This is a variation of our salmon with yogurt sauce base recipe. This Moroccan salmon with lemon dill yogurt sauce is rich in highly aromatic spices and herbs, full of both flavor and nutritional benefit. Try it out and get ready to tantalize your taste buds!
Three Must-Know Culinary Skills
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Culinary Tips for the Best Moroccan 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 to 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.
- Moroccan Spice Blend: use any store-bought blend or make your own by combining ½ teaspoon cumin, ¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ¼ teaspoon coriander, ¼ teaspoon ginger, ¼ teaspoon turmeric, ¼ teaspoon salt, ⅛ teaspoon cayenne, and ⅛ teaspoon black pepper.
- Greek Yogurt: use any fat percentage that fits within your diet. You can substitute regular plain yogurt if not too thin, but note that it might be a little runny.
- Fresh Dill: substitute 1 teaspoon dried dill or 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro.
- Garlic: substitute ½ teaspoon garlic flakes, ¼ teaspoon granulated garlic, or ⅛ teaspoon garlic powder.
- Lemon Juice: substitute bottled lemon juice.
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Change up this recipe by baking the salmon first then adding the yogurt sauce. This creates a slightly different taste and texture but is still equally delicious!
Need some salmon recipe inspiration?
Use our base recipe as a guide to make this recipe to your taste or try out these other variations!
Use these kitchen tools for recipe success:
- Cutting Board
- Chef’s Knife
- Measuring Cups & Spoons
- Baking Sheet
- Small Spatula/Spreader
Health Benefits of Moroccan 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. This Moroccan spiced salmon not only features fish, but also Greek yogurt and flavorful 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 is 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 spices in a Moroccan blend contain powerful antioxidants which may help reduce inflammation in the body. (2)
Learn about the health benefits of spices in this article!
Serve this Moroccan salmon with couscous (whole grain if available) or another whole grain and roasted vegetables. Since the salmon is heavily spiced, keep the flavors of the sides mild so that you don’t overpower your palate!
This Moroccan salmon recipe also pairs well with a grain salad, such as our Mediterranean barley salad!
Storage Tips for Leftover Moroccan 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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Moroccan Salmon with Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce
- ~1 pound salmon filets, with skin
- 2 teaspoons Moroccan spice blend, such as Ras-el-hanout*
Lemon Dill Yogurt Sauce
- ½ cup plain Greek yogurt
- 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh dill (~1 teaspoon dried)
- ½ teaspoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon lemon juice
- ¼ teaspoon lemon zest
- 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, whisk together yogurt, dill, garlic, lemon juice, and lemon zest. Add salt and pepper to taste.
- Spread sauce over salmon (you might have extra depending on amount of salmon). Bake for ~10 minutes per inch of thickness or until salmon flakes easily when tested with a fork. Enjoy!