Gluten Free Salmon with Braised Leeks and Spinach Recipe

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by Carol Kicinski on January 10, 2008

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Gluten Free Salmon with Braised Leeks and Spinach Recipe

I firmly believe that NO New Year’s resolution should begin on January 1st. Not on a day that quite often requires a Bloody Mary, where there are 5 cigarettes left in your “last” pack and the remains of a Chocolate Chestnut Cake left in the fridge. Not to mention that gyms are closed on New Years Day, or if they aren’t, they should be!

So on January 2nd I started my diet. This year I decided to Fat Flush and I am happy to report that I have lost 9 pounds so far. Hooray! But even on a diet a girl’s gotta eat well.

This slow cooked Salmon with Braised Leeks and Spinach is probably the healthiest meal you’ll ever eat but more importantly, it’s delicious! I started by using Jaden’s Steamy Kitchen’s method for slow and low cooking the salmon. The result was as good as promised, succulent and creamy. I modified it slightly for my Fat Flush purposes. I placed the salmon on a jade green, slightly sweet, slightly acidic bed of fresh spinach simply sautéed with thinly sliced garlic and topped the whole thing off with sweet, buttery (in flavor only, no butter on this damn diet) braised leeks with a hint of lemon. I gotta tell you, this is so good I’d eat it even if I wasn’t flushing toxins from my poor, overworked, oft abused liver, ridding my thighs of disgusting cellulite and working towards the goal of slipping into my skinniest skinny jeans. The fact that it’s good for me is almost an after thought.

I am writing the recipe for those not Fat Flushing with the specific variations for the Fat Flush Diet following.

Gluten Free Salmon with Braised Leeks and Spinach Recipe


4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
1 large onion
3 lemons – 2 thickly sliced, 1 thinly sliced
Kosher salt
Freshly ground black pepper
4 small leeks or 2 large leeks
½ cup plus 2 tablespoons gluten-free chicken stock
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
4 fresh chives – chopped
2 (5-ounce) bags washed and dried fresh spinach
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
Olive oil



Preheat oven to 250 degrees. Bring salmon to room temperature. Make a bed of the sliced onions and top with the thickly sliced lemons (this forms the bed you will rest the salmon on) top with the salmon filets, brush salmon with olive oil and sprinkle with a bit of salt and pepper. Top with the thinly sliced lemons. Bake at 250 degrees for 25-35 minutes. The salmon will look almost as if it’s raw, but it isn’t.


Cut off the green part of the leek, leaving only the bottom white part, and remove the tough outer leaves. Cut off the root and chop leeks in half lengthwise. Rinse under cold running water to remove any dirt and grit. Cut the leeks lengthwise into VERY thin strips – as thin as you can.

Heat 2 tablespoons chicken stock in a medium skillet over medium heat, add leeks and sauté for about 5 or 6 minutes. Add ½ cup chicken stock, lemon juice and pepper. Do not add salt at this point. Cover and cook for about 5 more minutes or until very soft and all the liquid is evaporated. Taste for seasoning and add salt if desired.


Heat 2 tablespoons of olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat and add the sliced garlic. Cook garlic about a minute until just beginning to lightly brown. Add spinach, packing down as necessary and sauté for 2 or 3 minutes, flipping with tongs until spinach is just wilted.


Divide spinach among 4 plates. Discard the lemon from atop the salmon and put one fillet on each spinach mound. Top with braised leeks and drizzle a little olive oil on each portion. Garnish with additional chives if desired.

For Fat Flushers – do not brush salmon with oil before cooking, don’t worry, you really don’t need it. Instead of sautéing spinach in olive oil, heat 1 tablespoon of chicken broth in a large skillet, cook garlic slices for about 2 minutes then add spinach and proceed as above. Drizzle each portion with 1 tablespoon flax seed oil instead of olive oil.


This Gluten Free Salmon with Braised Leeks and Spinach Recipe serves 4

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SteamyKitchen January 10, 2008 at 7:16 pm

WOW! Beautiful dish. you should write the Fat Flush cookbook.


Flanboyant Eats January 16, 2008 at 4:46 pm

i see your photog friend is really taking you to another level! love it.


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