For this dish the salmon is marinated in lime juice (ideally made from round Persian limes) and the Persian-derived pomegranate molasses, seasoned with Persian blue salt (alright – that’s not essential!).

The marinade is then used to make a sticky, caramel sauce for the salmon.

There’s no waste and aside from half an hour’s marinating it only takes a couple of minutes of frying.

The blue salt and the green lime zest adds the final touch of zing and colour.


Recipe for Pretty-Damn-Quick Persian Salmon

Serves 2


  • 2 x 250g/8 oz skinless salmon fillets
  • Juice and zest of a small lime (a round, Persian lime if you want to do this properly!)
  • 2 tbsp pomegranate molasses
  • Persian blue salt (well… smoked salt would do)
  • Indonesian long black pepper
  • 1 tbsp rapeseed oil (better than olive as you can cook at higher temperatures, better than other vegetable oils as it has a light, delicate flavour)


  1. Warm a couple of plain white plates
  2. Marinate the two salmon fillets in the lime juice, the pomegranate molasses and the pepper for half an hour
  3. Heat the oil in a frying pan until it’s good and hot (the rapeseed oil won’t smoke)
  4. Fry for a minute or two on each side, adding the marinade to the frying pan, or a ribbed grilling pan, immediately after you have turned the second salmon fillet, it will become sticky as it reduces, almost immediately
  5. Serve the salmon with a sprinkled mix of lime zest and Persian blue salt lying beside it.


persian blue salt

It really does have a slightly more interesting taste