Herb Crusted Baked Salmon With Peas and Rocket

Baked salmon is a beautiful thing and this herb crust salmon is served with a vibrant green warm lentil salad and a simple but great balsamic dressing.

Baked salmon is a beautiful thing and this herb crust salmon is served with a vibrant green warm lentil salad and a simple but great balsamic dressing.

Herb Crusted Baked Salmon With Peas and Rocket

I typically grill or fry salmon because it is quick and simple but I love a bit of baked salmon too and this verdant green number is inspired by the changing content of our supermarket shelves. It may only be the end of February but the green stuff is returning and I will be shortly planting crops, in fact this time next month. As a result I am also not worried about using up our peas from last year.

This recipe is glorious, peppery from rocket which compliments the almost peppery flavour of puy lentils and a little sweet and sour flavour from the peas and balsamic to sit along side the rich baked salmon.

Baked salmon is a beautiful thing and this herb crust salmon is served with a vibrant green warm lentil salad and a simple but great balsamic dressing.

Sadly salmon does not appear here as often as I would like. Consequently it is typically very expensive here and of questionable quality, but I found a nice big piece that looked good so snaffled it up to work on this idea.

Most of my salmon recipes here are like my quick Korean salmon or teriyaki salmon, because they are flavours I know just work. But this baked salmon dish is much more European in concept with the herb crust being a favoured approach with a rack of lamb.

It is however one that works fantastically with the richness of the salmon. Fingers crossed for more colour over the coming weeks and a little less brown!

Baked salmon is a beautiful thing and this herb crust salmon is served with a vibrant green warm lentil salad and a simple but great balsamic dressing.

Baked salmon is a beautiful thing and this herb crust salmon is served with a vibrant green warm lentil salad and a simple but great balsamic dressing.

Herb Crusted Baked Salmon With Peas and Rocket

5 from 5 votes
Baked salmon is a beautiful thing and this herb crust salmon is served with a vibrant green warm lentil salad and a simple but great balsamic dressing.
Course Main Course
Cuisine Modern European
Keyword Easy Salmon Recipe, Herb Crusted Baked Salmon Recipe, Salmon Fillet Recipes
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Servings 2
Calories 487kcal
Author Brian Jones

Ingredients

  • 240 g Salmon Fillet Cut into two portions
  • 35 g Hazelnuts
  • 15 g Parsley
  • 20 g Rocket
  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 Tsp Salt
  • 75 g Puy Lentils
  • 1 Bay Leaf
  • 50 g Spring Onions Finely sliced
  • 150 g Peas Frozen is fine
  • 2 Tbsp Balsamic Vinegar
  • 1/2 Tsp Dijon Mustard
  • 1 Handful Rocket

Instructions

  • Place the 15g of parsley and 20g of rocket in a blender with one tablespoon of olive oil and half a teaspoon of salt and blend to a paste.
  • Add in the hazelnuts and pulse you do not want to take this all the way down to a smooth paste.
  • Sandwich between two pieces of baking parchment and roll out so that it is big enough to cover the top of both slices of salmon and chill for 20 minutes.
  • Place a pan of water on the stove and add the lentils, bay leaf and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt and bring to a boil.
  • When boiling reduce the heat to low and allow to simmer for 25-30 minutes.
  • Heat your oven to 180°C or 350°F.
  • Top your salmon with the crust and then place in the oven and cook for 15 minutes (timed to finish cooking 30 minutes after the lentils go to simmer).
  • Meanwhile cook your peas for a couple of minutes so that they are still hot when your lentils and salmon is cooked. 
  • Mix together together the balsamic vinegar with a tablespoon of olive oil, mustard and a quarter of a teaspoon of salt to form a dressing.
  • Add the peas, lentils, spring onions to the dressing and toss to coat.
  • Mix in the rocket leaves to the lentils then place on the base of the plate.
  • Top with the salmon and serve.
Baked salmon is a beautiful thing and this herb crust salmon is served with a vibrant green warm lentil salad and a simple but great balsamic dressing.

Readers Comments

10 thoughts on “Herb Crusted Baked Salmon With Peas and Rocket”

  1. I love that you crusted the salmon with herbs and hazelnuts. Those flavors work quite nicely with the fish. We fortunately have access to good salmon. Rocket on the other hand, is a bit harder to come by. I look forward to giving this a try.

  2. This looks delicious – I’m loving that thick, richly green herb crust! It’s sad that you can’t find high-quality salmon very often – it’s one of my favorite healthy, straightforward meals. Glad you found a piece to allow you to share this lovely recipe with us!

    • Thanks Nicky, I’m British by birth and really miss the fish and seafood I was bought up with. The joys of a small island I guess 🙂 This recipe is glorious and the lentil salad would match up wonderfully with so many foods.

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