ffwD: Pan-Seared Salmon & Lentils

Since this month’s recipe schedule wasn’t posted till Wednesday, I was scrambling to get all the ingredients in time for Friday. When I read “lentils du Puy”, I knew I’d have trouble finding them. Right off the bat, my local grocery store didn’t have them, so I turned to my trusted specialty store, Fox & Obel. I called ahead to make sure that lentils du Puy were in stock. Although Fox & Obel normally carries lentils du Puy, they were out at the moment and wouldn’t be receiving a new shipment until the weekend. Gah! So, I spent a few more minutes on the phone describing Dorie’s dish to the nice Fox & Obel lady and asked whether I could substitute regular non “du Puy” lentils. She responded that since I was making a puree out of the lentils, it wouldn’t really matter which brand I used. Therefore, I opted for buying a regular $1.49 bag from the grocery store.

As for the preparation, I pre-chopped the onion, garlic, and carrots to soften during the 30 minute simmering time because I knew I’d be keeping them in the soup as opposed to discarding them. And I didn’t follow Dorie’s roasted salmon instructions seeing as the highlight of the dish appeared to be the lentils. Instead, I cooked my salmon on the stove top in my grill pan. Finally, after drizzling a bit of black truffle oil across the entire dish, I added one basil leaf and just a tiny bit of shredded Gruyere. This dish came together pretty easily and quickly, and I suspect it would be a great back-up dish in a pinch. Plus, the lentil soup puree was quite delicious on it’s own, so I wouldn’t mind serving that by itself with a dollop of creme fraiche. But, that’s for another time.

To see how others fared with the roasted salmon with lentils, check out French Fridays with Dorie where we make recipes from Dorie Greenspan’s Around My French Table: More Than 300 Recipes from My Home to Yours.


77 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Rufus' Food and Spirits Guide
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 06:54:05

    That salmon is just perfectly cooked. What a great dinner.

  2. kitchen flavours
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:05:18

    Looks delicious! Never heard of lentils du Puy, but it looks perfect with the salmon!

  3. Food,Photography & France
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:12:16

    Your going to enjoy the lentils du Puy when you get them. Remember to check that there are no tiny stones amongst them. They grow in the harshest conditions in the ancient volcanic centre of France and somehow have a far superior texture than other lentils.

  4. Necessity is the Mother of Invention
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:47:55

    I haven’t bought or made the dish yet, and won’t get a chance until later tonight. Your insights, therefore, about how to adapt, are really helpful! Hope mine turns out as good as yours looks.

  5. Three-Cookies
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:49:03

    Sounds awesome. I don’t intend to pick on anyone but I will! “She responded that since I was making a puree out of the lentils, it wouldn’t really matter which brand I used”
    Puy is not a brand, its a type of lentil. The taste remains with any ingredient even after pureed:) But I am sure the difference in puy and others is not substantial to warrant the extra effort in hunting it down:)

  6. Elaine (@ca_living)
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 07:51:33

    I had some leftover French green lentils from a previous recipe, so I was happy about that. I wondered how it would have tasted with truffle oil drizzled on top, but I didn’t want to buy it just for this recipe. It sounds like pan searing it was just as fast as in the oven. Really liked out it turned out.

  7. Ei
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 08:11:30

    I wish I’d cooked my salmon differently. I have no love for the outcome of mine. Those lentils sure were good, though. Looks great! Love your plate.

  8. Cher
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 08:13:26

    Lovely color on the fish.
    I keep a jar of dePuy lentils in the pantry – they usually get added to soup or cookies & are relegated to a minor role. I was happy that they were able to play the spotlight in this dish adn that people actually enjoyed them.

  9. saffronandhoney
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 08:14:10

    Looks like you did a great job! I’d love this for dinner too:)

  10. Kathy
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 08:39:12

    Your dish looks beautiful and delicious! So glad you enjoyed it!

  11. Anne@FromMySweetHeart
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 08:44:05

    What a fabulous looking dish! While I don’t dislike lentils….I don’t know why….I just don’t seem to use them a lot in my cooking. So I wouldn’t know the difference between a du puy lentil or any other! Glad this worked out for you because it really looks delicious!

  12. Helene Dsouza I Masala Herb
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:01:42

    I love the combination of salmon fish with lentilles, its so comforting and filling. A whole lots of Proteins. have a nice weekend!

  13. oneexpatslife
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:12:18

    Looks delicious. I was scrambling to get this one done at the last minute as well, but luckily I already had Puy lentils in my cupboard so all I had to do was go out and buy the fish. I sometimes think that it would be really helpful if we could plan the recipes one month in advance so that I could plan better.

  14. Kris Barlow
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:32:38

    Your stovetop grilled salmon looks perfect. I’m not a big fan of oven roasted fish. Your meal turned out really well, and and even though lentils are not particularly photogenic, your pics are really pretty. I was surprised in several good ways by this dish and I won’t hesitate to pair salmon and lentils again.

