Dukan Diet Attack Phase Recipe – Salmon in “Wasabi” Sauce

This recipe continues the Japanese theme in my last few recipes as it uses wasabi paste in the sauce.  It uses no vegetables or tolerated items so it can be enjoyed on any day of the two weight loss phases of the Dukan Diet (Attack and Cruise).

Whilst you may be familiar with the use of wasabi as a condiment to accompany sushi and sashimi, what you might not know is that the wasabi that you may have been served might well have contained very little or no genuine wasabi at all.  “Western wasabi” is made from a mixture of horseradish, mustard and green food coloring that may or may not have also contained a small amount of powdered wasabi.  Powdered wasabi is a very different ingredient to fresh wasabi as the volatile compounds that make wasabi so unique are lost in the processing.

Genuine wasabi (Wasabia japonica) is highly sought after with demand constantly outpacing supply.  It has a strong, hot, herbal plant-like taste which does not linger on the tongue.  It should not be harsh and it shouldn’t burn.

I’m quite happy to use “Western wasabi” but if you want to buy genuine wasabi you cannot rely on how the product describes itself on the packaging, you have to check the ingredients.  To give you a couple of example where I taken the details from Amazon.com a product said to be prepared wasabi in a tube actually contained horseradish, lactose (milk), rice bran oil, sorbitol, salt, water, natural flavor, turmeric, xanthan gum, citric acid, artificial color (FD & C Yellow #5, FD & C Blue #1) and another product said to be wasabi powder contained horseradish, mustard, and wasabi.

Because the wasabi products vary so much you may need to adjust the quantity used in the sauce to take into account the strength of the product and your personal preference.

Salmon in “Wasabi” Sauce

Ingredients (Serves 4)

  • 4 pieces of salmon fillet
  • 4 teaspoons of rapeseed oil
  • 4 scallions/spring onions
  • 2 cloves of garlic
  • 1 small bunch of fresh cilantro/coriander
  • 4 tablespoons of fat free Greek yogurt
  • 6 tablespoons of lemon juice sweetened to taste with sweetener
  •  Salt and pepper to taste
  • 1 tablespoon of “wasabi” paste


  1. Peel and finely chop the garlic.
  2. Wash and chop the cilantro/coriander, keeping back a few leaves to garnish the finished dish
  3. Wash the scallions/spring onions and finely slice.
  4. Season the fish with salt and pepper
  5. Heat oil in a non-stick pan and fry the salmon at a medium heat on each side for approximately 5 minutes.
  6. Mix the yogurt in a bowl with two tablespoon of sweetened lemon juice until smooth .
  7. Add garlic and spring onions to the salmon and sauté for 2 minutes.
  8. Remove the salmon from the pan and keep warm on a serving dish
  9. Add the remaining sweetened lemon juice and allow to cool slightly before stirring in the yogurt.
  10. Add the wasabi paste and allow to dissolve in the sauce before stirring in the chopped cilantro/coriander.
  11. Pour the sauce over the salmon fillets and garnish before serving.

11 Responses to “Dukan Diet Attack Phase Recipe – Salmon in “Wasabi” Sauce”

  • Geraldine on June 8, 2017

    Hi amber just wondering what us the rule regarding oil in the cruise phase can u use a little in dressings and cooking?

    • Amber on June 11, 2017

      Hi Geraldine

      You are allowed one teaspoon of oil per day.



  • Jackie on February 10, 2016

    I’m just beginning to research this diet and I am slightly confused how this is an attack phase recipe. I thought vegetables were NOT allowed during the attack phase. Are there some vegetables that are allowed? Also, are we allowed to use oil during the cooking process? I thought it was only grilling. I’m not trying to call your recipe out. I’m just looking for some clarification.

    Thank you!

    • Amber on February 10, 2016

      Hi Jackie

      Small amounts of onion and tomato are allowed in the Attack Phase and oil is oil however it is used. You can make a salad dressing or marinade, fry or grill it really doesn’t matter.

      Best wishes


  • Janet on November 27, 2013

    This is a terrific recipe. I cooked the salmon and then flaked it into large chunks and mixed it through some shirataki fettucine. Then I poured the sauce over.

    This is going to be a standard dish for me from now on.

    • Amber on November 27, 2013

      Hi Janet

      I’m pleased you like the recipe:)


  • Maya on June 26, 2013

    Hello again sweet Amber

    Now I’m in THE CONSOLIDATION PHASE I reached my target weight I lost 4 Kelllograms in 20 days which wasn’t easy before with different type of diets because when u need to lose a little amount of weight it become harder don’t know why lol ,anyway my question is according to the book my consolidation phase should last for 10 days! Is that right or I’m counting in the wrong way? Again thanks a lot for all you are doing here <3

    • Amber on June 26, 2013

      Hi Maya

      Well done! You are right the closer you are to your target weight often the more difficult it becomes.

      As you lost around 9 pounds you should follow the Consolidation Phase for 45 days. It is 5 days for every pound lost.


      Best wishes


      • Maya on June 26, 2013

        OMG you are so right I was counting in the wrong way thanks Amber 🙂

  • Fiona on May 16, 2013

    Sounds wonderful -2 of my favourite ingredients, but I’m surprised you can have all this on the attack phase. I’m on my last day on attack and have stuck just to protein, can’t wait for tomorrow to try this! Thank you

    • Amber on May 16, 2013



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