Piri Piri Salmon

This week is a simple yet delicious dinner option. All that is needed is piri-piri sauce. Piri-piri sauce is a Portuguese influenced African sauce that is full of flavour and will have you salivating just from the smell.

Piri-piri is a swahili word meaning pepper-pepper. Piri-piri is a type of hot chili pepper also known as African bird eye’s chili. Piri-piri sauce is in no way a new sauce but it has become far more popular in the western world due to it being a popular choice at Nando’s Chicken, a chain restaurant originating in South Africa.

Piri-piri sauce is very easy to make and can be used on a variety of different meats and/or on vegetables. I chose a nice cut of Pacific Ocean salmon for  the sauce to soak into. To make this an easy weeknight meal I made it a one pan dish served with some roasted turmeric flavoured cauliflower. It really does not need much else.

With a few easy to find ingredients and a food blender you can whip up this sauce in less than 10 minutes!

Piri Piri Salmon
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Serves: 2
 
Ingredients
  • Sauce:
  • 1 Red onion, roughly chopped
  • 2 Cloves garlic, roughly chopped
  • 2 Piri-piri peppers
  • 1 Lemon
  • 3 Tbsp olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp red wine vinegar
  • ½ Tbsp paprika
  • ½ Tbsp oregano
  • ½ Tbsp sugar
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Cauliflower:
  • 1 Head cauliflower, cut into florets
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • 2 Tbsp turmeric
  • Salt and Pepper, to taste
  • Salmon:
  • Salmon with skin
  • Piri-piri sauce
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 425 degrees. Line baking tray with parchment paper or tin foil.
  2. Combine all sauce ingredients in food processor and blend until smooth.
  3. Combine cauliflower florets with olive oil, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  4. Lay out on baking tray leaving room for salmon.
  5. Rub salmon skin with olive oil and salt and pepper and lay skin side down in middle of baking tray.
  6. Rub piri-piri sauce all over flesh of salmon.
  7. Bake util salmon starts to flake easily away with a fork, about 10 minutes.
  8. Remove from oven and serve.
  9. If there is any piri-piri sauce left over serve on side along with some plain dairy free yogurt.

Enjoy!

PS- sorry photos are not great, I was having camera issues.

 

 

 

 

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