It’s still chilly outside so comfort food meals are still a thing, like this Baked Salmon and Wild Rice Casserole!
I love turkey and I had an awesome time over Thanksgiving but now I’m ready to slap my taste buds back to reality and tell them that there’s more to life than white meat! So what’s the next best thing…actually better than turkey?
This is a thick creamy casserole packed with nutty-tasting wild rice, potatoes, carrots, and chunks of flaky fresh salmon. All of the ingredients are mixed in a creamy cajun sauce, topped with a sprinkle of Parmesan and baked in the oven until all bubbly and crispy on top.
That’s it, you should make it. Trust me on this one, anytime I feed the family something and their heads are almost on the plate I know it’s a winner.
Have an epic week!
Baked Salmon and Wild Rice Casserole
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 cups finely diced potato
- 1 1/2 cups sliced leeks
- 1 cup diced carrots
- 2 cloves garlic, minced
- 3 cups cooked wild rice
- 1 1/4 pounds salmon, skin removed and cut into 1 inch squares
- 3 tbsp butter
- 3 tbsp all purpose four
- 1 1/2 cups chicken stock
- 1 1/2 cups half and half
- 1 1/2 tbsp of your favorite Cajun seasoning
- 1/4 tsp salt
- 1/4 tsp black pepper
- 1/4 cup grated fresh Parmesan
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. You will also need a 13 x 9-inch deep baking pan or equivalent.
- In a large pan heat the oil and add the diced potato. Cook until the potatoes feel soft when poked with a sharp knife.
- Add the leeks, carrots, and garlic. Stir and cook for about 6-8 minutes.
- Turn of the heat and add the wild rice and salmon chunks. Set aside.
- In another pan, melt the butter and then add the flour over a medium heat.
- Stir well until the mixture gets thick.
- Gradually add the stock whisking well after each addition to avoid lumps.
- Bring to a simmer and start to gradually add the half and half.
- Simmer for 5-6 minutes then add the cajun seasoning, salt and black pepper.
- Pour the sauce into the pan with the salmon and rice and gently mix everything together.
- Transfer the whole casserole to a 13 x 9 inch baking pan or equivalent and sprinkle the Parmesan over the top.
- Bake in the oven for 30 minutes and the edges are bubbling.
- Serve at once.