In Memory Of Karen Nicole Smith, 1972 - 2016

How to Make Delicious Stewed Salmon at Home.

This recipe is loosely based on a ‘newer’ method my mom has used for making Stewed Salmon the past 12 years or so. It’s definitely not your typical “Caribbean” stewed fish, however it ranks right up there with the flavors we have across the region.

1 lb salmon fillet
1 lime (juice)
1/2 teaspoon salt
5 cloves garlic (chopped finely)
1 teaspoon black pepper (divided)
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
1 teaspoon Caribbean Green Seasoning
1 medium onion (sliced)
2 scallions (chopped)
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 cups veg oil
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 medium bell pepper (sliced)
1 package Sazon
1 tablespoon tomato paste (concentrate)
2 tablespoon tomato ketchup
1- 1 1/2 cups water
1 teaspoon smoked paprika
2 medium tomato (large chunks)
2 scallions (chopped)

Notes! May I recommend that you use the video below to follow along as much more about the recipe is discussed there, especially why I used a package of Sazon and how you can take up the heat/spice level by adding your favourite hot pepper/s.

There are 3 simple steps to this recipe. Prep the ingredients, fry the fish, then finish with the sauce. Cut the salmon fillets into 1 inch strips, make sure to do a once-over to verify and remove any bones (sometimes there can still be some even though they are fillets) and wash with the juice of the lime and cool water.

Season the salmon pieces (skin on one side) with the Caribbean Green Seasoning, salt, 1/2 of the black pepper, garlic, onion and smoked Paprika. I also added the white (bottom) parts of the scallions. Mix well and allow to marinate for about 10-15 minutes.

It’s now time to fry the salmon (explained why in the video). Heat the vegetable oil on a medium flame, then flour dust the pieces of salmon (shake off the onions, but keep in the same bowl) and fry for about 5-7 minutes. Basically until they get a bit of color and crust. Be sure to flip them as they fry, so they cook evenly.

As they come out of the frying pan, you can set them on a paper-towel lined plate or wire rack to drain off the excess oil.

The final step is to create the base sauce to which we’ll add back the salmon pieces to finish up. Heat the olive oil in another saucepan (yes you can use a tablespoon of the same oil you fried the fish with if you prefer) on a medium flame, then add the bell pepper and stir well. Then add the Sazon to the bowl where we marinate the salmon and mix well. Everything in that bowl will also be added to the saucepan as well. Stir well and turn the heat down to medium low.

Add the remaining black pepper and stir well. After 4 minutes add the tomato paste to the pan and stir. The goal is to get the natural sugars from that tomato paste (as explained in the video) to heighten.

Add the water to the bowl you marinated the salmon in and swish it around to pick up any marinade which may still be there. Add that water to the pan, along with the tomato ketchup and bring to a boil (raise your heat to medium).

Let it boil for about 3-4 minutes, then add the tomato pieces (cut large) and bring to a boil and cook for another 2 minutes before adding the fried salmon pieces to the pan.

Cook on a simmer for 3 minutes, then it’s time to personalize things. Taste (sauce) and adjust the salt to your liking and determine if you’re happy with the sauce’s consistency. Reduce further or add a bit more water. Keep in mind that the sauce will further thicken as it cools and with the residual heat from the pan.

Top with the green parts of the scallion (or parsley) and should you want to finish with a few drops of lemon juice, it’s all up to you.

The perfect accompaniment to the Coconut Rice Recipe I shared last week.

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