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Tandoori-Style Salmon with Cilantro Gremolata
© Lucas Allen

Tandoori-Style Salmon with Cilantro Gremolata

  • ACTIVE: 20 MIN
  • TOTAL TIME: 12 HRS 30 MIN
  • SERVINGS: 8
  • HEALTHY
  • MAKE-AHEAD

Gail Monaghan borrowed the idea for this recipe from her friend Serena Bass, a caterer and the proprietor of Serena in Manhattan's Chelsea Hotel. Monaghan finishes the dish with a cilantro gremolata to add color and flavor. The spiced yogurt marinade needs to be refrigerated overnight, so plan accordingly.

  1. 1 cup plain whole milk yogurt
  2. 1/4 cup tandoori paste (see Note)
  3. 1 large garlic clove, minced
  4. 1 tablespoon plus 1/4 teaspoon finely grated peeled fresh ginger
  5. Salt and freshly ground pepper
  6. Eight 6-ounce skinless salmon fillets
  7. 1 small shallot, minced
  8. 1 jalapeño, seeded and minced
  9. Finely grated zest of 1 small lime
  10. 1/4 cup finely chopped cilantro
  11. 1/4 cup finely chopped mint
  1. In a medium bowl, mix the yogurt with the tandoori paste, garlic, 1 tablespoon of the ginger and 1/8 teaspoon each of salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate overnight.
  2. Arrange the salmon fillets in a single layer in a large glass baking dish and pour the marinade on top, spreading it to completely coat the fish. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for at least 4 hours and for up to 8 hours.
  3. In a small bowl, combine the shallot, jalapeño, lime zest, cilantro, mint and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon of grated ginger. Season with salt.
  4. Preheat the oven to 500°. Transfer the salmon fillets to a large, lightly oiled baking sheet, skinned side down, leaving a thick coating of the marinade on the fish. Season with salt and pepper. Bake in the upper third of the oven for 10 minutes, or until just cooked through. Transfer the salmon to a platter, scatter the cilantro gremolata on top and serve.
Make Ahead The salmon can marinate in the refrigerator for up to 8 hours. Notes Tandoori paste is available at specialty food stores and Indian markets. Laxmi's, Patak's and Poonjiaji's are Gail Monaghan's favorite brands.

Suggested Pairing

A Pinot Gris from Oregon or Alsace will have the acidity to match the yogurt and the roundness to stand up to the rich fish.