Salmon with Caramelised Onions

    50 minutes

    This is a quick and easy salmon recipe with a nice amount of spice. It's good even for picky eaters.

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    Serves: 2 

    • 1 1/2 teaspoons ground black pepper
    • 1/2 teaspoon paprika
    • 1/4 teaspoon cayenne pepper
    • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
    • 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
    • 1 tablespoon brown sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon onion powder
    • 1/4 teaspoon salt
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 2 salmon fillets
    • 2 tablespoons olive oil
    • 1 1/2 tablespoons minced onion

    Preparation:10min  ›  Cook:10min  ›  Extra time:30min marinating  ›  Ready in:50min 

    1. Combine the black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper, minced garlic, Dijon mustard, brown sugar, onion powder and salt in a small bowl. Stir in 1 tablespoon of olive oil to make a paste. Spread the paste all over the salmon fillets and set aside to marinate at room temperature 30 minutes.
    2. Heat the remaining 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a small pan over medium heat. Stir in the onion and cook until tender and golden brown, about 10 minutes. Heat a separate non-stick frypan over medium-high heat. Cook the salmon fillets in the hot frypan until golden brown on each side and no longer translucent in the centre, about 4 minutes per side. Pour the browned onions and olive oil over the salmon fillets to serve.

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    Wow! This dish came out way better than I could have imagined. The paste forms a nice crust on the salmon making it have a cajun feel to it. The spiciness is nicely offset by the sweetness of the caramelized onions. It's also super simple to make. I did double the cayenne because I like spicy and omitted the onion powder (didn't have any.) I also used a whole onion which was the right choice. One note - if the salmon is thick then use a lower heat because the paste will burn the top while the inside remains raw.  -  02 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Ahoney squeeze of honey to the marinade to give it some more sweetness. Also keep the onion in strips when they are minced you can't even taste them.  -  18 Oct 2010  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)


    Hubby actually liked this! It was too spicy for our 3 year old though. I baked my salmon in the oven, and used sliced onions rather than minced. It's great served with wild rice pilaf and broccoli.  -  31 Jan 2011  (Review from Allrecipes USA and Canada)