Caribbean salmon with guava barbecue sauce and mango veggie salsa

This fruity salsa captures the true flavours of the Caribbean.

  • Preparation Time35 mins
  • Cooking Time30 mins
  • Serves6
  • DifficultyMedium

For the barbecue sauce

3 tbsps vegetable oil
2 yellow onions, chopped
250g guava paste, cut into chunks
2 tbsps tomato puree
2 tbsps apple cider vinegar
1/4 cup light or dark brown sugar
2 whole star anise
1/2 tsp ground allspice
1/4 tsp curry powder
2 tbsps lime juice
1 tbsp dark rum

For the salsa and salmon

8 tbsps olive oil, plus extra for greasing the baking dish
3 garlic cloves, finely minced
4 tbsps lime juice (from about 2 limes), plus 2 limes cut into wedges, for serving
1 tsp salt
1 tsp freshly ground black pepper
2 mangoes, peeled, fruit cut off seed, diced
1 red pepper, halved, seeded, finely diced
1 green pepper, halved, seeded, finely diced
1 yellow pepper, halved, seeded, finely diced
1 large red onion, halved, finely chopped
1 serrano chilli, finely chopped (optional)
1/2 cup fresh coriander leaves, finely chopped
1 (450g) tin black beans, drained, rinsed
1 whole side salmon (about 1 3/4 to 2kg)
For the barbecue sauce:

1) Heat the oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat for 1 minute. Reduce the heat to medium and add the onion, cooking until it's soft and a little brown around the edges, about 5 to 7 minutes, stirring often.

2) Stir in the guava paste, tomato puree, vinegar, brown sugar, star anise, allspice and curry powder. Simmer until the guava paste has melted, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Turn off the heat and let the sauce cool slightly.

3) Discard the star anise, transfer the mixture to your blender and puree. With the motor running, add the lime juice and rum. Transfer to a small bowl and set aside, or refrigerate for up to 2 weeks.

For the mango veggie salsa:

Whisk the olive oil, garlic, lime juice, salt and pepper together in a large bowl. Add the mangoes, peppers, red onions, chilli and coriander and toss to coat. Add the beans and gently toss everything together.

For the Caribbean salmon:

1) Heat your grill to high. Line a large baking dish or rimmed baking sheet with a double layer of aluminium foil and grease the foil with some olive oil or nonstick cooking spray.

2) Place the salmon in the prepared baking dish and tuck about 5cm of the tail end under the fish, so you have a somewhat uniform shape. Pour the barbecue sauce over the salmon and cook it under the grill until the sauce caramelises and chars around the edges, and the salmon is firm and flakes easily, 8 to 12 minutes for rare (the salmon will still be pink in the middle) or 12 to 15 minutes for well done (the salmon will be cooked throughout).

3) Spread the salsa on the serving platter and carefully lift the salmon out of the baking dish and arrange it on top of the salsa (use two large spatulas to transfer it). Squeeze a few lime wedges over the fish and serve with additional lime wedges on the side.

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