Friday, June 15, 2012

Better late then never - Za'atar salmon with lemon potatoes & tzatziki

Oh hello friends. No I have not fallen off the planet or gone on a long over due vacation, or even been avoiding you. I've just been taking some mental time off to gather my thoughts, recipes and do my piles of laundry. Seriously it's been a busy last few weeks and my sheets & towels have been piled high. This post comes as a request from some lovely couples I've had the pleasure to cook for. This simple dish is quick & healthy. Like most things it's even more delicious on the bbq.

za'atar - mix of dried oregano, marjoram, thyme, sumac, sesame, cumin, savory and fennel
salmon or arctic char fillets - skin on always better
yukon gold potatoes - chopped
parsley - chopped
2 garlic cloves - minced (divided)
lemon - zest & juice
Greek yogurt
mint - chopped
dill - chopped
cucumber - seeded and finely chopped 
olive oil 
s & p 

FOR THE TZATZIKI: Add 2 tbs chopped cucumber, 1 clove of minced garlic, tsp lemon zest, tbs dill & mint to the Greek yogurt with salt & pepper to taste. 

FOR THE LEMON POTATOES: Cut potatoes into desired size & par boil until slightly tender. While potatoes are cooking (10 - 15 mins) combine olive oil, chopped parsley, lemon zest, lemon juice, minced garlic, s & p in a medium bowl. Once potatoes are done boiling pat them dry and fry in a hot pan with a drizzle of evoo pinch of s & p until crispy and slightly charred on the outside. Then toss them in the lemon & parsley dressing as soon as they reach desired crispiness.

FOR THE SALMON: Pre heat oven to 350. Generously dust the flesh side of the salmon fillet with za'atar s & p. In a hot cast iron pan drizzle olive oil and sear fish presentation side down (if you like to eat crispy fish skin go skin side down, if you like to remove the skin before eating cook flesh side down). Cook for 2 minutes then flip cook for another min and place in the oven for another 4-6 mins depending on how well done you like your fish & how thin/thick the fillet is.

I hope you all enjoy this recipe - happy Friday!


  1. Delicious meal,I need to get hold of zatar spice.

  2. Looks amazing. I have a giant bag of za'atar I brought home from my trip to Israel a few months back... now I just need to pick up some salmon and we're in business! :)

    1. Isabelle - za'atar is good on any protein - meat, fish you name it. It's also wonderful on toasted bread or pita with olive oil!

  3. Delish! Beautifully done I love salmon!!

  4. You don't have to convince me! Salmon is my favourite fish. I can eat a whole salmon raw but when done like that, I think I can eat two of em :)

  5. Jaime, so now you're going to have to share some za'atar with me...or invite me over for salmon dinner next time :) Have a great father's day dinner oxox Mom

  6. I have za'atar. I usualy use it over pita with olive oil, diced tomatoes and some olives. Never used it on protein and your salmon does look yummy. That's going to be in my to do list. Thanks

  7. I usually use yogurt, cream cheese, and curd cheese for Tzatziki. Nice to use also dill and mint as you mentioned. I will have a try next time.

  8. looks really good. love the greek take on the dish.

  9. looks amazing I'm sure it was very scrumptious .... thanx for sharing :)

  10. AnonymousJune 20, 2012

    I used your recipe to create my own variation! Good call!!

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  12. I love anything with za'atar and this salmon sounds like a perfect summer meal =)

  13. Glad you were able to get things done while taking time off. Lovely recipes!

  14. What a fantastic meal! Everything seems to fit together so well!


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