Girls night in? My fail safe meal

I've been cooking this dish for friends since my university days. It's a Jamie Oliver classic, which I've played around with over the years. Whenever someone asks me to suggest a dinner party dish, this is the one I recommend. It's so easy - there's practically no prep and everything is cooked in one tray.

Last week my two best friends came over for a long awaited catch up. I was going to sling a couple of pizzas in the oven, but they've both had a crappy few weeks so I thought something nourishing was in order.


  • 3 salmon fillets
  • 350g fine beans
  • 150g cherry tomatoes (more if you fancy which i usually do)
  • 1 tin anchovies (don't throw away the oil)
  • 1 good handful basil
  • 1 lemon
  • Splash red wine vinegar
  • handful of good Kalamata olives (I substitute for caper if i don't have any in)

Preheat the oven to 200 degrees

If the beans come with their little stalks attached, chop these off, but don't take any more of the bean than you need to.

Bring a pan of water to the boil and add the beans, turn it down to a strong simmer and cook for 5 minutes. Drain. 

Add the tomatoes, beans, olives and basil to a bowl and drizzle with the oil from the anchovy tin, the juice of half a lemon and a splash of red wine vinegar. Toss the mixture so everything is coated in the dressing. Tip the entire mixture in to one side of a baking tray. Lay the anchovies over the top.

Put the salmon fillets on the other side of the baking tray and season.

Cook for 20/25 mins until the salmon is cooked.

When you come to serve, give the bean mixture a bit of a stir so the anchovies crumble. Squeeze the other lemon half over the salmon and serve.

This is a brilliant and healthy meal on its own, but i like to serve with my green lentil salad.

Dinner party salmon recipe

Dinner party salmon recipe

Dinner party salmon recipe