Easy Jerk Salmon Recipe

Of all the foods you could have for dinner, salmon ranks among the top choices for several reasons. Not only is the fish packed with nutrients, it also has an irresistibly rich flavor. There are many ways that you can prepare salmon, including grilling, baking, or even frying. And, because so many seasonings and foods complement salmon's flavor, it truly is one of the most versatile proteins out there.

Recipe developer Sher Castellano has the perfect jerk salmon recipe that will surely raise the stakes for an easy but satisfying dinner. Paired with a mango slaw, this salmon has the perfect combination of flavors. "Jerk salmon with mango slaw is a classic savory-sweet combination," Castellano explains. "The salmon is spicy (but not too spicy) and savory and the slaw is sweet (but not too sweet), salty, and acidic." 

Best of all, this recipe is super easy to put together, and in less than 20 minutes you can easily make restaurant-quality jerk salmon right in your own kitchen. Keep reading to learn how to make it.

Gather the ingredients to make easy jerk salmon with mango slaw

Before you can get started on cooking the salmon and making the mango slaw, you'll want to make sure that you have the right ingredients. 

Of course, you'll need some salmon filets, as well as jerk seasoning blend and olive oil. For the slaw, you'll need diced mango, shredded cabbage, chopped cilantro, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper. Castellano notes that there is some room for flexibility when it comes to the slaw ingredients; for example, you could use nectarines or peaches instead of mango. Also, if you don't like cilantro, you could swap it out for fresh parsley instead. 

Rub the jerk seasoning onto the salmon fillets

Now that you have your ingredients sorted, you can get started on making the jerk salmon with mango slaw. 

First, you'll want to combine the olive oil with the jerk seasoning in a small bowl and mix that together. Then, grab your salmon fillets and pat them dry. Rub the jerk seasoning mixture all over each of the filets, thoroughly and evenly coating them. The seasoning is what gives the salmon that subtly spicy flavor, and some of the seasoning will fall off when you cook the filets, so don't be scared to season generously!

Cook the salmon fillets

Once your salmon fillets are seasoned, go ahead and put a nonstick pan on the stovetop over medium-high heat. When the pan's hot, add in some olive oil and then carefully lay each salmon filet down into the pan. Allow the filets to cook like this, undisturbed, for four minutes. Then flip the filets over and let them cook undisturbed once again for another two minutes. At this point, remove the salmon from the heat to prevent it from cooking any further. 

Mix your mango slaw and serve your jerk salmon

Now that your salmon is cooked, you can focus on making the mango slaw, which is super easy to throw together. Simply add the diced mango, shredded cabbage, cilantro, remaining olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper to a bowl, then toss to combine. 

Then, plate your salmon filets, top each one off with the slaw, and you're ready to enjoy your meal of easy jerk salmon with mango slaw!

Not only is this recipe easy to make, but it uses fresh, nutritious ingredients, making it a complete meal all on its own. Considering the fact that it only takes six minutes to cook plus a little time to prep, we think that it will become a dinner staple in your household for busy nights!

Easy Jerk Salmon Recipe
4.9 from 19 ratings
Paired with a mango slaw, this easy jerk salmon recipe has the perfect combination of flavors. In less than 20 minutes, make restaurant-quality jerk salmon.
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salmon with mango slaw
Total time: 15 minutes
  • 4 (5-ounce) skinless salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons jerk seasoning
  • 3 teaspoons olive oil, divided
  • ½ cup mango, diced small
  • ½ cup green cabbage, finely shredded
  • ¼ cup cilantro, roughly chopped
  • 1 teaspoon apple cider vinegar
  • ¼ teaspoon fine sea salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  1. Pat the salmon filets dry.
  2. Combine 1 teaspoon of the olive oil with the jerk seasoning in a small bowl.
  3. Rub the seasoning onto the salmon.
  4. Heat a nonstick pan over medium-high heat.
  5. Add in 1 teaspoon of the olive oil and then the fillets.
  6. Cook the salmon undisturbed for 4 minutes, then flip it and cook for 2 minutes more undisturbed.
  7. Remove the salmon from the heat.
  8. Combine the mango, cabbage, cilantro, remaining 1 teaspoon olive oil, apple cider vinegar, salt, and pepper in a bowl and toss to combine well.
  9. Plate the salmon with the mango salsa on top and enjoy right away.
Calories per Serving 344
Total Fat 22.6 g
Saturated Fat 4.9 g
Trans Fat 0.0 g
Cholesterol 78.0 mg
Total Carbohydrates 4.4 g
Dietary Fiber 0.8 g
Total Sugars 2.4 g
Sodium 231.9 mg
Protein 29.4 g
The information shown is Edamam’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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