Easy Spicy Salmon

easy spicy salmon
It has been a very long time we ate any fish. So last weekend, I bought a beautiful salmon piece. I normally stay away from this fish due to its strong smell. If at all I buy it, my favorite dish to make is Sig’s Roasted Salmon Steaks with on a bed of potatoes, leeks and fennel. I have tried this so many times now and this alone makes a filling meal. Thanks Sig for a lovely recipe.

This time though, I wanted to try something different. I also wanted it to be a simple recipe. It came out extremely delicious. Curry leaves give a very nice flavor and aroma to the fish, which covers up salmon smell. I used very simple spices that we use for fish fry.

1 salmon fillet (about 6oz piece)
1 tea spn fresh ginger paste
1 tea spn fresh garlic paste
1 tea spn red chilli powder
7-8 curry leaves
1/2 cup onion
1/2 tea spn tamarind extract

Wash salmon. Apply ginger-garlic, red chilli powder and salt to the fish. (I put everything in a ziploc bag and shake it till the fish is coated well with the spices). Keep it refrigerated for atleast an hour.
Heat oil and add finely chopped onion. Fry till they turn brownish. Add tamarind extract and a little salt (the fish has salt, so add only a little).
Keep the salmon piece on the onions. Add the curry leaves. If required add 1-2 tea spns water. With a spoon, take out some of the onion mixture and put it on salmon piece so that fish absorbs all flavor. Cover and cook.l done. After few minutes very gently turn the fish (only if required).
Serve hot with lemon wedges.

Serves : 1
Preparation time : 20mins

28 thoughts on “Easy Spicy Salmon”

  1. One of my favorite fish~ Salmon, I love it coz of its unique taste and color. I do not add tamarind to it, but I will this time. Thanks for sharing your version. The click is delectable!

  2. thats a simple and super easy recipe.Love salmon in all ways.Try adding a few tblsp of tomato paste to this and boil it.You get an excellent curry.

  3. Hi,
    Looks a lovely dish….I tried the shallow fry for salmon….despite the meaty taste of salmon it goes really well with indian spices……

  4. Vathsala S. Basrur

    Hello Shilpa,
    To get rid of smell of the fish before cooking, soak it in milk for 30 minutes and then rinse. It worked for me.


  5. Kudos to Vathsala’s suggestion, I tried it works. Are you the same Vathsala whom I knew at cellular chemotherapy unit @ cri tmc Parel ?

  6. The fish curry turned out amazing!! 🙂 Thanks for the recipe.
    I also soaked the fish in milk as Vathsala had mentioned and smell was hardly there.

  7. Do Milk and Fish go well, does it not create an allergic reaction, had heard about this from my Father. But also read about this now, understand this cases a agent called casein to be created that generally binds the fish together. Possibly affects some people..search for “Salmon and Milk dont mix” on google

  8. Whoa, I seriously love the PRINT/PDF feature you have for your recipes because I want to make them all!!! I am so excited – I esp. love the spinach salmon concoction and would have posted there but for some reason it wouldn’t let me write a comment!! Keep the creative, yet healthy & delicious ideas coming!!

  9. This recipe turned out to be insanely delicious! Thank you very much for posting it. Salmon has never been a fam-fav. Now can feed my family with healthy fish.

    Have been using your recipes all the time, but never took the time to post a comment/feedback. Would like to take this opportunity to tell you that you are the ‘Rachel Ray’ of Indian food – you make it look simple and fun!! Keep the ‘yumm-o’ coming :-)!!

  10. Gr8 recipe!! just tried and my husband is all praise for it!! I am not a big fish fan but still happy that I can feed my family healthy than the usual fry:) Thank you!!

  11. Awesome recipe! We all loved the unique taste. I tried a couple of minor variations – (1) add a pinch of turmeric powder to the marinade. It eliminates the fish odor. (2) when the onion is in the pan, I added a pinch of garam masala.
    All the variations turned out to be great!

    Thanks a lot for sharing this fantastic recipe.

    1. Rajesh, I don’t think it has a Konkani name. Wiki says there is a Indian Salmon which is called Rawas, I saw some pictures of it online, it does not look like the salmon we get here in US. I heard from a friend that salmon is available in supermarkets in Bangalore these days.

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