Pan-seared Salmon with Roasted Beets and Horseradish Salsa

16 Sep

Thanks everyone for your kind words yesterday about my big triathlon!

Today we have a recipe that practically cooks itself. It comes to us from HelloFresh, the ingredient-delivery service that MrKef and I use during hectic weeks. This meal was ready to go in about 25 minutes and got resounding thumbs up from both of us here in the Kef household–not an easy task!

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Pan-seared Salmon with roasted Beets and Horseradish Salsa


  • 2 fillets of salmon, skin on
  • 1 8 oz package of pre-cooked beets (or 3-4 beets, peeled and roasted), chopped into 1/2 cubes
  • 1 red onion, 1/4 diced and 3/4 chopped
  • grain of your choice–we used white rice because that’s what we had
  • 2 tsp horseradish
  • dill, to taste, diced (I used one of those small plastic packages, about 1/4 cup)
  • 2 cloves garlic, grated or minced
  • 2 TBS balsamic vinegar
  • 1-2 tsp smoked paprika
  • olive oil
  • salt & pepper, to taste


1. Get your grain going per package instructions (boil the water, cover the pot, etc etc). Preheat your oven to 400F.

2. Toss 2/3 of the beets with the chopped 3/4 of onions, 1-2 tsp olive oil, salt, and pepper. Place in oven for 15-20 minutes, or until onions are slightly carmelized (browned).

3. In a small bowl, combine the dill, diced onions, horseradish, remaining beets, and 1 tsp olive oil. Mix in some salt & pepper. Check on your grain per package instructions. Take out the beets/onions if they’ve been cooking and you forgot about them, like I did (oops!)

4. Season the salmon on all sides with salt, pepper, and paprika. Heat 1 tsp olive oil in a small pan over high heat. Once the pan is nice and hot (but not smoking!), cook the salmon skin-side down for 4-6 minutes (assuming a 6 oz fillet), or until skin begins to crisp and turn golden brown. Flip the fish and cook on the other side for 2-3 minutes. Set aside to rest.

5. Add the balsamic vinegar and garlic to the hot pan and let the liquid reduce by half to make a delicious balsamic glaze. Hello Fresh says you should discard the garlic, I think that is a horrible idea and ate it as a balsamic-garlic glaze.

6. Mix together your grain and horseradish salsa. Serve with fish and roasted beets and onions. Drizzle with balsamic glaze (with or without the garlic).

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