This is a variation of our salmon with yogurt sauce base recipe. Garam masala contains a mixture of warm and sweet spices that contrasts perfectly with the cool raita inspired sauce. If you love Indian flavors or complex flavors, give this Indian spiced salmon a try!
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Culinary Tips for the Best Indian Spiced Salmon
When cooking any type of fish in the oven, a good rule of thumb is to heat your oven to 400°F and roast 10 minutes for every inch of thickness, as described in our Roasted Fish Base Recipe.
Skin on or off? For this recipe, it doesn’t matter. When you roast/bake fish in the oven with the skin side down, the skin doesn’t get crispy, so it’s not very appealing to eat. However, it does separate easily from the fish once cooked.
Remove small pin bones using fish bone tweezers before cooking; these are no fun to bite into!
A good fishmonger at your local grocery store can help you with the pin bones and skin. Don’t be shy; ask for help!
If you have the time, let the spices sit on the salmon for ~ 15 minutes before cooking for increased flavor development.
- Salmon: substitute arctic char or steelhead trout.
- Garam Masala: use a store-bought blend or make your own. You can also substitute tikka masala seasoning, chaat masala, or a curry powder.
- Greek Yogurt: use any fat percentage that fits within your diet. You can substitute regular plain yogurt, which is traditional for a true raita, but if it is too thin, it will be a little runny.
- Cilantro: substitute Italian parsley, but note the flavor will be different.
- Red onion: substitute yellow or white onion.
- Cumin: substitute coriander, garam masala, or chili powder.
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Change up this recipe by baking the salmon first then adding the raita inspired sauce. This creates a slightly different taste and texture but is still equally as delicious!
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Health Benefits of Indian Spiced Salmon
This is a nutrient-packed dinner recipe! The American Heart Association recommends eating two, 3.5-ounce servings of fish per week, and the Dietary Guidelines for Americans recommend 8 total ounces per week for the general population. The featured ingredients in this recipe are salmon, Greek yogurt, and spices.
Fish is a quality source of protein that is rich in vitamins and minerals. Fatty fish, like salmon, is high in EPA and DHA omega-3 fatty acids, which are good for heart and brain health.
Confused about which salmon to purchase? Wild-caught is known for having a higher omega-3 content, but surprisingly, that’s not always the case! We recommend consulting the Monterrey Bay Aquarium Seafood Watch app to help guide your seafood purchasing decisions.
Greek yogurt is a great source of B vitamins, calcium, protein, and probiotics. Select a fat content that works with your overall diet. If you tend to consume a lot of foods high in saturated fat, a low-fat or fat-free variety is your best choice. If you limit saturated fat in your diet, full-fat varieties are okay.
Using spices decreases the need for salt, which may help reduce hypertension risk and therefore promote heart health. (1) Additionally, the garam masala contains powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation in the body. (2)
Learn about the health benefits of spices in this article!
Serve this garam masala salmon with basmati brown rice or another whole grain and some roasted vegetables. Since the salmon is heavily spiced, keep the flavors of the sides mild so that you don’t overpower your palate!
This Indian salmon recipe would also pair well with our sweet potato quinoa salad.
Storage Tips for Leftover Indian Baked Salmon
Cool leftover salmon completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.
Serve leftover salmon on top of a green salad or reheat in the microwave.
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Indian Spiced Salmon with Raita Inspired Sauce
Indian Spiced Salmon
- ~1 pound salmon filets, with skin
- 2 teaspoons garam masala
Raita Inspired Sauce
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro
- ½ Tablespoon finely chopped red onion
- ⅛ teaspoon cumin
- Salt & pepper to taste
- Preheat oven to 400° F. Prepare a baking sheet by spraying with nonstick spray or lightly brushing with oil.
- Place salmon skin side down on the baking sheet. Rub spice blend onto the top and sides of the filets.
- In a small bowl, combine the yogurt, cilantro, onion, and cumin. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread sauce over salmon (you might have extra depending on amount of salmon). Bake ~10 minutes per inch of thickness or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork. Serve with lemon or lime wedges. Enjoy!