Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

01.30.2018

This Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce is a quick salmon recipe that everyone will love! It’s jam packed with 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

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.

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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.

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

And the other best part, when you cook it in a skillet it’s ready 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!

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

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

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Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Lemon Yogurt Sauce

5 from 1 vote

Skinless 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!

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4

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

Moroccan Spiced Salmon with Creamy Lemon Yogurt Sauce - skinless 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! #moroccan #salmon #yogurtsauce #healthyrecipe #easydinner

4 comments

  • 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

  • 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

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