Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa and Cilantro-Lime Rice

by Erin

Enjoy this easy flavorful grilled salmon served over a bed of cilantro-lime rice and topped with fresh pineapple salsa. It’s heart-healthy too!

Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa and Cilantro-Lime Rice

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If you’ve been following me long enough, you’ve likely noticed the almost near lack of any seafood recipes. That’s because I generally do not enjoy seafood. But in light of recent health events in my family, I am making a concerted effort to change that. In doing so, I agreed to become an affiliate for Sitka Salmon Shares and to try some of their wild-caught seafood.

My husband is thrilled! 

After years of lower seafood intake than preferred, he is super excited about this partnership. Good thing because he’s going to be my resource and inspiration for what I should cook, being more fish knowledgeable than I am.

Wild Alaskan Sitka Salmon Share

Sitka Salmon Shares delivers premium, sustainable, wild Alaskan seafood from the fishermen directly to members’ doorsteps. Each box contains 4-5 pounds of individually portioned, seasonal, wild Alaska seafood from their collective of fishermen that have been blast-frozen and vacuum sealed. The delivery also comes complete with that monthโ€™s newsletter for behind-the-scenes info from their fishermen and stewards and recipe cards.

My first box came with Coho salmon and lingcod portions. I decided to start with the fish I have actually cooked before – salmon! Although I’ve only cooked it in a foil-pack thus far (both Greek and Florentine versions), the rise in temperatures had me deciding to try it out on a grill this time.

Salmon Filets on a Grill

First I set up my rice cooker to make some easy cilantro-lime rice, where you literally just add some cilantro and lime once it is done cooking. Meanwhile, I cut the salmon into 4 pieces, seasoned them, and then cooked on a lightly greased grill for 5 minutes per side. As an added bonus, I even threw some baby bell peppers on the grill as an easy side dish. 

Once everything was cooked, all that was left to do was to plate each salmon filet over a bed of cilantro-lime rice, and top it with some of my leftover fresh pineapple salsa. And there you have it – an easy flavorful dish perfect for grilling season! 

Now, I will admit that if it weren’t for the salsa on top I am not sure I would have been a fan. But that is in no way reflective on the product! The salmon itself was fresh, did not have a fishy smell (which is usually an issue for me), and was perfectly flaky. My fish-connoisseur of a husband gave it his stamp of approval. 

Salmon with Salsa and Rice

What are your favorite seafood recipes?

Now the next question is, what should I make next? What are your favorite salmon and/or cod recipes? My husband is particularly excited by the cod but he has not shared any specifics yet. As for the remaining salmon portion, I do want to try some kind of sweet-sticky glazed salmon.

Seasoned Salmon Filets

Who wants a discount code!?

Now, as a reward for making it this far through my post, I’m also offering you $25 off a 2021 Community Supported Fishery (CSF) share with my unique code SpiffyFish – valid until 12/31/21. Simple enter the code at checkout on and you will receive $25 off (but be aware that it does not apply to any special one-off sales like The Freezer). CSF box content is subject to change based on the seasonality of the fishing season.

Flaky Grilled Salmon topped with Pineapple Salsa

Four years ago: Lego Rice Crispy Treats

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Grilled Salmon with Pineapple Salsa and Cilantro-Lime Rice


Yield: 4 servings Prep Time: Cooking Time:
Nutrition facts: 200 calories 20 grams fat



  • 1 cup rice
  • 1-1/2 cups water
  • 1 Tbsp fresh lime juice
  • 1 Tbsp fresh chopped cilantro


  • 1/2 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  • Pinch cayenne
  • 4 (5 oz.) skin-on salmon fillets
  • Pineapple Salsa


  1. In a medium pot, stir together the rice and water. Cook according to package directions. Once cooked, stir in lime juice and cilantro; set aside.
  2. Lightly spray the grill rack with cooking spray. Preheat the grill on medium high.
  3. In a small bowl, stir together the cumin, coriander, salt, and cayenne. Sprinkle the mixture onto the fish flesh and gently press so it adheres.
  4. Grill the fish for 5-7 minutes on each side, or to the desired doneness. Remove the skin if desired, and serve over rice topped with salsa.
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Source: Adapted from The New American Heart Association Cookbook.

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[…] you may have seen previously with my grilled salmon recipe, my first box came with Coho salmon and lingcod portions. I still have not decided what to make […]

Dad March 30, 2021 - 7:35 am

This is one I can eat!

Erin March 31, 2021 - 8:13 am

You definitely can!

Susan March 29, 2021 - 6:33 pm

Lingcod is not the same as regular Atlantic cod, but from what I’ve been reading it sounds like it would be a good fish-and-chips fish. From what I’ve been reading, it sounds like you could do almost anything with that fish and have it turn out well. I sort of envy you having a husband who likes fish – mine doesn’t (that’s why we go on long cruises, so he can eat his liver and onions and I can eat my fishโ€ฆ) I’m working on him to eat some shrimp that are not breaded and deep fried.

Erin March 31, 2021 - 8:15 am

As someone who can sympathize with your husband, good luck. My husband is like you and always trying and failing to get me to eat more. But I will have to try the fish and chips for the cod. Fried things tend to make undesireable things more appealing haha.


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