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Salmon in a cast iron skillet with a creamy coconut schug sauce and roasted lemons

Cast Iron Salmon with Creamy Schug

Krista Stechman
A healthy, fresh and flavorful dinner. Seared salmon with an herby sauce that has a little kick
5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Course dinner
Cuisine asian fusion, middle eastern
Servings 4 people
Calories 393 kcal


  • food processor


Making the Creamy Schug

  • 3 fresh jalapenos tops cut off, seeds left in
  • 1 cup fresh cilantro bottom inch of stems ripped off
  • 1 cup fresh parsley bottom inch of stems ripped off
  • 1 clove garlic peeled
  • ½ tsp caraway seeds toasted
  • ½ tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • tsp ground cardamom
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice fresh squeezed
  • ¼ cup olive oil
  • 13.5 oz coconut milk in a can
  • 1 tbsp brown sugar

For the Salmon

  • 4-7 oz salmon fillets
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
  • ½ tsp kosher salt
  • ¼ tsp black pepper


Making the schug

  • Preheat the oven to 400°F and put the caraway seeds on a baking sheet
  • Toast the caraway seeds in the oven for 3 minutes
  • Cut the tops off the jalapenos and place them in the food processor with the cilantro, parsley, garlic, caraway seeds, cumin, salt, cardamom, lemon juice and olive oil
    jalapenos, parsley, cilantro, lemons, coconut milk, cumin, salt and caraway seeds
  • Blend on low until well combined but still a little chunky. About 20 seconds
  • Pour the schug into a medium sized sauce pot and add the coconut milk and brown sugar. Heat until it comes to a simmer then turn off immediately
    creamy schug sauce in a bowl topped with parsley

Searing the salmon

  • Heat your cast iron skillet over high heat for 3-4 minutes. Add the olive oil and let sit for 15 seconds
  • Season the salmon and place the seasoned side down into the pan, do not move it. Season the side that is facing up
  • After 3 minutes flip the salmon over. Sear for an additional 3 minutes then add the creamy schug into the pan and serve immediately. Enjoy!
    a skillet with salmon, sauce and microgreens


If you'd like to sear lemon slices and add them to the salmon they make a nice addition.


Calories: 393kcalCarbohydrates: 5gProtein: 8gFat: 40gSaturated Fat: 21gPolyunsaturated Fat: 3gMonounsaturated Fat: 14gCholesterol: 16mgSodium: 909mgPotassium: 497mgFiber: 1gSugar: 1gVitamin A: 1663IUVitamin C: 36mgCalcium: 52mgIron: 5mg
Keyword 30 minute meal, coconut, quick meals, salmon, schug, weeknight dinners
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