Slow-Cooked Salmon with Greens and Turnips

Photo by Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriot

Photo by Michael Graydon + Nikole Herriot

Published by Bon Appétit. Recipe by Renee Erickson.

This low-heat method is very gentle, lending the salmon a velvety texture.

Note: The original recipe calls for swiss chard, but you can interchange any hearty greens you have on hand, like kale, cabbage, spinach, etc.

Ingredients : 4 SERVINGS

  • 4 6-oz. pieces skinless salmon fillet
  • 4 tablespoons olive oil, divided
  • 1 teaspoon finely grated lemon zest
  • Kosher salt
  • 4 garlic cloves, peeled, smashed
  • 1½ pound small turnips, scrubbed, halved, quartered if large
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 2 bunches Swiss chard
  • 1 small shallot, finely chopped
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh cilantro
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice
  • 1 teaspoon toasted sesame oil
  • Toasted sesame seeds (for serving)

Preparation

Preheat oven to 250°. Place salmon in a large baking dish; drizzle with 2 Tbsp. olive oil, sprinkle with lemon zest, and gently rub into flesh. Season with salt and scatter garlic around. Bake until salmon is medium-rare (mostly opaque but still slightly translucent in the center), 30–35 minutes.

Meanwhile, combine turnips, 1 Tbsp. olive oil, and 1 cup water in a large skillet; season with salt and pepper. Bring to a simmer, cover, and cook until turnips are fork-tender, 15–20 minutes. Uncover and cook, tossing occasionally, until liquid is evaporated and turnips are golden, 5 minutes.

While turnips are cooking, remove ribs and stems from Swiss chard leaves. Thinly slice ribs, stems, and leaves crosswise. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. olive oil in another large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook shallot and Swiss chard ribs and stems, stirring often, until beginning to soften, about 3 minutes. Add Swiss chard leaves and cook, tossing often, until leaves are wilted, about 2 minutes. Toss in cilantro, parsley, and lime juice; season with salt.

Drizzle salmon with sesame oil. Serve salmon with Swiss chard and turnips, topped with sesame seeds.