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Salmon with Pea Mash and Fennel Salad

On this episode of Come Dine With Me Australia, Sami Dawson prepares a classy and delicate salmon dish that looks just as good as it tastes...


  • Salmon

  • 4 x180g salmon fillets, skin off

  • 2 tbsp. olive oil

  • 100g Sesame seeds for crust

  • Pea Puree

  • 5 cups frozen peas, thawed

  • 1tbs water

  • Fresh mint

  • Salt

  • Pepper

  • Fennel Salad

  • Small fennel bulb, wafer thin slices, keep fronds

  • ¼ cup radishes wafer slices

  • ½ cup watercress

  • 1 small red onion thin slices

  • random peas

  • juice of one lemon

  • 60ml olive oil

  • Salt

  • Pepper


  • Salmon:

  • 1.

    Lightly coat the salmon with sesame seeds on the skin side oil and season with salt on the other side, transfer to a plate and rest for 1 minute covered with foil.

  • 2.

    Heat some more oil in a frying pan over a medium heat and cook the salmon skin side down for 1-2 minutes, or until the skin is golden, then flip the salmon over and cook for a further 2 minutes.

  • Pea Puree:

  • 1.

    To make the pea puree, blanch the peas in boiling water, refresh under cold water.

  • 2.

    Place the peas in a blender and add the water, with salt and pepper.

  • 3.

    Pass through a sieve to allow the puree to become smooth, and then set aside.

  • Fennel Salad :

  • 1.

    To make the salad combine the radish, fennel, parsley, watercress and onion, add the lemon juice, olive oil and season with salt and pepper, toss well.

  • Serving suggestion :

  • 1.

    Spread two tablespoons of the pea puree onto each serving plate. Place the salmon on top, place the salad on the sesame side spilling out onto the plate and a few drops of quality extra virgin olive oil for presentation.

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