Grilled Moroccan Salmon With Spiced Yogurt Sauce
Moroccan seasonings blend together in an earthy, sweet-spicy rub that tantalizes your taste buds while keeping you healthy. Most spices and herbs contain minimal fat and calories but offer natural antioxidants with health-promoting properties. Salmon is one of the richest sources of essential heart-healthy omega-3 oils. Use the seafood rule of thumb: Cook for roughly 10 minutes per inch of thickness. You’ll know it’s ready when it flakes easily with a fork. All the spices and herbs can easily be found in the spice/baking aisle or the gourmet foods section of your grocery store.
Makes 4 servings
2 teaspoons roasted Saigon cinnamon
2 teaspoons roasted cumin
1 teaspoon ground coriander
3/4 teaspoon turmeric
1/2 teaspoon ground paprika
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom
1/4 teaspoon ground black pepper
1/4 teaspoon ground white pepper
1/2 teaspoon ground cayenne pepper
1 cup nonfat plain yogurt
4 salmon fillets, about 5-6 ounces each, skin removed
Fresh Italian parsley and cilantro, chopped, for garnish
1. Mix all Moroccan spice rub ingredients together in a small bowl.
2. In a separate small bowl, mix 2 teaspoons of the Moroccan spice rub with the yogurt. Keep refrigerated until serving time.
3. Rub the remaining Moroccan spice mixture on both sides of salmon fillets.
4. Liberally oil grill grates to prevent salmon from sticking. Raise heat to medium-high. Place salmon on grill and cook for 3-4 minutes. Gently turn the salmon with a metal spatula, taking care not to break the fillets. Slightly reduce heat to medium and cook until the salmon flakes (about 5-7 minutes, depending on thickness).
5. Arrange on a serving platter. Drizzle salmon with a small amount of spiced yogurt sauce, and sprinkle it with chopped fresh parsley and cilantro.
6. Serve with remaining yogurt sauce.
Nutrition information (per serving)
34 g protein
7 g carbohydrates
17 g fat
3.5 g saturated fat
86 mg cholesterol
130 mg sodium
723 mg potassium
168 mg calcium
1.7 mg iron
234 IU vitamin A
6 mg vitamin C
1 g fiber
Kim Galeaz is a registered dietitian, the owner of Galeaz Food & Nutrition Communications in Indianapolis, and a frequent contributor to Live Right Live Well >. As a culinary-nutrition consultant and spokeswoman, Galeaz is passionate about blending great taste with good health in all of her culinary creations.