Broiled Masala Salmon

This spiced Indian salmon is flavorful yet super easy to make. It doesn’t require turning on the whole oven, just the broiler, making it perfect for a quick meal.

In Indian cuisine, masala refers to a mixture of spices. Often the spices are toasted before adding to a curry or dish. Toasting allow the spices to bloom and release their natural oils.

Since this particular recipe requires broiling or grilling, spices like coriander, turmeric, and chili are “toasted” while the salmon cooks, bringing out their wonderful flavors

It has become a family favorite and a regular part of our meal rotation.

We normally have it with pearl couscous which may seem like an odd combination, but the spicy and salty bits of salmon taste really good with the chewy couscous.

How to Make Masala Salmon

Start by making the salmon masala by mixing together 1 teaspoon ground coriander, 1/2-1 teaspoon Indian chili powder, 1/2-3/4 teaspoon paprika, 1/4 teaspoon turmeric, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, and 1/2-3/4 teaspoon of salt.

Make sure to use Indian chili powder made with pure ground chilies, similar to cayenne pepper. Do not use American “chili powder” which normally contains other ingredients like cumin and oregano.

Once all the spices are mixed together, rub over 2 salmon fillets. If not planning to cook immediately, cover and chill in the fridge for no more than a day.

Then preheat a grill or broiler and lightly grease a baking sheet with some oil. Place the salmon on the sheet, drizzling more oil on top. If cooking directly on a grill, use a brush to oil the grate.

Broil or grill the fillets for 5-7 minutes. Flip the salmon over and make sure to re-coat with any of the spice mixture that might have fallen off.

Broil or grill an additional 5-7 minutes or until the salmon is opaque and flakes easily.

Whether you serve with it with couscous like us, or rice, quinoa, or any other grain of your choice, definitely give this easy salmon recipe a try.

And don’t be afraid to increase the spice level to your preference!

What My Kids Say:
9 year-old: “I like that it’s flaky and spicy.”
7 year-old: “I can’t think of a reason, there’s just something about it I like.”

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Broiled Masala Salmon

Joby’s Test Kitchen
Salmon seasoned with coriander, turmeric, and chili, then broiled to perfection!
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 14 minutes
Total Time 19 minutes
Course Main Course
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 fillets
Calories 163 kcal

Equipment

  • Broiler or Grill

Ingredients
  

  • 2 fillets salmon
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • ½ to 1 tsp Indian chili powder*
  • ½ to ¾ tsp paprika
  • ¼ tsp turmeric
  • ½ to ¾ tsp salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper

Instructions
 

  • Mix all the spices together, and rub the mixture all over the salmon pieces. If not cooking immediately, cover and chill in the fridge for no more than 24 hours.
  • Preheat a grill or broiler and lightly grease a baking sheet with some of the oil. Place the salmon on the sheet, drizzling more oil on top. If cooking the salmon directly on a grill, use a brush to oil the grate.
  • Broil or grill fillets for 5-7 minutes. Flip the salmon over and make sure to re-coat if any of the spice mixture fell off. Broil or grill an additional 5-7 minutes or until salmon is opaque and flakes easily.

Notes

Chili Powder: Make sure to use Indian chili powder made with pure ground chilies, similar to cayenne pepper. Do not use American “chili powder” which normally  contains other ingredients like cumin and oregano.
Keyword broil, Indian, masala, salmon

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