  15. Krissy
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 09:36:19

    The above comment is mine…somehow the login “account” picked me up on facebook…but it is just me

  16. foodfashionandflow
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 10:09:48

    This looks delicious! I don’t eat lentils very often, but they are very tasty and this dish looks flavorful, filling, healthy and low carb.

  17. Amanda
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:13:50

    The salmon looks perfect!

  18. Parsley Sage
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:17:57

    Oh man, that looks totally droolable. While I dig that you served it with salmon, I’m more interested in your suggestion of having it with creme fraiche…YUMMY!

  19. hkinnaird
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 11:18:50

    your salmon looks delicious! My pics did not turn out so well:(

  20. Adriana
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:12:47

    Your platter is so cute, YC! I completely forgot about the truffle oil in the end. Thanks for reminding me, I’ll keep that in mind for my pea soup leftovers.

  21. Maddy
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:31:12

    Interesting combo! I never thought lentils and salmon would work together, but I’m willing to give it a try. I love both, so why not together 🙂

  22. Geni - Sweet and Crumby
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:33:34

    Your salmon looks seared to PERFECTION my dear. WOW! The lentils look so homey and healthy.

  23. Lisa {Smart Food and Fit}
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 12:54:00

    Perfect of fish Friday! Lentils look great too! I too by the 1.49 lentil in bag! lol have a great weekend!

  24. jora
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 13:35:19

    I love your presentation! I’m planning to make the dish tonight, glad to hear you enjoyed it.

  25. Purely.. Kay
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:33:13

    I am totally drooling over this salmon.. and I am not afraid to say it LOL. This looks so wonderful. I am having salmon today so maybe I will try this out 🙂

  26. maha
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:34:21

    u have a nice space with wonderful recipes…….happy 2 visiting…..n this really awesoem……….

  27. bitsandbreadcrumbs
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 14:44:20

    This looks delicious and I love your plating!

  28. TrafficDiva
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 15:44:18

    This is the PERFECT dish for a rainy, cold wintery day! Can I have a BIG bowl?! =)

  29. eatinglikeahorse
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:07:56

    I love salmon, especially pan fried… but the lentil puree sounds brilliant, is there a recipe anywhere? And how good that you got to use the bargain ones 🙂

  30. Holly
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:44:29

    I’m honestly not the biggest seafood fan, but I must say, this salmon looks delicious!

  31. Liz
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 16:50:30

    Beautifully done! I like your tweaks, too~ Have a wonderful weekend!

  32. Norma Chang
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 18:10:34

    Beautiful presentation, both the lentil and salmon look so delicious.

  33. Kristen
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:01:28

    It’s so much fun to see everyone’s interpretation of this recipe. I love salmon!

  34. betsy
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:11:36

    I had to make the Doris dinner on Sundaya so I guessed. Fortunately I guessed right. Nice twists on the recipe.

  35. Ronda
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:21:03

    I love those plates! Looks great!

  36. rebecca
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 20:30:59

    looks great love the idea of using lentils like this

  37. cooking-varieties (wan)
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 21:18:22

    hi yummy chunklet, ooooooooooo so yummy, i love salmon. bookmarked with thanks. have a nice day

  38. Anita Menon
    Mar 02, 2012 @ 21:25:37

    Lentils and Fish – I have seen that before with different lentils though. It is a very hearty looking dish and no carbs are needed I think. The dish should fill you up on its own.

  39. JasmyneTea
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 00:01:46

    Not a fan of salmon, but I love lentils and I’d love to try this with another type of fish 🙂

  40. sanyaliving
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 01:41:15

    Love your presentation of the dish! And your salmon looks so vibrant and delicious!

  41. Anna @ the shady pine
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 02:17:22

    I love both salmon and lentils in their own right and together they make a lovely meal. Love the colour of the salmon here!

  42. mireia
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 05:57:34

    I don’t like salmon but I could actually consider eating this!!

  43. simply Life
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 06:35:52

    salmon + lentils- you’re combining two of my favorite foods!

  44. Maureen
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 08:31:43

    What a beautifully cooked piece of fish. Beautiful!

  45. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 08:31:48

    I also substituted the lentils because my lentils were at another house, sitting on another kitchen shelf (a story for another day). But, I’ve used both and, although I will use Cher’s suggestion and keep on jar handy, I see little difference. My roasted salmon was good but the sear is just as quick and looked delicious. Truffle oil? Good idea. By the way, I have signed up for your Blog and enjoy reading it everday. Mary Hirsch http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

  46. Mary Hirsch
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 08:37:15

    I also used plain green lentils. My French du Puy’s are sitting on a kitchen shelf in another house but that’s a story for another day. I am going to use Cher’s suggestion and always keep a jar of them handy. I have used both and really see little difference. Although I roasted my salmon per Dorie, I thought your sear looked delicious. The truffle oil was a great idea and something I should remind myself to do more often. By the way, I have signed up for your Blog and am enjoying it very much. Mary Hirsch http://www.lightsonbrightnobrakes.com/

  47. Kristin & Megan (@BonBonRoseGirls)
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 12:05:19

    I really need to make salmon more!

