10 March 2013

Simple and Healthy: Salmon with Leeks and Carrots



As part of our healthy diet we try to eat fish at least twice a week. Living in Norway, our fish of choice is salmon. The following recipe became our favorite last winter and to be honest we find it hard not to eat it every day. The ease of preparation makes it the perfect dinner, especially combined  with mashed potatoes, pasta or quinoa. The rich texture of the salmon, the freshness of the leeks and carrots produce a simple, light and very tasty dish. Also, it is a fast and easy way to include omega-3 fatty acids into your diet especially during the long and dark winter.

Simple and Healthy Recipe: Salmon with Leeks and Carrots

Ingredients:
  • 4 salmon steaks
  • 1 leek
  • 4 large carrots
  • 200 ml vegetable stock
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon mixed black pepper, paprika, cayenne pepper
  • 4 tablespoons oil/butter of your choice (oils I recommend to use)
Feel free to add or remove quantities and herbs. I personally prefer to have at least 2 more carrots.
Method:
    1. Season one side of the salmon steaks with salt and the pepper mixture.

    2. Trim away the root end, tough outer leaves and 2 inches (5 cm) of the dark green tops of the leeks. Cut the leeks lengthwise and wash well to remove any grit and drain in a colander. Now cut into half-circles.

    3. Wash and peel the carrots. Cut in circles.

    4. Melt the butter or heat half of the oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Cook 2 of the salmon steaks, seasoned side down until golden brown and no longer translucent in the center, about 4 minutes.

    5. Turn the salmon steaks and add half of the leeks and carrots. Pour 100 ml of the vegetable stock and cook under a lid for about 5 minutes or until the stock has been reduced.
Repeat steps 4-5 for the rest of the steaks and vegetables.

By crisping one side of the salmon for a few minutes, and finishing it in the vegetable stock with the vegetables, it allows for the salmon to be done to perfection... every time!

How often do you eat fish and what is your favorite way to prepare it?

This post is part of Eat Healthier month on Kanelstrand. Read the rest of the posts here and join in the discussions, we'd love to know what you think!