Spicy salmon & lentils

Spicy salmon & lentils

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(25 ratings)

Ready in 15 minutes


Serves 2
This dish is easy to cook but still packed full of flavour.

Nutrition and extra info

  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal600
  • fat38g
  • saturates7g
  • carbs20g
  • sugars0g
  • fibre4g
  • protein46g
  • salt2.35g
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  • 2 tsp curry paste
  • 410g can green lentils, drained and rinsed



    The lentil plant (Lens Culinaris) originates from Asia and North Africa and is one of our oldest…

  • 2 salmon fillets, about 175g/6oz each



    With its delicate, sweet flesh and wide availability, salmon is one of the most popular fish.…

  • 3 tbsp olive oil
    olive oil

    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

    Probably the most widely-used oil in cooking, olive oil is pressed from fresh olives. It's…

  • juice of 1 lemon



    Oval in shape, with a pronouced bulge on one end, lemons are one of the most versatile fruits…

  • 2 large handfuls baby spinach



    Used in almost every cuisine across the world, spinach is an enormously popular green vegetable…


  1. Heat a large, lidded shallow pan over a medium heat. Tip in the curry paste and fry briefly, stirring constantly, until sizzling and aromatic. Add the lentils with about quarter of a can of water and season. Heat until simmering then lay salmon on top, skin side up.Cover and leave salmon to cook for 6-8 minutes until it feels firm when prodded.

  2. While salmon is cooking, make the dressing. Mix together the olive oil and lemon juice and season well. When salmon is cooked lift it out of the pan with a fish slice and set aside. Turn the heat up, stir in the spinach and a third of the dressing and cook until the spinach has just wilted. Spoon the lentils and spinach onto two plates then sit the salmon on top. Drizzle over the remaining dressing and serve.

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Comments (25)

MaeveW's picture

This has become a weekly favourite in our house. I add frozen spinach (defrosted in micro for a couple of minutes beforehand) if I don't have any fresh and it works well. I don't bother with the olive oil any more as I don't find it adds anything to the dish; I just squeeze the lemon juice straight in.

lilmissvik's picture

I loved this recipe and so did my hubby. We only had a bag on green lentils in the cupboard so it took a bit longer to prepare but it was well worth the wait. We used Thai green curry paste and replaced the spinach with sweetcorn and spring onions as we had no spinach. Yum! We will surely be cooking this again.

Renzel's picture

Really jummy! I made this with pangasius fillets instead of salmon, tasted great!

foodella's picture

This was absolutely delicious! my husband ate his dish in about 20 seconds. really simple to make, and with the right amount of seasoning the food tasted great. I don't normally cook salmon this way so it made a nice change!

emmaboswell's picture

This is fab! I used puy lentils instead of green, and didn't use all of the dressing. I have done this a couple of times now and the whole family love it, including my son who was says he doesn't like spinach or lentils!

donnalovescheese's picture

Yum! Really tasty and really quick. I didn't use all of the oil (probably only 1tbsp instead) to make this healthier and used puy lentils instead of green because I prefer the flavour but will definitely be making this again

donnalovescheese's picture

Really enjoyed this, although I reduced the amount of oil down to 1tbsp to make it healthier and used a tin of puy lentils instead of green lentils as I prefer the flavour.

LeeP's picture

A favourite mid week quick meal. I use Madras curry paste and to save a few calories I don't always add the dressing.

number37's picture

Tasty and healthy - wasn't blown away by it however I did use frozen salmon which perhaps affected the taste/texture. There is too much dressing here for two - I used half the amount for the two of us and that was plenty (and I normally like loads of dressings and sauces!) Used Tikka Masala curry paste and frozen spinach which both worked well.

saraflorence's picture

so easy and healthy - a great weekly after work regular

aileenwaldron's picture

Beautiful! Salmon was really moist, lentils were very tasty. Used 2 extra large tsp curry paste. Didn't have spinach or dressing just a squeeze of lemon. Very quick & healthy.

mmcdonald's picture

Very tasty healthy mid week tea. I doubled the quantities of the lentils for 3 people and the portion size was perfect

dani141_772's picture

I cooked exactly as recipe, although did use frozen ingredients so adjusted cooking times accordingly and it really is delicious! So easy and quick and healthy. Ideal midweek meal.

edwardsgj's picture

delicious, made it with balti paste and increased the spinach quantity as felt it needed a bit more green in it.

1william's picture

Made this twice now, my husband I found it really tasty . So easy to do.

foodie64mum's picture

Delicious, and really quick and easy. To serve 3 I used 2 tins of lentils and 200g spinach.

allendeath's picture

This was lovely, I really enjoyed it and it was so simple to make.

I cooked it with frozen trout and it was fine but needed longer to cook obviously.

I used Vindaloo paste which was all I had but was a tad overpowering so perhaps a balti paste next time.

Also the lemon dressing can be made with half the olive oil and juice and is plenty for two, plus saves calories.

tones6's picture

I made this recipe last night, and my husband I both really didnt enjoy it, it was far to Lemony, maybe I had an exceptionally juicy lemon, will try again with half a lemon next time.

stephandsolly's picture

Delicious! The spinach adds a lovely fresh flavour and texture. Next time I will try adding some other veggies as well - leeks, celery maybe.


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