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Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo

Succulent salmon with a crispy skin, sat on a bed of crushed sweet peas and spicy chorizo. This Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo is elegant yet simple. A perfect entree for entertaining. Recipe from Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious food for easy entertaining.
Succulent salmon with a crispy skin, sat on a bed of crushed sweet peas and spicy chorizo. This Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo is elegant yet simple. A perfect main for easy entertaining.

Head-on shot of the salmon showing the crispy exterior.

This Seared Salmon is so quick to prepare, which is great if you have friends coming over after work. The hardest part is chopping up the chorizo, as in…… not hard at all.

Be sure to cook the chorizo first, this releases all the paprika spiked oils, which are then used to cook the salmon. Extra flavour without an extra ingredient or an extra step! The key to getting all the oils out is to start the chorizo in a cold pan. Use a big heavy based fry pan, one that will fit your salmon, then you can re-use the pan and save on washing up.

Frozen peas are perfect here, they take minutes to cook and are super sweet. They are cooked for a few minutes and then crushed with a fork to add some texture to the dish.

Overhead view showing the peas and chorizo in a white bowl, with lemon garnish

This Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo doesn’t really need a side dish, but if you are looking for a side then maybe serve it with my Hedgehog Potatoes.

Or serve an appetizer to start your meal. Something like my Basil and Cheese Stuffed Mushrooms would work well. Or go for a dessert instead and try my gorgeously wobbly Pear and Pomegranate Panna Cotta.

Such a simple elegant dish is just perfect for friends, open a glass of wine, and enjoy your evening. I would suggest a Pinot Noir which will work with the rich fish and not be overpowered by the spice from the chorizo. Although I am partial to a glass of bubbly with my salmon.

Enjoy x


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Succulent salmon with a crispy skin, sat on a bed of crushed sweet peas and spicy chorizo. This Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo is elegant yet simple. A perfect entree for entertaining. Recipe from Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious food for easy entertaining.
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Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo

Succulent salmon with a crispy skin, sat on a bed of crushed sweet peas and spicy chorizo. This Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo is elegant yet simple. A perfect entree for entertaining. Recipe from Sprinkles and Sprouts | Delicious food for easy entertaining.

Course Main
Cuisine Modern Australian
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 465 kcal

Ingredients

  • 3 cups frozen peas
  • 4 oz chorizo sausage
  • 4 skin on salmon fillets (6 oz/170g each)
  • 1 shallot
  • 1 tsp olive oil
  • salt
  • ground white pepper
  • 1 lemon

Instructions

You can change the measurement from US to metric at the bottom of this list

  1. Add the peas to boiling water and cook for 5 minutes.
  2. Drain and set aside
  3. Chop the chorizo into small dice and place in a cold large heavy based fry pan.
  4. Place the pan over a medium heat, stir occasionally and cook until it is crispy and has released it's oils.
  5. Remove the chorizo from the pan with a slotted spoon, leaving the oil behind.
  6. Season the salmon with salt and pepper.
  7. Turn the heat up to high and cook the salmon skin side down for 2 minutes until the skin is crispy.
  8. Flip the salmon and cook for a further 4 minutes.
  9. Transfer salmon to a warmed plate, tent  it with foil and set aside.
  10. Peel and finely chop the shallot, add it to the fry pan along with the olive oil and cook for 2 minutes until translucent.
  11. Add the chorizo and peas to the pan and stir to heat through.
  12. Take a fork and lightly crush the peas with a fork.
  13. Serve the seared salmon on a bed of peas and garnish with a wedge of lemon.

Recipe Notes

The peas and chorizo can be prepared in advance. Just be sure to save the chorizo oil to cook the salmon in.

 

 

Nutrition Facts
Seared Salmon with Peas and Chorizo
Amount Per Serving
Calories 465 Calories from Fat 198
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 22g 34%
Saturated Fat 5g 25%
Cholesterol 115mg 38%
Sodium 390mg 16%
Potassium 1256mg 36%
Total Carbohydrates 19g 6%
Dietary Fiber 6g 24%
Sugars 7g
Protein 46g 92%
Vitamin A 18%
Vitamin C 70.7%
Calcium 5.5%
Iron 20%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

 

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  1. Reply

    I LOVE salmon and this looks amazing!!

    1. Reply

      Salmon is such a great fish isn’t it. So much flavor and I just love the colour 😀

    • Leah
    • March 10, 2018
    Reply

    This looks like the perfect dinner. I love the combination of flavors going on, especially with the peas and chorizo! Yum!

    1. Reply

      It is a great combo, simple but delicious!

  2. Love the pairing! This would make a great dinner to serve to guests.

    -Jennifer
    https://maunelegacy.com

    1. Reply

      It really is great for entertaining 😀

  3. Reply

    I absolutely love salmon and this dish looks amazing. I can’t wait to try it.

    1. Reply

      Thank you Jillian. I hope you enjoy it 😀

    • Dorothy Dunton
    • October 4, 2017
    Reply

    Hi Claire! You described this perfectly…elegant and simple! My kind of food. These components work so well together. I always have frozen peas on hand, as well as frozen corn and spinach. They make life easier.

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