Donna Hay's crispy salmon with dill pickled onions

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Donna Hay's crispy salmon with dill pickled onions

Photo, William Meppem.

This aromatic salmon recipe is from Donna Hay's cookbook, The New Easy.


  • 1 tsp dried chili flakes
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 2 tsp sesame seeds
  • 1 tsp dried mint
  • 4 x 180g pieces salmon filet , skin on
  • extra virgin olive oil , for brushing
  • baby spinach , and extra dill sprigs, to serve

Dill pickled onions

  • 2 red onions , finely sliced
  • 1/3 cup (80mL) lemon juice
  • 2 tbsp caster (superfine) sugar
  • 1/2 cup fresh dill sprigs
  • sea salt and cracked black pepper


  • To make the dill pickled onions, place the onion, lemon juice, sugar, dill and a generous amount of salt and pepper in a bowl and toss well to combine. Set aside.
  • Combine the chilli, salt, sesame and mint. Brush the salmon lightly with oil and sprinkle the flesh-side only with the spice mixture. Heat a large non-stick frying pan over high heat. Add the salmon, skin-side down, and cook for 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy. Turn the salmon and cook for a further 2-3 minutes or until cooked to your liking.
  • Divide the salmon between plates and top with the dill pickled onions. Toss the baby spinach leaves with a little of the pickling liquid and serve with the fish.

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