Wild Salmon with Mashy Peas, Pea Shoot Salad & Grilled Lemon

I saw this recipe being made on the Today Show.  It just screamed Spring so I wanted to share it with our readers.  Enjoy.

From the Today Show website: Spring is finally here and there’s no better way to celebrate at the dinner table than by serving salmon with seasonal ingredients like peas and fresh herbs. This recipe from Billy Dec calls for wild salmon, which is worth seeking out for its wonderful firm texture and robust flavor, not to mention its extremely high levels of heart healthy omega-3s (many stores sell high quality frozen wild salmon). Dec’s recipe also calls for fresh peas, but Dec says you can feel free to substitute frozen peas — just cook them according to the package directions before continuing with the recipe.

Serves: 2

Photo Samantha Okazaki / TODAY

Photo Samantha Okazaki / TODAY



  • 2 6-ounce portions fresh wild salmon
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

Mashy Peas:

  • 1/2 pound fresh English peas, shucked
  • 1 clove fresh garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 teaspoon fresh tarragon, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon fresh Italian flat leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh chives, finely chopped
  • 1/2 teaspoon fresh basil, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh mint, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 1 tablespoon plus 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper

Pea Shoot Salad:

  • 2 cups fresh pea shoots
  • 1/2 cup fresh snap peas, thinly sliced on a bias about 1/8” thick
  • 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • Pinch kosher salt
  • Pinch fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 lemon, cut in half

To make the mashy peas: Bring 6 cups of water to a boil in a medium sauce pot and add 1 tablespoon kosher salt to the water. Have a bowl with half ice cubes and half water ready to shock the peas. Add the peas to the boiling water and cook until tender, approximately 4 minutes. Remove from boiling water and place peas in the ice water to stop the cooking. Drain the peas. Place peas in a food processor and pulse a couple of times, then add in the chopped garlic and pulse to combine. Continue to pulse the mixture and drizzle in the olive oil. Add in the tarragon, parsley, chives, basil, mint, lemon juice, 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt and 1/4 teaspoon black pepper. Lightly pulse until incorporated. Remove from processor and keep chilled.

For the salmon: Heat a large non stick saute pan over medium- high heat. Lightly season the salmon portions with the 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt on both sides. Add the 2 tablespoons vegetable oil to the pan. Carefully place the salmon portions into the pan, skin side up. Reduce heat to medium. Allow salmon to cook to a golden brown. After about 4 minutes, flip the salmon and allow to finish cooking, about 5 more minutes. Remove from pan.

For the pea shoot salad: Toss all ingredients for the salad in a mixing bowl, set aside.

To assemble: Heat a non stick pan to medium-high heat, place the cut sides of the lemon down in the pan to sear until golden brown.Divide the mashy peas between two plates, place a portion of salmon over the peas, top with the pea shoot salad. Serve with the seared half lemon on the side.

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