Saffron-Roasted Salmon with Tomato-Fennel Compote

Saffron-Roasted Salmon with Tomato-Fennel Compote

Serves 4
Feathery green fennel fronds, which grow on a bulb a fennel, are full of flavor. In this recipe, they're used to bolster the tomato-fennel compote, but use them to garnish salads or soups, too.
  • Saffron-Roasted Salmon
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/8 teaspoon saffron
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon capers, drained and finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon chopped fennel top greens
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground black pepper
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, skin removed
  • Tomato-Fennel Compote
  • 1 teaspoon extra virgin olive oil
  • 1/2 fennel bulb, with green tops, very thinly sliced
  • 1/4 teaspoon saffron
  • 1/2 leek, white part only, halved and thinly sliced
  • 1 small clove garlic, finely chopped
  • 2 plum tomatoes, finely chopped
  • 1 tablespoon chopped fennel top greens
  • 1/2 tablespoon capers, drained and roughly chopped
  • 2 tablespoons roughly chopped Kalamata olives
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
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For the salmon, whisk together oil, saffron, garlic, capers, fennel greens, salt and pepper in a wide, shallow dish. Add salmon, turn to coat all over, cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours, turning occasionally.

For the compote, heat oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Add fennel bulb and saffron and cook until fennel begins to soften. Add leeks and garlic and cook 2 more minutes. Add tomatoes and half of the fennel greens and let the mixture simmer, covered, for about 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove from heat and add the capers, olives, salt, pepper and remaining fennel top greens.

Meanwhile, preheat the oven to 350°F. Roast salmon fillets on a baking sheet until desired doneness, approximately 15 to 20 minutes. Top each fillet with some of the tomato-fennel compote and serve.
Nutritional Info: 
Per Serving: 300 calories (130 from fat), 14g total fat, 2g saturated fat, 90mg cholesterol, 510mg sodium, 6g carbohydrates, (2 g dietary fiber, 1g sugar), 35g protein.
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