Wilted Lettuce Soup with Seared Salmon

Top bowls of this hearty spring seafood soup with fresh sugar snap peas for crunch and color.

Wilted Lettuce Soup with Seared Salmon
Photo: Blaine Moats
Total Time:
45 mins
6 cups soup + pea pods and 4 fillets


  • ¼ cup olive oil or grapeseed oil

  • 4 4 ounce skin-on salmon fillets

  • 1 yellow onion, thinly sliced

  • 1 fennel bulb, halved, cored, and thinly sliced, plus 2 Tbsp. coarsely chopped fronds

  • cup dry white wine or hard cider

  • 3 cup chicken stock

  • 1 - 2 romaine hearts, trimmed and sliced crosswise into large pieces (6 cups)

  • 1 cup fresh sugar snap peas, bias sliced or split horizontally

  • Olive oil (optional)


  1. In a large skillet heat 3 Tbsp. oil over medium-high until smoking. Pat skin side of fish dry with a paper towel. Season with salt. Sear fish skin side down until well-browned and moves freely in the pan. (Hold your nerve and really let it fry about 7 minutes to get a crispy skin.)

  2. Remove pan from heat and, with conviction, flip the fish and let flesh side briefly kiss hot pan (about 1 minute). Transfer to a serving dish skin side up.

  3. Wipe out skillet. Heat remaining 1 Tbsp. oil over medium until shimmering. Add onion, fennel, plus a pinch of salt and black pepper. Cook 7 to 8 minutes or until vegetables are translucent and starting to brown. Add wine. Bring to boiling; reduce by half. Add chicken stock; return to boiling. Remove from heat. Add the lettuce, allowing hot stock mixture to wilt it.

  4. Ladle into bowls. Top with salmon, fennel fronds, and snap peas. If desired, drizzle with additional olive oil. Serves 4.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

371 Calories
21g Fat
12g Carbs
26g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 371
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 21g 27%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 62mg 21%
Sodium 579mg 25%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 26g
Vitamin C 33.4mg 167%
Calcium 67mg 5%
Iron 2.3mg 13%
Potassium 829mg 18%
Folate, total 54.4mcg
Vitamin B-12 3.6mcg
Vitamin B-6 1mg

*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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