  48. Just A Smidgen
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 12:05:37

    What a hearty “take” on a salmon dish, so often I’m hungry at the end, but those lentils would do the trick! Lovely!

  49. tsimmisthyme
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 16:57:20

    Your pictures are gorgeous! The color on the salmon is wonderful. Before I read your text I thought you had put coconut on the salmon. LOL.

  50. C
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 17:50:55

    Since, I love salmon, I can’t get past your photo. I crave a piece.

  51. filingawaycupcakes
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 18:55:35

    Your salmon looks lovely! The color and markings are absolutely perfect!

  52. Quay Po Cooks
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 20:14:19

    Your salmon was perfectly seared. Got to try this serving salmon with lentils the next time. Thanks.

  53. Audrey Allure
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 20:17:10

    I love salmon — this looks so delicious!

  54. FiSh
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 21:04:57

    that looks so healthy; Perfect for a decent family dinner! 🙂

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  55. Alice
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 21:28:50

    I love that your all about the truffle oil lately! I found a small, tiny bottle of summer black truffles, whole with some oil in it and I passed when I saw the price! … I loved this one, and I went shopping for the ingredients just as soon as I saw the post go up with the schedule… thank goodness these are really common lentils in the UK or Europe! 🙂

  56. Asmita
    Mar 03, 2012 @ 22:06:56

    Salmon and lentils is such an amazing combination! Love the addition of the truffle oil and Gruyere cheese.

  57. peachkins
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 02:47:35

    Oh this looks delicious!And very healthy…

  58. Inger Wilkerson
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 06:44:36

    I may have to buy that cookbook…

  59. Ameena
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 10:26:14

    Talk about the perfect protein packed meal..love it! The salmon looks fantastic.

    Hope you are having a great weekend so far!

  60. Chris and Amy
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 10:37:45

    Your salmon looks perfect. We’re sure the lentils were delicious, no matter what kind they were!

  61. Miriam
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 14:00:12

    Yummy stuff :), have a fabulous week! Miriam@Meatless Meals For Meat Eaters

  62. promenadeplantings
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 17:24:38

    A great combination – I love salmon and I love Puy Lentils. I’ve been cooking with them recently and they are superb, a really flexible store cupboard ingredient

  63. Kelly @ Inspired Edibles
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 17:32:09

    Your salmon looks brilliant (gorgeous colour) and what a great idea to serve it up on a bed of lentils… my kind of delicious 🙂

  64. fati's recipes
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 18:02:12

    Oh that salmon looks amazing! I can’t get over it!

  65. ceciliag
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 18:40:25

    The orange against the grey are a perfect complement of shades.. and I bet it tasted good! c

  66. kyleen
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 18:43:00

    That salmon looks perfectly seared! You can’t imagine how hungry I am right now, staring at your pictures.

  67. Ryan
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 19:14:24

    Your salmon looks perfect and the lentils sound delicious with the sprinkling of Gruyere. Well done you on pulling off that dish on the fly– It turned out beautifully!

  68. Lola
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 20:45:12

    Your salmon looks perfect!

  69. Vivi K
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 21:54:27

    Mmm… I love salmon! The way you’ve prepared it is just perfect!


  70. sara
    Mar 04, 2012 @ 21:54:37

    This looks lovely! I don’t think I’ve ever paired salmon with lentils, but sounds like a fantastic match! 🙂

  71. cindyrina
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 00:14:30

    I always love salmon pan fried…. salmon with lentils is something I want to try…lovely!

  72. Amy (Savory Moments)
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 05:32:51

    The fish and lentils are such an interesting combination. Healthy and hearty!

  73. Beth
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 06:59:14

    You did a great job to pull this recipe together on such little notice! In the kitchen, I’ve found there’s almost always a substitute for an ingredient I can’t find.

  74. Cakelaw
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 15:00:34

    I used ordinary green lentils too, as they were a quarter of the price. Glad you enjoyed this.

  75. vianneyrodriguez
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 19:36:34

    salmon with lentils..a power packed meal!!

  76. vianneyrodriguez
    Mar 05, 2012 @ 19:37:05

    salmon with lentils..a power packed meal!! yummy!!

  77. Meenakshi
    Mar 08, 2012 @ 12:51:14

    I stumbled onto your blog via Anita’s at sliceofmylyfe…you have some wonderful recipes. I didn’t know that the French even ate lentils! The salmon looks so pink and pretty 🙂

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