Are you looking for a quick and easy fish marinade? This salmon marinade with ketchup and Indian spices is a brilliant way to make salmon taste incredible! Perfect if you love spices.
I'm always looking for new ways of serving fish. I love the fact that because there are so many types of fish, it never becomes boring. There's always something new to discover, either a new fish or a new way of cooking it.
Well, this dish just uses salmon, which is not unusual. What was different for me when I first made it was mixing spices in with ketchup to form a marinade. If you have never tried this then do, it's a great way of making a tasty marinade that's great on chicken and other meats as well as salmon.
Ingredients for this ketchup marinated salmon
To make this spicy Indian salmon recipe you'll need:
- Salmon - Fillets or steaks are fine. You can use individual pieces or a whole side of salmon even
- Tomato ketchup
- Spices - Cayenne pepper, paprika, coriander and cumin
- Balsamic vinegar
- Oil - I usually use vegetable oil but you could use light olive oil
- Black pepper
Will you like this salmon if you don't like ketchup?
I'll admit that normally I'm not a big fan of ketchup. I like it with chips and I use it when making barbecue sauce, but apart from that, I rarely use it. I tend to think of it as a kid's thing. My son loves ketchup though, and that's partly why I was inspired to create this recipe.
Now, even if you're not a big fan of ketchup either, the balsamic vinegar and Indian spices completely change the dish from just salmon and ketchup. In fact, even if you don't like ketchup, you might like this. And if you are still determined not to get the ketchup out, you could swap it for tomato puree.
This spicy ketchup marinated salmon couldn't be easier to make!
Maybe you couldn't care either way whether this salmon marinade uses ketchup. Maybe you're just looking for a quick and tasty way of cooking salmon and getting dinner on the table so you can relax after a long hard day.
Well, this Indian salmon is perfect for that too. It takes just moments to mix together the marinade and although you then have to wait for the oven to heat up and the fish to cook, it's still a quick and easy dish weeknight fish dish.
Can you adapt the recipe?
Yes, as I said, if you don't want to use ketchup or don't have it then you can use tomato puree or even passata instead.
If you don't have balsamic vinegar you can replace it with red or white wine vinegar. It is still really tasty.
You can also vary the quantities of the spices a little. Always taste it to check you're happy with it before you put it on the fish.
Can you use this salmon marinade on meat instead?
Yes of course, this ketchup marinade works just as well on chicken, beef or lamb.
You can use the marinade in completely different ways too. It makes a great spicy pizza sauce to spread on pizza bases or flatbreads.
What can you do with the leftovers?
If you have any leftover marinated cooked salmon just keep it in the fridge for up to 48 hours. It's delicious cold as well as hot. Why not put it in a wrap or sandwich the next day?
Can you vary the cooking method?
Yes, I first posted this recipe I used to cook the fish in a parcel in the oven. However, since then I have started to fry it instead. You can also grill it or just bake it in the oven, not in a parcel.
You can even turn it into a tray bake by roasting some vegetables on a baking tray. 15 minutes before the vegetables are ready just add the salmon to the tray.
It turns this marinated salmon recipe into a really simple one pot meal!
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Salmon Marinated in Ketchup and Indian Spices
- 2 salmon fillets or steaks
- 2 tbsp ketchup
- ½ tsp cayenne pepper
- ¼ tsp paprika
- ½ tsp coriander
- ½ tsp cumin
- 1 tbsp balsamic vinegar
- 1 tbsp vegetable oil
- 1 pinch black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 180C
- Mix all the ingredients for the marinade and taste it. Spread it on both sides of the fish and leave for at least 30 minutes.
Different ways to cook the salmon
- Wrap the salmon in a tin foil parcel and bake in the oven for about 15 minutes.OrHeat a little oil in a frying pan and fry the salmon on all sidesorGrill the salmon
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