Jerk salmon with yogurt potatoes


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I usually keep salmon dinners very simple. It’s not that this jerk salmon with yogurt potatoes isn’t simple too (it is!) but I have pushed the boat out a bit with it. I really hope you try it!

jerk salmon with yoghurt potatoes and a lime wedge on a white plate with a fork and with equipment and more food in the background.

Mr. Scrummy and I do love a salmon dinner every once in a while, but we’re usually pretty unadventurous with it. We just throw it in a baking dish with a bit of salt of pepper, bake for 10 minutes, and that’s it.

It’s delicious eaten simply like that with roasted vegetables on the side.

But I recently came across something similar to this jerk salmon with yogurt potatoes in a book called Express by The Australian Women’s Weekly. Who, by the way, write some great recipes.

Warming, spicy and filling, but also healthy and light

The warm yogurt-y potatoes and spicy salmon make the meal warming and filling, but at the same time it feels nicely healthy and lightened-up.

Then there’s the flavours. Mmm, those flavours. I haven’t had too much experience of Jerk but I LOVE the combination of the chili, allspice, herbs, ginger and lime in this particular version. Those genius Jamaicans!

Not a fan of salmon?

And if you’re not a fan of salmon, I think this would work really well with chicken, too.

Ingredients in the jerk rub

Apart from salmon and potatoes, what do you need for this recipe? For the rub:

  • fresh parsley and coriander/cilantro
  • chili flakes
  • allspice
  • garlic
  • salt and pepper
  • ginger
  • lime juice
  • olive oil

Although this is a longer ingredients list than I usually entertain, I made an exception because the rub is so easy to make. Just throw it into a food processor and pulse to a chunky paste!

How to make jerk salmon

So there’s a bit of chopping and measuring of the herbs and spices, but once you’ve done that part and processed them into a wet rub, the recipe comes together really easily.

Half of the rub gets ‘rubbed’ into the salmon, and the other half gets stirred into the baby potatoes and yogurt.

All that’s left to do is to pan-fry the salmon for a few minutes complete with all that lovely marinade on it.

Ingredients for jerk salmon marinade in a mini food processor bowl next to squeezed lime wedges.
Ingredients for jerk salmon marinade in a bowl and mixed with potatoes.

Pro tip: it’s best to use a flat-ish piece of salmon so that it cooks all the way through without the outside becoming overcooked while you’re waiting for the inside to catch up.

More tips for success

Another tip I picked up from my friend Nagi from Recipe Tin Eats (who’s always full of amazing tips!) is to place the salmon skin-side down in a hot pan, then reduce the heat to medium immediately.

That way the skin gets nice and crispy without the salmon overcooking. Then when you flip it over you let it cook on the other side for about another minute only.

If you remove it from the pan when it’s just cooked it’ll continue cooking slightly and be perfect by the time you’ve dished up.

How to serve it

I first served this with some pan-fried asparagus on the side because it was spring.

In fact this is a perfect springtime meal, but if you’re making it when asparagus is out of season, feel free to put any vegetable you like on the side: snow peas, broccoli, frozen peas, roasted cherry tomatoes… or perhaps a simple salad?

More easy fish dinners

  • Liking the fishy vibe in this post? This lemon butter salmon with potatoes and asparagus is another popular recipe on the blog. If asparagus is out of season, just substitute with broccoli!
  • Want even more fish recipes? You have to try this Greek baked fish!
  • This easy tuna salad is a great quick and easy dinner for when it’s too hot to turn on the oven. We make this again and again and it never disappoints!
  • Crispy fish pie! (Just trust me on this one – it’s easy and delicious!)
  • You have to try these crispy salmon fish cakes! They’re like a blank canvas. Start with potatoes and fish (any fish) and add whichever fresh herbs and flavours you have. Delicious, and perfect for freezing!
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Jerk salmon and yogurt potatoes on a white plate with another plate of food in the background.
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Jerk salmon with yogurt potatoes

A simple salmon dish with a bit of heat and a lot of taste. Just marinate salmon in a spicy herb mixture, then pan fry and serve on a delicious bed of yogurt-y potatoes. Delicious!
Prep: 10 minutes
Cook: 20 minutes
Total: 30 minutes
Servings: 2


  • 12 ounces baby potatoes, sliced into about 1cm slices
  • 1 small bunch each of parsley and coriander
  • 2/3 teaspoon dried chili flakes
  • 1 teaspoon allspice
  • 2 garlic cloves, chopped or crushed
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • a thumb-width-sized piece of fresh ginger, peeled and grated
  • juice of 1 lime, plus lime segments to serve
  • 1/4 cup olive oil
  • 2 salmon filets, skin on (each of mine were about 120 grams / 4.25 ounces)
  • 1/4 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1 shallot, chopped finely (or 2 spring onions, sliced)


  • Cook the potatoes until just tender (I boiled them for about 10 minutes), then drain, tip back into the pan and cover to keep warm.
  • Put most of the parsley and coriander, the chili flakes, allspice, garlic, pepper, salt, ginger, lime juice and olive oil in a food processor and process to a chunky wet rub.
  • Pour half of the mixture over the raw salmon and leave to marinate for about 5 minutes.
  • Gently fold the rest of the mixture through the potatoes together with the yogurt and the shallot / spring onions.
  • Cook the salmon in a frying pan / skillet on a medium heat, skin-side first, for a few minutes on the first side and about a minute on the other*.
  • Divide the potatoes between two plates, and serve the salmon on top. Sprinkle with the remaining herbs and serve with lime wedges.


Adapted very slightly from Express by Australian Women’s Weekly
*Cook the salmon (undrained) until it’s just cooked all the way through. You can see whether it’s cooked by watching how the colour changes on the side of the fish.


Calories: 646kcal, Carbohydrates: 35g, Protein: 40g, Fat: 38g, Saturated Fat: 5g, Cholesterol: 94mg, Sodium: 690mg, Potassium: 1626mg, Fiber: 4g, Sugar: 3g, Vitamin A: 310IU, Vitamin C: 36.1mg, Calcium: 80mg, Iron: 3.2mg
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  1. I love trying new ways to cook salmon and this recipe is brilliant lots of delicious flavors and one super easy way to combine them in the food processor. I am all about easy these days as life is just busy. Wishing you a super weekend!

    1. Hi Bam – thank you and wishing you a great weekend, too! I’m all about easy all the time – such a lazy girl! 🙂