Saturday 11 June 2011

Salmon and Fennel with Roasted Veg

As you know when I cook it’s usually just for my husband and so, I try to accommodate the people cooking for themselves as well as well as a family. This one is simple for a family or one person. The ingredients can be as large or small as you'd like. With this recipe I usually roast potatoes with fennel, and add some of the fennel leaves to the salmon. Well this week’s veggie box, I got an abundance of carrots. So I decided to mix them in with the roasted veg part. So here’s what we need for 4 people.

4 salmon fillets 150-200g each depending on how hungry you are (6-8oz each)
1 large bulb fennel
1 onion
3-4 cloves garlic
3-4 baking potatoes
4-5 big carrots, depending on what feeds your family
1 lemon
Garlic powder
Olive oil for roasting
Chilli flakes (optional)

To start:
Slice off the tops of the fennel and set aside (all the furry bits and leave just the white body)
Slice the fennel thinly through the core that holds it together
Peel and slice your onion
Peel and dice your garlic
Scrub your potatoes (Don’t dice yet or they’ll get brown)
Peel the carrot and chop in finger length sizes.

Heat the oven to 200C or (~400F)
Dice the potatoes and put them on a foiled lined baking tray
Sprinkle about 3/4ths of the onion slices on top
Sprinkle half of the garlic on the potatoes.
Add half to 3/4ths the fennel to the potatoes (add all of the fennel if you’re not doing the carrots).
Drizzle with about 2 tbsp. olive oil.
Crack pepper and salt on top, and douse with a couple shakes of garlic powder and get your hands ready to toss it up.


Before you put the potatoes in the oven, prepare the carrots. (or omit the carrots from the recipe).
Lay in a baking pan or foil lined dish.
Drizzle olive oil on the carrots
Add any remaining onion or fennel or chop some fresh garlic.
Sprinkle chilli flakes and half of lemon on the carrots, cover with foil and place in the oven with the potatoes.
Roast for about 35-45 minutes, poke to see if they are tender.

Prepare the salmon fillets half way through the potatoes cooking time:

On a foil lined baking tray, lay the salmon fillets out and put some of the fennel fluff underneath the salmon and between the pieces
Salt and pepper
Add a lemon on top.
Bake in the oven when the potatoes are almost done about 40 minutes into their cooking time, for about 8-10 minutes depending on how thick your fillets are. Basically this is not rocket science, but it was hard to write the recipe to coordinate everything to be done at the same time. I hope you enjoy and if you have any questions on how to work the timing let me know :D

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