~ Salmon Masala w/Steamed Basmati Rice~

by Sara Hafiz on May 4, 2010

Above Pic: A Beautiful Handmade & Hand Painted Platter from Seville, Spain

Salmon Masala recipe was created out of necessity to put dinner out on the dinner table in hurry. We all have been there, busy working folks who want to feed there family a home made nutritious meal but do not have enough time to go to the Supermarket to buy ingredients. It was 5:30 p.m. & I had no idea what to make for dinner..yikes! I decided to raid my refrigerator for some inspiration & some idea what I was going to feed my family for dinner that night. I was ecstatic to find Roma tomatoes, a bunch of Baby Vidallia onions & Serrano chilies but I still needed a protein. So I decided to raid my freezer, I was trying to find a protein which I could thaw quickly & again I was esctatic, I found individually wrapped Salmon Fillets. Bingo! But no wait, there are only 3 fillets in the bag and we are a family of 4…hmmm now what?! At that moment I decided I was going to make Salmon Masala. I figured with Salmon Masala I could cut up the Salmon fillets into bite size pieces which should be enough for the 4 of us. So I thawed  and  cut up the fillets into 1 inch bite size pieces & made a Masala out of the Baby Vidallia Onions & Roma Tomatoes. I made Steamed Basmati Rice to accompany the Salmon Masala. Viola ~ We had Dinner!


3-4 Salmon Fillets

1 bunch of Baby Vedallia Onions with green shoots, almost like large size green onions (one bunch has 3), Sliced

1 small Onion, sliced

4 cloves of Garlic, minced

4 Roma Tomatoes, chopped

2 Serrano Chillies, sliced

2-3 tablespoons of Olive Oil

1/4 tsp Cumin Seeds

1/4 tsp Turmeric

1/2 tsp Cayenne Pepper

1/2 tsp Salt

Cilantro for Garnish

Click here to see Steamed Basmati Rice Recipe


Heat a medium size deep pan or a Wok. Add the 1 1/2 tbsp of  olive oil & let it heat up. Add & Saute for few minutes minced garlic & cumin seeds. Now add the Salmon cubes & Saute some more for 5 minutes until Salmon changes color to opaque pink. Take out the Salmon mixture into a bowl and set aside. Same pan, heat it up & add 1 1/2  tablespoon of olive oil. Saute Sliced Onions, Baby Vidallia Onions, Roma Tomatoes & Serrano Chillies for 5 minutes. At this point add the Salmon cubes into the onions & tomatoes masala. Add salt, cayenne pepper, turmeric to the masala & saute for 3-5 minutes. Salmon masala is ready to serve with a Cilantro garnish & Steamed Basmati Rice! Enjoy~

{ 17 comments… read them below or add one }

Miriam/The Winter Guest May 4, 2010 at 7:00 am

I love your colourful photos!

Sara May 4, 2010 at 10:23 am

Thank you Miriam! Love your blog too!

Joy May 4, 2010 at 2:15 pm

Ha I love making impromptu meals by scrounging through the fridge — this dish looks lovely. I also very much adore the hand painted plate, the details are exquisite. I think hubster would love this dish, he is a big fan of spicy food :)

Sara May 4, 2010 at 3:05 pm

Thanks Joy…try the recipe for you hubby! :) I love my dishes, I collect hand painted ceramics!!

Beverly May 4, 2010 at 5:27 pm

I love your cooking and beautiful photos! As for the recipe, it’s amazing what you can do with a bare cupboard. Sometimes the best things are born out of necessity:-)

Sara May 4, 2010 at 8:14 pm

Thank you Beverly! Necessity is the best invention! :)

Bridgett May 4, 2010 at 8:42 pm

Wow Sara, I’m sorry I haven’t visited in a while. I just love those kinds of meals that you pull together at the last minute but end up being spectacular. This is a great use of salmon fillets and I will have to try this when I have some on hand. I love all the flavors.

Nadia May 5, 2010 at 4:47 pm

Your pictures make this look so delicious and “masalaydaar.”

I never made salmon in this way, I will try it out soon.

I am always in the same boat, no idea what to make for dinner and then I end up with something I put together from my pantry and fridge.

Sara May 5, 2010 at 9:37 pm

Thanks Nadia! Actually I forgot to mention that this recipe is my Mom-in-Laws…She is very creative…I would have never thought of putting Salmon in a masala, so it’s only my mom-in-law’s invention!!! :)

citronetvanille May 6, 2010 at 3:50 am

Great recipe especially for a last minute meal! and the photos so vibrant and crisp! Beautiful!

denise @ quickies on the dinner table May 6, 2010 at 10:01 am

That is a fabulous last minute meal! Brava!! The photography is just stunning – you’re really good with that camera :)

Btw – I have some stuff for you at my blog. Nothing you have to pass along so don’t worry ;) Hope you’ll come take a look soon…

Sara May 7, 2010 at 3:48 am

Thanks Denise! I will take a look! :)

Sara May 7, 2010 at 3:48 am

Thanks Silvia!

Sara May 7, 2010 at 3:58 am

Thank you so much for the shout out!!! :) you are a sweetheart!!!

bunkycooks May 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm

This dish sounds delicious! You have a beautiful blog. I look forward to checking back in.

Sara May 7, 2010 at 10:34 pm

Thank you! :)

Lani August 19, 2010 at 3:26 pm

This recipe is sure to be good! I guess it should be necessity is the mother (in-law) of invention!! :) )

Salmon does taste great with South Asian spices….my aunt makes it with bell pepper, zucchini, tomatog and all the spices…very similar to yours and it is superb!

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