Blanched English peas are scattered around a simple roasted side of wild salmon. Beurre blanc, served on the side, is essentially a warm vinaigrette made with butter instead of oil. Finish this dinner dish with a sprinkling of chives and—if you have them—a few flowering pea shoots.

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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Blanch fresh peas in a medium pot of salted boiling water until bright green and just tender, 3 to 4 minutes. Transfer to an ice-water bath and let cool completely. Drain. (If using frozen peas, skip this step.)

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  • Preheat oven to 400 degrees. Rub salmon on both sides with oil and season with salt and pepper. Transfer to a parchment-lined baking sheet, skin-side down. Roast until medium-rare, 10 to 12 minutes.

  • Meanwhile, in a small saucepan, combine shallot, wine, and vinegar. Bring to a boil, then reduce to a simmer and cook until liquid is reduced to about 2 tablespoons.

  • Reduce heat to low. Whisk in mustard to combine, then whisk in butter, 1 tablespoon at a time, adding each piece as soon as previous one melts. Season with salt and pepper. (If not serving right away, keep beurre blanc warm over a pan of simmering water; do not let sauce simmer.)

  • Arrange salmon on a platter and top with peas. Sprinkle with chives, top with pea shoots, and serve, with warm beurre blanc alongside.

Cook's Notes

Look for flowering pea shoots at farmers' markets.

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