Salmon with Yogurt-Curry Sauce



Yield 4 servings
Time 20 minutes

1 1/2 cups plain yogurt
1 small cucumber, peeled
Salt and pepper
1 teaspoon cardamom
½ teaspoon cinnamon
1 teaspoon cloves
1/4 teaspoon nutmeg
1 teaspoon cumin
1 teaspoon fennel
1 teaspoon black pepper
2 tablespoons neutral oil, like corn or grapeseed, if necessary
4 6-ounce salmon fillets
Lime wedges

1. Cut cucumber in half lengthwise and scoop out seeds. Chop flesh, sprinkle it with salt and put in a strainer over a bowl.
2. Mix spices
3. Put a skillet over medium heat; if it is other than nonstick, add oil. Season fish with salt and pepper and add it to pan; raise heat to medium high.
4. Combine cucumber with yogurt and one tablespoon of spice mix in a bowl; taste and adjust seasoning.
5. After salmon has cooked for 4 minutes, turn it and cook on other side another 2 to 5 minutes. Serve, browned side up, with sauce and lime on the side.

You may substitute one tablespoon of store-bought curry powder for the mixture of spices.

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