A healthy Indian Salmon Recipe
Tender cooked Indian salmon fish that can be made within minutes using garam masala, turmeric powder, and spicy red chilies. This masala salmon recipe is baked to perfection while you pour a glass of white wine, making it the perfect weeknight recipe! Love salmon? Try this easy chili garlic salmon recipe!
Indian Salmon Masala Recipe
Growing up, we ate a lot of this hariyali green masala fish with different varieties of seafood. My favorite was always fresh caught catfish. Then salmon became an alternative after knowing its health benefits later in life. This spice packed Indian salmon recipe is easy to make and tastes great! I recommend it for gatherings, weeknight meals, or for a date night menu!
Winner winner fish dinner right here folks! THERE’S A SUCH THING, right?
Where to buy salmon?
Sustainable salmon can be found at Whole Foods or your local health food market. In addition to that, Costco sells sustainable salmon in the freezer section where the filets are already individually wrapped.
Wild Caught vs Farm Raised Salmon
Sustainability is a big factor when it comes to comparing the two, but flavor and taste is also very different! I personally love Norwegian Farmed Atlantic Salmon. It has a meaty yet buttery texture that is super soft and flakey almost like a white fish. However, wild caught is the healthier alternative with its more firm and meat like texture. I've started to buy the latter for health reasons.
Exchange it for catfish! Seriously, just do it. Indian flavored catfish is my weakness. In fact, catfish is my weakness. Can you tell I'm a southern girl? I love the texture and flavor of catfish. This masala pairs oh so well with it too. There are no other substitutions needed. Just a fair swap of the fish kind.
- Salmon Filets
- fresh garlic
- fresh ginger
- coriander powder
- turmeric powder
- green chili powder
- Shan Lahore Fish Masala
- black pepper
- lemon wedge
- tandoori masala
Serve it with
- Jasmine rice
- Masala rice
- Cauliflower rice
- Vegetables (brussel sprouts, broccoli, bell peppers, or onions)
- Seeds of Change brown rice and quinoa
- BBQ cut salmon works really well when baking or grilling.
- Covering this salmon while cooking will help keep the masala moist
- Lemon versus lime tastes much better as a condiment
Indian Salmon Masala Recipe
- 4 cloves fresh garlic
- 1 teaspoon fresh ginger, grated
- ½ jalapeno
- 2 salmon filets with skin
- ½ teaspoon Rajah Tandoori Masala or Shan Lahore Fish Masala
- ½ teaspoon black pepper
- 6-8 strands cilantro stems and leaves
- ½ teaspoon red chili powder
- salt (I add about a teaspoon of regular Morton’s iodized salt)
- Heat oven to 400 degrees.
- Combine ginger, garlic, tandoori or lahore fish masala, red chili powder, cilantro, jalapeño, black pepper, salt, and some oil in a blender and blend into a fine paste.
- Coat the bottom of an oven safe pan with oil where you are going to place the salmon only (feel free to line the pan with foil/parchment paper for easy clean up).
- Rub a thin layer of masala onto the salmon skin and place it skin side down on the pan.
- Place the remainder of the masala on top of the salmon filets and drizzle with some oil on top.
- Place veggies on the pan (if desired) and then slightly cover the salmon filets with foil (see picture).
- Bake for about 12 minutes (will depend on thickness)
- Remove the pan from the oven.
- Uncover the foil and discard. Cook for an additional 3-5 minutes.
- Remove the pan from the oven and serve hot with lemon wedges.
- Broil the salmon on low heat for a few minutes at the end to brown the masala a little
- If making a sheet pan meal, cut veggies very small and thin to allow them to cook faster and get crispy.
- BBQ Cut salmon works best when baking and grilling.