On a weight loss diet? This high protein salmon recipe with caramelized onions is sophisticated, yet easy to make.¬† Talk about a terrific meal for adult taste buds. Our salmon recipe has a slight cajun feel, which is offset by the semi-sweet sauce. Not only will this recipe help you achieve your goals, you’ll find it to be an outstanding new flavor sensation to add to your regular recipe rotation.


  • 3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon chili powder (not hot)
  • 1 teaspoon brown sugar (may substitute Splenda for brown sugar)
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (1 inch thick) with skin
  • 2 medium red onions (about 1 pound total), each cut into 8 wedges
  • 2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 1 tablespoon unsalted butter


  1. Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot.
  2. Pat salmon dry and sprinkle with a rub made of 1 teaspoon cumin, 1 teaspoon chili powder, 1 teaspoon brown sugar (or Splenda brown sugar), 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, then cook, skin side up, until undersides form a golden crust, 12 to 15 minutes.
  3. Turn fish over and cook until just cooked through, about 3 minutes more.
  4. Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté onions until golden brown and crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes.
  5. Stir in balsamic vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until sauce is syrupy, about 2 minutes.
  6. Remove from heat and stir in butter. Place salmon on plate and top with caramelized onions.