Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

01.30.2018

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce is a quick salmon recipe that everyone will love! It’s jam packed with well seasoned flavor and that sauce just makes it sing. This recipe is proof that easy recipes can still be seriously delicious!

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Moroccan Salmon Recipe

I really love salmon so I’m always looking for new ways to prepare it.

My latest favorite flavors I’ve been experimenting with lately are the Moroccan spices, so it was only fitting to create a salmon recipe with all those enticing flavors.

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And yes there’s a generous amount of the spice rub used here, it will seem like a lot but don’t be afraid to use all of it.

Spices shown here in a bowl for Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Have More Time? Try Fresh Ground Spices.

Someday I’d also love to try it with freshly ground spices but for quick weeknight meals the pre-ground spices are my go-to.

As I’ve mentioned before pan seared salmon is probably my favorite way to cook salmon. You get such a delicious crisp crust around the outsides and a melt-in-your-mouth interior.

A Quick Cooking Dish

And the other best part, when you cook it in a skillet it’s cooks in 6 – 8 minutes. You can’t beat that!

Especially when you finish all of that goodness off with a rich and creamy cilantro and lemon and sauce.

With all the delicious flavor here I have the feeling  you’ll be coming back to this salmon recipe again and again!

Pan seared salmon seasoned with moroccan spices

Ingredients for This Recipe

  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • Spices including coriander, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg, cayenne pepper, salt and pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Plain Greek yogurt
  • Heavy cream
  • Lemon
  • Garlic
  • Fresh Cilantro

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How to Make this Easy Salmon Recipe

  • Let salmon rest at room temperature 10 minutes.
  • Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk together coriander, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg and cayenne pepper.
  • Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat.
  • Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper then sprinkle and rub both sides with the spice mixture.
  • Cook salmon in skillet about 3 – 4 minutes per side. Plate and top with lemon yogurt sauce and garnish with cilantro.
  • In a small mixing bowl whisk together yogurt, cream, zest, juice, garlic and cilantro, season lightly with salt and pepper. Let rest at room temperature while preparing salmon (or gently warm in microwave, you don’t want cold sauce on warm salmon).

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

What Should I Serve with this Salmon?

I like to pair this salmon with a blend of multi-color veggies.

Here I chopped up 2 small zucchini, 1 yellow bell pepper, 1/2 a medium red onion and tossed with a little olive oil on a sheet pan, then roasted at 425 for 10 minutes.

Then I tossed in a pint of grape tomatoes and 1 Tbsp minced garlic and roasted about 10 minutes longer, until the tomatoes started to burst.

And I also served it with couscous that was cooked in chicken broth, but quinoa would be a good option too.

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

Tips for this Recipe

  • Be sure to cook in a non-stick skillet so salmon doesn’t stick.
  • Use a heavy skillet so heat is distributed and holds evenly and salmon cooks evenly.
  • Use all the spices listed for the best robust flavor.

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Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

5 from 2 votes

Rich salmon fillets are generously coated with a fragrant Moroccan spice blend then pan seared to perfection, then they are covered with a bright and creamy lemon and cilantro sauce. Serve with roasted veggies and couscous for a perfect meal!

Course: Main Course
Cuisine: moroccan
Keyword: Moroccan Recipe, salmon recipe
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4
Calories: 381 kcal
Author: Jaclyn

Ingredients

  • 4 (6 oz) skinless salmon fillets
  • 1 1/4 tsp ground coriander
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1/2 tsp ground paprika
  • 1/2 tsp ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 tsp ground ginger
  • 1/4 tsp turmeric
  • 1/4 tsp ground nutmeg
  • 1/8 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 1 Tbsp olive oil
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper

Lemon Yogurt Sauce

  • 1/2 cup fat free plain Greek yogurt
  • 2 Tbsp heavy cream or whipping cream
  • 1/4 tsp lemon zest
  • 2 tsp fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tsp minced fresh garlic
  • 1 Tbsp finely minced fresh cilantro, plus more for serving

Instructions

  1. Let salmon rest at room temperature 10 minutes.

  2. Meanwhile, in a mixing bowl whisk together coriander, cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, nutmeg and cayenne pepper.

  3. Heat olive oil in a 12-inch non-stick skillet over medium-high heat. 

  4. Season both sides of salmon with salt and pepper then sprinkle and rub both sides with the spice mixture.
  5. Cook salmon in skillet about 3 - 4 minutes per side. Plate and top with lemon yogurt sauce and garnish with cilantro.

For the sauce

  1. In a small mixing bowl whisk together yogurt, cream, zest, juice, garlic and cilantro, season lightly with salt and pepper. Let rest at room temperature while preparing salmon (or gently warm in microwave, you don't want cold sauce on warm salmon).

  2. Recipe source: Cooking Classy

Nutrition Facts
Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce
Amount Per Serving
Calories 381 Calories from Fat 180
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 20g 31%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 128mg 43%
Sodium 107mg 4%
Potassium 1086mg 31%
Total Carbohydrates 2g 1%
Sugars 1g
Protein 38g 76%
Vitamin A 7.2%
Vitamin C 2.7%
Calcium 6.6%
Iron 12.4%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

8 comments

  • Nisha: Can the salmon for this recipe be baked? If so, what temp and for how long? I’ve tried your morrocan chicken recipe and it was delicious so looking forward to trying the salmon. I don’t own a skillet so thought and oven would work too! Please let me know! May 30, 2018 at 10:28pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: Yes the oven should fine too you just won’t get as much browning. I’d bake at 400 degrees for about 12 – 15 minutes. A grill would work well also, about 4 mins per side on medium-high heat.
      I’m so glad you enjoyed the Moroccan chicken! June 9, 2018 at 12:26pm Reply

      • Nisha B.: Thanks so much! I ended up cooking the salmon in the oven and it came out great. I don’t own a skillet yet but can imagine that it would taste even better cause you get the browning. Any skillet you would recommend to purchase?? June 9, 2018 at 7:15pm Reply

  • Maria: It was delicious and the yogurt was a refreshing addition to the spices. Thank you!! May 1, 2018 at 6:09pm Reply

    • Jaclyn: You’re welcome – thanks for your feedback! May 2, 2018 at 3:01pm Reply

  • Tasbih @Cleobuttera: My grandmother is Moroccan so I have a weak spot for anything Moroccan. I had to make this the moment I saw it on your blog and my oh my was it delicious, capturing the true essence of Moroccan cuisine. I served it with couscous and I couldn’t have enjoyed it more. This is definitely going on our dinner rotation. Your Greek salmon with orzo, as well as the Mexican salmon salad are already staples at my house. Did I mention that I also have a weak spot for salmon lol?! Thank you Jaclyn for all the wonderful recipes you share with us. Everything I make from here, is a winner with flying colors. February 6, 2018 at 2:34am Reply

    • Jaclyn: I’m so glad you enjoyed this Tasbih, especially after knowing your family is Moroccan :)! And I’m happy to hear you’ve enjoyed the other salmon recipes too! I also have a weak spot for salmon, healthy and delicious yes please.
      I can’t stop thinking about those Nutella donuts you just shared btw, those look so dreamy! February 6, 2018 at 10:41am Reply

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