Orzo pasta with endive and spicy salmon balls

Orzo met witloof en zalmballetjes 4
Orzo pasta with endive and spicy salmon balls
Orzo met witloof en zalmballetjes 4 scaled
Orzo with endive in coconut sauce and spicy salmon balls, a simple and quickly prepared dish
5 van 1 stem
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 45 minutes
Course Main dish, pasta and cereals
Cuisine Own recipe
Servings 4 persons
Calories 640 kcal


  • deep pan
  • cooking pot
  • cutter / blender
  • colander
  • frying pan


  • 400 gr orzo pasta
  • 6 heads endive fresh
  • 10 gr parsley
  • 1 clove garlic
  • 300 ml coconut milk
  • 1 tbl spoon olive oil
  • salt and pepper

Ingredients to prepare the salmon balls:

  • 500 gr salmon fillet fresh
  • 50 gr smoked salmon
  • 2 tbl spoon bread-crumbs
  • 1 egg yolk
  • ¼ onion
  • 10 gr coriander fresh
  • 2 tbl spoon olive oil
  • 1 tea spoon Ras El Hanout moroccan spices
  • salt and pepper


First we start making the salmon balls:

  • Cut the skinless salmon fillet into pieces of 2 x 2 cm.
    Cut 50 g smoked salmon into pieces. Chop the onion and coriander.
    Place the fresh salmon, smoked salmon, onion, coriander, ras el hanout and 1 tbsp olive oil in the chopper and mix until a finer mass is obtained.
    Remove this from the chopper and place in a mixing bowl. Now mix in the breadcrumbs and egg yolk with your hands. Season some more with salt and pepper.
  • Now roll balls of +/-4 cm. I could make 25 with these quantities.
    Place a saucepan on the stove and when the water boils, carefully place the meatballs in it. Let them cook for about 3 minutes. Pour them through a colander and let cool slightly.
  • Remove the outer leaves from the endive heads and cut about 2-3 cm from the hard part at the bottom. Cut the rest of the stems into strips of about 1 cm. Grate the garlic clove and chop the parsley.
  • Put a tablespoon of olive oil in a deep pan and stew the endive. Allow most of the moisture to disappear (so do not cover with a lid). After about 5 minutes, add the garlic and parsley and simmer for an additional 5 minutes. Pour over the coconut milk.
  • In the meantime, place a saucepan on the heat with water to cook the orzo until done. I add 1 tbsp olive oil to the cooking water. Orzo is often ready after just 5 minutes of cooking. Put the pasta through a colander. Add the pasta to the endive and mix everything well.
  • We are going to sear the salmon balls a little in a pan. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil to the pan and fry the salmon balls until they start to brown slightly.
    Serve the salmon balls together with the orzo or separately if desired. Sprinkle some extra parsley over it and enjoy!


Orzo pasta with chicory and salmon balls. A delicious family dish that you can also prepare within an hour. Completely based on fresh products, vegetables and salmon. The mild taste of salmon together with the subtle bitterness of chicory and the soft texture of orzo pasta makes this meal surprisingly tasty.
Orzo, often described as rice pasta, is known for its versatility and ability to absorb flavors. It is the perfect base for this dish, with its soft texture and light nutty flavor. The choice of chicory, with its fresh, slightly bitter notes, adds depth to the dish, while balancing and refreshing the flavors.
The star, the salmon balls, are a real treat. Salmon, loved for its rich omega-3 fatty acids and delicate flavor, is carefully seasoned and formed into juicy balls, which add a savory touch to the dish.
This one-pan dish is ideal for those looking for an innovative meal that is simple and quick to prepare but exudes elegance.
Try this recipe today and be surprised. Enjoy a meal that is nutritious, healthy and super tasty.


Calories: 640kcalCarbohydrates: 79gProtein: 41gFat: 16gSaturated Fat: 6gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 4gCholesterol: 120mgSodium: 221mgPotassium: 907mgFiber: 4gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 510IUVitamin C: 5mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 3mg
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