Salmon with Dill and Leeks Recipe

by katerina on October 30, 2009

Fall is lovely but it can bring on really heavy stewy dishes. If you need a break try this light salmon dish using the currently in season leeks. Leeks are lovely and underrated. They turn really sweet when sauteed and are a nice contrast in texture to the crispy salmon.

I adapted this recipe from Bitchin’ Kitchen cookbook and was very happy with the way it turned out, I cooked the salmon for 5 minutes on one side and 90 seconds on the other and next time I would do slightly less – but I like rare salmon. Especially when it is fresh! My only criticism is that for me I would have preferred slightly wilted spinach to totally raw. Some of the spinach was wilted by the sauce which was perfect, but next time, I might do that to it all and J agreed.

What I noticed was interesting was that on the website, the recipe is slightly different and calls for the sauce to be blended. I am sure that would be lovely too, but I like this rustic presentation.

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Crispy Salmon with Dill and Leeks

(serves 2)
Adapted from Bitchen Kitchen

2 tablespoons butter
1 clove garlic, crushed
1 leek thinly sliced
1 cup veggie or chicken stock
2 tablespoons fresh parsley, minced
salt and pepper
2 tablespoons fresh chopped dill
1 tablespoon olive oil
2 salmon fillets, skin on
2 cups baby spinach, packed
2 lemons

Heat a saucepan to medium low and add a tablespoon of butter. Add garlic and saute until golden, 2-3 minutes. Add leeks and continue sauteing until soft but not browned, about 5 minutes. Turn the heat up the medium and add stock, parsley and a healthy amount of salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer and simmer for 5 minutes. Remove garlic, stir in dill, and taste for seasoning. Correct if necessary and keep warm.

Heat a saute pan to medium and add a tablespoon of olive oil, when hot add the other tablespoon of butter. Pat salmon dry with paper towels and put salmon in pan skin side down. Cook for 5-8 minutes or until cooked halfway through, flip and continue until salmon is medium rare about 30 seconds to 3 more minutes.

Put a cup of spinach on each plate and top with a salmon fillet and half the sauce. Squeeze lemon juice over top and serve with an extra lemon wedge.

Prep Time: 15 minutes | Cooking Time: 20 minutes | Total Time:35 minutes
Calories(approximate per serving): 550

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