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Poached Salmon and Leeks

Updated on December 14, 2014
Salmon, Super Food
Salmon, Super Food

A Favourite Fish Dinner

Fish has never been a favourite food of mine mainly because of the less than happy memories of boiled cod every Friday in my childhood.

It took me a while to find out about salmon. What a happy discovery! Now I have salmon at least once a week. Even people who aren't fond of fish like salmon.

Are you eating one or two fish-based meals each week as recommended for health? Lots of us are missing out, perhaps in the mistaken belief that fish is difficult to prepare

Salmon isn't hard to cook, far from it. Salmon is the super-easy super-food.

Super Food Salmon

Salmon is low in calories and saturated fat, yet high in protein, with the health-promoting omega-3 essential fatty acids.

Cook Time

Prep Time: 5

Total Time: 20

Serves: 2

Ingredients

  • salmon fillet cut into 4 pieces
  • 2 medium leeks
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1/2 cup vegetable stock
  • 3/4 cup lemon juice

Instructions

  1. 1. Cut off green tops and roots of leeks and remove tough outer leaves. Cut in half lengthwise. Rinse well . Cut leeks into 2 inch lengths.
  2. 2. Peel garlic cloves and press them a little. Let the cloves of garlic sit for 5 mins
  3. 3. Heat the stock in a pan, add leeks and saute over medium heat, stirring for about 5 mins, Add garlic and lemon juice, simmer a further 5 mins covered, stirring occasionally.
  4. 4. Squeeze more lemon juice over the salmon pieces, sprinkle a little white pepper
  5. 5. Place salmon on top of leeks. Simmer for about 3-4 mins covered, or until salmon is pink inside.
  6. 6. Turn onto plate.. While the salmon is still warm,garnish with a little fresh tarragon or dill
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Essential fatty acids are, as the name implies, essential for human health. We can't make them ourselves so have to get them elsewhere. Salmon is a good place to start.

Leeks are Luscious

I'm told that the French call leeks the asparagus of the poor. Perhaps they do.The leek is certainly mild enough, blending well with stronger tasting ingredients.

The green bits you can discard, they're fibrous, tough and unpleasant to eat.

Chop off the root and the green parts. Wash thoroughly

Leeks are a good source of fibre, and packed with vitamins and minerals, especially potassium. , For good all round health - have a leek (or 5) a week.

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    • mariacarbonara profile image

      mariacarbonara 

      5 years ago

      What I like about salmon is it so simple and yet so tasty. Great lens

    • Virginia Allain profile image

      Virginia Allain 

      5 years ago from Central Florida

      I love salmon, but my husband was lukewarm about it. Finally he is starting to like it grilled after marinating it in soy sauce.

    • Vortrek Grafix profile image

      Vortrek Grafix 

      6 years ago

      We especially enjoy grilled Salmon steak. We'll buy a large whole (gutted and cleaned) Salmon and chop it into one inch thick round fillets, leaving the bone and skin intact. These we marinate, usually olive oil, garlic, spices and lemon or vinegar, then place them on the grill.

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      Helene-Malmsio 

      6 years ago

      I'll be using this recipe next time I have leek - it inspires me to add salmon!

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      moonlitta 

      7 years ago

      I'm pretty hungry being on a fruit and tea diet for two days...and the fish idea is right in place for the following the "fruit" days-it's light enough I think...:)

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      Tony Payne 

      7 years ago from Southampton, UK

      Debbie loves leeks but she isn't a big fish lover. I will have to see what she thinks of this, she might just enjoy it. It definitely sounds good to me.

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