Pan Seared Salmon with Maple Chipotle Sauce

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Here is the last of my dishes from The Daring Cooks Challenge.  The mandatory ingredients I selected for this one was: maple, chipotle and parsnips.  Although this dish wasn’t at the same show stopper level as the Cowboy Steak with Red Eye Gravy, if I would have made this first I probably would have thought so.

I simply roasted the carrots and parsnips (a little too much…), salted my salmon and pan seared, it was the ridiculously sweet and spicy sauce that pulled it all together.  It had just the right amount of sweetness with a small kick that followed close behind.

The recipe for the sauce is more than you need, because I had extra, I discovered that with the addition of some vinegar it also made a great salad dressing.  I definitely see myself making this as a dressing for my next Southwest style salad.


Pan Seared Salmon with Maple Chipotle Sauce
Serves 4
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Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
Prep Time
5 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
15 min
  1. 4 salmon steaks
  2. 1 tablespoon canola oil
  3. 1/2 cup maple syrup
  4. 1 tablespoon chipotle en adobo
  5. 1 tablespoon fresh squeezed lime juice
  6. Kosher salt and fresh ground pepper to taste
  7. 1/4 cup cilantro, chopped
  1. For the sauce: mix maple syrup, chipotle and lime juice, add salt and pepper. Set aside.
  2. Heat a large heavy skillet over medium high, add oil. Lightly salt the salmon, place the salmon skin side down first into the pan, turn heat down to medium and fry 5 minutes on each side or until crisp and brown. If you prefer your salmon well done, finish it in a 350F oven for another 5 to 10 minutes. Let the salmon rest 2 minutes prior to serving. Serve with the sauce drizzled over it and garnish with cilantro.
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9 Responses to Pan Seared Salmon with Maple Chipotle Sauce

  1. Juls (Pepper and Sherry) April 20, 2012 at 2:12 pm #

    I made a silly New Year’s Resolution this year to not eat the five most commonly sold types of fish and whilst it has by no small stretch made me try a bunch of fish I don’t normally eat, every time I see a really, really good-looking salmon recipe I totally get stroppy about making myself not eat salmon. Oh well. Happily the saucy accompaniment looks more than perfect for many different fishies to be eaten this summertime! Thanks for a fantastic looking recipe (and I don’t know about you, but I dig my roasted veg with a little bit of burn!).

    • Giggles April 20, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

      Juls, actually I do like my roasted veg to be a little more on the roasted side (I like the black bits of charcoaly goodness too). I really think this sauce would go well with chicken or pork also.

  2. CJ at Food Stories April 21, 2012 at 8:27 am #

    I love maple salmon but have never used chipotle. What a nice surprise!

  3. Eliot April 22, 2012 at 9:55 am #

    I am imagining that maple chipotle sauce on chicken—-not real big seafood eaters ’round here.

  4. Jill~a SaucyCook April 22, 2012 at 8:02 pm #

    Yum!! This looks and sounds so tasty, I’m going to have to make this. Thanks! I love roasted vegetables too and parsnips and carrots aside from being delish look very pretty next to the salmon.

  5. grade-b-maple-syrup April 25, 2012 at 7:15 am #

    This looks utterly delightful! I’m a huge fan of fish and the condiments you’ve added to this dish are making my taste buds tingle. Nice recipe.

  6. Carole October 25, 2012 at 1:06 pm #

    Hi, it’s Food on Friday time again on Carole’s Chatter. The theme this time is salmon! Yum. It would be neat if you linked this post in. This is the link . Have a good week.

  7. self sagacity October 26, 2012 at 7:59 pm #

    You could be the only witch I am not afraid of!

  8. Carol @ Always Thyme to Cook October 26, 2012 at 10:03 pm #

    Looks delicious, I love the flavors of chipotle and maple together. Stopping by from Food on Friday.