Slow-Roasted Salmon With Cabbage, Bacon & Dill

"What could be more Irish than salmon and cabbage and bacon. Recipe from Michael Shlow. Add diced potatoes to the cabbage and you have a complete Irish meal that's a far cry from corned beef and cabbage."
Slow-Roasted Salmon With Cabbage, Bacon & Dill created by PaulaG
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  • 1 head savoy cabbage (3/4 head regular green cabbage can be substituted)
  • 6 slices bacon, cut into 6 to 8 pieces each
  • 1 onion, cut into small dice
  • 1 cup water (plus additional if needed)
  • 24 ounces salmon fillets, skin removed
  • 1 teaspoon chopped fresh dill (plus additional for garnish)
  • 4 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil (plus additional for drizzling over finished dish)
  • 4 teaspoons butter
  • 1 lemon, juice of
  • salt and pepper


  • Halve the cabbage lengthwise, cut out the core, then remove the leaves and slice them into 2-1/2-inch squares.
  • Preheat the oven to 250°F.
  • Place the bacon in a medium sauce pot over medium heat. Render the bacon until cooked but not crispy.
  • You should have approximately 2 ounces (4 tablespoons) fat; if you have more, discard the excess.
  • Add the onion and sauté for 1 minute.
  • Add the cabbage and water and let simmer uncovered until the cabbage is tender, about 15 minutes.
  • If all the water evaporates during cooking, add more as needed until the cabbage is very tender.
  • Meanwhile, place the salmon fillets on a nonstick sheet pan.
  • Drizzle 1 tablespoon of the olive oil over each fillet.
  • Season with salt, pepper, and half the dill. Top each fillet with a teaspoon of butter and place in the oven.
  • Cook 15 to 18 minutes for medium rare, 21 to 24 minutes for medium (depending on the thickness of the fish), and if you cook it any longer than that, I can't be held responsible.
  • When the cabbage is meltingly soft and tender, season with salt, pepper, and the rest of the dill.
  • Keep warm while the salmon finishes cooking.
  • Remove the salmon from the oven and drizzle with the lemon juice.
  • To serve:.
  • Divide the cabbage between four dinner plates, top with the salmon fillets, and drizzle a little more olive oil over the fish.
  • Season with freshly ground pepper, sprinkled on and around the fish.
  • Garnish with additional fresh dill, if desired, and serve.

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  1. PaulaG
    Loved it. I would have never thought of putting the cabbage and salmon together but it really works. The fish was cooked at 325 degrees as the 250 sounded a little low to me. The fish was cooked in the time that it took the cabbage to cook down. I didn't have fresh dill but did sprinkle both the fish and cabbage with dried dill. Something I will be making again.
  2. PaulaG
    Slow-Roasted Salmon With Cabbage, Bacon & Dill Created by PaulaG
  3. kiwidutch
    YUm! WE enjoyed this a lot... the bacon flavours were very nice with the cabbage and the salmon was lovely. It was easy to put together and excellent for a weekday meal. Please see my rating system: a wonderful 4 stars. Thanks!
  4. kiwidutch
    Slow-Roasted Salmon With Cabbage, Bacon & Dill Created by kiwidutch
  5. Summerwine
    Slow-Roasted Salmon With Cabbage, Bacon & Dill Created by Summerwine


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