Salmon & Honey-Glazed Carrots with Lemon-Saffron Yogurt Sauce

Salmon & Honey-Glazed Carrots

with Lemon-Saffron Yogurt Sauce

40 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

This elegant dish gets unique flavor from a prized spice, saffron, used two ways: added to the water used to boil the potatoes and stirred into a creamy yogurt sauce. The bright sauce is delicious spooned over rich salmon, potatoes, and carrots—which get another flavor-packed lift from a glaze of honey and fragrant cumin. Aleppo pepper adds just a hint of spice throughout the dish, balanced by cooling fresh mint.

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Prepare & cook the potatoes:
1 Prepare & cook the potatoes:

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash, dry, and medium dice the potatoes. In a small pot, combine the potatoes, half the saffron, and a big pinch of salt. Add enough water to cover the potatoes by ½ inch. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Set aside in a warm place.

Prepare the remaining ingredients:
2 Prepare the remaining ingredients:

While the potatoes cook, wash and dry the remaining fresh produce. Peel the carrots; cut into ½-inch-thick pieces on an angle. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the lemon, avoiding the pith; mince to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining saffron and the juice of 1 lemon wedge.

Cook & glaze the carrots:
3 Cook & glaze the carrots:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cumin and honey (kneading the packet before opening). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add ¾ cup of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until the carrots are softened and glazed. Transfer to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the yogurt sauce:
4 Make the yogurt sauce:

While the carrots cook, to the bowl of saffron-lemon juice mixture, add the yogurt, lemon zest, a drizzle of olive oil, and up to half the Aleppo pepper. Stir to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook the salmon:
5 Cook the salmon:

While the carrots continue to cook, pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Rinse and wipe out the pan used to glaze the carrots. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fillets, skinless side down. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on the first side, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Turn off the heat.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

While the salmon cooks, add the glazed carrots, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges, half the mint (tearing the leaves just before adding), and as much of the remaining Aleppo pepper as you’d like to the pot of cooked potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Top each with a cooked salmon fillet and a spoonful of the yogurt sauce. Garnish with the remaining mint (tearing the leaves just before adding). Serve with the remaining yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

Prepare & cook the potatoes:
1 Prepare & cook the potatoes:

Remove the honey from the refrigerator to bring to room temperature. Wash, dry, and medium dice the potatoes. In a small pot, combine the potatoes, half the saffron, and a big pinch of salt. Add enough water to cover the potatoes by ½ inch. Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until the potatoes are tender when pierced with a fork. Drain thoroughly and return to the pot. Set aside in a warm place.

2 Prepare the remaining ingredients:

While the potatoes cook, wash and dry the remaining fresh produce. Peel the carrots; cut into ½-inch-thick pieces on an angle. Peel and roughly chop the garlic. Pick the mint leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Using a peeler, remove the rind of the lemon, avoiding the pith; mince to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. In a medium bowl, combine the remaining saffron and the juice of 1 lemon wedge.

Cook & glaze the carrots:
3 Cook & glaze the carrots:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 2 to 3 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cumin and honey (kneading the packet before opening). Cook, stirring constantly, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add ¾ cup of water. Cook, stirring occasionally, 8 to 10 minutes, or until the carrots are softened and glazed. Transfer to a bowl. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Make the yogurt sauce:

While the carrots cook, to the bowl of saffron-lemon juice mixture, add the yogurt, lemon zest, a drizzle of olive oil, and up to half the Aleppo pepper. Stir to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Make the yogurt sauce:
Cook the salmon:
5 Cook the salmon:

While the carrots continue to cook, pat the salmon fillets dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. Rinse and wipe out the pan used to glaze the carrots. In the same pan, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned fillets, skinless side down. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on the first side, or until lightly browned. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Turn off the heat.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

While the salmon cooks, add the glazed carrots, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges, half the mint (tearing the leaves just before adding), and as much of the remaining Aleppo pepper as you’d like to the pot of cooked potatoes. Drizzle with olive oil; stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Top each with a cooked salmon fillet and a spoonful of the yogurt sauce. Garnish with the remaining mint (tearing the leaves just before adding). Serve with the remaining yogurt sauce on the side. Enjoy!

Finish & plate your dish:
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