Roasted (or grilled!) Salmon with Kiwi Salsa

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa

Salmon with Kiwi Salsa is an easy 30 minute meal whether you roast it in the oven or pop it on the grill…the buttery fish and the tart tropical kiwi are made for each other ~ why haven’t we done this before?

Roasted Salmon with Kiwi Salsa on a sheet pan with forks and knives

So many varieties of fish and seafood lend themselves to serving with salsa, it’s hard not to put this kind of meal on repeat all summer long. And why shouldn’t we? It’s good for us, beautiful, and not a splurge at all when you buy whatever fish is in season.

Salmon season is May to September or October, so even though you see it all year long, definitely build it into your menu plan more often during these months. It will be at its best, and cheapest.

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa

I just love the way the glossy kiwi salsa tumbles over the salmon…and we get to call this dinner? How lucky can we get.

A bowl of kiwi salsa

The beauty of a meal like this is that it’s practically effortless, and it can be adapted to any time of year. I especially love it during the warmer months when the salmon and so many fruits are in season, but this meal brightens up a drab winter evening like nothing else! The sweet/tart pineapple/strawberry flavor of kiwi works so well with the onion, hot pepper, cilantro and lime. I could eat the whole bowl.

salmon on a sheet pan with lemons ready for the oven

Salmon with kiwi salsa is a great recipe to persuade fish-avoiders to give it a go. The fish is so mild and sweet, and when you pair it with fruit it becomes super appealing. Try this out on kids, but be sure to leave out the hot peppers in the salsa. My girls loved ‘pink fish’ when they were young, and gobbled it up. Another good recipe for introducing salmon to non-believers is my Farfalle with Salmon, the creamy lemon sauce gets ’em every time 🙂

spicy kiwi salsa in a glass bowl on a wooden surface

Tips for perfect Salmon with Kiwi Salsa ~

  • Look for kiwi that is firm but not rock hard ~ it should yield to gentle pressure, but not be mushy. I prefer the flavor of the green over the new ‘golden’ variety.
  • A kiwi will continue to ripen on the counter for a few days.
  • The best way to peel a kiwi fruit is with a serrated vegetable peeler. I use mine often for soft fruits and veggies like peaches and tomatoes.
  • I prefer to serve this salsa within a few hours of making it, when the kiwi has the best texture. Like most other fruit, it starts to deteriorate after it has been cut.

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa on a sheetpan


Also try ~

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa
3.75 from 16 votes

Roasted Salmon with Spicy Kiwi Salsa

Author Sue Moran



  • 4-5 kiwi fruit
  • 1/4 inch slice medium to large red onion
  • 1 hot red pepper use 1/2 the pepper for less heat
  • palm-ful of fresh cilantro leaves chopped
  • juice of 1/2 lime more to taste


  • 4 salmon filet about 1/2 lb each (for this dish I like to use thinner wider filets rather than tall slices...see photos.)
  • 2 lemons thinly sliced
  • olive oil for drizzling
  • salt and pepper to taste
  • 2 tbsp butter optional


  • Set oven to 425F
  • Peel the kiwi, trim lends, and cut in small 1/4 inch dice. Put in a bowl.
  • Cut the onion slice in a 1/4 inch dice and add to bowl.
  • Mince the red pepper and add to bowl along with the cilantro and lime juice. Toss well, cover, and refrigerate until needed.
  • Line a sheet pan with parchment and arrange the salmon filets on it. Tuck the lemon slices under the edges of the filets. Season with salt and pepper, and drizzle with olive oil. I sometimes dot with butter if I'm feeling extravagant. (If you use salted butter cut the amount of salt you use to season the fish.) Roast or grill the fish for 20 -25 minutes, or until it flakes with a fork and is not longer dark pink inside.
  • Serve the salmon topped with a generous amount of kiwi salsa.
The nutritional information for recipes on this site is provided as a courtesy and although tries to provide accurate nutritional information, these figures are only estimates.

