Salmon with tomato-tamarind sauce

November 29, 2011  •  Category:


A quick and delicious fish and veggie dish from the unexpandable Nawal Nasrallah’s Delights from the Garden of Eden. Fry an onion, add spices and diced tomatoes, place the salmon in that sauce, bake and less than 10 minutes later, dinner is done.


  • 1 pound of salmon fillet, cut in 4 smaller pieces (can use any other fish)
  • 3 large tomatoes
  • 1 tbsp of tamarind paste or concentrate (optional)
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 cloves of garlic, mashed in a mortar with a dash of salt
  • 1 tsp of curry powder or turmeric or cumin
  • olive oil, as needed


  1. Chop the onion and fry in a little olive oil. Add the mashed garlic and curry and fry a couple of minutes. Add the diced tomatoes and tamarind and simmer the sauce a couple of minutes.
  2. Salt and pepper the salmon fillets and place in the pan on top of the tomato sauce. Top the fillets with tomato slices and place in the oven at 400F for barely 8 minutes so as not to overcook the fish. Serve.

NOTE: Tamarind can come in a paste with the seeds in them; make sure you soak the quantity needed in hot water for 30 minutes and strain the seeds out.


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  1. Vianney Rodriguez says:

    I love the addition of tamarind to this dish!! easy, but full of flavor!

  2. Rosa says:

    That looks and sounds so good! What a delightful dish. To try when tomatoes are back in season.



  3. sare says:

    Salmon in tomato sauce, I’m sure it was delicious.
    Joumana It’s difficult tamarind paste here instead of it, can I add some citrus drops. Thank you.

  4. leaf (the indolent cook) says:

    I like the sour and spicy flavours here – such a great way to cook salmon!

  5. culinaire amoula says:

    oh la la!!le saumon a la sauce tomate!! vraiment sublime.bonne journée.

  6. Nuts about food says:

    This mouthwatering photo is going to force me to go out and buy some tamaring paste. Well, I have you to thank for m beloved bottle of pomegranate molasses too!

  7. Priya says:

    Slurp,inviting salmon,absolutely delicious.

  8. Belinda @zomppa says:

    What a lovely way to have salmon – I’ll definitely take the tamarind!

  9. Heavenly Housewife says:

    What stunning flavours! THis is a dish that is right up my alley–and it doesn’t hurt that it is so nice and healthy too!
    *kisses* HH
    p.s. do stop by and enter my giveaway daaahling, there are two opportunities to win!

  10. Claudia says:

    Oh my – those tomatoes are beautifully spiced. What a gorgeous, warming way to dish up salmon!

  11. Chiara says:

    Wow, that dish looks like it comes from the Garden of Eden indeed!!! Wonderful, colorful… I bet it’s very yummy too!

  12. Melanie@MelanieCooks says:

    This salmon dish looks amazing! So different, so healthy, so beautiful!

  13. Magic of Spice says:

    So simple yet so flavorful! What a great dish to make on a busy night, or even at a holiday gathering for the non meat eaters…lovely and delicious 🙂
    Hope you had a wonderful holiday…

  14. tigerfish says:

    The tamarind paste that come with seeds in them is so much better than those (liquid) paste in a bottle – but it is not easy to find the former. T

    This dish can be so delicious with the aromatized onion, spices and tomatoes…..

    • Joumana says:

      @Tigerfish:I found the tamarind paste in an Indian supermarket in my neighborhood.It has all the seeds in them but it is paste and nothing else!

  15. Kalyn says:

    I love the sound of this, especially the tamarind, which is an ingredient i need to use a lot more often.

  16. domi says:

    Bonjour Joumana, absolument fabuleuse cette recette aux accents et saveurs de sud. On fait le plein de couleurs ” flashy ” et d’effluves délicatement parfumées. Bisous et belle journée

  17. Angie's Recipes says:

    What a beautiful and appetizing dish! Love the added tamarind.

  18. banana wonder says:

    mmm this is so making my mouth water! I’ve never cooked with tamarind, and I really need to get on it.

  19. Sally - My Custard P says:

    I would never have thought of putting tamarind with salmon until I read this. Looks like an excellent supper.

  20. Katerina says:

    Simply mouthwatering Joumana!

  21. Mary says:

    I never would have thought of this combination but now that I see it it sounds wonderful.I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

  22. Chiara says:

    easy to make,great idea Joumana! have a good day…

  23. Lyndsey@TheTinySkill says:

    This looksso good, a lovely plate for sure. I really like tamarind and like finding recipes to use it in…otherwise I make it into a drink. 🙂 We can buy the drink in our supermarket, and now can even get the fruit. Much easier to get it already pulped.

  24. Susan says:

    We try to eat salmon once a week and this looks like a delicious way to prepare it.

  25. Cara says:

    The tamarind sounds lovely – certainly not optional to me!

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