Crispy Salmon and Watermelon Mint Salsa

Jalapeños are the most popular chile peppers in the US. This is probably due to the availability and versatility of the chile. Jalapeños have a balanced combination of flavor and heat. The demand for these have caused breeders to develop a broad range of varieties.

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Yields 2 Servings


  • 2 6-ounce salmon fillets
  • canola oil
  • 20-ounces watermelon, diced
  • 0.4-ounce cilantro, chopped
  • 0.15-ounce mint, chopped
  • 2-ounce red onion, finely diced
  • 0.7-ounce jalapeno, finely diced
  • 1 lime
  • 0.75-ounce pistachios, roughly chopped


  1. Pat salmon dry and liberally season with salt and pepper.
  2. Place a heavy skillet over medium-high heat until hot. Add 2 tablespoons canola oil. When oil starts to simmer, place the salmon in the pan (skin side down). Cook without moving for 3 minutes then flip over. Cook until crispy on the outside and just cooked through in the center (about 3 minutes).
  3. In a medium mixing bowl, stir together the watermelon, cilantro, mint, red onion, and jalapeño. Squeeze juice from lime over. Season to taste with salt and pepper.
  4. Place salmon on plate and spoon salsa over. Sprinkle with chopped pistachios.

Recipe from Camille Styles, 2017