Salmon with Snap Peas, Bacon, and Mint

Photo: Annabelle Breakey; Styling: Randy Mon

This company-worthy dish is all about the interplay of rich and fresh flavors. And there's almost no more delicious way to eat snap peas than sautéed in crème fraîche.

Yield: Serves 4
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Recipe Time

Total: 55 Minutes

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 595
  • Calories from fat: 60%
  • Protein: 45g
  • Fat: 40g
  • Saturated fat: 11g
  • Carbohydrate: 16g
  • Fiber: 3.7g
  • Sodium: 409mg
  • Cholesterol: 142mg


  • 4 king salmon steaks or fillets with skin (6 to 8 oz. each, of roughly equal size), bones removed
  • About 1/4 tsp. kosher salt
  • About 1/4 tsp. pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 ounces bacon, cut into 1/2- by 2-in. strips
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons minced shallot
  • 1/3 cup crème fraîche or whipping cream
  • 1 pound sugar snap peas, strings removed (snap each pea's stem and pull down sharply along the straight side)
  • 1/2 cup roughly chopped fresh mint leaves, divided


  1. 1. Sprinkle salmon with 1/4 tsp. each salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large, heavy nonstick frying pan over medium-high heat until it ripples. Add salmon (skin side down if using fillets). Reduce heat to medium-low and cook without moving fish until it is about half-cooked through, 5 to 7 minutes. Carefully turn fish over and cook until lightly browned, 2 to 4 minutes more for medium-rare to medium. Transfer fish to a plate (skin side up for fillets); tent with foil.
  2. 2. Increase heat to medium-high and cook bacon, stirring, until crisp, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to paper towels to drain. Discard all but 1 tsp. fat from pan.
  3. 3. Return pan to heat, add shallot, and sauté 1 minute. Add crème fraîche, snap peas, and half the mint; cook, tossing peas, just until they're glossy and bright green, 1 to 2 minutes. Add salt and pepper to taste.
  4. 4. Spoon snap peas onto a rimmed platter, set salmon on top (skin side down for fillets), and sprinkle with bacon and remaining mint.
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