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Seared Spiced Salmon Steaks with Black Beans Salsa

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Seared Spiced Salmon Steaks …a very simple yet flavourful way to cook your salmon steaks … served up with Black Bean Salsa … a perfect combo!

Fresh Cilantro aka Coriander …one of the spices for the marinade … finely chopped…
I can never get enough of this fresh herbs … the fragrance is simply awesome!

The marinade ingredients … mix together with regular olive oil

Spread the marinade on both sides of each salmon steak, cover with plastic wrap and set aside for the flavours to develop and permeate the salmon


Ingredients :

4 salmon steaks

3 plump garlic cloves 

2 tsp fine sea-salt

2 Tbsp chopped fresh cilantro

1½” pc of fresh ginger, peeled & grated

Grated zest of 2 limes (reserve juice for the Black Bean Salsa)

a good pinch of ground cinnamon

a good pinch of ground cumin

2 Tbsp regular olive oil

freshly ground black pepper, to taste

Methods :

  • A few hours before you want to cook the salmon, wipe each of the steaks with damp paper towels and remove any visible bones 
  • With pestle & mortar, crush the garlic and salt together into a creamy purée …transfer to a bowl and add the grated ginger, cilantro, lime zest, cinnamon and cumin, 1 Tbsp of the olive oil and a good grinding of fresh black pepper
  • Mix everything together and spread the wet marinade rub onto both sides of each of the salmon steaks …cover with plastic wrap and set aside for the flavours to develop and permeate the salmon
  • When you are ready to cook, pre-heat the grill/broiler to highest setting
  • Brush a large rimmed backing sheet with the remaining 1 Tbsp of regular olive oil and put it under the grill/broiler t heat up
  • When the baking sheet is really hot, use an oven mitt to remove it from oven ….place the salmon pieces on it … they will sear and sizzle as the salmon steaks touch the hot metal
  • Position the baking sheet on level in oven about 3″ from the heat and grill/broil for 7 minutes then check for doneness … the salmon flesh should look opaque when prodded in the thickest part with the tip of a sharp knife
  • Transfer to warm plates and serve immediately with the Black Bean Salsa

4 responses »

  1. This rub recipe for salmon sounds divine! I also love cilantro by the way. In the summer when it gets really hot, I sometimes make cilantro lemonade. That’s right! Cilantro lemonade. It’s just lemonade poured into the blender with a bunch of cilantro and a couple of ice cubes then strained through a kitchen towel. It’s delicious and when you serve it in a clear glass it looks really beautiful in the sunlight.

    • The rub was awesome must try it … but wait a minute …Cilantro Lemonade?? Now that a first I’ve heard of …I’ve heard of and enjoyed Mint Lemonade which is very, very refreshing with an awesome fragrance ….must certainly try this Cilantro Lemonade 🙂

  2. shawn.leishman

    Muahahaha. I get to eat fish almost everyday ala ahma. =p


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