Monday, October 3, 2016

Seared Salmon with Marcona Almond, Olive, and Caper Salsa + GIVEAWAY

I love the simplicity of cooking fish. There isn’t much to it, but as usual when it comes to things that are simple, it has to be done right. Timing is everything, and the timing for cooking fish is directly related to the type of fish and the thickness of the piece being cooked. My preference for most fish is for it to be just cooked through so that the center is less cooked than the edges but not completely raw. Wild salmon is easy to cook because you can keep an eye on the thick edge to see the color change as it cooks through. And, I’m enjoying as much of it as possible right now since the season for fresh, wild salmon is coming to an end. Last weekend, I was thrilled to try a new pan I received from All-Clad that’s perfect for cooking fish. It’s the d3 ARMOR Fish Pan (Retail Price: $199.95), and you could win one of your own! It has a riveted surface on the bottom of the pan that makes it easy for the fish to release after being cooked. It is an oval shape that’s 13 inches long with flared sides to contain splatters, and it has a long handle. I used the pan to sear a salmon fillet and made a chunky, nutty salsa to serve on top. 

I learned a brining tip from the book Ad Hoc at Home that I always use when cooking salmon. It only requires about 10 minutes of brining, and it adds great flavor to the salmon and prevents the white spots of coagulation from forming on the surface when it cooks. You just mix cold water with sea salt at a 10 to one ratio, stir to dissolve the salt, pour the mixture over the salmon, and leave it for 10 to 15 minutes. Then, I dry the salmon, season it, dredge with flour, and it’s ready to sear. After brining, only a very small amount of salt is needed for seasoning, and I also season it with black pepper and piment d’espelettte. For the salsa, I took inspiration from a recipe in The New Spanish Table but made a few changes. I used Marcona almonds, a mix of green and black olives, added lemon zest and juice, and used sherry vinegar. Garlic, parsley, fresh oregano, and olive oil were added to the salsa. Cooking with this new pan was fantastic. It’s just the right size and shape for fish so the heat is focused right where it needs to be. The flesh-side of the fillet released easily after cooking, and turning the piece was a breeze.

Brining makes the salmon deliciously seasoned all the way through, and the nutty olive salsa was crunchy and zesty on top. Now, for a chance to win one of these pans, just leave a comment on this post including your email address so I can contact you. A winner will be randomly selected on Friday October 14th, and the winner must be a US resident. Good luck, you’ll love this pan! 

Seared Salmon with Marcona Almond, Olive, and Caper Salsa 

For the salsa: 
1/3 cup Marcona almonds, chopped 
1/3 cup mixed green and black olives, pitted and chopped 
2 tablespoons capers, rinsed and drained 
2 garlic cloves, minced 
1/4 cup parsley leaves, chopped 
1 tablespoon fresh oregano leaves, chopped 
Zest and juice of one lemon 
2 tablespoons sherry vinegar 
1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil 
Black pepper and piment d’espllette to taste 

For the salmon: 
1 lb. fillet of salmon, bones removed 
Sea salt and cold water for brine 
Salt, black pepper, and piment d’espllette for seasoning 
All-purpose or rice flour for dredging
Olive oil for searing 

To prepare the salsa: Combine all ingredients in a small bowl and allow to rest at room temperature while the salmon is brined and cooked. 

To brine the salmon, place the fillet in a baking pan. Combine enough water to cover the fillet with 10% by weight sea salt. I use a digital scale and place a measuring pitcher on the scale and zero it out. I add enough cold water that I’m sure will cover the salmon and check the weight. Then, I add 10% of that weight of salt and let it dissolve in the water. The salt-water mixture is then poured over the salmon, and it’s left to brine for about 10 to 15 minutes. After brining, remove the salmon and pat it dry. Season very lightly with salt, normally with freshly ground black pepper, and to taste if using piment d’espelette. Dredge the top of the fillet with flour and shake off excess. 

Heat the All-Clad d3 ARMOR fish pan over medium heat with enough olive oil to barely, thinly cover the pan. After a few minutes, when you’re sure the pan is hot, carefully place the salmon flesh-side (the side that was dredged in flour) down in the hot pan. Leave it to sear for about five minutes. Shake the pan gently to see if the fillet is loose enough to turn. Use a wide spatula to turn the fillet and guide the cool side of the salmon with your free hand to carefully turn it to skin-side down. Let cook for another four to five minutes depending on the thickness of the fillet. Remove from heat and let the salmon sit for a few minutes before serving. 

Transfer the salmon fillet to a serving platter and spoon the almond and olive salsa over the top. 

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  1. I'm cooking fish tonight! Wish I had this pan 😊. Making seared tuna. (Orchidgirl1979 )

  2. A beautiful recipe! That seared salmon looks exquisite.



  3. aaah, you make me want to love salmon! i'm a work in progress. :)

  4. A tantalizing dinner recipe! Especially like the brining tip for salmon. And the All-Clad Fish Pan sounds wonderful!

  5. I would love to win this fish pan! We love fish and I cook it all the time and could make some delicious pan-seared salmon or tilapia in that as well as other things.

    cbythesea5 at gmail (dot) com

  6. I love Keller's book, and often use the same brining tip! Anyway, what a neat recipe -- the fish looks perfectly done. Love how you flavor it. Oh, and that pan is fun! Love its looks and functionality.

  7. The recipe looks amazing. Will have to try. mandaoverturf at yahoo dot com

  8. Oh Lisa, this salmon looks delicious and I absolutely love the salsa with the Marcona tasty!
    Thanks for sharing the recipe...hope you are having a great week :)

  9. Thank you for sharing and the giveaway!

  10. This recipe looks really good!

    dlatany at gmail dot com

  11. I don't cook fish nearly often enough. I like it, but i guess I'm always a little intimidated by it. This recipe looks really tasty!

  12. Timing is everything when cooking fish, yours looks perfectly prepared, love the salsa. My email address is Thanks, Lisa!

  13. This looks awesome, my wife and I actually just started a new found love for seafood, especially salmon. We are learning new ways to prepare fish and are having a blast doing so.
    jlammers002 at woh dot rr dot com

  14. Lisa love salmon and the sauce, mlook amazing!!!

  15. You can never have enough salmon recipes, Lisa. I've gotten in an easy rut using that old Robert May recipe with orange juice and red wine. Now I'll try this!
    Unusual pan and I'd love to have it!

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  17. corrected email gypsy58@ hotmail dot com.

  18. I'd like to try making Honey Lime Tilapia
    Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

  19. Would love that pan too! I am very fond of brining salmon - I don't remember where I saw that tip, but I think it was in a a sous-vide website. Works great, you really get zero of that white foaming.

    you created a fantastic concoction, Lisa! love everything about it...

  20. What a great pan. I love the shape and I'm a big fan of All-Clad, so I know it has to be good.

  21. This looks like a great quality pan. My pans are basic and don't always cook evenly. I would love to give this a try!

  22. In all my years of cooking I've never even thought of brining salmon! Your recipe sounds perfect and I will definitely brine next time! This pan is beautiful!

    rusthawk at gmail dot com

  23. This recipe looks awesome and something my husband would love! I don't cook fish as often as I'd like because I'm not an expert at it but I plan on it soon.


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