Saturday, 5 September 2015

Salmon Marinated in Mexican Chili Sauce

A few weeks ago, we bought a fish marinated in what they call Mexican Chili sauce from Spinney's, one of the few western supermarkets here in Doha.  The grilled fish was bland but my husband liked the concept of the marinade that was used so he asked me to "copy" it with of course some improvements to the taste. 

And so I did.  Good thing I asked one crew about the ingredients used in the marinade. There's capsicum, ginger,onions, black pepper, vinegar, and oil.  And since the mexican chili marinated fish we bought was bland, I added salt and a few spices to enhance the flavor.  I was actually planning of making use of kingfish or tilapia fillet but we ran out of them.  For marinated fish, we usually prefer mildly flavored or bland white fish as they are like a canvass,  they best absorb the flavor of any marinade they are soaked in, may it be spicy,salty, or sour.  So, I had no other choice but to make use of the salmon fillet instead.  If you have any white fish, you can use them for this marinade.

So the salmon was marinated for more than 48 hours.  My intention was to just marinate it for overnight, cooked it for supper but I totally forgot about it.  No worries though, the extra days of marinating allowed the flavors to be fully absorbed by the salmon.  I had just pan grilled the fish using our foldable double sided pressure grill pan.  It makes grilling quite a little faster and easier, and less messier.  You can also just sear them if you like or bake them inside the oven. Frying them will be another option if you are not avoiding fried food.  

The marinade made this salmon really tasty.  Definitely a must try :-)



Salmon Slices - 8 to 10 pcs


Capsicum - 1 small
Pickled Jalapeno - 1/4 cup
Ginger- 1 thumb size
Green Onion Leaves, - 1 small pc
Garlic - 5 cloves
Chili Flakes - as desired
Black pepper - 2 tsp (more if you want)
Red Paprika - 1 tsp
Salt - 2 tbsp
Cane Vinegar - 1/4 cup

Olive Oil or any vegetable oil - 2 tbsp

Cooking Procedure :

1. Wash the fish and pat dry.

2. Place all the ingredients for the marinade in a chopper.  You can also use a blender if you prefer for a smoother texture of the marinade.
3. Place the salmon fillet in a container or zip-locked bag and pour the marinade on the fish fillets.  Marinade for at least 12 hours inside the refrigerator.

How to cook this marinated salmon fish fillet?  you can either pan-sear, grill, bake, or fry them

By the way, here's the marinated fish we bought from Spinney's

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