The simplicity in the preparation is astonishing and cooking is nothing more than pan-grilling although carried out with meticulous care. And the sauce? Bright and rich, spicy and tangy lemon-butter-garlic sauce.
Much as I love tilapia and bangus (milkfish), nothing compares with my unbridled devotion for salmon. Nothing even comes close. I eat salmon raw (sashimi), smoked, grilled, poached, broiled, boiled… I eat salmon fillets and steaks, the belly, the head… There just isn’t any part of this fish that I don’t like.
This is possibly the best (and, ironically, the simplest) salmon dish I have ever created.
Pan-grilled Salmon With Lemon-butter-garlic Sauce
- Make the sauce by stirring together the butter, lemon juice, garlic and a bit of salt and pepper.
- Let sit and allow the flavors to develop while you cook the fish.
- Rinse the salmon and pat dry with paper towels. Do not skip this step. If the salmon contains too much moisture on the surface, it will not sear well.
- Rub generously with salt and pepper.
- Drizzle some olive oil over it, then use your fingers to spread the oil over every inch of the surface of the fish, including the skin.
- Heat a heavy skillet (cast iron is ideal).
- When the skillet is very hot, lay down the salmon, skin side up. Grill over high heat for two minutes (see notes after the recipe).
- Flip and grill for a minute and a half.
- If you want a perfectly even crisp and golden crust for your fillet, grill the fish sideways too.
- Transfer the fish to a plate.
- Spoon the sauce on and around the salmon.
- Top with sliced scallions and sprinkle with toasted garlic bits.
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This Green-style grilled sea bream with onions and tomatoes was cooked with a little white wine, plenty of garlic and finished off with lemon juice. The effect? Magnifico!