Stuffed + Baked Salmon by Siba Mtongana

Cook Time 20 minutes | Serves 2

(including 15 minutes preparation time)

My husband and I love eating out but that became a bit tricky when Lonwabo and Linamandla arrived. So, we came up with a plan to enjoy a weekly romantic dinner for two, at home. Our date night is on a Thursday and I usually cook something special, while Brian’s duty is to bring home a little present. This dish is a date-night special that now makes a regular appearance because my whole family loves it.


    • 30ml olive oil
    • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
    • 100g mushrooms, sliced
    • 1⁄2 red pepper, sliced
    • 100g Swiss chard or spinach
    • 15ml fresh thyme, chopped
    • Zest of 1⁄2 lemon
    • Sea salt and freshly ground black pepper
    • 2 x 250g fresh salmon fillets, skin off
    • 140g sugar snaps
    • Juice of a lemon wedge
    • Micro herbs, to garnish


Preheat the oven to 200°C and lightly grease a baking tray with cooking spray. Heat the oil in a large non-stick frying pan and sauté the garlic for a minute. Add the mushrooms and cook over high heat for 4 minutes until slightly soft. Add the red pepper and cook for another 2 minutes.

Next add the Swiss chard, thyme and lemon zest and cook for about 3–4 minutes until wilted. Season and leave the stuffing to cool.

Make a lengthways slit on the fish fillets to make room for the stuffing. Stuff each fillet and place them on a baking sheet. Lightly season and bake for 10 minutes.

Add the sugar snaps and bake for a further 2 minutes until the fish flakes when tested with a fork and the veggies are lightly cooked but still crunchy. The fish should be pink inside.

Transfer to a serving platter, finish with a squeeze of lemon juice and garnish with micro herbs.

Serve while still warm.

Recipe and image from Welcome to My Table by Siba Mtongana – available in Aus soon!

Welcome To My Table – Siba Mtongana

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