Sizzling salmon with bean mash

Sizzling salmon with bean mash

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(32 ratings)

Prep: 15 mins


Serves 4
Sara Buenfeld creates a stylish main course in minutes that's smart enough for casual entertaining.

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  • 4 skinless salmon fillets, about 175g/6oz
  • 1 lime



    The same shape, but smaller than…

  • 3 tbsp clear honey
  • 1 tbsp wholegrain mustard
  • 3 x 410g cans butter beans, rinsed
  • 25g butter



    Butter is made when lactic-acid producing bacteria are added to cream and churned to make an…

  • 5 tbsp crème fraîche
  • 1 garlic clove, crushed
  • 100g bag rocket



    Rocket is a very 'English' leaf, and has been used in salads since Elizabethan times. It…


  1. Set the grill to its highest setting. Put the salmon fillets flesh-side up and evenly spaced in a shallow flameproof dish. Finely grate the zest of the lime into a bowl, then squeeze in the juice and stir in the honey, mustard and a good sprinkling of salt. Pour the mixture over the salmon and grill, without turning, for 5-6 minutes until it’s golden on top and cooked through (check the centre with a fork).

  2. Meanwhile, tip the beans into a saucepan and add the butter, crème fraîche, garlic and plenty of salt and pepper. Turn the heat on to moderate and coarsely mash everything together – a wooden spoon or a masher will do the job – until hot and bubbling. This only takes a few minutes as the beans are already cooked.Tip in the rocket and stir into the mash until it’s hot and just wilted.

  3. Serve the salmon on the mash, drizzled with the cooking juices.

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24th Mar, 2017
Great dish just changed it slightly. I don't like cream in any dishes so just addd a drop of water to the bean so they did not dry out. Dry fried some proscuttio and chorizo and mixed that in with the beans and sprinkled some on top of the salmon, lovely.
14th Apr, 2010
Love the bean mash. family liked this recipe.
10th Oct, 2009
Just made this now and it was lovely. Warning, do not over mash the beans otherwise they are too soft to hold up the salmon. Used Spinach instead of Rocket and worked really well.
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5th Aug, 2009
very easy to make ,a quick meal in the week, i ate most of it but enjoyed the salmon the most, the butter bean mash wasn,t great,as my hubby and 2 sons didn,t think it was great.
23rd Jul, 2009
Lovely marinade/topping for the salmon
11th Jun, 2009
We have made this countless times. I often replace lime with orange. As others have written before me, the beans go well will all sorts of things. Divine. We can't always get creme fraiche so sour cream is good.
15th Sep, 2008
Absolutely delicious - I love butter bean mash and although it is rich, my partner and I wolfed it down and I will definitely make it again.
2nd Sep, 2008
i think this recipe is a marmite one,love it or hate it ! unfortunately i thought it was awful claggy, funny mix of flavours just yuk, its rare that i cant finish a plate. however my mum thought it was " nice " no more.. i guess its personal taste. i think it was the beans that i found more offensive than anything which is a shame as i was looking for a nice replacement for tatties.
21st Jul, 2008
Bean mash lovely. I used half the suggested amount of honey in the salmon marinade and it was very nice, but still a little too sweet. I'll use less again next time. (I used less mustard too).
16th May, 2008
One of our favourite recipes for Salmon.Lovely.


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