Tandoori Masala Salmon Recipe

An easy-to-make but lip-smackingly delicious Tandoori Masala Salmon recipe, encompassing a terrific punch of flavours to wow the palate!

Making this lip-smacking Tandoori Masala Salmon for dinner the other day was one of those occasions where I genuinely felt like I’d happily give up eating meat and become a pescastarian. Fish is simply amazing – light, healthy, generally easy to cook and bang on with flavours.

This was so easy to prep. All it takes is to mix all the spices together into a spice rub/paste, then rub it all over the salmon fillets and let marinate for a little bit before popping it into the oven to cook. Despite some of my long working hours at home, this was easy for me to sneak a quick minute to prep, leave it to marinate as I get back to work, then another quick minute to pop it into the oven until it’s done.

The result was fantastic. It carried a nice sharp punch of flavours – piquant, tangy and spicy – basically a little flavour party on your palate! This is definitely more of a masala fish concept rather than a tandoori. But I named it Tandoori Masala Salmon as I used tandoori masala for the recipe and I really lack creativity when it comes to naming dishes.

Tandoori Masala Salmon

Ingredients for the Tandoori Masala Salmon Spice Rub:

*Detailed recipe and ratios on the recipe card below

How to make:

Simply mix all the above ingredients together to form a paste, and then rub it all over the salmon fillets. I have let it marinate for about 30 minutes to an hour in the fridge before cooking it.

Pan-frying would definitely work as well here. But as I was saying how I was sneaking minutes here and there from work to cook, this is all about oven-cooking. I had the marinated salmon fillets cooked at preheated 200C for about 15 to 20 minutes until the salmon’s cooked through.

Before serving, I gave it an extra squeeze of lemon and garnished it with some fresh coriander leaves. I had it with rice since I’m more of a rice person but potatoes would definitely go well with it too!

Tandoori Masala Salmon Recipe

ET Food Voyage
A flavourful fish tandoori masala spice rub recipe, packed with extraordinary flavours and super easy to make
5 from 1 vote
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Course Dinner
Cuisine Indian
Servings 2 servings


  • 240 g Salmon Fillets
  • Fresh Coriander Leaves for garnish
  • Lime Wedges for garnish

Tandoori Spice Rub:

  • 1 tsp Turmeric Powder
  • 2 tsp Cumin Powder
  • 1 tsp Chilli Flakes
  • ½-1 tsp Chilli Powder
  • 2 tbsp Tandoori Masala
  • 1-2 tbsp Oil
  • 2 tbsp Lemon Juice
  • Salt


  • Mix all the spice rub ingredients together. Rub all over the salmon fillets. Marinate for 20 minutes.
  • Preheat oven to 200°C.
  • Place marinated fillets onto a baking tray. Bake for 15-20 minutes until cooked through.
  • Garnish with fresh coriander leaves and a squeeze of lime.


  • Adjust the amount of chilli powder used according to your desired spice level. 
  • You can use other types of fish for the recipe. Alternatives include cod, pollock, trout, halibut, etc.
Keyword Easy Recipes, Fish, Quick Recipes, Salmon

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  1. 5 stars
    Good flavors and easy to follow. Will make again.

    1. Thank you, I am so glad that you enjoyed the recipe!

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