French Fridays with Dorie: Roasted Salmon and Split Peas

Roasted Salmon and Split Peas

As you can probably tell, I haven’t done much cooking, let alone blogging, in the last few weeks. Accounting busy season is in full swing, so we have been eating more sandwiches, soups, and salads than usual. When I saw that this week’s French Fridays with Dorie recipe, Roasted Salmon and Lentils, could take less than an hour to pull off (with minimal prep!), I jumped at the chance to make something different. I had one problem – I was out of red lentils.  Roasted salmon and split peas sounded like a reasonable compromise.

I patted myself in the back prematurely for thinking that split peas would make a great substitute. I reached into the bulk bag, scooped a cup, and followed Dorie’s recipe.  The only modifications?  Three black peppercorns and a fat sprig of thyme.

Learning the Easy Way

Lentils cook relatively quickly and require no soaking. Split peas are better soaked, and can take up to four hours to cook completely.  There’s no way I will forget that after munching on half-cooked split peas.  Good thing DH had dinner at work!    The flavors were great, although I am glad I added the extra seasonings.  The oily salmon was a great contrast to the very healthy legumes too.

French Fridays with Dorie is an online cooking club where on a weekly basis, home cooks all over the world post their interpretations of a selected recipe from Around My French TableDorie Greenspan’s award winning cookbook.

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Adriana is a financial analyst by day, avid home cook in the evenings, and food blogger and runner in the strange hours between those two. When not in the kitchen concocting meals and stories to pass around, she is out looking for the next great bite (or the ingredients to make it at home), checking what's new at the market, or planning a trip around great food and wine.

38 Responses to “French Fridays with Dorie: Roasted Salmon and Split Peas”

  1. Bev
    March 2, 2012 at 10:16 am #

    Dontcha just love it when we learn from experience? I am always attempting to sub in ingredients- sometimes good but sometimes a big uh-oh!

  2. March 2, 2012 at 10:20 am #

    It looks good anyway! Not sure about al dente split peas. I’m not cooking until Sunday but I’ll remember your lesson.

  3. March 2, 2012 at 10:44 am #

    Grrr, this week is Salmon & Lentils? Wild sockeye salmon was on sale yesterday at the store and I didn’t pick any up! And I already have a bag of French lentils sitting next to me! I didn’t realize split peas take such a long time to cook? The yellow split peas usually takes about 30 minutes tops but perhaps older ones take a little longer. In either case, your salmon filet looks juicy and tender. Certainly made me wish I cooked along too!

    • March 2, 2012 at 10:56 am #

      My peas were definitely old! I ended up simmering the ones I did not eat for at least two more hours, adding extra liquid. I will be pureeing those leftovers very well tomorrow. You could always do the recipe today and make it a French weekend!

  4. Betsy
    March 2, 2012 at 10:52 am #

    Adriana, you put me into hysterics with your legume mantra. Glad you had a new choice to homemade faster food. Hopefully calmer days are in sight.

    • March 2, 2012 at 10:59 am #

      Oh, I was chuckling pretty loudly when I took the mantra to my cubicle’s whiteboard. There’s no way I’m forgetting that lentils and split peas are not interchangeable 😉

  5. March 2, 2012 at 11:05 am #

    Your photo about the lentils and split peas made me laugh! It looks great anyway! I wish I added extra seasonings…next time!

  6. March 2, 2012 at 11:25 am #

    Ooops, well, I guess now you know. I have had a few similar learning experiences. They are not always fun, but like you said, now you will never forget. Good luck with tax season.

  7. March 2, 2012 at 12:23 pm #

    Oh noooo! ha! Good to know.

  8. March 2, 2012 at 1:09 pm #

    Oh no – how frustrated you must have been !
    The white board writing made me laugh. I had a grade school teacher that used to make us do that 🙂

  9. March 2, 2012 at 1:22 pm #

    GREAT post!!

  10. nana
    March 2, 2012 at 2:56 pm #

    Tricia almost did the same with the split peas, grant you, they look prettier than our
    lentils. Thanks for the tip on added flavor, mine was so bland. Yours looks good
    even if you had to chew a little.

  11. March 2, 2012 at 3:18 pm #

    AW! Too bad you couldn’t write that with the multiple chalk holder like on the Simpsons. Sorry for the frustration.

