Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Salmon in Lemon Brodetto with Pea Puree

This was such a light and refreshing meal.  Scot and I really enjoyed it.  It is grilled salmon that sits on a bed of pureed peas surrounded by a lemony broth.  A great way to eat your peas!  Actually, the pea puree is delicious.  Kind of like a pea pesto.  

I followed the recipe exactly except that I left out all the mint.  On purpose.  I just thought it sounded weird with mint.  And I read all the comments on the recipe, and it seemed like lots of other people left it out too.  I thought it was perfect without it, so I would recommend not using it.  

Salmon in Lemon Brodetto with Pea Puree
by Giada De Laurentiis via Food Network

For Lemon Brodetto:
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 shallot, diced
2 lemons, juiced
1 lemon, zested
2 cups chicken broth
1 tablespoon chopped fresh mint leaves
For Pea Puree:
2 cups frozen peas, thawed (about 10 ounces)
1/4 cup fresh mint leaves
1 clove garlic
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1/2 cup grated Parmesan
For Salmon:
1/4 cup olive oil
4 (4 to 6-ounce) pieces salmon
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper

To make the Lemon Brodetto, warm the olive oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add the shallots and saute until tender, about 7 minutes. Add the lemon juice, zest, and broth. Bring to a simmer, and keep warm, covered, over low heat.

To make the Pea Puree, combine the peas, mint, garlic, salt, and pepper in a food processor and puree. With the machine running, add the olive oil in a steady drizzle. Transfer the pea puree to a small bowl and stir in the Parmesan. Set aside.

To make the Salmon, warm the olive oil in a large, heavy skillet over high heat. Season the salmon pieces with salt and pepper. Sear the salmon until a golden crust forms, about 4 to 5 minutes on the first side. Flip the fish and continue cooking until medium-rare, about 2 minutes more depending on the thickness of the fish.

To assemble the dish, add the tablespoon chopped mint to the Lemon Brodetto and divide between 4 shallow dishes. Place a large spoonful of Pea Puree into the center of each bowl. Place a salmon piece atop each mound of Pea Puree. Serve immediately.

(Servings: 4, Prep time: 45 min., Cook time: 15 min., Difficulty: Easy)

foodforscot Ratings

Shanon (taste):  8/10
Scot (taste):  8/10
Effort:  3/5
Dishwashing Effort:  3/5


  1. Good call on the mint...I think that would have tasted a bit weird. And like I said yesterday...I'm loving the rating system. You make such beautiful should have a rating for presentation!

  2. ohhh, see I think mint + peas are a match made in heaven! I made a pea & edamame puree with mint and I thought it was great, I turned the leftovers into ravioli. This sounds wonderful :)