As I've probably demonstrated over the course of this month, I'm a big fan of Trader Joe's simmer sauces, but their Punjab Spinach Simmer Sauce isn't one of my favorites. I like spinach, and I like curry, but the combination of spinach+curry (saag) doesn't do a lot for me.
But after one TJ's employee said that their spinach sauce mixes really well with salmon, so I picked up a frozen slab of boneless silver coho and a jar of spinach simmer sauce yesterday to try it today. I marinated the (frozen) salmon in half the spinach sauce, broiled it for 20 minutes in a 400 degree oven with an extra batch of fresh spinach, and served it over linguine (since I'm still out of rice).
And it worked pretty well! There isn't very much salmon in the Punjab region of India, so it's probably an artificial combination, but the spices in the simmer sauce (tomatoes, garlic, ginger) complement the salmon really well.
There are a lot of Punjabis in the Western U.S. and Canada, so "salmon saag" isn't a complete novelty (according to one twitter user, it "kicks much ass") , but it isn't something I would have ever though of preparing. One more recipe for the Wednesday curry rotation!