Tamarind Salmon Recipe
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Tamarind Salmon with Coconut Spinach & Pumpkin

Inspired by the flavors of the Caribbean. Tamarind Salmon, served with Coconut Spinach & Trini Style Pumpkin!
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time30 mins
Total Time45 mins
Course: Main Course, Seafood
Cuisine: Caribbean-Inspired
Servings: 2
Author: Erica


Tamarind Salmon

Coconut Spinach

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled & crushed
  • 16 oz fresh baby spinach washed & drained
  • 2 stems scallion chopped
  • 1 scotch bonnet pepper whole
  • 1/3 cup canned coconut milk
  • sea salt & black pepper to taste

Trini Style Pumpkin

  • 1 tbsp coconut oil
  • 1 small onion
  • 5 cloves garlic peeled & crushed
  • 1 can pumpkin puree
  • 1-2 tbsp brown sugar
  • sea salt
  • cumin
  • cayenne pepper optional


  • To prepare the Tamarind Salmon, first you'll need to prepare the glaze. Mix the tamarind concentrate and maple syrup with the chili garlic sauce, and a dash of ground ginger. Add more or less chili garlic sauce depending on your heat tolerance. Set the glaze aside.
  • Wash the fish with lemon juice and water, and pat dry. Now season the fish with the sea salt & black pepper, and coat with half of the glaze mixture. 
  • Heat a cast iron skillet and add the coconut oil. When the oil is hot, add the salmon fillets to the pan and sear on both sides. Then add the rest of the glaze to the pan, coating the fish thoroughly, and let cook for a minute on each side until the sauce thickens.
  • To prepare the Coconut Spinach, heat the coconut oil in a non-stick pan and add the chopped scallions, minced garlic and scotch bonnet pepper. Saute until the garlic is tender.
  • Add the baby spinach and season with sea salt & black pepper, then cook uncovered until the spinach cooks down and the water evaporates. 
  • Now add the coconut milk and cook uncovered until most of the coconut milk is absorbed. Add additional salt & pepper to taste and turn off the heat.
  • To prepare the Pumpkin, heat the coconut oil in a non-stick pan and add the chopped onion and garlic. Saute until the onion starts to caramelize. 
  • Add the can of pumpkin and brown sugar. Stir until all ingredients are thoroughly combined, then turn down the heat and cook covered on low until heated all the way through. 
  • Season to taste with cumin and sea salt, and turn off the heat. You may also add cayenne pepper if you’d like the dish to be spicy.
  • Plate the Tamarind Salmon along with the Coconut Spinach and Pumpkin. Garnish the salmon with chopped scallion. Enjoy!



I season my food to taste, so the measurements may not be exact. Feel free to adjust according to your own tastes.