Somali Salmon with Vegetables Recipe

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Being a coastal country, Somalia is known for its abundance of seafood and fish. So in this recipe I have combined the West’s most popular fish with the sweet and sour flavours of my Somali Maraq-style paste.

My SAIDA MIA Maraq-style paste includes a traditional spice blend, green peppers, mango, dates and a little tamarind to give the sourness, when the paste is rubbed over the salmon part-way through the cooking it infuses the Maraq flavours and makes a super-delicious and different dish.

Here, I have served the salmon with flavoured rice and vegetables, you could equally well serve it with a salad and bread or other appropriate accompaniments.

All SAIDA MIA sauces and pastes have a gentle medium heat. Add fresh or powdered chilli to spice them up to your liking.

Ingredients & Prep

  • 1 jar of SAIDA MIA Maraq-Style Paste
  • 2 tbsp good quality oil
  • One medium onion, peeled and finely diced
  • 1 garlic clove minced
  • 100g basmati rice
  • 2 salmon fillets
  • 1 red chilli, deseeded and finely chopped
  • Small bunch of coriander, chopped
  • Salt and pepper
  • Broccoli for 2 people, cut into florets and stem pieces
  • 2 carrots, cut into rounds
    50g peas
  • 1 lime, cut into segments for serving

Cook & Serve

  1. Heat 1 tbsp oil in a pan on medium heat
  2. Heat the oil in a deep pan on the stove top at medium heat
  3. Add the onion and garlic, cook until softened
  4. Stir in the rice, add 300ml boiling water, and a pinch of salt. Cover and cook for 10-12 mins until the rice is tender
  5. While the rice is cooking, heat your grill to medium, and brush a baking tray with a little of the oil
  6. Place salmon onto the tray and grill for 4-5 mins
  7. Using a teaspoon, coat the part-cooked salmon with the SAIDA MIA Maraq-Style Paste, the chilli, coriander and remaining oil
  8. Place under the grill for a further 4-5 mins, or until the salmon is cooked through
  9. Steam or boil the broccoli and carrots for 3-4 minutes, adding peas half way through cooking, then drain
  10. When all three elements of the dish are cooked, season the dish, and serve garnished with lime halves
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