This quick and easy salmon bake with crispy roasted potatoes and fennel is minimal effort and maximum flavour, great for a cheap weekday dinner
- 2 small baking potatoes (about 350g/12oz), thinly sliced
- 1 large fennel bulb, sliced into thin wedges, fronds reserved
- 2 boneless, skinless salmon fillets
- 2 tbsp olive tapenade
- ½ lemon, cut into wedges
MethodToss the potatoes and fennel with 1 tbsp olive oil and arrange on a baking tray or in a roasting dish. Season and roast on the top shelf for 15 mins.
- 3½ kg whole salmon (ask your fishmonger to clean and gut it)
- olive oil, for greasing
- 1 small onion, very thinly sliced
- 4 bay leaves
- 20g pack dill
- 6 tbsp dry white wine
- 3 ripe avocados, preferably Hass
- 200ml mayonnaise
- zest and juice 1 large lemon
- ½ cucumber, peeled, deseeded and diced
- bunch watercress, lemon wedges, thick cucumber slices, fresh dill (optional)
- Heat oven to 150C/fan 130C/gas 2. Put the salmon on a large sheet of oiled extra-wide foil (this will stop it from sticking later). Put the onion, bay leaves and half the dill in the body cavity, spoon over the wine, season with salt and black pepper, then loosely bring the foil round the salmon and seal well to make a parcel. Lift onto a baking tray, then bake for 2 hrs. Take from the oven, then leave to cool for about 10 mins, still in its parcel.
- Meanwhile, whizz the flesh from the avocados (with a hand blender or in a food processor) with the mayo, lemon juice, zest and seasoning. Tip into a bowl. Chop the remaining dill, stir in with the cucumber, then transfer to a serving bowl. Chill for up to 3 hrs.
- Unwrap the salmon, then strip away the skin and fins. Personally, I don’t take the skin from the bottom of the fish if I am serving the salmon warm, as you risk breaking the fish up as you turn it over. It is more robust when it is cold, so in this case remove the skin from both sides. You can leave the head on or take off at this stage. Carefully lift onto a platter, then garnish with watercress, cucumber, lemon wedges and dill, if using.
- To serve, remove the fish in chunky fillets. When all the fish has gone from the top fillet, remove the onion and herb flavouring, pull away the bones, then remove portions of the bottom fillet, leaving the skin behind. Eat with the avocado mayo, warm buttery new potatoes, and salads or green beans.
- 4 x 130g salmon fillets
- juice and finely grated zest 1 lemon
- 2 tbsp thyme leaves
- 1kg parsnips, chopped
- 4 tbsp fromage frais
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 2 leeks, thinly sliced
- Heat oven to 200C/180C fan/gas 6. Place the salmon pieces into a roasting tin, squeeze over the lemon juice and scatter with ½ the zest. Season and sprinkle over ½ the thyme. Roast for 15 mins until salmon is cooked through.
- Meanwhile, bring a lightly salted pan of water to the boil and cook the parsnips for 15 mins, until tender. Drain well, then mash with the remaining lemon zest and the fromage frais. Keep warm.
- Heat the oil in a non-stick frying pan. Cook the leeks over a medium heat for 6-8 mins, adding a splash of water and covering with a lid after 5 mins, until soft. Stir the leeks into the mash and serve with the salmon, scattered with the remaining thyme leaves.
- 1 tbsp olive oil
- 1 leek, thinly sliced
- 250ml chicken or fish stock
- 100g crème fraîche
- 140g frozen peas
- 140g frozen broad beans
- 4 skinless salmon fillets
- small bunch chives, snipped
- mash, to serve
- Heat the oil in a large, deep frying pan with a lid. Cook the leek for 5-10 mins until soft but not coloured, then pour in the stock. Simmer for a few mins until reduced slightly then add the crème fraîche and season. Cook for 1 min more.
- Tip in the peas and beans, nestle in the salmon fillets, then turn down to a simmer and cover. Cook for 12-15 mins, depending on the thickness of the salmon, until cooked through. Sprinkle on the chives and serve with mashed potato, if you like.