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Salmon over Warm Lentils with Crispy Pancetta

This Salmon over Warm Lentils with Crispy Pancetta can be on the table in under 60 minutes!  Perfect for a healthy weeknight dinner. 
Course Main Course
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes
Servings 4
Calories 463kcal


  • 4 salmon filets
  • 3 slices pancetta chopped, or 3 slices of bacon chopped
  • 2 shallots minced
  • 1 cup French green lentils or brown lentils
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh rosemary
  • 1 teaspoon sea salt plus more to taste
  • Freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • olive oil for spraying


  • Cook the chopped pancetta in a large skillet over medium-high heat until crisp.  Remove to a paper towel lined plate to drain with a slotted spoon, leaving the grease in the skillet.
  • Add the minced shallots to the skillet and saute for about 2 minutes.  Add the lentils, rosemary, 1 teaspoon salt, and 3 cups of water and bring just to a boil over high heat.  Reduce the heat and simmer, uncovered for about 35 minutes, until the lentils are tender and most of the liquid has evaporated.  Add the pancetta and season with salt and pepper and toss gently to combine. 
  • When there are about 10 minutes left on the lentils cooking time or when the lentils are finished and being kept warm, preheat the broiler.  Line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.  Spray a little olive oil onto the salmon filets and sprinkle with salt and pepper and broil them flesh side up for about 6 minutes - start checking at 4 minutes. 
  • While the salmon is finished you may top with a compound butter if you wish, otherwise place on top of the lentils and serve warm. 


Calories: 463kcal | Carbohydrates: 31g | Protein: 47g | Fat: 15g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 100mg | Sodium: 730mg | Potassium: 1353mg | Fiber: 15g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 85IU | Vitamin C: 3.1mg | Calcium: 52mg | Iron: 5.1mg