Moroccan-Spiced Wild Alaska Salmon

This recipe fits within the American Institute for Cancer Research's recommendations for a cancer preventative diet.

  • Prep time: 10 minutes
  • Cook time: 20 minutes
  • Yield: 4 servings


For the tahini-yogurt sauce:

  • 1 cup plain yogurt (not Greek)
  • 3 tablespoons tahini
  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • Pinch black pepper

For the tomato-cucumber salad:

  • 6 ounces (about 16) cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 Persian cucumber, diced small
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • A pinch of black pepper
  • 2 teaspoons lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped mint leaves
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped cilantro leaves

For the salmon:

  • 1 teaspoon turmeric
  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander seed
  • 1/2 teaspoons ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/4 teaspoon Cayenne pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon grated fresh ginger
  • 4 (6-ounces each) wild Alaska salmon fillets
  • 2 tablespoons peanut oil, ghee, or other high-heat cooking oil


1 Make the yogurt tahini sauce: In a small bowl, whisk the yogurt, tahini lemon juice, salt and pepper until smooth. Taste and add more lemon juice, salt, and pepper, if you like. Set aside until ready to serve.

2 Make the salad garnish: In a bowl, stir together the tomatoes, cucumbers, salt, pepper, lemon juice and olive oil together. Stir in the mint and cilantro leaves. Set aside until ready to serve.

3 Season the salmon fillets: In a small bowl, stir together the turmeric, coriander, cumin, cinnamon, paprika, Cayenne pepper, and salt. With a small whisk, work the ginger into the spices until blended.

Spread the spice mix over the skinless side of the fillets and pat it so it sticks to the fillets.

4 Cook the salmon: In a non-stick skillet over medium heat, heat the oil. Add the salmon pieces with the skinless (spice) sides down. Cook for 15 to 20 seconds, without moving, just long enough for the spices to form a crust. The spices should smell fragrant and you should see some light charring on the fish.

Turn the fish over and cook for an additional 2 to 3 minutes, or until the fish is cooked through and opaque. The exact time will vary according to the thickness of the fillets. Transfer the salmon to a platter.

5 Serve the salmon: Surround the salmon on the platter with the salad garnish and either drizzle the tahini yogurt sauce over top or serve it on the side.