Salmon Curry

Mahhur Jaffrey served this salmon curry as a party dish for sixty at a benefit for her husband’s chamber music group. Incidentally, a friend of Indian descent made a similar dish at a potluck party. I was not a big fan of salmon and did not even try it. My family and I have developed a serious aversion toward salmon as we grew tired of it appearing on the menu of nearly every corporate or private function we attended. But when everyone raved about the salmon curry dish at the party, I changed my mind and took a bite. It was good. Can this recipe revive my family’s appetite for salmon?

The list of ingredients may be long, but the dish comes together quickly. First, marinade the salmon pieces with salt, cayenne pepper and turmeric. Prepare a poaching sauce consisted of brown mustard seeds, coriander, cumin, turmeric and curry powder, grated tomato, fennel and curry leaves, which takes about 10-15 minutes. This sauce can be made ahead. Then the salmon pieces are poached in the sauce for about 10 minutes in a single layer until they are cooked through. With very little fuss, but a great deal of energetic popping (from the tiny brown mustard seeds) at the start, the dish is ready to serve in short order.

Can salmon make a comeback? After making this dish, I’m convinced that salmon would stand a better chance at our dinner table, when it is hatched in a bed of tasty curry sauce.


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    April 16, 2016 at 3:23 am

    I must admit, my first thought was salmon curry?? But with your description, it does sound worth a try.

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    April 16, 2016 at 5:38 am

    That was my first thought too when I saw the recipe in the book. Not until I took a bite of the salmon curry at the party, I realized that it's legit.

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    April 17, 2016 at 1:02 pm

    I'm surprised to see salmon in a curry as well but I think all of those lovely spices would complement its richness quite well. I would certainly give it a try.

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    kitchen flavours
    April 18, 2016 at 2:43 pm

    I like eating salmon when they are pan-fried with lots of spices. Cooking them in tasty curry sauce sounds like something I would enjoy!

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    Deb in Hawaii
    April 25, 2016 at 3:26 am

    I love salmon in red curry so I imagine I would love this too. It certainly looks tempting! ūüėČ

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    April 27, 2016 at 10:21 pm

    I have salmon in my freezer and all the other ingredients, too. This is on the short list.

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