  12. March 2, 2012 at 5:47 pm #

    Oh no, they look the same as lentils cooked. Love the white board 🙂

  13. March 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm #

    Aw, rats….sorry the substitution was a bust!!! It looks great, though 🙂

  14. March 2, 2012 at 8:13 pm #

    This really made me laugh!. I want to gift you some lentils!

  15. March 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm #

    You are so funny. You did not really do this…it is tax season that does all the bad things to our brains and so our brains turn off or explode and we just can’t think straight. I figure I have about 2 weeks of tax work left and then I’ll finally be done, but only temporarily…it never ends. I would be further along, but I have to stop to do pay day, work on problems, pay bills, etc., etc. And I don’t know how anyone keeps up on all the new laws and new taxes………it blows our minds. I know you would have correctly cooked lentils and not the peas if your brain was not overworked. You’ll just have to take a few days off sometime soon and work it all out in the kitchen making yummy things and everything will then be good for awhile. I agree…this dish needed more good seasonings, but it turned out really great…with the lentils.

    • March 2, 2012 at 8:57 pm #

      I haven’t worked in taxes for a few years now, but my husband is an audit manager and “my” fiscal year wraps up in April – auditors are almost here and we just got through month-end. The overall feel is very hectic! I’m looking forward to a laid back weekend of baking sables and biscuits before the craziness starts again.

  16. March 2, 2012 at 8:32 pm #

    Oh, my dear. Some days……. I loved your punishment to yourself. That was almost worth your using peas. Now I will tell you the truth. I didn’t know there was a difference between the cooking time of lentils and peas and beans. NOW I know. Thanks for educating me as well as making me laugh very hard. Mary

  17. March 2, 2012 at 10:35 pm #

    It looks good, Adriana. You would think the size of the split pea would make them quicker cooking, so I can see what you thought they would make a good substitute. I remember when we used to write 100 times…I shall not talk in class…had totatlly forgotten about that until I saw your white board. Too cute!

  18. March 3, 2012 at 1:58 am #

    Well, it *looks* good even if it didn’t taste so good. Your white board made me laugh! You will definitely have to try this again with the real thing.

  19. March 3, 2012 at 2:57 am #

    If it makes you feel better, I thought the recipe called for 1 garlic clove, not 1 clove…whoops!

  20. March 3, 2012 at 4:33 am #

    Too funny! I would have definitely done same as you! I guess this is what funny moments in life a made of (but we don’t think this till much much later!)

  21. March 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm #

    Love your whiteboard punishment. Your salmon looks delicious. I would have thought you could substitute peas too. I’ve cooked lots of split peas but not so many lentils. I didn’t realize that du Puys was a special type of green lentil.

  22. March 3, 2012 at 11:35 pm #

    LOL!!! Love that you wrote on the board! Did you ever see the Cosby Show episode where Cosby has to write “I will not do my child’s homework” on the board? It’s great, you should get to it if you haven’t seen it! 🙂 You ran into exactly the same problem that i was worried that I would run into when I started this one, glad I didn’t use peas! You will have to try it with lentils, I bet you love them!

  23. March 4, 2012 at 8:33 am #

    too funny (-:

  24. March 4, 2012 at 12:16 pm #

    Great post. Ha! It still looks pretty yummy, though!

  25. March 4, 2012 at 4:21 pm #

    Sounds like a great substitute (the peas)! Looks delish!

  26. March 5, 2012 at 1:00 am #

    LOL, your note about lentils and peas not being interchangeable is so funny! I used a mixture of split peas and lentils and perhaps I had to cook them longer because of the peas…they ended up slightly mushy underneath my salmon. But delicious nonetheless! Glad you were able to cook along this week despite being so busy 🙂

  27. March 5, 2012 at 5:58 pm #

    I really like the idea of adding peppercorns and thyme. That’s too funny about trying to substitute split peas for lentils. I always forget how long split peas actually take to cook!

  28. March 12, 2012 at 5:22 pm #

    Love your whiteboard reminder! I was able to find some green lentils to use and loved the combination of the richly flavoured lentils with the simply roasted salmon. Hope you get to try this with a more suitable legume sometime. 🙂


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