roasted salmon and lentils

This week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Roasted Salmon and Lentils, is a classic french flavor combination and a favorite in my house. I am almost embarrassed to admit how often we eat this dish; easily once a month, probably more. But I had not, until this week, tried Dorie’s version.

Dorie’s, and pretty much every other recipe I have ever seen for this dish, calls for Puy Lentils, so named because they are grown in the Le Puy region of France. I love these lentils, in addition to their gorgeous green, swirly appearance, they retain their individuality & bite better than other lentils.

Dorie’s recipe, a classic preparation, was delicious and we really enjoyed it. I just love this dish and never seem to tire of it. Not because the flavors are over the top exciting or special, but because it is a meal that you can feel good about, low in fat, high in vitamins, simple & tasty.

And now for the big BUT. You have already heard me rave about Puy lentils, they undeniably make this dish better. BUT, salmon & lentils has become one of my get-something-wholesome-and-healthy-on-the-table-quickly-because-I-am-tired-and-hungry meals. And therefore, I meekly admit that I usually use canned lentils for this dish. I further (and even more meekly) admit that I will probably continue to do so, because this is just such a great way to get something healthy on the table in the middle of the week.

So, Dorie’s version is best, but if you want a quick, weeknight version, I humbly submit my “recipe”:

  • one small red onion, finely chopped
  • one carrot, peeled and finely chopped
  • one small red, orange, or yellow bell pepper, finely chopped
  • one stalk of celery, finely chopped (this one can be left out in a pinch)
  • 2 cans lentils, rinsed & drained
  • juice of half a lemon
  • a handful of minced fresh basil (parsley works too, dried herbs can also be used, but I find that fresh herbs tend to make you forget that the lentils came from a can)
  • salmon steaks for however many you are feeding (there are enough lentils here to serve 6, but they make great leftovers so I never reduce the amounts, regardless of how many I am serving)
  1. Preheat oven to 450 F
  2. Warm a few tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet (do not use non-stick) over medium heat and saute the veggies. I can’t tell you how long these cook for, I like to get them started first so that they can cook for as long as possible over medium heat and start to caramelize just a bit. In any case, just keep an eye on them and turn the heat down if they start to burn.
  3. Lightly oil and season the salmon steaks and roast for 10 to 15 minutes, depending on thickness.
  4. When the salmon is almost finished, add the lentils to the pan with the veggies to warm them through. Turn off the heat, add the lemon juice, herbs, and salt & pepper to taste.
  5. A quick drizzle of olive oil (the good stuff) over the top adds a nice finish to the dish, but is not absolutely necessary. Or, as Dorie suggested, go fancy and add a couple drops of truffle oil. Enjoy!
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14 Responses to roasted salmon and lentils

  1. Oh your version sounds good too! I am pleased I made this dish, even htough I don’t eat salmon because I learned how to roast it properly for Mr Neil!

  2. Cher says:

    I love that you can get the Puy lentils in a can & your recipe sounds really good. Even getting the dried ones is a bit of a treasure hunt around here 🙂
    I like lentils, but this was probably the first time I was able to get the rest of the family on board with them. Yeah!

  3. An even faster, yet still tasty, version? I’ll take it in a heartbeat. Thanks for sharing!

  4. Ei says:

    There’s no shame in canned goods! Your recipe looks good. I like all the vegetables you add in.

  5. Kathy says:

    Your dinner looks wonderful and so delicious! I could see myself adding this dish to my dinner rotation. I love the idea of using canned lentils…a real time saver! Happy Friday and have a great weekend!

  6. dulceshome says:

    Your version sounds great! I have not really ever prepared lentils before, so this was a pleasant surprise (I’m looking forward to finishing it off tonight). Your dish certainly looks great.

    I often/occasionally use canned beans too – in fact I have a Puerto Rican recipe for beans that use them that I make all the time. Thanks for sharing your recipe!

  7. Great photos! I did not find the Puy lentils so I just used regular green ones but I might have to give it a try with the real thing now!

  8. nana says:

    I think that’s a great way to cook this meal. I use various cans of beans for many dishes.
    I use canned chick peas to mix with imported canned tuna made into a salad.
    It is so much easier and if the brand is good, such as Goya, you can’t miss. I’m am going
    to “bookmark” your recipe.

  9. Adriana says:

    Canned beans are a lifesaver at our house too. Thank you so much for sharing “your” lentil recipe. I need to see if we get canned lentils here in PR as well.

  10. Liz says:

    I’m always game for a shortcut…I always use canned beans, but don’t think I’ve seen canned lentils. I’ll have to look 🙂 Your dinner looks perfect…have a great weekend!

  11. You are too cute! I have not even seen canned lentils, but now that I know that exist I will be on the lookout for them because who doesn’t want to save a little time in the kitchen, especially on a work night?! Your dish looks so good. I can’t believe that I have never had salmon and lentils before and now I will have them often because we really liked this dish and the simple way that the salmon was prepared. You said it – it is a meal that you can feel good about. Thank you for sharing your recipe.

  12. sanyaliving says:

    I put pizza cheese on my onion soup last week, so no judgement here!!
    It really is a healthy dish and pretty tasty, I’m glad you shared your quick version!
    You dish looks great!

  13. Lola says:

    I’ve never seen canned lentils!

  14. Alice says:

    youre the first person i know that has lentils “often” how neat for you and your family!!

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