Grilled Salmon with Elote Style Vegetables

Grilled salmon with a side of zesty corn and zucchini is a perfect mid-summer meal – or make it inside on a grill pan and enjoy it year-round! This gluten-free elote recipe was developed by The Real Food Dietitians. Learn how to grill salmon with our Salmon Cooking Guide.

Servings: 4

Cook Time: 35 mins.


Grilled Salmon:

4 salmon fillets (1-1 1/4 pounds)

1/4 teaspoon salt

Cracked black pepper

1 teaspoon olive oil

Grilled Elote Style Vegetables:

4 small (or 2 large) ears of corn, husks removed

4 small zucchini, cut lengthwise into planks

1 tablespoon olive oil

2 teaspoons chili powder

1 teaspoon cumin

1 teaspoon salt

1/2 teaspoon pepper

3 ounces cotija cheese, crumbled

Juice + zest of 1 lime

1 cup fresh cilantro, chopped

Salt and Pepper, to taste

Lime wedges for serving

Optional: Sliced avocados for serving


Preheat the grill to medium-high heat (375-400 F)

Brush salmon fillets with olive oil and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside.

Brush corn and sliced zucchini with oil then sprinkle with salt, pepper, and chili powder.

When the grill is hot, place the corn and zucchini over the hottest part of the grill and cook for 5-6 minutes or until zucchini is grilled marked and the corn is lightly charred. Rotate the corn and flip the zucchini, cooking another 5-6 minutes.

Add the salmon fillets to the grill skin-side down and cook for 10-12 minutes or until flesh is no longer opaque and it flakes easily with a fork.

When vegetables are tender and lightly charred, remove them to a plate (they may be done before the salmon is done depending on where they are on the grill).

Cut corn kernels from the cob and dice grilled zucchini into 1/4-inch cubes. Place in a bowl, toss with lime juice and zest, cotija cheese, and fresh cilantro. Taste and adjust seasonings as needed (salt, pepper, chili powder). Serve vegetables over salmon with lime wedges.

Nutrition Information: 463 calories, 25g Fat, 6g Saturated Fat, 18g Carbohydrate, 4g Sugar, 4g Fiber, 44g Protein, 512mg Sodium  

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