Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Spicy Garlic Tomato Salmon

Good afternoon bloggers. Welcome to a brand new entry to Everyday Meals. Today, we will be serving up an amazing fish recipe. Honestly, there's not enough words in the English language to describe this delicious dish. I would have never thought to make my salmon this way... EVER. I know, I know. You are probably wondering what I'm talking about. It's only fair to divulge you and let you in on my secret recipe. So, grab your aprons and let's get into the kitchen so that we can make something amazing!

Salmon in a Spicy Garlic Tomato Sauce

You will need:

  • 1 tablespoon caraway seeds
  • 8 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 3 tablespoons all-purpose flour
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 1 Serrano chili, roughly chopped
  • 2 teaspoons smoked paprika
  • 2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • pinch of cayenne pepper
  • pinch of ground cinnamon
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons sugar
  • fresh cilantro for garnish


  1. In a small skillet, toast the caraway seeds until they’re slightly darker in color and aromatic in scent, about 2 minutes. 
  2. Let them cool, then grind them in a spice mill or small food processor. 
  3. Set aside.
  4. Toss the flour in a shallow dish. 
  5. Season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides, then lightly dredge them through the flour, shaking off any excess.
  6. Heat 2 tablespoons oil in a skillet, and sear the salmon until nice and browned, 2 minutes per side. 
  7. Set the salmon on a plate and wipe the skillet clean.
  8. In a food processor, toss in the garlic, Serrano chile, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, paprika, caraway, and 2 tablespoons oil. 
  9. Blitz until the mixture becomes as paste-y as you can get it.
  10. Back in the cast iron, heat up the last 4 tablespoons oil over medium heat. 
  11. Add the garlic paste and bloom for 30 seconds. 
  12. Add the tomato paste and 1/2 cup water. 
  13. Stir, mix and enjoy the smell. 
  14. Add the sugar and lemon juice, then stir. 
  15. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper. 
  16. Simmer for 30 more seconds.
  17. Now, add the salmon fillets to the skillet, lower the heat to a light simmer, cover and let it cook for 6 more minutes. 
  18. The salmon will finish cooking as it absorbs the sauce.
  19. Toss in some cilantro and enjoy!

Thank you for joining me today. I know this wasn't one of the simplest recipes ever, but I couldn't allow you to miss out on this beauty. Come back soon for another awesome edition to EMEF! Happy blogging to all! <3