Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Sumac-Rubbed Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil

Sumac-Rubbed Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil
Sumac-Rubbed Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil is easy to make and loaded with flavor!

Possibly this will be the blog post that will get you to try the middle eastern spice called Sumac (soo-mack) and if so, you can thank me later for bringing this wonderful new flavor into your life.  I recently saw it mentioned in one of those magazine articles about new food trends for 2014, and I wondered what took them so long.  I've been using Sumac for years now in things like Fattoush, Mediterranean Salad Dressing, Twice-Baked Sweet Potatoes, and Cauliflower Rice, and if you've been reading my blog for a while you've probably realized how much I love this flavor.  Sumac tastes a bit like lemon, which might be why the idea popped into my head to try it rubbed on salmon, and oh my, was that idea ever a winner!

If your town has a middle eastern or Mediterranean grocery store you can probably find Sumac similar to the one I've shown in the photo, but if you don't find it you can order Sumac online from The Spice House.  It's also one of the ingredients in a spice mixture called Za'atar, which is another thing I'm fond of.

I'm also a huge fan of Szeged Fish Rub, but you can use any brand that has good flavor to season the salmon.  I used about 2 teaspoons of fish rub and 3 teaspoons of sumac for 2 pieces of salmon.

Preheat the oven to 450F/230C.  You need a large, heavy pan that can be heated in the oven to make this, preferably a cast iron frying pan if you have one.  Brush a generous amount of olive oil on the pan and when your fish is room temperature, heat the pan about 5 minutes in the hot oven.

Once the fish is room temperature, rub each side with a generous amount of olive oil and sprinkle with fish rub and Sumac, rubbing the seasonings around a little so they stick to the fish.

When the pan is hot, put the salmon top side down in the hot pan and roast about 5 minutes.

Here's how the top looked when I turned the salmon over.

Put back in the oven to roast about 3 more minutes, or slightly less depending on how thick your salmon pieces are.  Serve hot, with Tzatziki Sauce if desired.

Sumac-Rubbed Salmon Roasted in Olive Oil
(Makes 2 servings, but can easily be doubled; recipe created by Kalyn.)

2 pieces of skinless salmon, about 6 oz. each
about 2 tsp. olive oil, plus more for oiling the pan (use extra virgin olive oil for best flavor)
about 2 tsp. fish rub (I use Szeged Fish Rub.)
about 1 T Sumac
Tzatziki Sauce for serving, optional

Remove salmon from the fridge and let it come to room temperature.  Preheat the oven to 450F/230C.  Brush a large oven-proof frying pan with a generous amount of olive oil.  (A heavy cast iron pan is best.) 

When the fish is room temperature, put the pan in the oven and heat it for 5 minutes.  Rub the salmon pieces on both sides with olive oil and sprinkle generously with fish rub and Sumac.  Use your fingers to rub the spices around a little so they stick to the salmon.  

After the pan has heated for 5 minutes, put the salmon top side down in the frying pan and roast 5 minutes.  Carefully turn over and roast about 3 minutes more, depending on how thick your salmon pieces are.  Serve hot, with Tzatziki Sauce if desired.

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South Beach Suggestions:
Everything about this recipe is a great choice for any phase of the South Beach Diet.

Nutritional Information?
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  1. Sumac is one of my favorite spices! Definitely need to try it this way!

  2. Thanks Joanne I loved it on the salmon.

  3. Obviously I'm half asleep here because I just hit "delete" instead of "publish" on a bunch of comments. So I am copying them here;

    Lydia from the Perfect Pantry:
    I'm a huge fan of sumac, and I love the idea of using it as a rub for salmon. It's also great mixed with a little bit of olive oil, and smeared on pita bread.

    Mi-Liee Cyrus:
    nice and awesome food....

    Dara from Cookin' Canuck:
    You are the queen of sumac (well, and breakfast casseroles). Yes, this recipe is telling me that it's finally time to buy some sumac!

    Apologies to everyone!

  4. I have sumac in my cupboard that is very under-utilized.

  5. I hope this will inspire you to use it!

  6. Sumac is one spice I don't have which is hard to believe! Next time I'm at Penzey's I'll have to pick up a jar.

  7. Jeanette, I know you're going to love it!

  8. As usual, PHENOMENAL! :) Every single one of your recipes makes me stomach yell out to me, "I AM HUNGRY!!"

  9. Oh this salmon sounds so easy to prepare and cook. I can't wait to try the Sumac. Another good recipe for my fish x 2 a week. Thanks.

  10. Wanda I loved it; hope you enjoy!

  11. Kalyn, I'm so glad I found this recipe! I grew up eating Middle Eastern food and my Mom loved to put sumac on everything! It's such a great spice. Using it with salmon is genius! I wish I thought of this! ;)

    1. Caroline, I'm nuts about Sumac! Hope you enjoy it.


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