Heart Healthy Roasted Chile “Cream” Sauce

Wild-Caught Columbia River Sumac-Dusted Salmon
Fresh Steamed Broccolini
Roasted New Mexico Hatch Chile “Cream” Sauce

They are roasting up a storm in Hatch, New Mexico. And we are fortunate that our local Bristol Farms is carrying this fresh crop of Hatch chiles. If you cannot get Hatch chiles where you live, please try this sauce with roasted Anaheim, New Mexico, or poblano chiles. Rich and creamy with medium-hot spiciness, this savory sauce is terrific on fish, chicken, vegetables, rice, and tacos! And it’s heart healthy – made with tofu, canola oil, roasted chiles, cilantro, cumin and lime juice. No cream.

Grill chiles over high heat until the skins are charred.

Meanwhile, as the sun sets and the chiles char, take a walk around the garden
to capture some of summer’s late blooms.

Place charred chiles in a bowl and cover with a kitchen towel. After the steam has helped loosen the skin and the chiles are no longer too hot to handle, peel off the charred skins.

Remove the seeds and stems.

Roasted Chile “Cream” Sauce Recipe

  • 4 roasted Hatch chiles – peeled, seeded, roughly chopped
  • 1 package firm tofu, drained
  • 1/2 c. canola oil
  • 3/4 c. water
  • 1/2 c. cilantro
  • 1 t. ground cumin
  • 1 t. sea salt
  • juice from 1 lime

Combine all ingredients in a food processor and blend until smooth.

The recipe makes plenty of sauce, you might try it with steamed vegetables and brown rice for lunch!

In addition to salt and pepper, the ground sumac adds a nice note of lemony flavor and pretty brick-red sprinkling of color to the salmon filets. Ladle the roasted chile “cream” sauce over the salmon and broccolini.

To our healthy hearts!

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21 thoughts on “Heart Healthy Roasted Chile “Cream” Sauce”

  1. It’s tofu that gives it its silkiness! Tofu! And here I’m thinking is it that mimic-cream I cannot find… yoghurt? And it’s tofu! With those roasted red peppers… I am in skinny heaven.

  2. Great recipe! I’m not really a fan of tofu, but this sounds delicious. And I really like the addition of the sumac to the salmon. It would really taste great with your roasted poblano sauce. Love it!

    1. Hi Scott – thanks for your comment. If you want to reduce the calories, you can add more water and less oil. Please let me know if you make it and what you think! We love it.
      We use heart healthy canola oil. WebMD.com has this to say:
      Canola oil is low in saturated fat, and is very high in healthy unsaturated fats. It’s an excellent source of the omega-6 fatty acid, linoleic acid, and it is higher in the omega-3 fatty acid alpha-linolenic acid (ALA) than any other oil commonly used. These fats are particularly important in the diet because the human body can’t produce them. Studies show that ALA may help protect the heart by its effect on blood pressure, cholesterol, and inflammation.

  3. Hi Lori!!

    I was just perusing the internet for a yummy sauce to go with my TJ’s Salmon burgers and couldn’t find anything I liked…. Then I checked my inbox. Imagine that, an email from you which led me to check your site and there was the recipe I was searching for! Loved the tofu substitution (since I am no good with lots of cream). I made this sauce tonight and everyone RAVED! Thanks a million for helping me keep my outstanding reputation in the kitchen ūüėČ


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