In just 10 minutes, you can have a fancy fish dish on the dinner table! This recipe for Tandoori Salmon is simple enough to make on a weeknight and impressive enough to serve weekend dinner guests.
This tandoori salmon couldn’t be easier to make! You just mix together several spices with a little mustard oil and smear it on top of the salmon and bake. 10 minutes later, you’ll have a beautiful and flavorful flaky fish.
What’s mustard oil?
If you’ve never tried mustard oil before, it’s a very unique and pungent oil often used in Indian cooking. It has a nutty aroma and tastes kind of similar to wasabi/horseradish. You can find mustard oil on amazon or at any Indian grocery store. It’s a flavorful oil that I use in moderation – a little goes a long way.
Something to know about mustard oil – it’s high in both alpha-linolenic acid and erucic acid. Alpha-linolenic acid is the same omega-3 fatty acid found in chia seeds and flaxseeds. Erucic acid on the other hand has been found to be toxic (to rats) in high doses. I only use small amounts of mustard oil in my recipes. I use it because it adds so much authentic Indian flavor. I wanted you to be aware though because when you go to buy mustard oil, there’s a good chance that you’ll see a sign on the bottle that reads “for external use only.” I just think it’s interesting that the government requires a label for mustard oil and yet they have no problem not labeling gmos. Food for thought. Literally.
Can I use a tandoori spice mix instead of using individual spices?
Yes you can but if you know me, you know I almost always prefer using individual spices. That’s because I feel like they’re fresher and more flavorful. Also, by following my recipe you can be sure that the flavor will be the way it should whereas spice mixes vary. If you have a blend you love though, feel free to use it.
This spiced salmon will melt in your mouth. Serve this on top of a salad for a light summer meal or with some (cauliflower) rice and veggies for something a little more hearty.Print
- 1 pound wild-caught Salmon
- 1 tablespoon mustard oil
- Preheat oven to 425F.
- Line a baking sheet with foil.
- Combine spices in a bowl and mix well. Add the mustard oil to create a paste.
- Rub the paste onto the salmon using your fingers.
- Put the salmon on the baking sheet (skin-side down), then put it in the oven.
- Bake for 4-6 minutes per half-inch thickness (I typically roast for 10 minutes total).
- The fish is done when flaky.