Simmered with carrots, turnips and thyme, the lentils make a lovely, hearty bed for the salmon fillets, which are gently cooked on top of them for easy one-dish preparation. Green (Le Puy) lentils are smaller and more delicate than other varieties and hold their shape better during cooking.

Perla Meyers
Source: EatingWell Magazine, November/December 1995


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Instructions Checklist
  • Heat oil in a Dutch oven or deep saute pan over medium heat. Add shallots and garlic and cook, stirring, until softened, about 30 seconds. Add broth, lentils, onion, thyme, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, reduce heat to low and simmer, covered, until the lentils are tender, 25 minutes.

  • Add carrots and turnips; simmer until the vegetables are tender, about 10 minutes more. Remove the onion. Add more broth if necessary; the mixture should be slightly soupy. Taste and adjust seasonings. Lay salmon fillets on top, cover the pan and cook until the salmon is opaque in the center, 8 to 10 minutes.

  • Serve in shallow bowls, garnished with parsley and lemon wedges.

Nutrition Facts

372 calories; protein 35.4g 71% DV; carbohydrates 34.7g 11% DV; exchange other carbs 2.5; dietary fiber 8.9g 35% DV; sugars 4.7g; fat 10.7g 16% DV; saturated fat 1.5g 7% DV; cholesterol 62.4mg 21% DV; vitamin a iu 5285.6IU 106% DV; vitamin c 13.8mg 23% DV; folate 47mcg 12% DV; calcium 63.7mg 6% DV; iron 4.2mg 23% DV; magnesium 45mg 16% DV; potassium 1271.7mg 36% DV; sodium 601mg 24% DV; thiamin 0.4mg 36% DV.

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  • 5 star values: 5
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Rating: 5 stars
I love this recipe. Made no changes. Very subtle, easy to make. Read More
Rating: 3 stars
I didn't particularly like this recipe. It's basically a lentil and cooked chopped vegetables dish with fish. If you have another way you prefer to cook fish and a different fish you like to cook you can certainly do that. For all that chopping this vegetable-legume dish doesn't have all that much flavor (add some lemon juice at the dinner table) perhaps similar (and a better alternative) to rice. You can also use regular chicken broth for more flavor. Pretty much every ingredient in this recipe is healthy (do you research on lentils) so we'll try a different fish next time. Read More
Rating: 5 stars
delicious! substituted parsnips for the turnips. this will become a regular on our rotation! Anonymous Read More
Rating: 5 stars
This had plusses and minuses. It was quick and easy to prepare and the lentil mixture was well-seasoned with the shallot and garlic. The salmon could use a little something else- I salted and peppered it before steaming but I think more seasoning plus some parsley or? Would have given it more flavor as well. Ellen Oakton VA Read More
Rating: 5 stars
Love this recipe. It is easy to make tastes great and looks elegant. Toronto On Read More
Rating: 5 stars
The lemon is more than a garnish. It really enlivens the flavor. Read More