
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES:4 servings
TOTAL TIME: Prep/Total Time: 30 min.
MAKES: 4 servings


  • 3 cups fresh baby carrots
  • 1 cup instant brown rice
  • 1 cup reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper, divided
  • 3 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 4 salmon fillets (4 ounces each)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1 tablespoon minced fresh parsley
  • 1 teaspoon butter

Nutritional Facts

1 salmon fillet with 2/3 cup carrots and 1/2 cup rice equals 369 calories, 17 g fat (3 g saturated fat), 69 mg cholesterol, 620 mg sodium, 27 g carbohydrate, 4 g fiber, 26 g protein.


  1. Place carrots in a steamer basket; place in a small saucepan over 1 in. of water. Bring to a boil; cover and steam for 12 minutes or until crisp-tender.
  2. Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, bring the rice, broth and 1/8 teaspoon pepper to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 5 minutes.
  3. Combine chili powder and salt; rub over salmon. In a large nonstick skillet coated with cooking spray, cook salmon in oil over medium-high heat for 4-6 minutes on each side or until fish flakes easily with a fork.
  4. Remove rice from the heat; let stand for 5 minutes. Fluff with a fork. In a small bowl, combine the carrots, parsley, butter and remaining pepper. Serve with salmon and rice. Yield: 4 servings.
Originally published as Pan-Seared Chili Salmon in Healthy Cooking December/January 2009, p51

Full-Bodied White Wine

Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.

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Reviewed Mar. 3, 2013

"This was awesome! Love salmon to begin with and this took it over the top. Great meal combination with the carrots and brown rice. Will be working this into my routine menues."

Reviewed Aug. 26, 2010

"The salmon was terrible... it had no flavor whatsoever. Neither my husband nor I finished it. There was a hint of spice when you first bite into it, but after that, it just tastes like bland fish. I did use frozen fish, so maybe it would taste better with fresh, but either way, will not be making this again."

Reviewed Jan. 7, 2010

"I have made this recipe twice and both times it has turned out perfect."

Reviewed Jan. 6, 2010

"I will, indeed, make this recipe again, just not when my third son is at home, as he is deathly allergic to seafood. This salmon is very good and very tasty but I won't serve it to him as I much prefer the world with him in it."

Reviewed Sep. 28, 2009

"This is wonderful! The salmon is so flavorful! I used non reduced sodium broth for the rice because otherwise it was a little bland and added some extra butter to the carrots. A keeper!"

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