Ras El Hanout-Spiced Salmon Skewers with Date-Studded Spinach

We love how using a purchased spice blend allows you to incorporate multiple flavors into a dish with just one ingredient. Here we season salmon with ras el hanout, which often features cinnamon, cumin, turmeric, ginger, cardamom and ground black and red pepper. The spinach side is very versatile—try it with grilled tofu or steak another time.

Ras El Hanout-Spiced Salmon Skewers with Date-Studded Spinach
Photo: Greg DuPree
Active Time:
35 mins
Total Time:
35 mins


  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided

  • 1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided

  • 16 multicolored cherry tomatoes

  • ½ small red onion, cut into 1-inch chunks, then separated

  • 1 tablespoon ras el hanout

  • 1 pound skinless center-cut salmon fillet, cut into 24 1-inch cubes

  • 3 Medjool dates, pitted and finely chopped

  • 4 cloves garlic, thinly sliced

  • 1 pound baby spinach

  • Zest and juice of 1 small lemon


  1. Combine 1 tablespoon oil and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a medium bowl. Add tomatoes and onion, toss to coat, then transfer to another bowl. In the empty bowl, combine 1 tablespoon oil, ras el hanout and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add salmon and toss to coat. Thread a piece of salmon onto a 10-inch metal skewer, followed by a tomato and an onion piece. Repeat again, then finish with a third piece of salmon. Repeat with 7 more skewers.

  2. Preheat grill or heat a grill pan over medium-high heat. Oil the grill (or grill pan) by holding an oil-dipped paper towel with tongs. Grill the skewers, flipping to sear all sides, until the salmon is just cooked through and the tomatoes begin to soften, about 6 minutes total.

  3. Meanwhile, heat the remaining 3 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add dates and garlic; cook, stirring, until the garlic is fragrant and softened and the dates caramelize a bit, 2 to 3 minutes. Increase heat to medium-high and, working in batches, add spinach; cook, stirring frequently, until wilted and silky, 3 to 4 minutes. Stir in lemon zest, lemon juice and the remaining 1/2 teaspoon salt.

  4. Serve the skewers with the spinach.


Eight 10-inch metal skewers

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

430 Calories
25g Fat
25g Carbs
27g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Serving Size 2 skewers & 3/4 cup spinach
Calories 430
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 15g
Protein 27g 54%
Total Fat 25g 32%
Saturated Fat 4g 20%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Vitamin A 7986IU 160%
Vitamin C 53mg 59%
Vitamin E 3mg 18%
Folate 47mcg 12%
Vitamin K 551mcg 459%
Sodium 622mg 27%
Calcium 164mg 13%
Iron 5mg 28%
Magnesium 135mg 32%
Potassium 899mg 19%
Zinc 1mg 9%
Vitamin B12 4mcg 167%
Omega 3 3g

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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