Salmon With Lemon-Mint Crust

salmon-lemon-mint-crust Photo: Yunhee Kim; Styling: Megan Hedgpeth


  • 1 small lemon
  • 1 1/4 pounds salmon fillet, preferably wild
  • 3/4 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided
  • 6 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 1 slice whole-wheat or multigrain bread
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh mint or 1/2 teaspoon dried mint flakes
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/16 teaspoon crushed red pepper
  • 16 ounces prewashed baby spinach


1. Preheat oven to 450°. Zest lemon. Transfer the zest to a food processor. Cut lemon into 4 wedges; set aside. Sprinkle salmon with 1/4 teaspoon salt and 1/4 teaspoon pepper.

2. Coarsely chop 1 garlic clove and add it to the food processor. Thinly slice remaining garlic and set it aside.

3. Tear the bread into chunks and add to the food processor along with mint, 1/4 teaspoon salt, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper. Process until coarse crumbs form and transfer to a small bowl. Stir in 1 teaspoon oil and set aside.

4. Heat 2 teaspoons oil in ovenproof skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon, skin-side up. Cook 3 minutes. Turn fish with spatula, pat crumbs over the surface, and transfer pan to the oven. Roast 5 minutes.

5. While salmon cooks, heat remaining tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add sliced garlic and red pepper flakes. Sauté 1 minute, until garlic is lightly browned. Add spinach. Stir just until wilted, season with remaining 1/4 teaspoon salt, and toss. Divide among 4 dishes. Divide salmon into 4 portions; place fish on spinach. Serve with lemon wedges.

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  • Serve salmon with a crunchy lemon-mint crust over wilted greens.
  • Yield: Makes 4 servings (serving size: about 1/2 cup spinach, about 4 ounces salmo)

Nutritional Information

Calories per serving: 364
Fat per serving: 17g
Saturated fat per serving: 3g
Monounsaturated fat per serving: 8g
Polyunsaturated fat per serving: 5g
Protein per serving: 36g
Carbohydrate per serving: 18g
Fiber per serving: 6g
Cholesterol per serving: 90mg
Iron per serving: 5mg
Sodium per serving: 495mg
Calcium per serving: 118mg