Coriander crusted salmon with cilantro cucumber chutney
I love the flavor of salmon, and often try to keep the supporting flavors very delicate to showcase the taste of the fish. This is a simple yet flavor-packed salmon dish. I grind whole toasted spices to crust the salmon. I like to serve this dish with a fresh tropical salad. Choose between the chutney mentioned in this recipe or try plating this with a side of the Carrot and Cucumber Salad with Spiced Mustard Dressing.
– 6 salmon fillets, each 5 oz (140 g) and about 1 in (2.5 cm) thick
– Salt and freshly-ground black pepper to taste
– 3 tablespoons coriander seeds, toasted and coarsely ground
– 2 teaspoons garam masala; 2 teaspoons oil
– Lime wedges, for garnish
Cilantro Cucumber Chutney
– 1 cucumber, peeled, halved lengthwise, seeded and thinly sliced
– 1½ cups (210 g) cherry tomatoes, quartered
– ½ red bell pepper, deseeded and cut into 1 in (2.5 cm) thick slices
– 3 tablespoons chopped red onion; 2 tablespoons chopped fresh coriander leaves (cilantro)
– 2 tablespoons fresh lime juice; 1 teaspoon oil
– 2 teaspoons honey; 1 teaspoon red pepper flakes
– Salt, to taste
Make the Cilantro Cucumber Chutney by combining the cucumber, tomatoes, bell pepper, onion and fresh coriander in a bowl. Toss gently to mix.
Whisk together the lime juice, oil, honey, red pepper ‑akes and salt in a small bowl. Pour the lime juice mixture over the cucumber mixture and toss gently; set the chutney aside.
Prepare the salmon: Season the salmon fillets on both sides with salt and pepper. Crust the salmon llets on one side with the coriander seeds and garam masala.
Heat the 2 teaspoons of oil in a large, non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. Add the fish to the pan crust side down, cook, turning once, until opaque throughout when tested with the tip of the knife, 4 to 5 minutes on each side.
Transfer the salmon llets to individual serving plates and top each with some of the Cilantro Cucumber Chutney. Serve hot, garnished with lime wedges.
Food: Coriander Crusted Salmon With Cilantro Cucumber Chutney