Since my husband decided to start the P90X workout plan, he has requested
chicken and salmon for dinner every damn day some healthy dinners. Salmon was one of the requests, so I searched on Pinterest and found this yummy recipe. This salmon was delicious with a sweet garlic tomato sauce that had a spicy kick at the end. I definitely recommend it.
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On to this yummy recipe…
Salmon in Spicy Garlic Tomato Sauce
- 2 salmon filets (mine were 6 oz each)
- 1 tbsp caraway seeds
- 8 tbsp extra-virgin olive oil, divided
- 3 tbsp all-purpose flour
- 6 cloves garlic, roughly chopped
- 1 serrano chili, roughly chopped (leave seeds in)
- 2 tsp smoked paprika
- 2 tsp ground cumin
- pinch of cayenne pepper
- pinch of ground cinnamon
- 2 tbsp tomato paste
- 2 tbsp fresh lemon juice
- 2 tsp sugar
In a small skillet, toast the caraway seeds until they’re slightly darker in color and aromatic in scent, about 2 minutes. Let them cool a smidge, then grind them in a small food processor. Set aside.
Toss the flour in a shallow dish. Season the salmon with salt and pepper on both sides, then lightly dredge them through the flour, shaking off any excess. Heat 2 tbsp oil in a cast iron or regular skillet, and sear the salmon until nice and browned, 2 minutes per side. Set filets on a plate and wipe the skillet clean.
In a food processor, toss in the garlic, serrano chile, cumin, cayenne, cinnamon, paprika, caraway, and 2 tbsp oil and pulse until the mixture becomes a thin paste.
Back in the skillet, heat up the last 4 tbsp oil over medium heat. Add the garlic paste and bloom for 30 seconds. Add the tomato paste and 1/2 cup water. Add the sugar and lemon juice, stir stir. Toss in a pinch of salt and pepper. Simmer 30 more seconds.
Now, add the salmon fillets to the skillet, lower the heat to a light simmer, cover and let it cook for about 6 more minutes. The salmon will finish cooking as it absorbs the sauce. Enjoy!