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Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous
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Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous and a silky lemon butter sauce with capers and garlic is the perfect quick midweek lunch / dinner. Fresh and tasty.

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous
Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous, yum, such a treat. So delicious, yummmza. We love dishes like this during the week. It’s quick to make, tasty, colorful, fresh, delicious and pretty healthy too. Also, there was definitely a good fish recipe missing on this blog so it makes us super excited to share this one today. Golden pan seared salmon served with a silky, light lemon butter sauce with capers and garlic. Soooo good you guys. Funny enough, we never ate salmon at our household, my mum and dad always prepared local fishes like trout, seabass or sardines, salmon, not so much. However, a few years ago, I spent some time in Finland, where salmon is a pretty common and popular ingredient, served in stews too, delicious stews for that matter. So I kind of got used to it and now, a few years later I love it, especially when Jernej prepares it in such a delicious way. It’s such a plus that salmon is prepared super fast, in minutes, literally. That makes it the perfect go-to lunch or dinner during the week. In summer we serve it with fresh seasonal vegetables but in autumn and winter we like to prepare this aromatic couscous that’s filled with delicious things like capers, peppers and black olives.


First prepare the couscous. Add the couscous to a large bowl, cover with boiling water, season with salt. Meanwhile prepare all the delicious ingredients that go into the couscous: olives, capers, red peppers, parsley, garlic…No matter what you put into your couscous, adding a bit of lemon juice, lemon zest and fresh mint is always a good choice. It brings the best out of the couscous. Pat dry each salmon, then using a sharp knife, score each salmon fillet as seen on the photo. That way the salmon skin will be crispy and golden brown.

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous

Mmm, yaaaas. It is totally possible to have such a delicious lunch / dinner made in just under 30 minutes. Light, fresh, delicious, rich in flavor and aromatic. The salmon is crispy, golden brown, yet delicious and tender. It’s impossible to resist this dish, especially with that amazing lemon butter sauce with capers and garlic. Such a treat. 

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous

Pan-fried Salmon with Aromatic Couscous


Lets get cooking!

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  • couscous

    Add couscous to the bowl. Season with salt and pepper, add a tablespoon of olive oil. Stir to combine, then pour over just enough boiling water to cover the couscous (about 350 ml) Cover with a lid or a large plate and leave for about 10 minutes.

  • Cook the eggplant

    Cut the eggplant around 1/2 cm (1/4 inch) deep into the skin to create a crosshatch pattern. Place a skillet over medium - high heat. Add a teaspoon of olive oil. Press the eggplant cut side down into the skillet. Cook for about 5 minutes on each side or until nice and soft.

  • Aromatic couscous

    Chop the garlic and parsley. Slice the black olives on small pieces. Thinly chop the roasted red peppers and cooked eggplant. Add to the couscous in a bowl. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Add a tablespoon of olive oil, juice of half a lemon and zest of one lemon. Sprinkle with sesame seeds and fresh mint. Optionally add a teaspoon of tahini. Stir to combine.

  • Prepare and pan fry the salmon

    Using a paper towel pat dry the salmon fillets. Using a sharp knife score through the salmon, as seen on the photos. Place a frying pan over medium - high heat. When the pan is hot, add a teaspoon of olive oil and the salmon fillet, skin side down. After about 30 second, press the salmon fillet using the fish spatula to get the salmon skin flat which will result in a crispy skin. Cook for 3 - 4 minutes, depending on the thickness of the fillet, then turn the fillet, turn off the heat and cook for another minute.

    Put a salmon fillet in a frying pan by first placing the side looking towards you down, then slowly put the salmon into the hot pan. This way you won't get burned.
  • Prepare the lemon butter sauce and serve

    Remove the pan fried salmon filled from the frying pan. Now add the butter to the same pan. Add the chopped garlic and whole capers. Cook for about a minute, then add one tablespoon of lemon juice. Stir to combine and remove from the heat. Divide the aromatic couscous between four plates. Place a salmon fillet on top of the couscous, drizzle with your delicious lemon butter sauce and sprinkle with fresh parsley. Enjoy.


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