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Salmon with Coconut Lime Cilantro Sauce

Serves 4

Total Time
25 mins

Mustard seeds add flavor and crunch to this sauce, inspired by Samin Nosrat's Indian chutney in her new book, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat: Mastering the Elements of Good Cooking (Simon & Schuster, $35). We love it on salmon, with spiced coconut rice (basmati rice mixed with toasted mustard seeds and unsweetened shredded coconut).

Wine pairing: La Follette 2014 Chardonnay (North Coast; $22).


 2 tablespoons virgin coconut oil* or canola oil, divided
 1 tablespoon brown mustard seeds
 1 teaspoon cumin seeds
 4 pieces boned wild salmon fillet (1 to 1 1/4 in. thick)
 1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper
 1 cup loosely packed cilantro leaves and tender stems, plus 1/4 cup cilantro leaves
 1/2 cup sliced green onions
 1 medium jalapeño, chopped
 3 garlic cloves
 1 cup coconut milk
 3 tablespoons lime juice
Step 1

Heat a grill to medium-high (about 450°). Put 1 tbsp. oil and the mustard seeds in a small frying pan. Cook, covered, over medium heat until you hear the first seed pop. Add cumin and let sizzle, covered, 1 minute. Remove from heat and let cool completely, about 10 minutes.

Step 2

Meanwhile, brush salmon on both sides with remaining 1 tbsp. oil. Sprinkle flesh sides with 1/2 tsp. each salt and pepper. Grill salmon, flesh side down (close lid if using gas), carefully turning once with a wide spatula, until opaque but still moist-looking in thickest part (cut to test), 9 to 10 minutes. Lift salmon off skin onto serving plates.

Step 3

In a food processor, pulse toasted seeds, 1 cup cilantro leaves and stems, the green onions, remaining 1 tsp. salt, the jalapeño, and garlic until finely chopped, 10 to 12 times. Add coconut milk and lime juice; pulse to combine.

Step 4

Top each fillet with 1/4 cup sauce and 1 tbsp. cilantro leaves.


*Virgin coconut oil is minimally refined, leaving more nutrients (including antioxidants) intact than in regular refined coconut oil. Find it at well-stocked grocery stores.

Nutrition Facts

Servings Serves 4

Amount Per Serving
Calories 517Calories from Fat 59
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 34g53%

Saturated Fat 19g95%
Cholesterol 125mg42%
Sodium 836mg35%
Total Carbohydrate 5.6g2%

Dietary Fiber 1.1g5%
Protein 47g94%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily value may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.