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Roast Salmon with Bacon and Leeks

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Serves 4

  • by from Big Buy Cooking

Salmon is one of those versatile ingredients that work well for weeknight dinners and when you have guests. Here, crisp bacon and sautéed leeks complement the fish’s rich, full flavor. 

  • 2 lbs. salmon fillet, skin on, cut into four 8-oz. pieces
  • 3 Tbs. olive oil
  • 2 tsp. chopped fresh thyme
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/4 lb. thickly sliced bacon, cut crosswise into thin strips
  • 1 large leek (white and light green parts only), trimmed and thinly sliced crosswise into rings (2 cups)
  • 2 tsp. cider vinegar
Tip:
If entertaining, you can cook and serve the fillet whole.

Position the rack in the center of the oven and heat the oven to 400°F. Rub the salmon flesh with 1 Tbs. oil and then sprinkle with half the thyme, 3/4 tsp. salt, and 1/2 tsp. pepper.

In a large (12-inch), oven-proof skillet (like a cast-iron pan) over medium heat, cook the bacon in 1 Tbs. oil, stirring occasionally, until it crisps and renders most of its fat, about 5 minutes. Transfer to a plate lined with paper towels. Discard the bacon fat and wipe the pan with a paper towel.

Add the remaining Tbs. oil and the leek to the pan, sprinkle with 1/2 tsp. salt, the remaining thyme, and the vinegar, and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally, until the leek softens completely and turns light brown, about 10 minutes.

Spread the leeks evenly around the pan and set the salmon skin side down on top. Transfer to the oven and roast uncovered until the salmon browns and becomes mostly firm to the touch (it should be just a little pink inside when you flake open a thicker piece of the fish), about 20 minutes.

Serve the salmon with leeks and crisp bacon on top.

Serving Suggestions

For a quick weeknight side, serve with Roasted Fingerling Potato Crisps with Shallots and Rosemary or Spiced Couscous.

Photo: Maren Caruso



This was terrific. I will make more leeks next time. It was all great.

Delicious! Made exactly according to the recipe and turned out perfectly. Quick to prep with minimal mess. Definite make again.

Delicious! Made exactly according to the recipe and turned out perfectly. Quick to prep with minimal mess. Definite make again.

Delicious! Made exactly according to the recipe and turned out perfectly. Quick to prep with minimal mess. Definite make again.

This was quite good and very easy. I made two changes. I didn't have any bacon, so I just skipped it. Also, I cooked the salmon for only about 12 minutes. Maybe my fish was too thin, but I think 20 minutes would have been too much. Will make this again -- maybe with mashed potatoes as a side next time.

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