salmon with fresh corn and pepper salad

July 22nd, 2019

After being a vegetarian for many, many years, I surprise even myself sometimes with how much I love fish.  And not just sushi — I like it cooked but tender, seared and crispy at the edges, like this recipe.  A year ago, salmon was barely on my radar, and now it’s one of the few non-veggie dishes that’s part of my regular rotation.

This recipe is everything that’s wonderful about spring.  I’ve sung the virtues of fresh corn many times on this blog, and this season is no exception.  The first time those green un-shucked ears appeared in the market, it was all I could do to stop myself from buying the whole carton.  If you’re thinking of an elegant summer dinner party sometime soon, I’m sure that your guests will love this dish as much as I do.

Now just pair it with some spring garlic bruschetta and some fresh, seasonal homemade rhubarb ice cream, and you’ve got yourself a pretty impressive summer meal.  Do I hear July Fourth calling?  I thought so…

Salmon with Fresh Corn and Pepper Salad Recipe


For the salad:
2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 cup fresh corn kernels (from about 1 ear), boiled for about 5 minutes
1 red bell pepper, diced
Juice of one lime

For the salmon:
2 tbsp olive oil
2 tbsp mayonnaise
2 6-ounce salmon fillets


In a small bowl, mix together the corn, pepper, lemon juice, olive oil, salt and pepper, toss to coat evenly.  Set aside.

Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise over the salmon filets, sprinkle generously with salt and pepper.  Saute the salmon filets in olive oil over medium-high heat for about 6-8 minutes, or until the fish flakes with a fork.  Transfer the salmon filets to a platter, and spoon the corn mixture over them.  Serve.

Tags: food · main dishes

15 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Nick // Jun 3, 2010 at 5:40 am

    So the salmon looks perfectly cooked with some little crusty bits.  Those are the best.

    But that corn salsa situation looks amazing.  I could just eat that with some chips I think!  It’s so simple and I can see how fresh corn is essential for it.

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  • 3 Maddy // Jun 3, 2010 at 6:06 am

    Interesting combination! I’m tempted to try it out 🙂

  • 4 Wei-Wei // Jun 3, 2010 at 6:14 am

    I always have loved fish, and seafood. I could go pescetarian. I love sushi and I LOVE salmon and all kinds of white fish. (I eat a lot of “unidentified” white fish at home. Cod, maybe? I don’t know.)

    Yummy, the corn and pepper salad sounds very appetising. 😀


  • 5 taylor // Jun 3, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I am a big salmon lover and this looks amazing!! I love mine tender and flaky with crisp edges too! Great photos!

  • 6 Mallory // Jun 3, 2010 at 8:00 am

    looks fantastic… will have to try this out this weekend. salmon is one of my absolute favorites.

  • 7 Natalie // Jun 3, 2010 at 1:58 pm

    I just bought one of those HUGE things of salmon at Sam’s, and I will definitely be using this recipe with some of it!

  • 8 Joanne // Jun 3, 2010 at 2:46 pm

    I’ve always been a meat-eater but for a long time I eschewed the idea of fish.  And then i tried salmon.  And fell in love.  I am going to have to try this recipe!  The best of all that is summer.

  • 9 Ana // Jun 4, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    I’ve never heard of coating the salmon in mayo before sauteing! Is that what gives it that great crust in the photos?? Yum!

  • 10 Kate // Jun 7, 2010 at 6:39 am

    The salad looks amazing! Not a fish fan, but I might try this paired with chicken!

  • 11 My Man's Belly // Jun 8, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Great photos!  I’m with you on buying tons of fresh corn.  When it first starts to come in I tend to forget that it’s in season and will be there for a few more weeks.  Must. learn. self-control.

  • 12 Leah // Jun 14, 2010 at 11:52 am

    looks fantastic… will have to try this out this weekend. salmon is one of my absolute favorites.

  • 13 sarah // Jun 28, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    It’s incredible, isn’t it, that when the food is fresh, the preparation can be so simple. It looks delicious and so easy. Thanks for the inspiration.

  • 14 Kristen // Jul 6, 2010 at 7:58 am

    So I have FALLEN in love with this recipe! The only thing I did different was saute the bell pepper and corn and pour the mixture over the salmon. My boyfriend is in love with this. He’s always asking me to make this. Thanks so much for all your great posts! They really come in handy. [:

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