Salmon with Carmelized Lemon Glaze over Lentils


As gorgeous as that last salad was, I figured it was about time to get a new post up. The problem is that between the Easter holiday, a quick trip to Boston, and the incredible weather that we’ve been having these past few days the last things I’ve wanted to do were cook or sit in front of the computer. But I couldn’t wait any longer to share this salmon and lentil dish, so I’m forcing myself to sit down and write.

I found some lentils when I was cleaning out my cabinets and thought that I should use them up. Lentils are a strange thing – I always forget how much I like them and that they are just as much a warm-weather food as a great base for a rich, hearty winter soup. But with a few lighter ingredients like salmon and leeks to perk them up, lentils can be a great addition to a springtime meal. For this dish, I cooked them together with leeks and turnips. The leeks gave them a bright flavor, and the turnip added a peppery touch that I enjoyed a lot.

The caramelized lemon glaze was the lucky byproduct of a mistake. I wanted to add some acid to the dish to prevent is from tasting heavy or muddy, so I set out to make a lemon gastrique but I got distracted and let it cook down too much. I was really disappointed to see the thick, gloppy caramel that resulted but I gave it a taste and it was actually really good! It was sweet, but the lemon and vinegar kept it from being too sweet. I took a change and spooned a little over my salmon, not sure what to expect — it was great! The sweetness actually worked really well with the salmon (if the thought of a sweet sauce on salmon seems weird to you, it’s not that different from salmon teriyaki. Much less scary now, right?)

Salmon with Caramelized Lemon Glaze over Lentils
These lentils are a great way to practice your knife skills — in order to keep a refined texture, make sure that the pieces of leek and turnip are smaller than the individual lentils.

  • 2 salmon filets
  • 1 tsp Old Bay seasoning
  • 1 Tbs + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 cup dried lentils, rinsed and picked over for stones
  • 1 large leek, chopped
  • 1 turnip, peeled and cut into a fine dice
  • 1 cup chicken stock
  • salt and pepper
  • juice of one lemon
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1/4 cup white wine vinegar

Season the salmon liberally with Old Bay. Set aside to rest.

Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a large pan over medium heat. Add the leeks and cook until they begin to brown and soften. Add the turnip, lentils, and stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for 20 minutes or until the lentils are soft and the liquid has cooked off. Season with salt and pepper.

While the lentils cook, start the caramelized lemon glaze: Combine the lemon juice, sugar, and vinegar in a small saucepan over low heat. Stir to dissolve sugar. Cook for 15 minutes, stirring occasionally, until the sauce has turned a light caramel color and thickened significantly.

Heat 1 Tbs of olive oil in a large pan over high heat. Cook the salmon for six minutes. Flip and cook on the second side for 3-4 minutes, or until the salmon is just pink in the center.

To serve, spoon lentils onto a dish. Top with salmon. Spread 1 tsp of the glaze over the salmon (you will have extra glaze).

Serves 2.


Check out this great package that I got last week! It was from Micaela from Italy as part of the Foodie Exchange. Micaela totally went above and beyond with this package — just looks at all these goodies! From sweets to sauces and soups to an espresso pot!! It was like Christmas! ;) It didn’t take us long at all to break into the pasta and sauce kit (a packet of dried spices that you soak in water than then cook up with tomatoes). It was really tasty and I loved the shape of the pasta – I’ve never seen anything like it before! I also noticed that all of the packages foods have number right n the front that identifies how many servings the entire package contains. I loved this idea! So many times something seem small enough to be a single serving, but it’s really 2 or 3. Thanks, Micaela!!

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  1. I always love the combination of salmon and lentils. I should have lentils more on my cupboard. I love the lemon glaze as well. Now I’m hungry again in the morning.

  2. That is a fabulous looking piece of salmon! I bet with the lemon reduction(even if it reduced more than you wanted) it tasted clean and spring like!

    Oh and what a great idea with that Foodie exchange! All kinds of new goodies to play with :D

  3. Sweet and salmon are absolutely perfect together. I can’t quite explain why but they always make a delicious duo.

    I often forget how much I like lentils as well. They are highly underrated.

    Love this dish!

  4. thats heartiness and then some – I could do math after a meal like this -

  5. Lovely glaze! I did the same thing making a strawberry balsamic reduction yesterday. It turned out better than the original by far.

    What a great gift to receive. I have got to get on board with the foodie exchange. I have many ideas to give.

    on a side note, looking at your picture of the pasta and shrimp, I can’t help but think the pasta looks like a bunch of ladies legs. lol! Perhaps I just need to go to bed now…

  6. I have never seen such good recipe out of the two foods I love the most, lentils and salmon! They are both good sources of protein, so you have created something that is very good for those who are devoted to high protein diet.

  7. Lentils and Salmon both are high in protein. You have created a protein packed recipe here that will suit the lifestyle of those who are in high protein diet! This is awesome! Thanks for sharing!

  8. Caramelized lemon glaze….hmmm….I WANT THAT!

  9. I like the lentils.We often do dishes with lentils.

  10. Oh wow — I am so delighted to have discovered your blog. This is exactly the kind of food I enjoy… Look forward to exploring your other recipes.

  11. I love the idea of caramelized lemon glaze on salmon, a terrific recipe!

  12. this dish is drool-worthy! i wish i’d found it last night since i totally would have/could have made it! yum :)

  13. Wow – the salmon looks perfect! My hubby isn’t a fan, but I’ll keep this recipe saved for one of his business trips :-D

  14. totally jealous of your overseas love! lots of new “toys” to play with!

  15. this is great and healthy

  16. I love that bed of lentils and the salmon looks great!

  17. This salmon and lentils looks delicious and so healthy! I am saving this recipe and now have another scrumptious dish to serve at dinner parties. Thank you, thank you, thank you!

  18. This sounds delicious. I’m a salmon lover and can always use a new recipe to make it. The glaze is inspired. I hope you are having a wonderful day. Blessings…Mary

  19. I also have some lentils in the cabinet waiting to be consumed too. Lentils and salmon sounds a great healthy combo.

  20. What a superb fish dish on lentils,..ooh yum,…

    Isn’t it great exchanging food gifts from another country, is the best!!!

    Lovely goodies too!

  21. I have a secret love affair with lentils. They are my fav thing to eat any time of the year and with some salmon? YUmm! Great post! :D

  22. I am not a salmon fan at all but your picture made me click through and read the whole post and I am glad I did. I am also glad you “forced” yourself to write – it’s a great post and yay for Foodie Exchange!

  23. Having just spent the better part of half and hour looking through several posts, I really enjoy your blog. The theme of healthy eating with the time frame of under an hour feels very real to me. This meal of lentils and salmon looks very inviting. I’ll be back often to see what’s up in your world!

  24. Gotta love happy accidents! Caramelised lemon sounds super.

  25. I want to stick my fork right into that salmon. Delish indeed!!

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  29. I have made your recipe so many times- love it! I grill the salmon with salt and pepper instead of old bay, use onion, celery and carrot in the lentils and add a bit of lemon peel in the glaze. yummy- thanks for the idea!

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