Spiced salmon skewers topped with parsley oil make for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner!
Spiced Salmon Skewers with Parsley Oil

Back to school might be a state of mind this year rather than an actual pilgrimage to somewhere that is not the living room couch, but we still need to eat!!

Or so my family keeps telling me.

Meal after meal after meal after meal after meal after meal after meal after.

Spiced Salmon Skewers with Parsley Oil

Not going to lie, it’s exhausting.

I don’t think I’m actually doing more cooking than normal, but somehow the meal planning and prepping fatigue is so much more than usual.

Oh, and the constant request for snacks. SO. MANY. SNACKS.

And not just from the toddler. (Husband, I’m looking at you.)

Spiced Salmon Skewers with Parsley Oil

There’s also the toddler pickiness, which is out of control lately.

When even pasta has made it onto the no fly list, you know you’re in trouble.

Strangely enough, salmon is ALWAYS acceptable and Remy actually shrieks for joy when she finds out it’s on the dinner menu. I don’t know who this alien child of mine is, but I’ll take it.

Spiced Salmon Skewers with Parsley Oil

We’ve been eating salmon about once a week, which means I’m constantly searching for new ways to prepare it.

These salmon skewers from the Falastin cookbook by Sami Tamimi are E V E R Y T H I N G.

First of all: FOOD ON A STICK. I don’t know why, but it’s the best.

Second of all: SO MUCH FLAVOR! This recipe (and almost all the fish recipes in this cookbook, actually) feature a spice mix that is unlike anything I’ve ever had before. It’s a blend of cardamom, turmeric, cumin, and paprika, and I’m obsessed with it.

Third of all: SO EASY. All you need to do is get your salmon marinating and remember to preheat your oven. After that, you’ll be smooth sailing to dinner.

Spiced Salmon Skewers with Parsley Oil

Spiced Salmon Skewers with Parsley Oil
Spiced salmon skewers topped with parsley oil make for a quick and healthy weeknight dinner!
Yield: 6-8 skewers
For the fish spice mix
  • 2 tsp ground cardamom
  • 2 tsp ground cumin
  • 2 tsp ground turmeric
  • 1 tsp paprika
For the skewers
  • 1¾ lb salmon, skinless, boneless, and cut into 1.5-inch cubes
  • 1 tbsp fish spice mix
  • 2 tsp sumac
  • 3.5 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper, to taste
  • 2 onions, halved lengthwise and each half quartered into 4 chunks
  • 12 cherry tomatoes
For the parsley oil
  • 2 cups parsley
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 6 tbsp olive oil
  • salt and black pepper
  • 1 lemon
For the fish spice mix
  1. Combine all of the spices in a small container and mix to combine.
For the skewers
  1. If you are using wooden skewers, soak them in cold water for 1 hour before using.
  2. Pour the salmon cubes into a large bowl with the fish spice mix, sumac, 2 tbsp olive oil, ¾ tsp salt, and black pepper. Stir to combine and place in the refrigerator to marinate for 1 hour.
  3. When ready to cook, heat oven to 475F.
  4. To assemble the skewers, thread a cherry tomato onto the skewer, followed by the salmon chunks and the onion pieces. Finish each skewer with a second tomato.
  5. Place the skewers on a parchment lined baking sheet. Bake for 7-10 minutes, turning halfway through the baking time.
For the parsley oil
  1. Combine the parsley, garlic, olive oil, ¼ tsp salt, and black pepper in the bowl of a food processor or blender. Puree until smooth. Add lemon juice to taste.
  2. Drizzle the skewers with the parsley oil just before serving.
Recipe adapted slightly from Falastin


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6 Responses to Spiced Salmon Skewers with Parsley Oil

  1. Kate says:

    My kids start school tomorrow and I’m definitely looking for ways to keep them full so they’re not always crying for snacks.

  2. Pam says:

    YUM!!! I’m loving everything about this meal. The spice combination sounds tasty.

  3. p says:

    Looks and sounds delicious, Joanne! Like the cardamom and turmeric in the mix! I love salmon and have to try your way! Thanks!

  4. CATHERINE LEE says:

    Looks fabulous! What is the veggie side dish with the skewers in the photo? That stuff looks awesome too!

  5. Haha! Holy cow, I hear you on the snacks. I feel like I have to buy an ungodly amount to satisfy the masses and I am OVER IT!

    I’m so happy to see someone cooking from Falastin because HELLO….that cookbook is so gorgeous! I feel like I tagged nearly every recipe and I haven’t started with them yet. Food on a stick is the best and these look delicious.

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