North African Spiced Salmon Over French Lentils
Yield: Servings: 4
Source: Fine Cooking: By Marge Perry
Go to any French bistro, and you’ll likely find a dish of lentils and salmon. It’s a classic for good reason: Lean, mellow lentils complement the richness of the fish. This version includes a Moroccan-inspired spice rub on the salmon. As you eat, flake the salmon into the lentils to better distribute those aromatic spices throughout the dish.
1 cup French lentils (lentils du Puy), rinsed
1/3 cup dried apricots, finely diced
2 Tbs. olive oil
1 large onion, chopped (about 2 cups)
1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley; more for serving, if you like
1 Tbs. drained capers
1/2 tsp. finely grated lemon zest
1 Tbs. fresh lemon juice
Fine sea salt
1/2 tsp. ground cumin
1/2 tsp. paprika
1/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 tsp. ground ginger
1/4 tsp. ground turmeric
1/8 tsp. ground allspice
1/8 tsp. cayenne
4 6-oz. salmon fillets, skinless or skin on
Lemon wedges, for serving
In a 4-quart saucepan, bring the lentils and 3 cups water to a boil over medium-high heat. Reduce to a simmer, add the apricots, and gently simmer until the lentils are tender but still hold their shape, 35 to 45 minutes. Drain.
Meanwhile, heat 1 Tbs. of the oil in a 12-inch skillet over medium heat. Add the onion and cook, stirring occasionally, until soft and golden, 6 to 8 minutes. Add the lentils, parsley, capers, lemon zest and juice, and 1/4 tsp. salt, and stir to combine. Keep warm over low heat.
Combine the cumin, paprika, cinnamon, ginger, turmeric, allspice, cayenne, and 1/2 tsp. salt in a small bowl. Pat the spice mix onto the salmon.
Heat the remaining 1 Tbs. oil in another 12-inch nonstick or cast-iron skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, flesh side down, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 4 minutes. Turn and cook to your liking, another 2 to 3 minutes for salmon that’s barely opaque in the center. Serve the salmon over the lentils, garnished with more parsley, if you like, and with the lemon wedges.
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