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Spicy Yogurt Marinated Salmon (Tandoori)

I normally like to keep my salmon/trout simple, salt and pepper with some dill weed on top, grilled or baked till done.  Today I wanted to try something a little different and had countless ideas.  I had some left over yogurt from the other day so I figured I would do a Tandoori inspired marinade (Tandoori chicken is marinated in a yogurt spice mix and cooked traditionally in a tandoor which is a clay oven).  I choose to keep it more mild so the fish would still stand out while the yogurt ads a nice tang.  The beauty of this is how easy it is!

Marinade

  • ¼ tsp. cardamom
  • ¼ tsp. coriander
  • ¼ tsp.  clove
  • ¼ tsp.  paprika
  • ¼ tsp. turmeric
  • ½ cup plan or Greek yogurt

Mix all ingredients together, if feeling adventurous use whole coriander and cardamom seeds, toast for a few minutes in a dry pan over medium heat then grind in spice grinder or with a pastel and mortar.  Make a day in advance.

Yogurt Sauce

  • ½ cup plan or Greek yogurt
  • Zest and juice of one lime
  • 2 Tbls. fresh cilantro or Italian parsley

Mix everything together, refrigerate until ready to use.  Make up to a day in advance, stir before using.

  • 4 ½ lb filets of Salmon or trout – I used Stealhead trout
  • Little salt and pepper

Add kosher salt and pepper to fish, dollop some marinade on the fish to cover well.  Let marinate in fridge for at least an hour.

yogurt spice marinade

yogurt spice marinade

Preheat oven to 400 degrees F. place fish in a baking dish (line with parchment paper to prevent sticking and easy clean up) bake for 20-25 minute or until just done.  Let rest for a few minutes.

ready for the oven

ready for the oven

Serve with rice, this naan, or this naan, or as I did with a baked potato.  Don’t forget a vegetable, asparagus really works well with salmon.  Oh and put the yogurt sauce on the side for dipping!

dig in!

Cook’s Notes:  Add ¼ tsp. cayenne to the marinade for some heat.  Add some grated cucumbers to the yogurt dipping sauce to lighten it up a bit.

I had some left over marinade since I was cooking for one last night so I am marinating a few pork chops that I might throw on the grill tonight, will let you know how it turns out.

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