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Tandoori Baked Salmon

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Tandoori baked salmon in 30 minutes!

If you like salmon, you’re going to love this tandoori baked salmon recipe! One of the great things about tandoori seafood is that it doesn’t need to marinate for long. Unlike meat which benefits from a long time in the marinade, fish can be prepared and cooked immediately. You could, however leave this tandoori baked salmon to marinate for up to 30 minutes.

Tandoori baked salmon

You’re going to love this tandoori baked salmon! So good with a coriander chutney.

What is tandoori?

Tandoori is a style of cooking where meat, fish, cheese and vegetables are cooked in a tandoor oven. The thing is, not many people in the west own a tandoori oven. For that reason, I came up with this tandoori baked salmon recipe which will get you fantastic results.

When people think of tandoori cooking, they do think of that juicy fish and meat they find at tandoor restaurants. But it’s not just about the tandoor oven.

By using marinades that are used at Indian restaurants, you can achieve very good, if not better results to the tandoori dishes found at the best curry houses.

This tandoori baked salmon can be served hot or cold…

Salmon is one fish that tastes great hot or cold. So if you have any leftovers, be sure to save them for the next day.


You can flake the tandoori baked salmon into a salad or use it as a sandwich filling. 

Can this salmon be air fried?

Yes and I have done just that. You will find instructions in the recipe card below.

Step by step photographs

Ingredients for tandoori baked salmon

Get your ingredients together before starting. It’s a lot easier that way.

Salmon marinade

Mix the liquid and dry ingredients together for the marinade until smooth. Add a drop more oil if it looks too dry.

Salmon marinating

This is not a contest on how much marinade you can get on the salmon. A thin film of marinade is all you need.

Salmon ready for cooking

Place the salmon on lightly oiled foil and bake under a hot grill (broiler) for 4 to 10 minutes.

Why is there such a large cooking time span?

Easy. People prefer their salmon cooked differently. I’m happy with it cooked for 4 to 5 minutes. You might want your salmon well done, so cook it for about 10 minutes.

There is nothing wrong with checking as you cook! Watch it carefully and you will be happy with the results.


Tandoori baked salmon

Plate it up!

Finished tandoori baked salmon

And dig in!

If you like this tandoori baked salmon, try some of these too…

Honey Glazed Baked Salmon
Meen Molee – Salmon in molee sauce
Steamed Salmon with Soy Sauce and Chillies
Cedar Plank Salmon with Chilli Oil

Yield: 4

How To Make Home-Cooked Tandoori Salmon

Tandoori baked salmom
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 4 x 200g (1/2 lb) thick salmon steak
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil
  • 2 tbsp garlic and giner paste
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 1 tsp ground coriander
  • 1/2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 2 tsp tandoori masala or garam masala
  • 2 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1 small bunch of chopped coriander leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Whisk all the marinade ingredients together in a large mixing bowl. Place the salmon fillets in the marinade and rub it into the flesh. Allow to marinate for up to 30 minutes.
  2. Pre-heat your grill (broiler) to it's highest setting and place the salmon, skin side down on a foil-lined baking tray on the top shelf of your oven.
  3. OVEN BAKED TANDOORI SALMON: Roast for about 4 to 10 minutes or until lightly charred on top and cooked through to your liking. To check for doneness, use a fork to see if it flakes easily. You will need to watch it closely so that it does not over cook.
  4. AIR FRIER TANDOORI SALMON: Preheat your air frier to 200c/400f. Place the salmon fillets in the cooking basket and air fry for about 8 minutes. If using thin fillets, they will cook faster so be sure to check during cooking. If the fish flakes easily with a fork, it's ready. If not, cook for another minute or until cooked to your liking.
  5. Season with flaky salt to taste and serve with a good raita or two.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 519Total Fat: 32gSaturated Fat: 6gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 23gCholesterol: 143mgSodium: 256mgCarbohydrates: 4gFiber: 1gSugar: 0gProtein: 51g

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Tandoori baked salmon

You may have visited and seen this older version of the recipe. It included yoghurt in the marinade. My new tandoori baked salmon does not.

Lesley Bain

Wednesday 5th of June 2013

This sounds really lovely Dan, I must try this. I get a lot of fresh fish from my neighbour, a frequent fisherman...mostly rainbow trout and salmon. I need to work through all of your fish recipes now :D I'm going to have a look at your book to see how many fish recipes there are in there, I have no recipe books on my kindle I mostly just come here to look for something new to make, but I might download it and keep it handy :) Lesley x

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