Crispy on the outside with a crust of hearty russet potatoes and fragrant leeks and perfectly flaky on the inside, these Potato-Crusted Salmon Fillets make an easy weeknight dinner that’s ready in 30 minutes.
The technique is so simple — and there’s no messy breading or egg wash to deal with.
Mix shredded potatoes (do this even more quickly in a food processor with a grater attachment if you have one) with leeks and you get a delicious crust with a subtle onion flavor.
Simply drop spoonfuls of the potato mixture into a hot pan to brown and crisp, then place salmon fillets right on top, and another spoonful of potatoes tops each piece. No muss, no fuss.
The potato and leek crust protects the salmon from overcooking, and when the potatoes are browned on both sides, the fish will be fully cooked and tender.
Pair this recipe with a simple roasted veggie like our Roasted Asparagus and you’ve got a healthy dinner that tastes like it was prepared in a restaurant. Bon appetit!
Potato-Crusted Salmon Fillets
With tender leeks and heart russet potatoes these crisp, flakey Potato Crusted Salmon Fillets make an ideal weeknight fish dinner.
- 2 small russet potatoes (about 1 lb.) washed, shredded
- ½ medium leek washed, sliced thin
- ¼ tsp. sea salt (or Himalayan salt)
- 2 tsp. ground white pepper
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1 tsp. unsalted butter
- 4 (4-oz) raw salmon fillets skinless
Drain potatoes in a colander; pat them as dry as possible with paper towels or a clean kitchen towel.
Combine potatoes, leek, salt, and pepper in a medium bowl; mix well.
Heat oil and butter in large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat.
Place four ⅓ cup mounds of potato mixture in skillet. Press a salmon fillet into each mound. Top evenly with remaining potatoes; cook for 6 to 7 minutes on each side, or until potatoes are nicely browned and fish flakes easily when tested with a fork.
- Use only the tender white part of the leek. Reserve the tougher green tops for use in broths.
The Nutrition Facts box below provides estimated nutritional information for this recipe.
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Potato-Crusted Salmon Fillets recipe photographs by Anguel Dimov