Sublime Salmon With Chili Lime Sauce and Grill Asparagus

In the bustling heart of the culinary world, where innovation meets tradition, there lived a chef named Isabella. Known for her flair for creating dishes that were not only a feast for the taste buds but also a spectacle for the eyes, Isabella was on a quest to craft a menu that would capture the essence of summer. Her inspiration struck on a balmy evening, as she watched the sunset paint the sky in hues of orange and pink, reminiscing about her recent travels to the coastal regions where the sea’s bounty was celebrated in every meal.

Determined to bring a piece of the coast to her kitchen, Isabella decided to feature a dish that was both vibrant and flavorful: Sublime Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce and Grilled Asparagus. She envisioned a dish that would embody the zest of the lime, the warmth of the chili, and the freshness of the ocean, all coming together in perfect harmony.

The preparation began with choosing the freshest salmon fillets, their pink flesh promising a succulent base for her culinary creation. Isabella meticulously mixed the sauce, balancing the acidity of the lime juice with the richness of butter, the smokiness of paprika, the earthiness of za’atar, and the heat of chili powder, with a touch of sweetness from xylitol. The minced garlic and diced onion added layers of flavor that were both complex and inviting.

As the broiler preheated, Isabella brushed the salmon with her chili lime sauce, ensuring each fillet was generously coated. The salmon was then broiled to perfection, with Isabella carefully monitoring its progress, ensuring it emerged from the oven moist and flaky, with a beautifully caramelized top.

The asparagus, trimmed and dressed in melted butter and a sprinkle of Himalayan sea salt, was grilled alongside the salmon, transforming into tender spears with a slight char that complemented the fish’s bold flavors.

When served, the Sublime Salmon with Chili Lime Sauce and Grilled Asparagus was more than just a dish; it was a testament to Isabella’s journey, her love for the sea, and her talent for bringing flavors together in a symphony of taste and texture. Her creation was not only a highlight of the summer menu but also a reminder of the beauty of simple ingredients when combined with passion and creativity.


Harlan Kilstein's Salmon With Chili Lime Sauce and Grill Asparagus

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Servings: 4
Calories: 322 kcal


  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 2 tbs butter
  • 1 tbs water
  • 1/2 tsp smoky paprika
  • 1/2 tsp za’atar
  • 1.5 tsp chili powder
  • 1 garlic clove finely minced
  • 1 tbs sweetener xylitol, swerve, etc
  • 1 small onion diced
  • 4 salmon fillets or steaks


Step One: Prepare the salmon

  1. Rinse the salmon off and pat it dry. Set aside.

  2. Now preheat your broiler on high.

Step Two: Mix Ingredients

  1. Melt butter and mix in all ingredients. You might need to add an additional drop of water.
  2. Using a brush, apply the chili lime sauce to the salmon which should be in a pan.

Step Three: Broil

  1. Broil your salmon (on the second shelf) for 10 minutes and look at the salmon.
  2. Using a fork – check for your level of doneness. It may need another 5 minutes until it’s perfect.

Step Four: Brush additional sauce on before serving.

Step Five: Asparagus

  1. Wash and trim asparagus. Dip in melted butter, sprinkle with Himalayan sea salt and place on pan in the broiler on a middle shelf. 5 minutes tops. They cook quickly.

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03/19/2024 09:12 am GMT


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