Make it your own ~

  • Make it on the grill ~ this salsa is perfect for the charcoal grill!
  • Make it with a whole side of salmon ~ this would be stunning served as a whole side of salmon, 2 1/2 pounds or more for a special occasion. Find large cuts at fish markets, Costco, or ask at the fish counter of your supermarket. Serve the fish with a big swath of salsa going down the center.
  • Make it with another firm fish like halibut, cod, trout, or tuna.
  • Make it with another salsa ~ I have lots to choose from!


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  • Reply
    Julie P
    May 31, 2021 at 2:55 pm

    I LOVE this recipe.
    It’s seriously good.
    Thanks Sue!

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    August 2, 2019 at 10:52 am

    This looks really lovely and I’m thinking of trying it tonight. I have friends who are eating carb free. What would you suggest serving with it along side?

    • Reply
      August 2, 2019 at 11:42 am

      I’ve been loving simple steamed green beans lately, they’re in high season right now. Broiled tomatoes provencal, with Parmesan and herbs, would be easy and good, too. And you can always go with a salad or slaw, I’ve got tons of inspo in my recipe section 🙂

  • Reply
    Jennifer @ Seasons and Suppers
    June 16, 2018 at 4:05 am

    Beautiful Sue! Love the pairing of salmon with kiwi 🙂

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    Mike from Chili Pepper Madness
    June 15, 2018 at 2:26 pm

    I SOO love salmon. It is one of my favorite fish to roast (or grill!). Can’t wait to make this. Gorgeous, too.

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    2 Sisters Recipes
    June 15, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Looks and sounds delicious Sue! Can’t wait to try it!

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    [email protected]'s Recipes
    June 15, 2018 at 11:00 am

    So summery and full of flavours! I can never get enough of salmon 🙂

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    Camilla Hawkins
    June 15, 2018 at 9:42 am

    What a beautiful dish, you’ve reminded me that the first time I ever tasted kiwi it was served with fish, lemon sole in fact some decades ago:-)

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    June 15, 2018 at 9:21 am

    I have made lots of fruits salsas, because I love them but never kiwi! Fun! I have to try this!

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    June 15, 2018 at 9:11 am

    This dish is absolutely beautiful and flavorful! I love the salsa on top…it’s absolute perfection. Saving this for later!

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    Chef Markus Mueller
    June 15, 2018 at 8:52 am

    This looks yummy! I have for some reason never once bought a kiwi in my life. Always eat them on fruit trays etc but never buy them myself. It’s a great idea using it in a condiment that can be paired with so many different things!

  • Reply
    June 15, 2018 at 8:29 am

    Well, looks like I’m stopping at the grocery store on the way home!

  • Reply
    June 15, 2018 at 8:11 am

    This must be beautiful ! Kiwi salsa with fish : so creative ….

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    Hayley | The Simple Supper
    June 15, 2018 at 8:09 am

    I’ve seen mango salsa before but never thought to try it with kiwi. What an incredible idea! This sounds great!

    • Reply
      June 15, 2018 at 8:17 am

      Mango salsa makes my mouth water too, maybe there’s another salmon dinner that needs to be made this week…

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    Linda T
    June 15, 2018 at 8:08 am

    This looks and sounds great. I would love to try this but hubs and I are not fans of cilantro. Is there anything that we can use as a substitute?

    • Reply
      June 15, 2018 at 8:16 am

      Sure Linda, I’d use parsley, or basil.

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    EA The Spicy RD
    June 15, 2018 at 7:50 am

    Absolutely beautiful salmon recipe! I love the fresh kiwi salsa~yum! Great tips too. I usually just use a knife to peel my kiwi {or scoop it straight out}, but I’ve never used a veggie peeler before~will definitely try this! Pinning now!!

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    Tricia @ Saving Room for Dessert
    June 15, 2018 at 6:50 am

    I love this beautiful combination and we’re always eating salmon and kiwi. It never occurred to me to combine them into one gorgeous dish! You are an artist Sue 🙂

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    Chris Scheuer
    June 15, 2018 at 6:38 am

    This looks like such a perfect summer meal to me. I wouldn’t need ANYTHING else! So beautiful too!

    • Reply
      June 15, 2018 at 6:48 am

      Thanks Chris, this is a new favorite of mine!

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