Slow-Roasted Salmon with Green Sauce

Salmon steaks are brushed generously with a homemade barbecue sauce, then grilled. They are served on top of brown-rice pilaf, which is flavored with white wine and vegetables and spiced with paprika, turmeric, and cumin.

  • Servings: 6
Slow-Roasted Salmon with Green Sauce

Photography: Sang An

Source: Martha Stewart Living, February 2001

Ingredients

  • 2 teaspoons canola oil
  • 1 onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, smashed
  • 1 carrot, roughly chopped
  • 1 stalk celery, roughly chopped
  • 2 tomatoes, seeded and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 2 tablespoons unsulfured molasses
  • 2 tablespoons honey
  • 2 tablespoons packed light-brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons dry mustard
  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1 1/2 teaspoons coarse salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • Pinch of ground cayenne pepper, or to taste
  • 2 cups water
  • 6 five-ounce salmon, steaks or fillets
  • Spiced Brown Rice Pilaf

Directions

  1. In a saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, carrot, and celery. Cook vegetables until softened, 5 to 7 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook vegetables until very tender, about 10 minutes more. Add tomato paste, molasses, honey, sugar, mustard, cumin, 1 teaspoon salt, 1/4 teaspoon black pepper, cayenne pepper, and 2 cups water; stir to combine. Simmer gently until thickened, about 30 minutes. Transfer to the bowl of a food processor or blender; puree until smooth. Refrigerate until ready to serve.

  2. Preheat a grill or grill pan to medium hot. Season fish with remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Brush generously with sauce. Grill until fish is cooked through, 2 to 3 minutes per side. When fish is done, remove and discard skin. Serve over pilaf drizzled with reserved sauce.

Cook's Notes

Save any remaining green sauce to use as salad dressing or as a sandwich spread.

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