Crispy Salmon Fillets with Sesame-Soy Drizzle
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Serves 4 (serving size: 1 salmon fillet and about 1 tbsp. sauce)
We give the salmon a quick brine, which seasons it throughout and keeps it moist. But the brine makes it all the more important to air-dry in the fridge afterward, so moisture in the skin can evaporate. You won’t need to press down on thicker fillets to flatten the skin; the weight of the flesh keeps it flat in the pan. For thinner fillets cut from toward the tail, you may need to press a little longer.
- 4 (6-oz.) skin-on salmon fillets
- 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
- 1 tablespoon canola oil
- 2 tablespoons toasted sesame oil
- 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
- 1 tablespoon rice vinegar
- 1/4 teaspoon crushed red pepper
- 1/4 cup thinly sliced green onions
- Calories 337
- Fat 19.8g
- Satfat 2.8g
- Monofat 8g
- Polyfat 7.9g
- Protein 39g
- Carbohydrate 1g
- Fiber 0.0g
- Cholesterol 99mg
- Iron 1mg
- Sodium 630mg
- Calcium 14mg
- Sugars g
- Est. added sugars g
How to Make It
Pat salmon and skin thoroughly dry with paper towels. Place fillets, skin side up, on a large plate. Place plate, uncovered, in refrigerator; chill salmon 30 minutes to air-dry the skin.
Remove salmon from refrigerator. Sprinkle evenly with salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add canola oil to pan. When oil is very hot, add salmon fillets, skin side down. Press fillets gently with a spatula 30 seconds or until skin stays flat in pan. Reduce heat to medium. Cook salmon 7 minutes or until skin is browned and crisp and flesh is cooked almost to medium. Flip fillets; cook 1 minute or until tops are light brown. Place fillets, skin side up, on a serving platter.
Combine sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl; drizzle mixture over salmon fillets. Sprinkle salmon evenly with green onions. Serve immediately.