Pan-Seared Salmon with Braised Lentils (Saumon avec Lentilles du Puy)
The classic French combination of salmon and lentils makes for a satisfying dinner that can be on the table in less than an hour.
Why This Recipe Works
We began building flavor in our salmon and lentils recipe by sautéing onion, garlic, and thyme in some butter, then adding the lentils and chicken broth (which lent the dish fuller flavor than water), and simmering until the lentils were just tender. While the lentils cooked, we seared the fillets in a hot nonstick skillet over medium-high heat with only a tablespoon of oil. We liked the salmon in our salmon and lentils recipe cooked to the point of just turning firm and opaque. This way, the flesh remained moist and flavorful.