Salmon with Caramelized Leeks and Carrots

The simplest fish dish ever!  Quick, easy, elegant and delicious — great attributes for any meal.  We had some leftover leeks from making the Fish Cooked in Paper recipe and so I decided to try another fish recipe using leeks that I found via  I love caramelizing vegetables — it kicks your basic sautéing up a notch.  The leeks and carrots make a great combination, I could eat them with or without the salmon!

Salmon with Caramelized Leeks (by Sherson)

Yields: 4 servings


  • 4 leeks
  • 2 T butter
  • 1 T brown sugar
  • 3 carrots, cut into matchsticks
  • 2 lbs salmon fillets
  • 2 tsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and ground black pepper to taste


Preheat oven to 425°F.  Line a baking sheet with foil, and spray with cooking spray.

Trim away the root end, tough outer leaves, and dark green tops of the leeks.  You can save the dark green tops to use in any recipe that calls for green onions or try making a Leek Tops Mac & Cheese.  Cut the leeks lengthwise into quarters, then crosswise into thirds.  Wash the leeks well to remove any grit, and drain in a colander.

Melt the butter in a large skillet over medium-high heat, and cook and stir the leeks until they have started to soften, about 5 minutes.  Sprinkle the leeks with brown sugar, and cook until they turn brown, 15 to 20 minutes.

Stir in the matchstick carrots, sprinkle with kosher salt, and cook and stir until the carrots are tender, about 5 minutes.

Place the salmon on the prepared baking sheet, rub the fillets with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper.

Roast the salmon until the flesh is opaque and flakes easily but isn’t dry, about 10 minutes per 1 inch of thickness.  Remove the cooked fillets to plates, and top each fillet with 1/4 of the caramelized leeks and carrots.

Try serving this with a side of Sautéed Asparagus with Mushrooms!

2 Responses to “Salmon with Caramelized Leeks and Carrots”
  1. I find some great recipes here for salmon! I normally do it with carrots, onions and honey – which is always a success with my boyfriend, however it is time to shake it up! Thank you for the inspiration 😉

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