Spiced Salmon with Beet, Fennel, Lemon, and Herbs

Spiced Salmon with Beet, Fennel, Lemon, and Herbs

YIELDS: 6 Servings PREP TIME: 30 mins COOK TIME: 25 mins  TOTAL TIME: 55 mins

Spice Rub
2 tbsp coriander seed
2 tbsp fennel seeds
1 tbsp cumin seed
1 tbsp mustard seed
1 tbsp kosher salt
1 tbsp brown sugar
½ tbsp freshly ground pepper
2 tsp turmeric
½ tsp cayenne
Spiced Almonds
2 cups sliced almonds
1 tbsp honey
1 tbsp water
1 tbsp olive oil
¼ cup spice rub
4 lbs salmon, skin on, pin bones removed
¼ cup spice rub
6 tbsp olive oil, divided
¼ cup lemon juice
1 beet, halved and very thinly sliced
1 fennel bulb, quartered and very thinly sliced
¼ cup chopped fresh herbs (such as parsley, chervil, tarragon, chives, dill and/or cilantro)
Kosher salt
Freshly ground pepper
Cooked jasmine rice, for serving
Small skillet 
Spice grinder 
Baking sheet 
Large bowl

  1. To make the spice rub, toast the coriander seed, fennel seed, mustard seed, and cumin seed in a dry skillet over medium heat for about 3 minutes, until fragrant. Remove from the pan, let cool, then grind in a spice grinder or with a mortar and pestle.
  2. Combine the ground spices with the remaining ingredients, mix well, and set aside.
  3. For the spiced almonds, preheat oven to 350°F.
  4. Spread the almonds out onto a baking sheet in a single layer and toast until golden brown, about 8 minutes. Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.
  5. Combine the honey, water, and olive oil in a large pan over low heat and heat until well combined, about 1-2 minutes. Remove from heat and add the almonds to the pan. Toss until the almonds are well coated.
  6. Transfer the almonds to a large bowl and mix in 1/4 cup of the spice rub. Toss until the almonds are well coated. Transfer the almonds back to the baking sheet and allow to cool. Once cooled, stir into the cooked rice.
  7. To prepare the salmon, preheat oven to 375°F. (Tip: If it helps if the salmon is room temperature before roasting.)
  8. Place the salmon in a large baking dish or on a baking sheet. Brush with 2 tbsp olive oil, season with salt and pepper, then sprinkle with 1/4 cup of the spice rub.
  9. Transfer to the oven and roast for 15-20 minutes, until the salmon is cooked through. Remove from the oven and let rest for 5 minutes.
  10. In a large bowl, combine the sliced beets, sliced fennel, lemon juice, fresh herbs, and remaining olive oil. Season with salt and pepper and toss until well combined.
  11. To serve, top the salmon with the beet/fennel salad and serve alongside the almond rice.

Recipe adapted from: Bobby Flay

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