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Crispy Skinned Salmon Over Red Lentils with Caper Dill Yogurt Sauce

  • Author: Big Flavors from a Tiny Kitchen - Ashley Covelli
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 30 minutes
  • Yield: 4 Servings 1x
  • Category: Main Dish
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American


Crispy skinned salmon atop creamy lentils is one of the best bowls you can have! I love the flavors, they really bring the meal together.



For the lentils:

For the sauce:

  • 3/4 cup fat free Greek yogurt (I used Stonyfield)
  • 1 tablespoon capers, roughly chopped (I used nonpareil)
  • 1 teaspoon freshly grated lemon zest
  • 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice
  • 2 tablespoons fresh dill, chopped

For the crispy shallots:

  • 3 tablespoons peanut or grapeseed oil
  • 3 tablespoons flour (I used Wondra Quick-Mixing)
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly cracked black pepper
  • 1 shallot, sliced into thin rings (about 23 tablespoons)

For the salmon:

For garnish:

  • Lemon wedges
  • Dill sprigs


  1. For the lentils: Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add garlic, shallot and red pepper flakes and sauté until fragrant, about 30 to 60 seconds. Add tomato paste and stir and smash it around with your spoon until it mixes into the shallot and garlic pieces well and starts to cook. Add lentils and vegetable stock and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat to medium-low and simmer until tender, about 15 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add water as needed to keep the lentils covered during the cooking time.
  2. For the sauce: Combine yogurt, capers, lemon zest, lemon juice and dill in a small bowl. Mix well and set aside.
  3. For the crispy shallots: While the lentils are cooking, heat peanut oil in large, non-stick skillet over moderate heat. Place the flour on a plate and season with salt and pepper. Toss the shallot rings in the seasoned flour to coat well. Once oil is hot, shake excess flour off of shallots and place them in the oil to cook, flipping occasionally, until golden brown and crispy. You may need to do this in batches so the pan doesn’t get too crowded. Once crispy, remove shallots to a paper towel lined plate. Wipe out the pan.
  4. For the salmon: In the same pan that you fried the shallots in, heat oil over medium-high heat. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels and season both sides well with salt and pepper. Place the salmon in the pan, skin-side down, and let cook for 2-3 minutes, flip, and continue cooking for another minute or two – until the salmon reaches your desired degree of doneness.
  5. To serve: Divide lentils between 4 wide bowls or plates. Top each with a salmon fillet (skin side up), a dollop of sauce and a pile of crispy shallots. Garnish with lemon wedges and additional sprigs of dill. Enjoy!


Crispy fried shallots are the perfect topping for this tender, flaky seafood meal.


  • Serving Size:
  • Calories: 939
  • Sugar: 4.1 g
  • Sodium: 950.8 mg
  • Fat: 40.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 6.1 g
  • Carbohydrates: 42.7 g
  • Fiber: 6.4 g
  • Protein: 104.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 203.6 mg

Keywords: salmon, lentil bowls, gluten-free

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