Pomegranate molasses is pomegranate juice that has been reduced to a syrupy consistency. It is readily available in many supermarkets or Middle Eastern stores and lends a sweet-tart flavor to the glaze. Syrupy aged balsamic vinegar or saba (vin cotto) make good substitutes.
½ pound green beans, trimmed
1 tablespoon extra virgin olive oil, plus more for drizzling
1 large portion king, sockeye, or coho salmon (10 to 12 ounces), pin bones removed Available In Our Premium Subscription Box
Salt and freshly ground pepper
¼ teaspoon ground coriander
¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper
2 tablespoons pomegranate molasses (see ProTips)
1 tablespoon honey
¼ cup plain full-fat Greek yogurt or labneh
1 Persian cucumber, grated
1 tablespoon pomegranate seeds (optional)
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint or dill plus more for garnish
Warm pita or naan for serving
Prep the Salmon and Beans
Preheat the oven to 350°F and position a rack in the center. On a large oiled or parchment-lined baking sheet, toss the green beans with 1 tablespoon of oil and season with salt and pepper. Make room for the salmon and place it skin-side down on the pan. Drizzle the salmon with oil then sprinkle it with the coriander, cayenne, and a pinch of salt and pepper. Rub the mixture to coat the salmon evenly.
Roast the Salmon and Beans
In a small bowl, combine the pomegranate molasses, honey, and ¼ teaspoon salt. Brush the salmon with some of the glaze and roast until the green beans are tender and the salmon registers 120°F on an instant-read thermometer, about 20 minutes. Brush the salmon with the remaining glaze halfway through cooking.
Make the Yogurt Sauce
Meanwhile, in another small bowl, combine the yogurt, cucumber, pomegranate seeds (if using), and mint, then season with salt.
Finish and Serve
Divide the salmon and green beans between two plates and drizzle lightly with olive oil. Serve the yogurt sauce and naan alongside.
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Pair it Up
Break out a bottle of light-bodied red like pinot noir or gamay to match the bold flavors of this rich, Moroccan-inspired salmon dish. A buttery chardonnay is also a great choice.
Level It Up
If finding pomegranate molasses is a challenge, you can make your own. In a saucepan over low heat, simmer 2 cups bottled pomegranate juice with ¼ cup sugar until the mixture reduces to ½ cup of syrup, about 30 minutes. Keep a close eye on it and stir occasionally to prevent scorching.