I love salmon. I think I could probably eat salmon every day, but I was getting a little bit bored of the same old seasoning. Then, a few weeks ago I had the pleasure of going to Sitti for dinner in Downtown Raleigh and ordered an amazing salmon dish that restored my salmon love! Sitti is a Lebanese restaurant downtown that I’ve been meaning to go to for years and just haven’t made it until now. Its owned by the same family who owns another one of my favorite restaurants, Neomande. If you live in Raleigh and haven’t been there, I highly suggest it. Best chicken salad ever, and amazing Mediterranean food as well.
Anyways, about the salmon. So the salmon I had at Sitti was drizzled with a tahini jalapeño sauce and served over rice. I figured it would be easy enough to recreate on my own, so I decided to share it with you! I ate mine with some quinoa with chickpeas, carrots, spinach, and goat cheese, but this would also be great over rice or even a salad of some sort.
Salmon with Tahini Sauce
1/4 cup tahini paste
1/4 cup water
1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
1 tbsp olive oil
1 tbsp lemon juice
1 jalapeño, seeded
1/2-1 tsp cumin
1/2 tsp dill weed
salt and pepper to taste
2 3oz salmon fillets
Chop up your jalapeño and then just blend everything together in a food processor. I’m sure a blender would probably work just fine as well. My sauce didn’t turn out as spicy as I had hoped, so if you want it to have a kick, I would try adding more than one jalapeño.
Cook your salmon however you’d like, but I just threw mine in the skillet. I heated the pan with oil and added the salmon skin side up for about 4 minutes, and then flipped it skin side down for another 2-3 minutes. Once the salmon was cooked I drizzled it with the tahini sauce, and it was so delicious.
This does make quite a bit of sauce, so you could definitely use leftovers for another meal, or even a dip. I actually decided to throw mine in the freezer so I can use it to make this meal again another night.
What are some of your favorite ways to eat salmon?