Salmon with Coconut-Saffron Sauce

by Erica Dinho on April 19, 2010

Salmon with Coconut-Saffron Sauce

I made this tasty recipe for my sister last week. She is a huge seafood fan, so I am trying to cook a lot of the food that she likes while she is visiting. We both love salmon very much and I wanted to make something different and special for her and that is how this Salmon with Coconut-Saffron Sauce was born!

It was fantastic guys…the coconut and saffron together is a marriage made in heaven and the saffron gives this dish a beautiful color too.

Buen provecho!

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Ingredients

(4 Servings)

    Fish

  • 2 lb salmon fillets
  • Olive oil
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon groun cumin
  • Coconut-Saffron Sauce

  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1/4 cup chopped onion
  • 1 garlic clove, finely chopped
  • 1 chicken or vegetable bouillon tablet
  • 2 cups coconut milk
  • 1/2 cup heavy cream
  • Large pinch saffron

Directions

  1. Preheat the oven to 400° F.
  2. Place the salmon fillets in a large baking dish. Drizzle olive oil and season each fillet with cumin, salt and pepper.
  3. Place the baking dish in the oven and bake for 15 to 20 minutes or until the salmon is cooked through.
  4. While the fish is cooking make the sauce:In a medium saucepan melt the butter.
  5. Add the onions and cook for 3 minutes, stirring often. Add the garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  6. Add the coconut milk, heavy cream, saffron and chicken bouillon.Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 10 minutes stirring occasionally.
  7. Spoon sauce over the salmon fillets and serve warm.
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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Sandi April 19, 2010 at 8:44 AM

That looks wonderful Erica…..just delicious!!!

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2 my boyfriend cooks for me April 19, 2010 at 9:06 AM

Ooooh, this looks interesting! We tend to only use our saffron for making paella, which is just ridiculous. This looks like a must-try.

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3 Carla April 19, 2010 at 9:14 AM

Beautiful. What a great idea. I bet that sauce would be good with shrimp as well. Thanks for a new twist on salmon.

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4 Tangled Noodle April 19, 2010 at 9:17 AM

The sauce sounds amazing – I love how you have it all on a bed of asparagus. This would be perfect for dinner outdoors on a warm spring evening!

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5 norma April 19, 2010 at 9:26 AM

I think I am going to go to your house. That sauce looks amazing. Nice prepsentation. I

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6 Melanie April 19, 2010 at 9:30 AM

This dish sounds so good. I love coconut sauces.

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7 Erica April 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM

Thank you all for the comments!

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8 peanutts April 19, 2010 at 9:49 AM

yumm, looks tempting and healthy too,

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9 5 Star Foodie April 19, 2010 at 10:08 AM

Wow, coconut saffron sauce sounds amazing, what a great idea!

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10 Ann April 19, 2010 at 10:11 AM

Wow.. that sauce is tempting me too much. love the pic

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11 Mari April 19, 2010 at 11:14 AM

This looks amazingly delicious….the colors are spectacular!

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12 Baking is my Zen April 19, 2010 at 11:53 AM

Looks great. Love salmon and sauces!

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13 Amy @ cookbookmaniac April 19, 2010 at 12:19 PM

This looks like treasure on a plate! This is exactly the kind of stuff I love eating at home. You making me very hungry!

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14 ruth April 19, 2010 at 1:20 PM

Wow!! that sauce looks incredible! Cant believe its so easy to make. Very clever indeed! love the way you served asparagus with it too!!

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15 Ivy April 19, 2010 at 3:32 PM

Love salmon and love finding new ways to serve it. The combination of saffron and coconut in the sauce sounds delicious.

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16 Joan Nova April 19, 2010 at 3:33 PM

Very interesting sauce. I love coconut and saffron and I bet they paired very well.

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17 Lyndsey April 19, 2010 at 3:39 PM

We love salmon and this dish looks so gorgeous! The colors are amazing, I would just want to sit and look at it! lol! I am definitely going to bookmark this one and make it soon! Thanks!

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18 Juliana April 19, 2010 at 3:47 PM

Erica, thank you so much for sharing this recipe, I love salmon and I am always looking for different recipes…love the sauce on it…must taste very yummie :-)

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19 Simply Life April 19, 2010 at 4:20 PM

oh wow, I LOVE salmon and asparagus together – I think you should open a restaurant :)

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20 Erica April 19, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Thank you guys for the wonderful comments!

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21 grace April 19, 2010 at 5:08 PM

what a dashing sauce! i love the coconut component. yep, this is yet another winner!

