Back to Basics

Salmon & Curry Sauce and Roasted Beets-Duo Dishes

It is not hard to be a foodie. We live it, and we love it.  But there can be downfalls–pits and traps that make it hard along the way.  They come in the form of baked goods, fried food, creamy dips and bacon-wrapped anything.   Our lovely Diva at Beach Eats summed it up best in Fact Two of her special report on the life of a food blogger.    It can be a struggle.  A struggle for real!  We like to cook and eat and share our cooking with friends, so they can eat it too.   Sometimes we may be doing everyone a slight disservice, although no one wants to admit that.  Well we will today, here on this blog!  That being said, we had to take a break from the desserts, treats and snacks that we do love to make from time to time (back away from the butter!) and showcase a full meal packed with protein, fiber, beta-carotenes and healthy fats.  Yes, there is such a thing as healthy fats.  At least that makes us feel better about leaving our butter behind.

There are curry sauces that are much more involved than this, but again, we’re doing this the nice and easy way.  If you have fresh ginger, Thai basil and cilantro on hand, use them!  Fresh and dried spices and herbs are interchangeable in curries, and the end flavors will be slightly different, but there’s no reason to freak if you only have dried or ground variations on hand.  If you’re using fresh herbs like cilantro and basil, just add them at the end with the mint.  The salmon paired very well with a little brown basmati rice and roasted beets on the side.  We can feel the toxins flowing out of our system already!

Curry Salmon – Serves 4
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sesame oil
1/2 cup low fat coconut milk
3/4 cup water plus 1 tablespoon
1 tablespoon fish sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
1 tablespoon yellow curry powder
1/2 teaspoon cardamom
1/2 teaspoon ground ginger
1/2 teaspoon dried basil
1/2 teaspoon dried cilantro
1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
6 fresh mint leaves, minced
1 teaspoon sriracha
2 teaspoons cornstarch
4-4 ounce salmon fillets
Olive oil
Kosher salt

1.    In a sauce pan on the stove, mix the coconut milk with garlic, sesame oil, ½ cup water, fish sauce, sugar, curry powder, cardamom, ginger, basil, cilantro, cumin and sriracha.   Set on medium-low heat and allow to cook, stirring occasionally.

2.     About 5 minutes into the sauce’s heating, swirl a small bit olive oil in a pan and once hot, add salmon fillets.  Sprinkle side up with a little salt.  Cook about 2 minutes per side.

3.    Mix remaining tablespoon of water with cornstarch and mint.  Add to sauce and stir into curry mixture.   Allow 2-3 minutes to thicken over heat.  Serve over salmon fillets.

Roasted Beets – Serves 4
3 large beets, peeled and sliced
Beetroot leaves, stems removed
Chili powder
Olive oil
Kosher salt

1.    In a large bowl, use your hands to toss beet slices and leaves with a swirl of olive oil.  Sprinkle liberally with ground cumin, chili powder and salt.
2.    Lay beets on baking sheets covered with aluminum foil.  Bake in a preheated oven at 400 degrees for 20-25 minutes or until beets soften.

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41 thoughts on “Back to Basics

  1. I will have to detox when I return from Texas! I keep saying I am adding fish back into our diets, but then we eat heavy, and I go vegetarian for a few days…curry on fish look great, and like the rice timbale rice!

  2. I love curry and salmon combined what tateful meal:)
    Thanks for sharing:)

    And you can visit me if I can vist you:)


  3. Love roasted beets!! I add them to my sweet potatoes at Thanksgiving!

    My friend Olga ( steered me over to your blog. I have a new spice business ( and am giving out some free samples to a few awesome food bloggers, and having a recipe contest. If you’re interested, email me or use the contact page on my website.


  4. MMMM…this looks as a wonderful & seasonal plate! I love it! I adore beets but my husband doesn’t!
    A lovely curry combined with salmon is a must try!

  5. love love love it! I don’t think you have to always eat rich and creamy food to be a foodie! this dish is awesome in all components…tasty, healthy, fresh, vibrant, and appealing! YUM!
    btw, dill will work too, right?

  6. This dish sounds so good and healthy too, what a great combination. I love the sounds of the curry sauce.

  7. In my opinion, there are few simple comforts that are better than a tender piece of salmon with a tasty sauce. This one looks awesome!

  8. Even I will admit that sometimes you need a break from the sweets 🙂 (I might only admit that begrudgingly, though.) I adore curry, so this salmon sounds absolutely delicious to me. Sorry I’ve been away for the past week; I had a good friend in town and wasn’t able to do much on the computer. I’m back now, though 🙂

  9. Totally agree! All food is for eating, but the secret is to eat only a little of the “bad” stuff and a lot more of the “good” stuff. Tell that to the chocolate chip cookies… but seriously, I’d take roasted beets and curry salmon any day. Thanks for another great recipe.

  10. It’s sort of funny that I clicked on a picture of your cookies on one site, that lead me to the homepage displaying a nice, healthy meal! You know where my mind was on that one! But it always feels good to ‘detox’, because then you get to appreciate all the wonderful desserts even more afterwards.

  11. Since I started food blogging I am definitely more aware of the term ‘all things in moderation’. I think healthy food can be just as enticing as the not healthy. And you’ve shown that here. Your curry looks wonderful and beets are one of my faves!

  12. My philosophy is that there is no such thing as ‘bad’ food as long as a person finds satisfaction and value in it! So healthy or naughty, you’ve always offered the best. But the idea of curry salmon is driving me crazy with craving!! I wasn’t sure about the beets but thinking about the cumin and chili powder, I’m totally intrigued.

    I’ve fallen behind on my blog reading but I’m starting to catch up; I see I’ve missed quite a few yummies on your site that I need to go back for. (And I’m sorry, I just used the word ‘yummies’!)

  13. Aw, you guys are the best – thanks so much for the shout-out today! 🙂

    As for the healthy food … sign me up. I’ve been a very naughty Diva of late and really, REALLY need to get back to the basics. I need to follow your lead!

  14. Hear hear! It is a struggle! My pants are definitely a bit tighter since I started food blogging. I’ve been making a real effort lately to cook healthier to make up for all my indulging when I go out. This recipe sounds like a great way to keep my arteries happy!

  15. hahahaha thanks for treating us to this healthfull meal! Beats and salmon may just be some of the keys to a long, healthy life, and we all want that (right?!)… so hand that curry over!!

  16. Your curry sauce sounds excellent! I actually was also taking a break yesterday and also made salmon with soy-honey glaze and rice pilaf, a more regular meal for us.

  17. lol: I would have just used “curry” spice or paste. Impressive how you combined all the individual spices yourself.

    LOVE beets!

  18. Yummy, I love anything with curry sauce. Oh, roasted beet is probably my favorite root vegetable. I love beet root so much.

  19. you know as long as there is a good sauce be it low fat or full fat I’m all for it; it just has to be flavorful. obviously this sauce looks just that.

  20. Ha ha. There always does come a time for foodie detox. I made some bran muffins last night for that reason. Of course, they aren’t as healthy as your dish, which sounds really interesting!

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