Coconut Poached Salmon

Coconut Poached Salmon

This recipe is bursting with beautiful ingredients and nutrients to boost your mood, and nourish your body and your mind! The very first of my "mood-boosting meals" series where I teach you how to cook the most delicious meals made of wholesome foods and nutrients. It is easy to cook nourishing meals at home, on a budget and in good time and I am here to show you how. With each recipe that I post to my social media page, I also break down each of the ingredients, and why I am using them to help you understand the healing and nourishing benefits of food.

Trust me when I say if you’re on the fence about salmon this dish WILL change your mind 🤤 it’s so tasty!

So what makes it “mood-boosting”, check out my breakdown below:

SALMON: Rich in omega-3 fatty acids, nourishes the brain and supports the production of all those feel-good neurotransmitters such as serotonin and dopamine. Salmon is also rich in Vitamin B-12 which is another great nutrient for your mood. Basically, Vitamin B12 is a crucial vitamin for brain function and supporting the nervous system.
TURMERIC: The active ingredient of turmeric is curcumin, which is a compound with antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties that may help lower anxiety.
BLACK RICE: High in antioxidants, protein and iron which are all important for general health and well-being as well as having great mood-boosting benefits. It is known that black rice contains over 23 different antioxidants! Sure does pack a punch for a tiny little grain.
GINGER: Supports and nourishes the gut while also being high in anti-inflammatory properties. Ginger has also shown to increase blood flow to the brain.
COCONUT CREAM: Coconut is naturally rich in Medium Chain Triglycerides (MCT) which has several benefits on mental and physical health including reducing inflammation.
LEMONGRASS: Lemongrass has antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.


Coconut Poached Salmon

Serves 2 | 25 minutes

1 shallot
1 piece ginger
1 piece turmeric
1 green chilli
2 garlic cloves
200mL fish stock
400mL coconut cream
1 lemon grass stalk
Juice 1 lime
1 tsp cane sugar
1 tbsp fish sauce
2 salmon fillets skin off


Begin by making a paste with the shallot, garlic, ginger, turmeric and chilli. This can be done in a food processor or mortar and pestle. 

In a deep dish fry-pan over medium heat add coconut oil with the prepared paste. Cook stirring continuously for 4-5 minutes or until aromatic.

Add the fish stock, coconut cream, lime juice, lemongrass, fish sauce and cane sugar. Bring this to a boil and then to a low simmer. Add your salmon fillets and put a lid on your frypan. Poach for 6 minutes*.

Take your fish out and set it aside, covered. Strain the coconut sauce and place it back into a frying pan. Turn the heat up and allow it to reduce until it thickens into a beautiful sauce. Season as required. 

This dish is best served with black rice and steamed greens. Enjoy! 


*depending on the size of your salmon this will vary. 6 minutes is for a medium-sized piece of salmon. 

Find the full video on my YouTube channel!


ENJOY! Love, Malissa x

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