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Moroccan Spiced Salmon

Quick to make and packed with flavor, this Moroccan spiced salmon recipe is a great way to add more protein to your recipe rotation!
moroccan spiced salmon topped with fresh herbs on parchment paper

This is the variation of our roasted fish base recipe featured in The Whole Life Meal Plan. It is perfect for wraps, bowls, and/or tostadas. Quick to make and packed with flavor, this Moroccan spiced salmon recipe is a great way to add more protein to your recipe rotation!

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Culinary Tips for the Best Spiced Salmon Recipe

Should you cook salmon with the 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 (and is a great treat for good dogs!). 

Remove small pin bones before cooking using fish bone tweezers; 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!

Blot the salmon dry with a paper towel before rubbing on spices to remove excess moisture and prevent steaming.

For maximum flavor development, let the spice blend sit on the fish for ~15 minutes before cooking.

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.

Ingredient Substitutions

  • 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, and ¼ teaspoon kosher salt

Recipe Variations

Change up this recipe by varying the fish, spices, or herbs.

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Health Benefits of Seasoned 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 features fish 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.

Learn more about the benefits of spices in this article!

Serving Suggestions

Serve Moroccan fish as the main protein for wraps, bowls, or tostadas. Or create a plant-forward plate by serving alongside roasted vegetables and a whole grain. 

Storage Tips for Leftover Moroccan Spiced Salmon

Cool leftover salmon completely, then store in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to 7 days.

You can also freeze leftover fish. Let cool, then place in an airtight container and freeze for up to 6 months. Thaw overnight in the refrigerator before heating. When ready to heat and serve, place on a pan and cover. Place in a cold oven, then preheat the oven to 350ºF. Once the oven reaches 350ºF, check the internal temperature of the fish. If it is 145ºF or above, it’s ready to serve. If it is not yet 145º, continue cooking for a few more minutes.

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moroccan spiced salmon topped with fresh herbs on parchment paper

Moroccan Spiced Salmon

This is the variation of our roasted fish base recipe featured in the Whole Life Meal Plan. It is perfect for wraps, bowls, and/or tostadas. Moroccan spiced salmon recipe is a great way to add more protein to your recipe rotation!
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 10 mins
Total Time 15 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Moroccan
Servings 4 servings

Ingredients
  

  • ~1 pound salmon
  • Drizzle of extra virgin olive oil
  • 2 teaspoons Moroccan spice blend
  • 1 Tablespoon chopped fresh herbs (optional)
  • 1 lemon wedge

Instructions
 

  • Preheat oven to 400° F. Prepare a baking sheet with nonstick spray, foil, or parchment paper.
  • Place salmon on baking sheet, skin side down (if skin on). Rub spice blend on top and sides. Drizzle with a little extra virgin olive oil. For maximum flavor development, let the spice blend sit on the salmon for ~15 minutes before cooking.
  • Place in oven and roast 10 minutes for every inch of thickness.
  • Once done, sprinkle with fresh herbs and lemon juice. Enjoy!

Notes

The internal temperature should reach 145° F.
Keyword Moroccan Spiced Salmon

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