Sugar-Crusted Salmon with Avocado Peach Salsa… a Guest Post by Alaska From Scratch


It’s amazing how new friendships are born.  I’ve been following Maya at Alaska From Scratch for a while now and after a few blog comments and email correspondence she has become a cherished colleague and dear friend.  Her delicious food blog captured my attention, but Maya’s writing, her sweet, kind spirit and love of family and friends brings me back almost daily.  It’s an honor and pleasure to have Maya of Alaska from Scratch Guest Posting on Karista’s Kitchen today.  You are in for a treat!


Hugs from Alaska to all of my new friends here at Karista’s Kitchen. Of course, an extra big squeeze to my special blogging buddy, Karista, for inviting me to guest post here today. She is a real gem, bursting with talent and grace, and I am blessed to know her and to get to count her as both a colleague and a friend.

July in Alaska means seemingly endless amounts of daylight, lush green scenery, sparkling blue waters, and fishing. Gobs of fishing. There is nothing more seasonal in Alaska in July than a wild-caught salmon directly from our local shores. We have a dear friend living with us for the summer while he fishes commercially in Cook Inlet. One evening, after 13 hours out on the water, our friend came home with a marvelous king salmon. Although it was late, it was still light out, and he and my husband (known affectionately on my blog as Pastor Alaska) made quick work of filleting while I pulled up a recipe. It wasn’t long before the fish was sizzling in a hot pan, filling the house with the aroma of spices and saltwater mingling together.

Ocean to table. There is truly nothing better.

Salmon CollageThat night, we made this flavorful Sugar-Crusted Salmon recipe. Together, we oohed and ahhed over the smokiness of the paprika and the cumin, the kick of the chili powder and dry mustard, the nice sweetness from the sugar and a surprising pinch of cinnamon. And can we just talk about that beautiful charred crust for a moment… the stunning caramelization you get when a hot pan swirled with olive oil meets a perfectly fresh fillet of salmon, patted dry (this is key), and rubbed generously. “I have to blog about this,” I said aloud between bites, squeezing a wedge of lime over my fillet before diving back in, “We have to make this again.” Two nights later, we indeed made it again, and this time I made a bright, summery avocado peach salsa to go with it.

Sugar-Crusted Salmon with Avocado Peach Salsa

Serves 4

For the Salsa:
2 sweet, but firm peaches (I used yellow saturn peaches), pitted and finely chopped
2 ripe avocados, finely chopped
1 small red or orange bell pepper, finely chopped
1/2 cup red onion, diced
1-2 jalapeños (to taste), seeds removed and minced
1/2 cup cilantro leaves, chopped
1 lime, juiced
salt and pepper, to taste

For the Salmon:
2 tablespoons sugar
1 tablespoon chili powder
1 1/2 teaspoons smoked paprika
1 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
1/4 teaspoon dry mustard
pinch of cinnamon
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
4-6 wild-caught salmon fillets (about 4-6 ounces each), pin bones and skin removed
2 tablespoons neutral olive oil

In a bowl, gently stir together the peaches, avocados, bell peppers, onion, jalapeño, cilantro, and lime. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Cover and refrigerate until ready to serve.

In a smaller bowl, stir together the sugar, chili powder, paprika, cumin, mustard, cinnamon, pepper, and salt.

Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Pat the salmon fillets dry and liberally season the top of each fillet with the rub, patting it so it will adhere. Place the fillets seasoned side down into the hot pan. Cook about two minutes, until rub is fragrant and caramelized, but not burnt. Flip each fillet and continue to cook on the other side 2-6 minutes more, being careful not to overcook (cooking time will depend on the thickness of your fillets and your preferred doneness. I like my wild salmon fillets medium in the center, so mine were ready after 4 minutes). Plate the salmon and top with Avocado Peach Salsa.

Sugar-Crusted Salmon recipe adapted from Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute via Chena Girl Cooks.



  1. Beautiful sugar crusted salmon, delicious salsa and fresh summer flavours. Divine.

  2. That looks amazing! I love the look of the spice rub, as I usually cook my salmon plain. I make a similar salsa for salmon with mango, but I love the idea of trying it with peaches when they are next in season!

  3. We eat a lot of salmon…I can’t wait to try it with this salsa.

  4. Ah! I love the connections we make via food blogging. Isn’t it just the best?! And now so excited to have discovered Maya’s blog. Thanks for the intro Karista!

  5. This was just the most FABULOUS recipe – thank you so much for sharing it – oh my that salsa – perfect, even for breakfast this morning! Have added this recipe to my blog with credits and links back to you (Karista’s Kitchen), Maya (Alaska from Scratch), Chena Girl Cooks and Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute. Was this correct? I’ve never been so moved by a recipe before and wanted to know I could always access it! Thank you again 🙂

    • Joanne, thank you so much for your sweet comment. I will be sure to forward this to Maya. And thank you so much for crediting us for the post. Very kind as many do not give credit these days. Thanks for stopping by! Delicious Wishes, Karista

  6. Since I have just had a fillet of salmon for my Saturday lunch Down Under, ’tis surely a pity I did not click on this before 🙂 ! Like both the salsa and the rub: tried soonest and thank you!!

  7. I now have a dish for tonite!

  8. We’ll give this a try. It sounds delicious! Thanks for the great post!

    • You are so welcome. Thank you so much for stopping by! And when you have a moment, be sure to check out Alaska From Scratch for more delicious recipes. 🙂

  9. Ooh, I’m in love with the avocado peach salsa!

  10. Two of my favorite ladies!!! Love it and what a great salmon dish 🙂

    • Thanks Alyssa! I adore Maya as well and I’m so excited to have her guest posting this week. Hope you had fun on your weekend away!! Hugs to ya!

  11. What a beautiful recipe! And how wonderful Maya to be able to enjoy such fresh, delicious salmon so readily! Lovely post!

    • Thanks Maria! I was so thrilled to have Maya guest post. She’s always got delicious recipes to share. I think we’re both in the Alaska From Scratch Fan Club. 🙂

  12. What is your website address?


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