Salmon with leeks & parsnip mash

Salmon with leeks & parsnip mash

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(27 ratings)

Prep: 10 mins Cook: 25 mins


Serves 4
Bursting with goodness this succulent salmon dish with creamy parsnip mash is a shining star of mid-week meals

Nutrition and extra info

  • Freeze mash only
  • Healthy

Nutrition: per serving

  • kcal452
  • fat21g
  • saturates4g
  • carbs34g
  • sugars16g
  • fibre13g
  • protein33g
  • salt0.23g
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  • 4 x 130g salmon fillets
  • juice and finely grated zest 1 lemon



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

  • 2 tbsp thyme leaves
  • 1kg parsnips, chopped



    The fact that the parsnip is a member of the carrot family comes as no surprise – it looks…

  • 4 tbsp fromage frais
  • 1 tbsp olive oil
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    Olive oil

    ol-iv oyl

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

  • 2 leeks, thinly sliced



    Like garlic and onion, leeks are a member of the allium family, but have their own distinct…


  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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.

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15th Feb, 2020
Great flavours! I grilled the salmon instead of oven baking it. For the parsnip mash I added some horseradish and a small spoon of creme fraiche; with lots of ground black pepper. One to do again.
28th Jul, 2019
Light and tasty the combination of the parsnip with the leeks made a nice change. I’m struggling to eat the amount of fish one should, so this was a little different and more filling than some of the salmon recipes I’ve tried. I used Greek yogurt as in the fridge, but taking note of the tip to use some flavoured cheese, I added the remains of a garlic and chive goat cheese log and this really made the difference; especially with the lemon and wine juice I’d cooked the salmon in.
10th Apr, 2019
This was gorgeous. The mash is something special. I used a dash of double cream instead of fromage frais and served with green beans. Will definitely make again!
Brian 44
6th Nov, 2018
Really Nice! Used Philadelphia garlic and herb instead of fromage frais as that was what I had to hand, otherwise did as recipe. Recommend
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25th Jul, 2017
A great recipe, but wouldn't it be more sensible to start cooking the parsnips before roasting the salmon, as both take 15 minutes to cook, but the water has to be boiled for the parsnips, then they have to be mashed afterwards, whereas the salmon is simply roasted, then served.
10th Oct, 2015
I was cooking for one and didn't have any fromage frais , but I just scaled it down and used a dollop of mayonnaise instead of the fromage frais and it was quite delicious. I generally like strong robust flavours, but this was delicate and gentle, but no less enjoyable for that. Definitely a keeper.
28th Apr, 2015
Really tasty recipe. The parsnip and the leeks complimented each other really well, and added a nice sweetness against the salmon, which wasn't over lemony. We had it with some asparagus spears on the side.
25th Mar, 2014
I did half parsnip, half potato mash too which was more filling. The leeks and fromage frais worked beautifully, and I popped some spinach into the mash too, which lent colour and more goodness. I drenched the salmon in bottled lemon juice, fresh thyme and black pepper, and just added a dash more lemon to the mash before serving. It was all really delicious. My only criticism is the amount of pans needed!
15th Feb, 2016
This is delicious! The combination of mashed parsnips with leeks is sublime and pairs wonderfully with the salmon. I used creme fraiche instead of fromage frais.
4th Mar, 2014
OK, but fairly bland. Used a mixture of potatoes and parsnip for the mash as we don't like leeks.


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