Special Diet Information

Coumadin® (Warfarin)
This recipe is safe for Coumadin (warfarin) users.

This recipe contains cheese and some of those who are lactose intolerant may be able to tolerate it.

This is a low sodium recipe.

GERD / Acid Reflux
This recipe contains GERD triggers and those with GERD may wish to avoid it.

Gluten Sensitivity
This recipe is safe for those who are sensitive to gluten.


"I'll love you, dear, I'll love you till China and Africa meet and the river jumps over the mountain and the salmon sing in the street." -W.H. Auden, Poet

The refrigerator light goes on...

This is a deceptively simple dish. There are only a few ingredients: onion, lemon zest, basil, rice, salmon, and goat cheese.

The flavors are subtle and delicious, with just a hint of lemon and basil to complement the fresh broiled salmon. It takes only about 25 minutes to make and you can use almost any protein you want. It is especially good with salmon, but broiled halibut or shrimp are great, and boneless, skinless chicken thighs are terrific.

Using Meyer lemons will make this dish even more special. They are slightly sweeter than regular lemons and the zest is as well. Either way this recipe is a great Spring meal - satisfying but still light.


Coumadin Safe Salmon with Lemon Basil Risotto

Servings: 2 | Serving size: about 2 1/2 cups risotto with 4 ounces fish

Cooking Time: 30 Minutes

This recipe can be multiplied. Reheat leftovers gently to avoid overcooking the fish.

Seared Salmon with Lemon Basil Risotto


Place the olive oil in a medium skillet over medium heat.

Add the onion and cook over medium heat for about 5 minutes until they begin to soften.

Add the arborio rice and stir for about 2 minutes.

Add the water, stock, lemon zest, salt, and pepper.

Reduce the heat to medium-low so that the rice is simmering.

Cook for about 20 minutes until the rice is just tender. Add more water 1/4 cup at a time as needed to let the rice cook but when it is done there should be almost no liquid left.

Add the goat cheese and reduce the heat to medium low.

Stir gently so that the goat cheese melts. Reduce the heat to low.

Preheat the oven to broil.

Place the salmon on a baking sheet or large skillet.

Place the salmon under the broiler.

Cook the fish under the broiler for about 7 minutes for medium rare, 9 to 10 minutes for cooked through.

Just before the fish is done, add the basil to the risotto and stir.

Divide the risotto between two bowls and top with the salmon. Serve.

Nutrition Facts

Serving size: about 2 1/2 cups risotto with 4 ounces fish


Amount Per Serving

Calories 429 Calories from Fat 198
  % Daily Value
Total Fat 22g 28%
    Saturated Fat 7g 33%
    Monounsaturated Fat 7g
    Trans Fat 0g
Cholesterol 74mg 25%
Sodium 424mg 19%
Total Carbohydrates 27g 10%
    Dietary Fiber 1g 5%
    Sugars 3g
Protein 29g
Vitamin A 15% Vitamin C 11%
Calcium 7% Iron 2%
Vitamin K 15mcg Potassium 559mg
Magnesium 48mg