Spicy Plum Salmon

Total Time

Prep: 25 min. Grill: 10 min.


6 servings

Updated: Jul. 12, 2023
I created this sweet and spicy salmon after being challenged to use healthier ingredients. The fresh plum sauce really complements the smoky grilled fish. —Cheryl Hochstettler, Richmond, Texas
Spicy Plum Salmon Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 5 medium plums, divided
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 2 tablespoons ketchup
  • 1 chipotle pepper in adobo sauce, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 6 salmon fillets (6 ounces each)
  • 3/4 teaspoon salt


  1. Coarsely chop 2 plums; place in a small saucepan. Add water; bring to a boil. Reduce heat; simmer, uncovered, 10-15 minutes or until plums are softened and liquid is almost evaporated. Cool slightly. Transfer to a food processor; add ketchup, chipotle, sugar and oil. Process until pureed. Reserve 3/4 cup sauce for serving.
  2. Sprinkle salmon with salt; place on a greased grill rack, skin side up. Grill, covered, over medium heat until fish just begins to flake easily with a fork, about 10 minutes, brushing with remaining sauce during last 3 minutes. Slice remaining plums. Serve salmon with plum slices and reserved sauce.
Health Tip: Plums are a good source of vitamins C, K and A. They’re usually small, so try two for a healthy snack.

Nutrition Facts

1 fillet with 1/2 plum and 2 tablespoons sauce: 325 calories, 18g fat (3g saturated fat), 85mg cholesterol, 460mg sodium, 10g carbohydrate (9g sugars, 1g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 5 lean meat, 1 fruit, 1/2 fat.