As the days get darker much earlier and the weather turns colder, a hearty evening meal is always welcomed and this delicious dish of Alaska salmon with potatoes and samphire is filling, warming and nutritious.

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Wild Alaska Salmon with Watercress, Crushed Potatoes and Salt Marsh Samphire

Serves: 2

Dish of the week: Wild Alaskan Salmon


  • 2 x 125g fillets wild Alaska salmon
  • 100ml dry white wine
  • ½ tsp vegetable stock powder
  • 500g baby new potatoes
  • 20g butter
  • Handful of watercress, roughly chopped
  • Handful of samphire
  • 4 tbsp double cream
  • 1 tbsp chopped fresh dill
  • Freshly ground black pepper



Put the salmon fillets into a shallow pan with the white wine and stock powder. Cover with a piece of buttered greaseproof paper or foil. Bring to the boil, reduce the heat and simmer for 3-4 minutes. Turn off the heat.

Meanwhile, cook the potatoes in gently boiling water for about 15 minutes, until tender. When they are almost done, lightly cook the samphire in boiling water for 2-3 minutes. Drain well and add the butter and watercress to the potatoes, then crush them lightly with a potato masher or fork.

Share the potatoes between 2 warm plates and place the salmon fillets on top. Reduce the salmon cooking liquid by boiling it rapidly for a few moments, then remove from the heat and stir in the double cream and chopped dill.

Serve the samphire with the salmon and potatoes, with the sauce spooned on top.

Recipe tip: You can really taste the sea-salty flavours of the marshes where the samphire grows – so you won’t need to add salt to the recipe.


Recipe by: Alaska Seafood Marketing Institute

Photo Credit: Steve Lee


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