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Somalia Sautéed Salmon

Easy coastal Somalia sautéed salmon recipe.

Garlic salmon is a traditional fish recipe among the Bajuni communities in Somalia. Bajuni people are a people of mixed descent Arab, Portuguese and African living on the Bajuni Islands along the coast of Somalia and Kenya in the Somali Sea.

Bajuni Coastal Somalia Sautéed Salmon

The Bajuni are a Swahili speaking people who belong to small independent ethnic community whose occupations are predominantly unskilled labors. The small Bajuni communities are predominately Muslim.

In the Indian Ocean, the 3,333 kilometer or 2,071 mile Somali coast line is the longest in Africa. Somalia's coastline consists of the Gulf of Aden to the north, the Guardafui Channel to the northeast, and the Somali Sea to the east.

Somalin’s love their beef, goat, rice, beans, injera and vegetables; do not forget the banana that is eaten with nearly every meal. Just as with most places in the world, what is on the menu depends on the cooks’ location. Coastal Somali has one of the best fishing grounds in the world and fish recipes are abundant.

Cannot find salmon; then choose the freshest fish you can find. The idea is to add more seafood straight from the sea and enjoy the fresh fish taste. It should smell like the sea but not at all fishy. Just remember salmon fillets are delicate, moving them around will break them up so do not handle them too much and only flip them while they are firm.

Sautéed Salmon fish with fresh garlic, onion, tomato and green pepper.

Somalia Salmon fish with fresh garlic, onion, tomato and green pepper

Salmon Ingredients and directions

Ingredients

 2 medium sized fresh Salmon fillets

 2 tablespoons olive oil

1 diced medium white onion

1 diced medium green pepper

2 diced medium red tomatoes

 1 tablespoon berbere or chili powder

1 tablespoon minced garlic

1 teaspoon chopped dill

Zest of one lemon

Juice of one lemon

Salt and pepper to taste

 

Directions

Rinse the fish fillets and in a shallow dish squeeze the lemon juice over the fish and season with spices.

Heat olive oil in wide sauté pan over medium low heat, place the vegetables into the pan, and add garlic and sauté 3 minutes.

Add the salmon the saluted vegetable pan and cook covered 2 minutes. Uncover pan, flip salmon carefully and cook salmon on the other side until cooked through, another three minutes.

Serve with injera bread and a banana.

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Simple Cooking Tips

Make sure your cooking work area has good lighting so you can safely see what you are cutting, seasoning and cooking.

Get comfortable with the recipe, read it all the way through. Always read and re-read your recipes before you start cooking.

Season and taste as you go. Always taste your food before seasoning.

Spices and herbs are essential to African food cooking and baking. Keep your spices away from sources of heat like the stove or lights. Herbs and spices can lose their flavor when exposed to humidity and heat.

Recipes are only a guideline so feel free to substitute items that you like.

When cooking with chili peppers, protect your hands and eyes by wearing rubber gloves. Or coat your hands in vegetable oil and wash them with soap and water immediately after handling.