The Recipes

Mustard-Crusted Salmon

Let's get the year started off right, shall we?  We'll do a little traditional pairing of salmon and lentils.  Go ahead and raise a glass to your health with this one.  It's loaded with all kinds of good stuff for you and is tasty to boot.

Mustard-Crusted Salmon

Serves: 1     Time: 20 minutes     Difficulty: Medium if you're a newbie

INGREDIENTS:

- 1 salmon fillet

- 1 T. grainy mustard

- 1 T. panko bread crumbs

- 1 scallion, chopped

- 1/2 lemon, juiced

- 1/4 c. red lentils

- 3/4 c. vegetable stock

- 1 clove garlic, smashed

- 1/4 onion

- salt

- pepper

- olive oil

DIRECTIONS:

Bring the stock to a low boil.  Add the lentils, garlic, and onion to the pot.  Season with salt and pepper, cover, and cook to instructions - usually about 12 minutes.

While the lentils cook, season the salmon with salt and pepper.  Spread the mustard on the flesh side and top with the bread crumbs.  Heat 1 T. of oil in a pan.  Cook the salmon crust-side down for 4 minutes or until the crust is golden brown.  Flip and cook another 4-6 minutes.

Discard the garlic and onion.  Plate the lentils, top with the salmon, followed by the scallions and lemon juice.