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pancetta-wrapped salmon


salmon is the obvious fish of choice for many people. it’s an oily fish, so is rich in those precious omega 3 fatty acids that we all need, and is widely available at affordable choices. what more could anyone want?

choosing which salmon you buy, if you are concerned with making the ethical choice, is less than easy. organic salmon is an obvious answer but, for me, it’s actually wild salmon that is the better choice given how intensively salmon, organic or not, is farmed, and the negative side effects this process can have on the environment*. however, wild salmon is not without its critics so it’s far from clear-cut.

as a result, salmon is a fish i rarely buy, usually choosing mackerel** for my omega 3s, so when we do indulge it needs to be treated with care. these salmon fish fingers were definitely worth making but so too is this simpler salmon wrapped in pancetta dish which we had with minted, buttered peas.

* find out more about the issues associated with farming salmon here and here.

** do a search, there are lots of mackerel recipes on eat the right stuff.

pancetta –wrapped salmon (serves 4)

4 pieces salmon fillet, each about 125g in weight

8-12 pieces smoked pancetta

4 bay leaves

preheat the oven to 200c.

remove the skin from the salmon. top each fillet with a bay leaf and then wrap it in pancetta. place in a lightly oiled dish and bake for 20-25 minutes until the pancetta and salmon are cooked through.

for the peas, boil some peas (freshly podded ideally at this time of year) until they are just cooked. add a knob of butter, the juice of half a lemon and a handful of chopped fresh mint. season to taste.


Reader Comments (7)

I understand what you mean about salmon - it's one of our favorite fishes. Organic slamon is great but I was unaware it too was not clean cut. I do love your recipe here. I do not think I have ever tried bacon and salmon before. Looks divine!
July 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterMeeta
hi meeta, do try the bacon/salmon combination, it's a nice change. i've added some links to articles about the issues around farming salmon. it was the first one of these that got me thinking about this issue.
July 17, 2007 | Registered Commenterabby
Abby, this is delicious!
I once made chicken this way, but I bet salmon is waaaay better!
July 17, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterPatricia Scarpin
hi patricia - i do a chicken version too, stuffing the chicken with cheese and herbs before wrapping it up. very yummy!
July 18, 2007 | Registered Commenterabby
Abs, this looks great. I recently cooked monkfish in a similar manner, using parma ham and fresh sage. The sage really added something--but fresh sage, I learned, is very potent, so a little goes a long way.
July 19, 2007 | Unregistered CommenterJulia S
hi julia, i like the sound of your sage and monkfish combination.
July 20, 2007 | Registered Commenterabby
I have never had pancetta wrapped salmon... this looks amazing :)
October 14, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterMeatHub

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