Main Meals

Salmon with wilted lettuce and pea salad and minted creme fraiche

20 minutes
5 - 10 minutes
Wine/Spirit Pairing
Sterhuis Chardonnay 2011

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  • 4 x 200 g salmon portions
  • Salt, to taste
  • 2 T canola oil
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T lemon juice
  • For the wilted lettuce and pea salad:
  • 1 head butter lettuce
  • 1 T butter
  • 3 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 1/4 cup chicken or vegetable stock
  • 1/4 cup white wine or verjuice
  • 1 cup fresh peas
  • Salt, to taste
  • For the minted crème fraîche, mix:
  • 1 cup crème fraîche
  • 1/2 t fine salt
  • 4 t mint, finely chopped
  • 2 t lemon zest
  • 2 T lemon juice

Dry the salmon with kitchen paper and season with salt. Heat the canola oil in a large frying pan and fry the salmon, skin-side up first. Turn, then add the butter and fry until the skin is crispy and fish is just cooked. Add the lemon juice and keep warm.

Serve the salmon topped with the wilted lettuce and the crème fraîche on the side.

To make the wilted lettuce salad, remove the outer leaves of the lettuce. Slice the head in half lengthways and remove the thick part of the stem. Cut the lettuce into quarters, then halve again.

Melt the butter in a large frying pan and sauté the spring onions until soft, but not brown. Add the stock and wine or verjuice and bring to a boil, then add the peas and lettuce. Cover and cook until the peas are bright green.

Season with salt if necessary.

Mariana Esterhuizen

Recipe by: Mariana Esterhuizen

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