One-pan tikka salmon with jewelled rice

One-pan tikka salmon with jewelled rice

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(28 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 45 mins


Serves 3

Marinate salmon with yogurt and curry paste, then cook with brown rice in one pan to steam the fish until tender and flaky

Nutrition and extra info

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal673
  • fat25g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs68g
  • sugars21g
  • fibre7g
  • protein42g
  • salt0.9g
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  • 3 tbsp tikka curry paste
  • 150ml pot natural low-fat yogurt



    Yogurt is made by adding a number of types of harmless bacteria to milk, causing it to ferment.…

  • 3 salmon fillets, skinned
  • 2 tsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • 1 large red onion, chopped
  • 1 tsp turmeric



    Turmeric is a fragrant, bright golden-yellow root that is most commonly seen and used dried and…

  • 50g soft dried apricots, chopped



    A relative of the peach, nectarine, plum and cherry, apricots are fragrant, with a soft, velvety…

  • 200g brown basmati rice
  • 100g pack pomegranate seeds
  • small pack coriander, leaves picked


  1. Combine 1 tbsp of the curry paste with 2 tbsp yogurt. Season the salmon and smear the yogurt paste all over the fillets, then set aside.

  2. Heat the oil in a large pan (with a lid) and add the onion. Boil the kettle. Cook the onion for 5 mins to soften, and stir in the remaining curry paste then cook for 1 min more. Add the turmeric, apricots and rice, season well and give everything a good stir. Pour in 800ml water from the kettle. Bring to a boil, and simmer for 15 mins. Cover with a lid, lower the heat to a gentle simmer and cook for 15 mins more.

  3. Uncover the rice and give it a good stir. Put the salmon fillets on top of the rice and re-cover the pan. Turn the heat to its lowest setting and leave undisturbed for 15-20 mins more until the salmon and rice are perfectly cooked. Scatter over the pomegranate seeds and coriander, and serve with the yogurt.

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30th Oct, 2018
Yummy and simple. I didn't bother with the pomegranate seeds
9th Jun, 2018
Good simple family meal.
2nd Feb, 2018
Really tasty Friday night dinner! So easy to make and it’s firm favourite in this household.
highlander60's picture
23rd Mar, 2017
Lovely quick easy meal ... followed recipe Exactly as stated with no problems ... pomegranate seeds add colour and something different which works well...
9th Jul, 2016
Very easy, very delicious, very pretty. Didn't watch the time to closely when cooking the rice but mine was cooked perfectly. I liked having the yoghurt as I think it was a little dry without. Probably best to check everyone likes pomegranate seeds before sprinkling, but like previous comment, to me, the coriander and pomegranate are a must
26th May, 2016
Forgot to rate.
26th May, 2016
This was really easy and delicious. OH doesn't much like salmon but liked this dish.
10th Apr, 2016
Lovely meal, I was told I'm allowed to do this one again! I think the timings in the recipe worked out pretty well, the rice could perhaps have done with slightly longer. Next time I'd add more apricots. Pomegranate seeds and coriander are a must!
wfraser's picture
16th Jan, 2016
My family love this, it has become a regular in my house. I only use the yogurt for coating, I don't think it need any extra for serving.
Frantic Flapjack
28th Nov, 2014
This was really good. I only used the yogurt for the coating but I didn't cook with the rice. I wrapped loosely in foil and baked in a hot oven for 15/20 minutes as I wasn't confident that the fish would be cooked at the same time as the rice. This turned out to be a good idea as the rice took about 10 minutes longer than the recipe states. Will be making this again.


13th May, 2020
Would I be able to freeze this recipe there's only me you see. I am thinking of just using 2 salmon fillets eat one and freeze the other would that be possible?
lulu_grimes's picture
14th May, 2020
Hello, Yes you could freeze it. Thaw it and reheat it carefully so as not to break the salmon up. Lulu
16th Dec, 2017
Could frozen salmon be used? What changes do I need to make?
goodfoodteam's picture
19th Dec, 2017
You can use frozen salmon. Simply defrost (in the fridge overnight is a good option) and then use as above.
24th Nov, 2014
Could chicken be used in place of salmon and how would this affect the technique/cooking time?
goodfoodteam's picture
5th Dec, 2014
Hi there, thanks for your question. This would work really well with chicken, just check to see it is cooked through before serving, check after 20 mins then add a few extra minutes if it's not quite done.
Frantic Flapjack
28th Nov, 2014
You could use chicken but I would cook it separately as then you will be sure that both the rice and the chicken are cooked properly and not under or overdone.
22nd Nov, 2014
would these be dried or fresh pomegranate seeds?
goodfoodteam's picture
5th Dec, 2014
Hi there, this recipe calls for fresh pomegranate seeds.
Frantic Flapjack
28th Nov, 2014
I used fresh pomegranate seeds.


12th Feb, 2018
I have decided to go with this recipe for a dinner party this Saturday ( 17th Feb ) - got a pescatarian, non meat eater in the group but also 2 meat lovers. The flavours in this recipe sound so good that I am hoping it will please everyone. All comments welcome :)
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