Salmon with braised lettuce, potatoes, samphire and king crab

Light, bright and full of nutrients, Matthew Tomkinson's salmon and king crab recipe makes a lovely option for a speedy summery supper. King crab is a very different beast from our native brown crabs - it is sold in clusters of long, thick legs, which are then cracked open.

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Ingredients

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Salmon

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Method

1
Crack the crab legs and reserve 4 neat pieces from the centre of the legs for presentation. Remove the remaining meat from the legs and cut into rough pieces
2
Boil the potatoes in salted water until tender, remove from the heat and allow to sit in the pan for 10 minutes before draining
3
Place a large, non-stick pan over a high heat and add a dash of rapeseed oil. Once hot, lightly season the salmon and add to the pan. Sear for 2-3 minutes until lightly golden, then turn the fillets over to achieve the same effect on the opposite sides - the salmon should still be slightly pink in the centre
4
Remove from the pan and allow to rest in a warm place. In the same pan, add a dash more rapeseed oil and brown the whole crab leg pieces for 2-3 minutes. Remove and keep warm with the salmon
5
In a shallow frying pan, bring the fish stock to the boil and add the potatoes, peas and samphire. Cook for 1 minute
6
Add the lettuce, dill and chopped crab meat. Cook for 1 minute, then add the butter, a few drops of lemon juice and seasoning
7
Divide the contents of the pan onto plates. Squeeze a little lemon juice over the salmon and crab, then arrange on top of the lettuce. Serve immediately

Matthew Tomkinson’s elegant and highly accomplished food earned him a Roux Scholarship in 2005, as well as Michelin stars at The Goose and The Montagu Arms. He now cooks classically influenced comforting dishes at Betony at The Kings Head in Wiltshire.

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