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Kerala Spiced Salmon

Jes Thomas shares a salmon inspired by her Indian heritage.

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. — Kerala Spiced Salmon by Jes Thomas


Masala -Spice Blend

1 tsp turmeric
3 tsp cayenne
2 tsp black pepper
1 tsp garlic power
1/4 tsp ground fenugreek seeds
1 tsp salt

Other Ingredients:

2 lb fresh salmon
Juice of 1/2 lemon
1 T. ginger, chopped
1 T cornstarch
6 Curry leaves
4 T coconut oil (and more as needed)


Place all the spices in a bowl.

Cut salmon into 2 inch chunks, removing the skin. Rinse clean.

In a mortar and pestle, add chopped ginger, and curry leaves to create a paste, adding lemon juice as needed to make it pretty smooth. (or pulverize in a smoothie blender)

Place salmon in a bowl and add all the spice, ginger paste and cornstarch. Mix well, cover and keep in the fridge for 1 hour (or up to 16 hours).

Heat oil in a non-stick pan on high for a shallow fry. Add fish in a single layer. Lower heat to medium. Cook until the edges change color, about 4 minutes. If needed, add more oil. Turn over carefully. Cook another few minutes until the internal temperature reaches 145 degrees.

Serve with rice and raita.

From Jes:

Ingredients can be found at:


1645 Downtown W Blvd #26, Knoxville, TN 37919

(865) 951-2423