Pan-Roasted Salmon with Dijon Butterbean Salad & 5 Random Favorites

6 Mar

salmon and butterbean salad

Welcome back from what was definitely the last snow day of the year. It’s Friday and that means I’m linking up with Cynthia, Mar, and Courtney. Today’s a pretty open prompt, so I’m gonna make it just as random as can be, and then read on for the insanely easy salmon recipe I’ve got for you today.

Five Favorites Apropos of Nothing

1. Robin Wright’s stylists on House of Cards. Just when I think they have exhausted the world’s supply of natural-waisted, solid shift dresses with asymmetrical necklines, they go and find another one that I wish I had in my closet. Well done, friends.

2. Garmin Customer Support. My trusty Forerunner 610 was never the same after a wet and grimy NYC Triathlon and these real, live, lovely people helped me troubleshoot and repair it.

3. Arlington Free Clinic. I volunteer here and they do amazing work I am just so proud to be a small part of.

4. The fact that Trader Joe’s sells frozen figs. I don’t know what to do with them yet–they’re frozen with the skin on but this lady says I can blend ’em right up that way, so it seems VERY favorite-worthy!

5. People who are kind, supportive, and inclusive will always be my favorite. Here’s a little shoutout to Jamie Brewer, who became the first person with Down Syndrome to rock the runway at New York Fashion Week.

Actress Jamie Brewer walks in the Carrie Hammer show at New York Fashion Week.

Alrighty then–on to the salmon. MrKef and I tried out Hello Fresh, which is one of those weekly meals-all-but-cooked delivery services. This was our first meal and we were both pretty wowed at how delicious the result was, but I can’t say that I found it any easier to cook just because the teaspoon of coriander was portioned out for me. It’s a fun idea and I think we’ll do it again sometime, but I can’t see us making this a weekly subscription. This salmon, on the other hand–well, it could become a nightly thing.

Pan-Roasted Salmon with Dijon Butterbean Salad


  • 2 salmon fillets (4 oz)
  • 1 tsp dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic
  • 12 (or so) sugar snap peas
  • 1 small zucchini
  • 1 can butter beans
  • 1 tsp coriander
  • 1 TBS stock concentrate
  • 1 small red onion
  • juice of half lemon
  • 1 TBS + 1 tsp olive oil
  • 1/2 TBS butter
  • salt and pepper (to taste)
  • 1/4 c water


1. Drain and rinse the butter beans. Finely dice the red onion and garlic. Chop the zucchini into 1/2-inch cubes.

2. Heat 2 tsp olive oil in a large pan over medium-high heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until tender and fragrant (about 5 minutes). Add the snap peas and zucchini until peas are just a little tender and zucchini has softened (another 3-4 minutes). Pour into a bowl and set aside. Do not wash the pan.

3. In the same pan, add another 2 tsp of olive oil. Season both sides of the salmon with the salt and pepper, then add to pan skin-side down. Cook for 2-3 minutes on each side. Add butter and lemon juice, then spoon sauce over the salmon. Remove the fish from the pan and cover with foil. Still don’t wash the pan.

4. In the same pan, add the mustard and coriander to the lemon/butter sauce (mine wasn’t the most beautiful thing I had ever seen, but it tasted great). Cook for 30 seconds, then add the beans, onion, zucchini, and snap peas. Toss for 1-2 minutes, then season with salt and pepper if you’d like.

5. Add stock concentrate and 1/4 c water. Simmer for about 3 minutes, until broth is slightly thickened.

6. Serve salmon over salad and enjoy.

10 Responses to “Pan-Roasted Salmon with Dijon Butterbean Salad & 5 Random Favorites”

  1. Kathryn @ Dancing to Running March 6, 2015 at 10:22 am #

    The salmon recipe looks absolutely delicious!

  2. lacey@fairytalesandfitness March 6, 2015 at 1:13 pm #

    That salmon sounds tasty. I need a new recipe for salmon. All I ever do is pan fry it. Thanks for the suggestion.

    • cookingupkefi March 6, 2015 at 1:30 pm #

      Thanks- we felt the same way! Tastes even better when thete is next to no clean up, either’

  3. Eat Pray Run, DC March 6, 2015 at 3:40 pm #

    aw thanks for sharing that fashion week story. how awesome. and i’m almost done w/the new season of house of cards. loving it!

    • cookingupkefi March 12, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      Ugh, we are hopelessly behind–only episode 7 or 8 or something. I’ve heard it really picks up around here so I can’t wait to see where it goes!

      And yes- that FW story is the kind of love that makes the world go round!

  4. Mar on the Run! March 6, 2015 at 8:51 pm #

    OMG that salmon!! and props to the runway pic – that’s just awesome! thanks for joining us this week 🙂

    • cookingupkefi March 12, 2015 at 9:17 am #

      Right- I just love how happy she looks. Total babe!

  5. Jennifer March 8, 2015 at 2:58 pm #

    I really do like the “first lady’s” wardrobe on HOC 🙂 The salmon looks great.

    • cookingupkefi March 12, 2015 at 9:16 am #

      Thank you! I saw Robin Wright on the cover of Vanity Fair this month and I was actually shocked to see her in vneck! I was like, “Hey wait, that’s not what Claire would wear!”


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