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22 Soma April 19, 2010 at 6:28 PM

last week I planned to make salmon with cream and saffron. Here you are with even a better version.

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23 rebecca subbiah April 19, 2010 at 8:54 PM

wow looks great what a rich color can I add to seafood blog, always love salmon recipes lol

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24 Erica April 19, 2010 at 9:18 PM

Rebecca- Of course!

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25 Sandra G April 19, 2010 at 9:30 PM

Wow I just got some saffron from my sister’s trip to Spain, now I use for something else other than a paella! thanks.

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26 Oysterculture April 19, 2010 at 11:35 PM

Wow the colors just pop – the salmon color of the well, salmon, the bright yellow of the saffron and the lovely green of that gorgeous asparagus. They say to try to eat from all the colors and this dish covers several in one go. What a yummy looking meal.

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27 nora@ffr April 20, 2010 at 5:05 AM

sound delicious!!! a must try!!!

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28 Sophie April 20, 2010 at 6:28 AM

Ooooh,….aaaaaah,….oooh,…I am truly gobsmacked by this fantastic looking dish!! Just look at those radiant colours!

Aaaaah,…I am in heaven now!

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29 Kim April 20, 2010 at 8:39 AM

Erica – This is an absolutely stunning meal. I bet your sister loved it.

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30 Erica April 20, 2010 at 9:40 AM

Thank you all!

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31 tasteofbeirut April 20, 2010 at 6:27 PM

You know the word that would apply to this Erica? “scrumptious”!

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32 Barbara April 20, 2010 at 7:32 PM

What marvelous colors in your dish, Erica! I love that sauce. I’ve never sprinkled cumin on my salmon either. Going to try it!

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33 Faith April 20, 2010 at 8:57 PM

I eat salmon almost every week and I’m always looking for new ways to make it! Thanks for sharing, I’ll definitely be making this! :)

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34 MaryMoh April 21, 2010 at 12:34 AM

You have cooked my favourite…salmon! Love the sauce. It has to be delicious.

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35 DebinHawaii April 21, 2010 at 3:27 AM

Gorgeous! Such a great pairing of ingredients and flavors and so bright and pretty too.

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36 Koko April 21, 2010 at 5:11 PM

This looks great- that sauce looks especially wonderful!

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37 Angie April 22, 2010 at 10:34 AM

This looks so amazing, I am putting on my list to try.

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38 Fr@nciJoe April 22, 2010 at 5:22 PM

Can Coconut-Saffron Sauce be used on any fish. Also what is saffron here in Colombia…………?

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39 Erica April 22, 2010 at 7:25 PM

Fr@- saffron is azafran Espanol. You can use the sauce on any fish or shrimp!

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40 carol April 26, 2010 at 3:39 PM

where can i get the saffron?

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41 Erica April 26, 2010 at 3:58 PM

Carol- I found saffron at my local market! (Spices aisle)

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42 Pilar April 26, 2010 at 4:57 PM

Hi Erica,
I made your recipe this weekend and it was a huge success. I tweaked it a little and thought you might like to hear about it. I didn’t season the salmon with cumin, but just plain salt, pepper and olive oil. Instead of onions I used scallions and also added some peeled, chopped (big pieces) tomato. I also sprinkled some Italian parsley before serving.
Espectacular!!
Saludos!

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43 Erica April 26, 2010 at 6:19 PM

Pilar- It sounds delicious!!!!! I am going to try your version!

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44 carol April 28, 2010 at 1:30 PM

Erica i made this dish last night and my husband and i love it!!!! The sauce was so good!!!! Thank you!!!

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45 Anonymous April 30, 2010 at 10:37 AM

This is a good recipe for beginners like me. Tasty, easy and the whole family liked it.

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46 Carlos November 30, 2010 at 7:38 PM

Erica this recipe is just excellent!!!!!, I made it today and everybody loved it, simple tasty and colorful. We love your salmon recipes and I hope your sister visits you frequently, :-))
For sure I will do it again soon.
Thank you for sharing your recipes, your site is one of my references for cooking.
Saludos

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47 Danielle May 8, 2011 at 10:32 PM

So yummy!! I added some sugar just to add a little sweetness to the sauce! It was a hit!

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48 Morgan July 10, 2014 at 3:47 PM

I never leave reviews but felt the need to do so because this recipe is beyond a home run. I typically modify recipes but it’s sheer perfection followed exactly as is. Simply stunning and that sauce is magical.

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