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Spicy Fish Skewers
June 2021
Reading time 7 minutes
These perfectly spiced fish skewers are a must-try this summer season. The longer they are marinated the better, and serve with naan bread or roti warmed on the barbecues heat.
  • 8 skinless salmon fillets (about 125g each)
  • 2 large garlic cloves, grated
  • 2.5cm piece of fresh ginger, grated
  • Juice of 1 lime
  • 200g Greek yoghurt
  • 1 tsp Kashmiri chilli powder
  • 1 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground coriander
  • 2 tsp sweet smoked paprika
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • For the pickled red onion:
  • 2 small red onions
  • 125ml water
  • 125ml white wine vinegar
  • 1/2 tsp fennel seeds
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seeds
  • 1 tbsp salt
  • 2 tbsp sugar
  • To serve:
  • Naan bread or roti
  • A handful of coriander leaves
  • 1 long green chilli, finely sliced
  • Lime halves
  • Sweet chilli sauce
  1. Prepare your pickled red onions an hour or so ahead. Thickly slice the onions and place in a clean jar. Put the water, wine vinegar, fennel and cumin seeds, salt and sugar into a small pan over a medium heat and stir until the sugar and salt are fully dissolved. Pour the hot pickling liquor over the onions and leave to cool slightly. Pop the lid on and place in the fridge to pickle. 
  2. To prepare the salmon, cut each fillet into four equal-sized chunks. Place these in a bowl with the garlic, ginger and lime juice and mix well. In another bowl, mix the yoghurt with the spices and some salt and pepper. Add this spiced yoghurt to the salmon and mix well again. Leave to marinate in a cool place for at least 20 minutes, or up to an hour. Meanwhile, if using wooden skewers, soak eight, 16cm long, in water for 30 minutes.
  3. Once marinated, thread the salmon onto your skewers, putting four chunks onto each skewer. Place the skewers on the hot barbecue and cook for two to three minutes on each side until golden brown and lightly charred. Meanwhile, warm the roti or naan on the edge of the barbecue. Once cooked, transfer the skewers to a warm plate.
  4. Serve the skewers on the warm naan or rotis. Scatter over a little pickled red onion, some coriander and sliced green chilli. Serve with lime halves for squeezing over, and sweet chilli sauce on the side.
From Tom Kerridge’s Outdoor Cooking (Bloomsbury Absolute, £22 Hardback) Photography © Cristian Barnett

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