Fish is a source of good-for-you omega-3 fatty acids, and brown rice is a smart alternative to white rice. You also could serve the fish over whole wheat couscous or pasta. Harissa is a spicy Tunisian condiment that also pairs well with chicken. Our homemade version, which you can prepare a day or two ahead and refrigerate, is a bit milder than the fiery canned harissa you'd find in Middle Eastern markets. Add more chile paste if you want to turn up the heat.
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To prepare harissa, place caraway seeds in a small skillet over medium heat. Cook 2 minutes or until fragrant, stirring frequently. Remove from pan. Coat pan with cooking spray. Add garlic; cook 2 minutes or until tender. Add coriander; cook 1 minute. Combine caraway seeds, garlic mixture, bell pepper, chile paste, and 1/4 teaspoon salt in a blender or mini food processor; process until smooth.
To prepare rice, cook rice, cumin, and rind, according to package directions, omitting salt and fat. Remove from heat; add cilantro and 1/4 teaspoon salt. Toss gently. Cover and keep warm.
Preheat oven to 400°.
To prepare salmon, heat a large ovenproof nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Coat pan with cooking spray. Sprinkle salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt. Add salmon to pan; cook 2 minutes or until lightly browned. Turn fish over; spread harissa evenly over fish. Bake at 400° for 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily when tested with a fork or until desired degree of doneness. Serve with rice. Garnish with lemon slices, if desired.
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