Grilled salmon marinated in orange juice, lime juice, tequila, and habanero peppers, then served with a habanero-lime butter. Remove the seeds from the peppers to tame the heat. You may wish to wear rubber gloves while chopping peppers to protect your hands from the spicy oils.

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Ingredients

4
Original recipe yields 4 servings
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Directions

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  • In a bowl, stir together vegetable oil, orange juice, 3 tablespoons lime juice, tequila, 1 tablespoon lime zest, 1 tablespoon habanero pepper, and garlic. Reserve a small amount to use as a basting sauce, and pour the remainder into a shallow baking dish. Place the salmon in the shallow dish, and turn to coat. Cover, and refrigerate for 2 to 4 hours, turning frequently.

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  • In a small bowl, mix together softened butter, garlic salt, 1 tablespoon lime juice, 2 teaspoons habanero pepper, and 2 teaspoons lime zest. Cover, and refrigerate.

  • Preheat grill for medium heat.

  • Lightly oil grill grate, and place salmon on the grill. Cook salmon for 5 to 8 minutes per side, or until the fish can be easily flaked with a fork. Transfer to a serving dish, top with habanero butter, and serve.

Note

The nutrition data for this recipe includes information for the full amount of the marinade ingredients. Depending on marinating time, ingredients, cooking method, etc., the actual amount of the marinade consumed will vary.

Nutrition Facts

479.7 calories; 25 g protein; 5.4 g carbohydrates; 100.3 mg cholesterol; 263.7 mg sodium. Full Nutrition

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Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2003
Wow this was probably among the top-three fish dishes I've tried. The Habaneros are only sold in bulk at my grocer so I chose to make several recipes this week using them. The blend of flavors is difficult to describe but I can say that it was a a mixture of creamy sweet and pleasing spice. The left over butter mixture can also be spooned over chicken. My compliments! Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2003
Quite tasty but very hot. Read More
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184 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 131
  • 4 star values: 36
  • 3 star values: 13
  • 2 star values: 4
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 5 stars
07/04/2003
Wow this was probably among the top-three fish dishes I've tried. The Habaneros are only sold in bulk at my grocer so I chose to make several recipes this week using them. The blend of flavors is difficult to describe but I can say that it was a a mixture of creamy sweet and pleasing spice. The left over butter mixture can also be spooned over chicken. My compliments! Read More
(41)
Rating: 5 stars
06/29/2005
This recipe was good but more than anything I am positively addicted to the habenero lime butter. I make a bunch and re-refridgerate it in an old butter tub so that I always have it on hand. I put it on corn on the cob and other fresh veggies...even on cornbread and biscuits. Read More
(36)
Rating: 5 stars
03/08/2006
This recipe is amazing! I have been looking to add more fish to my home cooking but have always been bored by salmon. This sounded interesting b/c we like spicy in my house and it was perfect! I actually forgot the butter in the fridge when we started eating and the salmon was still good on its own but then I remembered the butter and WOW! I plan to do what some others have mentioned and make a big batch of butter to use with other things. Really do be careful with the peppers. My fingers are still burning a day later. Thanks for the recipe Mike Smith! Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
08/26/2008
Very good. I couldn't find habanero peppers so I used jalapinos and there really wasnt any heat to it which was a bit of a let down. Besides that I thought it was very good and I'm sure I'll make it again! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/14/2003
Habenero peppers are extremely hot so I used jalapeno instead. Some of the best salmon I ever had - not fishy. I had leftovers on a bed of greens - equally good! I buzzed ing. up in my food processor - makes enough marinade easily for 8 medium pieces of salmon. I used skinless filets. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/01/2003
Best way to cook fish that I've ever seen. I never use salmon for this though. Try using fresh Mahi-mahi it's incredible. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
06/13/2003
This was excellent. I cut back on the habanero in the butter and should have left it as is. Will definitely make again. Too spicy for kids. Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
07/13/2003
This was an excellent Salmon recipe. It tastes great and has a darn good kick to it. You have to be a lover of hot peppers to like this. (I am!) Loved this recipe!!!!!!! Read More
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Rating: 5 stars
03/16/2011
Addicted to habaneros and citrus - live in PNW so I've eaten more salmon than most and feel like I've had every preparation - this was over the top good (before my fave was salmon marinated in oj and soy with basil garlic and olive oil sauce.) This will be in heavy rotation in my household. Read More
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Rating: 3 stars
06/11/2003
Quite tasty but very hot. Read More
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