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Salmon skewers with tamarind sauce

Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Yields Serves 6 to 8
Salmon skewers with tamarind sauce
(Los Angeles Times)
1

Pour the peanut oil into a medium bowl. Add the salmon and turn to coat. Set fish aside for 30 minutes.

2

Soak 16 bamboo skewers in water for at least 30 minutes. Prepare a medium-hot grill fire.

3

While the salmon is marinating in the peanut oil, heat the olive oil in a large saute pan over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and saute until the onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the curry powder, vinegar, red wine, cornstarch, tamarind and sugar. Bring to a simmer. Reduce the heat to low, and simmer for 5 minutes, or until the sauce thickens slightly. Remove the sauce from the heat and let it cool slightly.

4

Transfer the sauce to a blender and puree until smooth; this makes 2 cups. Place 1 cup in a small serving bowl and set aside. Reserve the remaining sauce for basting the salmon.

5

Sprinkle the salmon with the salt and thread it onto skewers. Arrange the skewers on the grill and cook for 3 to 4 minutes on each side, or just until cooked through, brushing frequently with the tamarind sauce.

6

Serve with the bowl of reserved sauce.

Adapted from “The Soul of a New Cuisine: A Discovery of the Foods and Flavors of Africa” by Marcus Samuelsson. See the accompanying recipe for tamarind liquid. Or you can use canned “fresh tamarind concentrate” (use the same amount as of tamarind liquid).

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