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Baked Salmon in Spicy Tomato Masala Side

Baked Salmon in Spicy Tomato Masala

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This spicy, baked Salmon in Tomato Masala is easy to make yet bursting with flavor. Use whatever spices and herbs you have on hand!
Cuisine American, Cajun, French, Pakistani
Diet Gluten Free, Halal, Kosher
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 35 mins
Servings 2 servings
Calories 525


  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 medium onion finely chopped*
  • 4 medium tomatoes finely chopped*
  • 1 green chili pepper slit
  • 1/2 tsp dried oregano or Italian herbs
  • 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/4 heaped tsp ground thyme
  • 1/4 tsp cumin powder
  • 1/4 tsp coriander powder
  • 1/4 tsp red chili powder
  • 1/8 tsp black pepper or to taste
  • 1/8 tsp red chili flakes
  • 1 tbsp parsley chopped, plus more for garnish
  • a dash garlic powder optional
  • 1 tsp salt or to taste
  • 1 lb salmon cut into fillets if desired
  • 1/2 lemon juiced


  • Preheat the oven to 425° F.
  • Heat olive oil in a pan over medium-high heat. Add the bay leaf and onion and sauté until lightly golden, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the tomatoes and cook until they are soft, about 5 minutes. Add the green chili pepper, all the spices, herbs, and salt. 
  • Cook until the tomatoes have completely reduced and the moisture has mostly evaporated. Taste and adjust salt and seasoning.
  • Lightly grease an oven-safe pan. Place the salmon on the pan sprinkle salt and squeeze the lemon juice over them. 
  • Spoon the tomato mixture on top of the salmon. Bake for 15-18 minutes, or until the thickest part of the salmon is cooked through and flakey. Try not to overcook it as it will get dry and chalky. Sprinkle fresh parsley and serve immediately. I like to serve it with a side of brown rice and vegetables or a salad.


*I use the pulse setting of my food processor to chop these.


Calories: 525kcal | Carbohydrates: 18g | Protein: 48g | Fat: 29g | Saturated Fat: 4g | Cholesterol: 125mg | Sodium: 1362mg | Potassium: 1775mg | Fiber: 5g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 2729IU | Vitamin C: 43mg | Calcium: 72mg | Iron: 3mg