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What is Tandoori Salmon?

What is Tandoori Salmon?
tandoori salmon seared

There are tons of fun recipes for tandoori salmon hidden throughout various parts of the Internet! If you’re not careful, though, you’ll find yourself learning tandoori chicken recipes, too! They can, luckily, be seasoned exactly the same way. Many love adding citrus juice to their seared salmon, too.

The type of meat you choose to use isn’t nearly as important as learning about this special cooking technique. If you wish to experience culture through your palate, try tandoori salmon prepared in a tandoor oven.

These ovens are pitted cylinders. Traditionally, the oven would be made of clay, but metal is okay. The heat and flame tend to be intense. Many people love cooking with tandoors because of the somewhat charred or seared results they usually bless meats with. The heat intensity of these ovens is controlled by the allowance of, or lack thereof, oxygen to the flame.

The fun just begins there! Before we go further, you’ll be happy to know that you can enjoy tandoori salmon without a tandoor! How, you wonder? By marinating your salmon in wonderful ground spices and yogurt, first. You can then choose to cook it, on high heat, on the grill, in the oven, or on the stove.

Tandoori Salmon Marinated in Yogurt?!

You read that correctly. Before you throw your salmon in the freezer and run for the hills, hear me out. You shouldn’t use flavored yogurt (unless maybe it’s lime, in this case). That would probably taste weird. I’d use a plain ol’ Greek yogurt to keep it easy and healthy. The point of the yogurt isn’t its taste, it’s the fact that it becomes the perfect paste! You can use honey instead of, or in addition to, the yogurt. Honey hugs spices, too!

If you have a pestle and mortar, try grinding up your own, fresh herbs and spices. For a yummy tandoori salmon marinade, you’ll want all or some of these bad boys:

  • lime & lemon juice, plain Greek yogurt, cayenne & chili pepper powder, ground cilantro, ginger, garlic, ground cardamom, cloves, cumin, cinnamon, black pepper, and nutmeg.

Figure out the perfect combination for yourself, season the salmon, and coat the salmon with the yogurt. The goal is to get the salmon to start cooking and grabbing some of the heat before the heat makes the marinade drip right off it!

Many recipes suggest using a metal pan and/or aluminum for baking and grilling. Those are excellent heat attractors! I hope you find or make the perfect tandoori salmon!

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Brittany is the main writer and content creator for Food Questions. She believes life is worth living if you're constantly learning, enjoying, and admiring things. Passion is her backbone and she tries not to do anything without it. Sharing information is as valuable as sharing a smile, Brittany says.

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