Salmon with green vegetable sauce

Salmon with green vegetable sauce.
Salmon with green vegetable sauce. Photo: William Meppem

This sauce is one of the most versatile things in my repertoire. I use it for fish, pasta, even steaks. It's full of vegetables and my kids love it.


• 75g butter

• 1 onion, peeled and diced

• 2 cloves garlic

• 3 cups vegetable stock

• 1 head broccoli, cut into pieces (including the trimmed stalk)

• 1 bunch spinach, washed, roots removed and roughly chopped

• 1 cup green peas

• ½ tsp salt, plus extra to season the fish

• 2 salmon fillets, around 240g each

• 1 tbsp olive oil


Heat a medium saucepan over high heat and add the butter. Fry the onion and garlic for around 2 minutes until fragrant, then add the vegetable stock and bring to the boil. Add the broccoli and boil for 1 minute. Add the spinach and peas and boil for a minute or two, until the vegetables are lightly cooked. Allow to cool for about 5 minutes, then transfer the entire contents of the saucepan to a blender, add ½ teaspoon of salt and blend, slowly at first, to a smooth purée that is still thick enough to heap on a spoon. You can add a little extra stock or water to assist in blending if necessary.

Cut each piece of salmon in half lengthways to produce 4 thin fillets. Heat a frying pan over medium-high heat and add the olive oil. Season the fish well with salt and fry, skin side down, for around 2 minutes. Turn, then fry for about a minute until the salmon is cooked through. 

Spoon the warm purée onto a warmed serving plate and spread out with the back of a spoon. Place the salmon fillets on top of the purée and serve. 

Also try: Adam Liaw's chilli-roasted carrots with cashews

Find more of Adam Liaw's recipes in the Good Food Favourite Recipes cookbook.

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