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BBQ Potato Chip-Crusted Salmon with Watercress Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 30 min
  • Active: 15 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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1 1/2 pounds skin-on center-cut salmon

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard 

1 cup crushed BBQ chips 

1/4 cup dark brown sugar 

1 tablespoon chili powder 

6 scallions, white and light green parts only, chopped 

1 clove garlic

Zest of 1 lime (reserve the juice for the salad)


2 teaspoons honey

1 teaspoon white wine vinegar

Juice of 1 lime

1/2 jalapeno, diced 

1/3 cup olive oil 

5 cups watercress 

1 cup diced mango 

1/2 cup thinly sliced red onions

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

1/4 cup toasted sliced almonds


  1. For the salmon: Preheat the oven to 450 degrees F.
  2. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and place the salmon in the center skin-side down. Season with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Spread the Dijon evenly on the flesh side of the salmon.
  3. In a food processor, combine the BBQ chips, sugar, chili powder, scallions, garlic and lime zest and pulse until combined and the consistency of coarse bread crumbs. Press the mixture onto the mustard on the flesh side of the salmon.
  4. Bake until the chip mixture is golden brown and crunchy, about 15 minutes.
  5. For the salad: In a large bowl, whisk together the honey, vinegar, lime juice and jalapeno. While whisking, drizzle in the olive oil. Add the watercress, mango and onions and season with salt and pepper, tossing to coat.
  6. Place the salad on a plate with the salmon and garnish the salad with the almonds.