Are you ready for a unique and exceptionally satisfying take on the classic Polonaise dish? This 5-ingredient Salmon Polonaise is a ketovore’s and carnivore’s dream, and naturally, it’s also suitable for many other lifestyles. Next time, when you want to make an easy and satiating meal, whip up this stunning, easy, and tasty dish and be ready to hear oohs and aahs from the people you serve it — including yourself!
What is Polonaise Sauce?
According to Wikipedia: “Polonaise sauce (French: sauce à la polonaise) is a sauce that originated in Poland and became popular in France in the 18th century. The sauce consists of melted butter, chopped boiled eggs, bread crumbs, salt, lemon juice and herbs such as thyme, basil and parsley. It is poured over cooked or steamed vegetables, most notably cauliflower, asparagus, wax beans and broccoli.”
Larousse Gastronomique, the French encyclopedia of gastronomy, defines Polonaise Sauce (À la Polonaise) as a method of preparing certain dishes. The book gives a recipe for Asparagus à la Polonaise, where chopped yolks of hard-boiled eggs and parsley are sprinkled over cooked asparagus. Right before serving, melted, browned butter with fried breadcrumbs is drizzled on top.
Indeed, the most common veggie used for Polonaise-style dishes seems to be asparagus, although broccoli and cauliflower are often used.
The preparation methods and ingredients differ among chefs — which is a good thing, as you’ll see my take here, which I admit is pretty unique.
How to make this 5-Ingredient Salmon Polonaise
So, you naturally need 5 ingredients for this super satisfying dish. They are salmon (preferably wild-caught), melted salted (grass-fed) butter, freshly-squeezed lemon juice from organic lemon, finely chopped hard-boiled (organic) egg, and 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill. All very common ingredients, so nothing fancy here!
First, you cook the salmon in a skillet, then drizzle or sprinkle the remaining ingredients on top and serve. That’s it, incredibly easy! Naturally, you can season the fish with salt and pepper to taste, but personally, I omit pepper because I don’t want it to cover the other more subtle and elegant flavors.
So, let’s take a look at how to prepare this delicious and easy dish:
Take 1 lb (450 g) preferably wild-caught salmon.
Cook it in a skillet over medium-low heat…
…until just done, about 15—20 minutes. Don’t overcook!
Season with unrefined sea salt (and pepper) to taste.
Drizzle 4 tablespoons of melted salted (grass-fed) butter on top of the salmon.
Drizzle also 1 tablespoon of freshly-squeezed lemon juice from organic lemon evenly on top.
Sprinkle 1 chopped hard-boiled (organic) egg on top.
And finally, sprinkle 2 tablespoons of finely chopped fresh dill for flavor and decoration.
So simple, so yummy, and so satisfying!
How I came up with this easy salmon recipe
I was browsing my idea list to find an easy recipe for this week’s blog post. For quite a long time ago, I had written “Cauliflower Polonaise” on my list. I don’t remember if I have ever made Polonaise Sauce, but as it’s naturally low in carbs (if you exclude the breadcrumbs), the idea of serving veggies with melted butter and chopped hard-boiled egg sounded both delicious and satisfying.
I had written down the ingredients but not the measures. I was going to use naturally cauliflower, melted butter, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a hard-boiled egg, and a herb.
However, I have been following more or less a carnivore diet for some time — or should I say a ketovore diet with mainly animal products and only a few, if any, plant-based foods — I thought I didn’t want to use veggies in my Polonaise dish but something meaty instead.
I didn’t have to think of meaty alternatives for very long when I realized that salmon would be just the perfect animal food served with Polonaise Sauce. The rest of my planned ingredients would be the same: melted butter, freshly squeezed lemon juice, a hard-boiled egg, and some herb.
Even salmon is a fatty fish, it benefits from some melted butter. In fact, I think any dish benefits from melted butter! Moreover, lemon juice was another perfect ingredient as it would balance out the greasiness of the salmon and the butter, I thought. The chopped hard-boiled egg would provide even more protein and look gorgeous.
Now, I had all ingredients except the herb. I figured very soon out that dill would be by far the best herb with salmon. You remember my keto version of the traditional Finnish Salmon Soup? Yep, it uses dill as well. Dill and salmon just need each other as they get along so well and just feel lonely if they are not together!
After coming up with the measures, I was ready to prepare the dish and shoot my photos. This simple recipe is not rocket science, so I didn’t need to experiment with it, and it didn’t need any fine-tuning.
I have to say I enjoyed every bite of this rich, tasty, and satisfying dish which both looked gorgeous and tasted superb!
Here’s the recipe for you to enjoy:
- 1 lb = 450 g (wild-caught) salmon
- 4 tablespoons melted salted (grass-fed) butter
- 1 tablespoon freshly squeezed lemon juice from organic lemon
- 1 hard-boiled (organic) egg, finely chopped
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped fresh dill
- salt and pepper to taste
- Cook the salmon in a skillet, covered, until just done, about 15—20 minutes. Don't overcook! Season with salt and pepper to taste.
- Place the salmon on a serving plate or serve directly from the skillet.
- Pour the melted butter and the lemon juice evenly on the salmon.
- Sprinkle the chopped egg and the dill on the salmon.
- Serve immediately.
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|Nutrition information||In total||Per serving if 4 servings in total|
|Protein||92.7 g||23.2 g|
|Fat||112.0 g||28.0 g|
|Net carbs||0.9 g||0.2 g|
|kcal||1372 kcal||343 kcal|
Tips for Variations
Many traditional Polonaise recipes contain breadcrumbs that are, of course, a huge no-no on any healthy diet. I don’t consider them (keto bread crumbs, that is) obligatory, but you can get even more taste and texture to this dish by adding about 1/4 cup (60 ml) of any of the keto-friendly alternatives for breadcrumbs:
- Breadcrumbs from keto bread
- Coarse almond flour
- Grated Parmesan
- Crumbled fried bacon
- Crushed pork rinds
For a fully carnivore meal, you can leave out the lemon juice and the dill — and perhaps add some crumbled fried bacon or crushed pork rinds on top right before serving.
If you don’t tolerate milk proteins, use melted ghee, aka clarified butter, instead of regular melted butter. If you don’t tolerate any dairy, use extra-virgin olive oil instead.
Instead of salmon, feel free to use veggies that are cooked until crisp-tender. Asparagus, cauliflower, broccoli, leek, and green beans are great options.
It has been once again a busy week, but with nicely various projects. I was working on some language technology tasks for Belarusian and Korean. And, of course, the week involved several Ketokamu activities, like meetings and writing newsletters and other texts.
Naturally, I also cooked and baked delicious keto goodies like double chocolate donuts, sweet rolls, and savory rolls. At the beginning of the week, I was in our summer house and used the big stone oven to bake sweet rolls. The temperature is quite challenging to control, but the rolls turned out well.
Oh yes, I also was hosting an Insta live session on Thursday in the channel of my Finnish publisher house. I was interviewing a well-known Finnish doctor Olli Sovijärvi. We had an interesting and fruitful discussion.