Crispy Salmon with Indian Spices and Jeweled Rice
Recipe type: Entree
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Serves: 4 servings
Crispy salmon with Indian spices and jeweled basmati rice: a vibrant salmon recipe that is pretty when plated and delicious when devoured.
  • 1 cup dry basmati rice, well rinsed, drained
  • 4 Tbsp. extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 (6-oz.) skin-on salmon fillets
  • 1 tsp. paprika
  • 1½ tsp. ground turmeric, divided
  • 1 tsp. cumin, divided
  • ½ tsp. coriander
  • 1 tsp. kosher salt, divided
  • 1 large shallot, finely chopped
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp. freshly ground black pepper
  • Zest and juice of 1 orange
  • ⅓ cup raisins or dried chopped apricots
  • ⅓ cup sliced almonds or pistachios
  • 3 Tbsp. chopped fresh mint, plus more for garnish
  • Plain whole-milk Greek yogurt mixed with a splash of fresh orange juice for garnish
  1. Cook rice according to package instructions with a dash of salt, if desired. Set aside.
  2. Place salmon in a large, shallow dish. Coat with 1 Tbsp. of the oil. Place paprika, ½ tsp. of the turmeric, ½ tsp. of the cumin, coriander, and ½ tsp. of the salt in a small bowl; stir to combine. Rub spice mixture evenly over flesh of salmon. Let rest for 15 minutes at room temperature.
  3. Heat 2 Tbsp. of the oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic; cook 3 to 4 minutes, until shallot becomes translucent. Stir in remaining 1 tsp. turmeric, ½ tsp. cumin, ½ tsp. kosher salt, and ¼ tsp. black pepper. Cook 1 to 2 minutes, stirring often, until aromatic. Add rice to pan; stirring well to coat. Cook 5 to 7 minutes, stirring only occasionally to let rice slightly crisp on the bottom. Stir in orange zest and juice, raisins, almonds, and fresh mint. Set aside.
  4. In a separate large skillet, heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium-high. Add salmon fillets, flesh-side down, and cook 4 to 5 minutes, undisturbed, until crispy. Flip and cook an additional 2 to 3 minutes, depending on thickness of fillets, until desired degree of doneness.
  5. To assemble, spread rice evenly on a serving platter. Top with salmon fillets and garnish with a dollop of Greek yogurt mixed with fresh orange juice (if desired) and fresh mint.
Nutrition Information
Serving size: ¼th of recipe Calories: 653 Fat: 27 gm Saturated fat: 5 gm Carbohydrates: 61 gm Sugar: 12 gm Sodium: 566 mg Fiber: 4 gm Protein: 41 gm
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