Middle Eastern Salmon steaks

 Salmon is a very popular fish in Russia. We pan-fry and roast it, make delicious cured salmon, pies, like worldwide famous Koulebyaka. Less fatty varieties, such as pink and hunchback are well-known and in high demand, they are less expensive, but still good and healthy choice. As you may know, such fish is an excellent sauce of Omega-3 fatty acids, vitamins A and B. 🙂
 My husband and I love salmon and are always trying to find new ways to prepare it. The below recipe requires about 30 minutes and is guaranteed to please family or friends. It is simply amazing recipe, rich salmon, coated in aromatic Middle Eastern spices. 
Middle Eastern Salmon

Middle Eastern Salmon steaks

  • Servings: 2
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2 salmon steaks
2 round lemon slices
1 tsp whole white peppercorns, crushed
1-2 tsp coarse sea salt, crushed
2 tsp zaatar*
2 tsp sumac
2 tsp sesame seeds
2 tsp lemon juice
2 Tbsp extra virgin olive oil
*Make your own zaatar: 2Tbsp thyme+2Tbsp oregano+2Tbsp sesame seeds+1Tbsp sumac+1/2tsp ground cumin+1/2tsp salt
  • Rub salmon steaks evenly with salt, white pepper and sumac. Place fish on a baking tray (you may line it with baking paper), drizzle with lemon juice and olive oil. Leave to marinate for 10-20 minutes. 
  • Preheat the oven 180C/ F. Sprinkle zaatar and sesame seeds over steaks; top with lemon slices. Bake for 18-20 minutes.
  • For the side dish, you can roast some potatoes, turnips or carrots along with salmon. Cut veggies into thin slices, sprinkle with salt, pepper, sesame seeds and olive oil. Potatoes usually need more time to be cooked, so you may parboil them before.
Bon appetite! 
Delicious roasted carrots


  1. Darya says:

    This looks delicious. I hardly ever eat fish, but I love the Middle Eastern twist you gave it, and I would certainly love the final result. Zaatar and sumac are among my favorite seasonings for almost everything.

    • milkandbun says:

      It seems we think alike, Darya! I like zaatar too, and use it everywhere! 😀 Try different types of fish, roasted or fried, might you will find a good, that suits your taste 🙂

  2. My wife adores Salmon – me I prefer Cod but what a great recipe. I have printed this and put it in my teatime cooking book the next time we have fish. Thanks Mila.


  3. Amanda says:

    This is so beautiful. I love salmon. I eat it every week. I’ll definitely use this recipe and your recipe for Russian smoked salmon too!

    • milkandbun says:

      I agree with you, Amanda, we should eat salmon more often, it has many benefits for our health and beauty 🙂 I love that cured salmon for breakfast, it always turns out very tender, hope you will like it as much as I do 🙂

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