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Red Chile-Rubbed Salmon

Serves 6
Time 1 hr 20 min
From The Whole Foods Market Cookbook, this salmon is as impressive in presentation as it is delicious. Made with dried red chile peppers, the red chile paste imparts a deep burgundy color and a chocolate-like, mildly spicy flavor while the brown sugar creates a sweet, caramelized topping.
Ingredients
  • 3 large dried red chiles
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 (3-pound) salmon fillet, cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Cilantro sprigs
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Method

Soak the chile peppers in enough warm water to cover them for 30 minutes, until soft.

Preheat the oven to 350°F.

Arrange salmon fillets on a parchment paper-lined baking sheet skin side down, just touching, so they resemble a whole side of salmon.

Spread the chile purée evenly over the tops of the salmon to completely cover each fillet.

Lay lime slices down the center of the salmon in one straight line, then brush them with oil.

Bake for 25 to 30 minutes, until salmon is golden brown and fully cooked through.

Carefully remove the salmon fillets to a serving platter, recreating the original shape.

Serve hot from the oven, at room temperature or chilled.

Garnish with cilantro.

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  • 3 large dried red chiles
  • 1 1/2 cup light brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon lime juice
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 2 teaspoons fine sea salt
  • 1 (3-pound) salmon fillet, cut into 6 pieces
  • 2 limes, thinly sliced
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • Cilantro sprigs
Shop with Prime

Exclusively for Prime members in select ZIP codes.