Garam Masala Seared Salmon with Coconut-Curry Butter


Here's a new way to incorporate South Indian flavors. Try and get fresh wild king or Copper River salmon while they are in season. Fresh sockeye would also work, use whatever is the freshest available.

Prep Time:
15 mins
Cook Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
35 mins
8 servings


  • ¾ cup dry white wine

  • ½ cup heavy cream

  • cup coconut milk

  • 2 tablespoons curry powder

  • 1 cup cold, unsalted butter, cut into pieces

  • kosher salt to taste

  • ¼ cup vegetable oil

  • 8 (6 ounce) fillets Alaskan king salmon

  • 2 tablespoons garam masala

  • kosher salt to taste


  1. Pour white wine, cream, and coconut milk into a saucepan; season with curry powder. Bring to a light boil over medium-high heat, then reduce heat to medium-low, and simmer until the liquid has reduced to 1/2 cup, about 10 minutes.

  2. When the liquid has reduced, turn heat to low, and whisk in the butter, a few cubes at a time, until all of the butter has incorporated. Do not allow the mixture to boil or else it will separate. When the butter has incorporated, season to taste with salt and set aside to keep warm.

  3. Heat the oil in a saute pan over medium-high heat until it begins to smoke. While the oil is heating, lightly season both sides of the salmon with garam masala and salt.

  4. Sear the salmon in the hot oil for 3 to 4 minutes on one side, then turn over, and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes until done. Briefly drain on paper towels to absorb excess oil, then serve immediately with the curry butter sauce.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

605 Calories
48g Fat
3g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Calories 605
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 48g 61%
Saturated Fat 23g 116%
Cholesterol 156mg 52%
Sodium 486mg 21%
Total Carbohydrate 3g 1%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 0g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 3mg 15%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 2mg 11%
Potassium 694mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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