Roasted salmon is one of my favourite fish dishes, I eat some most days, I’ve even been known to eat it for breakfast if there is some cold in the fridge! I am happy with just roasting or pan frying in a little olive oil and maybe garlic and herbs but like experimenting with crusts to give it an extra dimension and flavour boost. All crusts are very simple to put together as is the whole dish and the combinations endless. This cumin pumpkin crust is quite dense but hugely flavoursome. Salmon only needs a few minutes in the oven, too long and it will dry out. Wild Alaskan Salmon fillets are usually more expensive but more generous in their portion size so I will usually cut some off to make a separate meal for Miss ND or freeze a raw portion to enhance a white fish pie.
I’ve used approximate quantities as I don’t tend to measure!
Pre-heat your oven to 160 C
2 Wild Alaskan Salmon Fillets
Sea Salt to taste
Black Pepper to taste
2 tsp Mixed herbs or to taste
4 tablespoons Greek Yoghurt
Start by toasting a couple of small handfuls of pumpkin seeds in a frying pan until they are lightly browned, don’t do for too long as they can burn quite quickly and the taste will not be good! Cool.
Take a couple of big pinches of cumin seeds and toast these very briefly, basically just warming them through, about a minute should do! If you are not keen on cumin, it’s one of my favourites, replace with another spice, it’s the pumpkin seeds that are the star ingredient on top of the salmon. Once cool add the cumin to the toasted pumpkin seeds, place these and the mixed herbs and salt into a blender and pulse until the pumpkin seeds are to your liking, I like mine quite big!
Smear the yoghurt over the salmon with the back of a spoon leaving a nice thick layer which will keep the fish moist, then sprinkle the spice/herb seed mix over the yoghurt, then a couple of twists of black pepper over the whole dish and you are ready to roast.
Roast for around 10-12 minutes.
Roasted Salmon with Cumin Pumpkin seed Crust – delicious hot or cold.
Quick Nutritional Info:
Salmon – Omega 3, vitamin B3, B6, B12, selenium, magnesium
Pumpkin seeds – magnesium, zinc, iron, calcium, phosphorus, potassium
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