Fennel-Crusted Salmon on White Beans

Fennel-Crusted Salmon on White Beans

Delicious warm white beans and fennel are topped with succulent fennel-seed-crusted salmon for a double hit of flavor. For an extra-fresh look, set aside some additional chopped fennel fronds to use as a garnish.

From EatingWell: February/March 2006, EatingWell Serves Two
Yield: 6 servings
Active Time: 35 minutes
Total Time: 40 minutes

Ingredients

  1. 5 teaspoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  2. 1 bulb fennel, halved, cored and thinly sliced, plus 1 tablespoon chopped fennel fronds
  3. 2 15-ounce cans white beans, rinsed
  4. 2 medium tomatoes, diced
  5. 1/3 cup white wine
  6. 1 tablespoon Dijon mustard
  7. 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground pepper, divided
  8. 1 tablespoon fennel seeds
  9. 1 pound salmon fillet, skin removed (see Tip), cut into 2 portions

Preparation

  1. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium heat. Add sliced fennel; cook, stirring occasionally, until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Stir in beans, tomatoes and wine. Cook, stirring occasionally, until the tomatoes begin to break down, about 3 minutes. Transfer to a bowl; stir in chopped fennel fronds, mustard and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Cover to keep warm.
  2. Meanwhile, combine fennel seeds and the remaining 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl; sprinkle evenly on both sides of salmon.
  3. Wipe out the pan. Add the remaining 3 teaspoons oil to the pan and heat over high heat until shimmering but not smoking. Add the salmon, skinned-side up, and cook until golden brown, 3 to 5 minutes. Turn the salmon over, cover and remove from the heat. Let stand until the salmon finishes cooking off the heat, 3 to 5 minutes more. Transfer the salmon to a cutting board and flake with a fork. Serve salmon on top of the warm bean mixture.

Tips & Notes

Nutrition

Nutrition Per Serving: 306 calories; 13 g fat (2 g sat, 6 g mono); 45 mg cholesterol; 29 g carbohydrates; 25 g protein; 9 g fiber; 467 mg sodium; 1019 mg potassium.

Nutrition Bonus: Folate (39% daily value), Fiber (36% dv), Potassium (29% dv), Vitamin C (25% dv), Iron (15% dv), Omega-3s.

1 Carbohydrate Serving

Exchanges: 1.5 starch, 1 vegetable, 3 lean meat, 1 fat