Tea-Marinated Salmon


A marinade of jasmine tea and chipotles makes this grilled salmon far-from-ordinary.

Tea-Marinated Salmon
Photo: Andy Lyons
Prep Time:
15 mins
Soak Time:
1 hr
Grill Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hr 35 mins


  • 1 cedar grilling plank

  • ½ cup boiling water

  • 1 tablespoon jasmine tea leaves

  • 1 chipotle chile pepper in adobo sauce*

  • 2 tablespoon cider vinegar

  • ½ teaspoon kosher salt

  • ½ cup ice cubes

  • 1 ½ pound salmon fillet (skin on)

  • ¼ teaspoon chili powder

  • teaspoon jasmine tea leaves, coarsely crushed

  • Chives (optional)

  • Honey (optional)


  1. Soak plank in enough water to cover for at least 1 hour before grilling; drain.

  2. In a small bowl combine boiling water and 1 tablespoon tea leaves. Let steep for 5 minutes. Pour tea mixture through a fine mesh sieve into a blender. Add chipotle pepper, vinegar, salt, and ice cubes. Cover and blend until smooth.

  3. Place salmon in a resealable plastic bag set in a shallow dish. Pour tea mixture from blender over fish in bag. Seal bag and marinate in the refrigerator for 30 to 45 minutes, turning bag occasionally.

  4. For a charcoal grill, arrange medium-hot coals around edge of grill. Place the plank on the grill rack directly over the coals for 5 minutes or until plank smokes and crackles. Remove salmon from marinade, discarding marinade. Place salmon, skin side down, on plank. Sprinkle salmon with chili powder and 1/8 teaspoon tea leaves. Place plank in center of grill rack. Cover and grill for 20 to 24 minutes or until fish begins to flake easily when tested with a fork. (For gas grill, preheat grill. Reduce heat to medium. Adjust heat for indirect cooking. Place plank on grill rack over heat for 5 minutes or until smoking and crackling. Place salmon on plank. Place plank over unlit side of grill and grill as above.)

  5. To serve, sprinkle with chives and drizzle with honey, if desired.

*Handling Hot Peppers:

Because hot chile peppers contain volatile oils that can burn your skin and eyes, avoid contact with chiles as much as possible. When working with chile peppers, wear plastic or rubber gloves. If your bare hands do touch the chile peppers, wash your hands well with soap and water.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

280 Calories
11g Fat
10g Carbs
34g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 280
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 2g 10%
Cholesterol 94mg 31%
Sodium 365mg 16%
Total Carbohydrate 10g 4%
Total Sugars 9g
Protein 34g
Vitamin C 0.2mg 1%
Calcium 26mg 2%
Iron 1.5mg 8%
Potassium 852mg 18%
Folate, total 43.3mcg
Vitamin B-12 5.4mcg
Vitamin B-6 1.4mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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