What makes this dish so simple is all you need is a few ingredients: garlic, fresh lemon juice and lemon slices, honey, salt and pepper. The sweet and tangy ingredients make a nice glaze that’s poured over the salmon before placing under the broiler. And the charred lemon slices or wedges, add another level of sweetness. While there’s an optional step of brining the salmon, try not to skip it. Brining plumps up the salmon and helps keep it moist during cooking.
Serve this salmon over a bed of mache that has been lightly drizzled with an herb vinaigrette. Mache is a salad green that’s also called lamb’s lettuce. It has pretty dark green leaves with a mildly sweet flavor. Sold in plastic packages at most grocery stores, mache leaves are attached to their short stem. So the stems will have several leaves attached to them like a little bouquet. Mache is also nutrient-rich. It’s a good source of vitamins B and C and provides a good amount of iron, like spinach, according to www.healwithfood.org.
LEMON, HONEY AND GARLIC-GLAZED SALMON WITH MACHE
Serves: 4 / Preparation time: 10 minutes / Total time: 25 minutes
If you like, brine the salmon first in a water, salt and sugar mix. Use about 1/4 cup each of sugar and salt to 6 cups of water — you can eyeball it. Soak the salmon in the solution for 1 to 2 hours in the refrigerator — any longer it you risk the salmon becoming mushy. Drain, the water and rinse and pat dry the salmon before cooking.
1 pound center-cut salmon, cut into 4 pieces
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
2 tablespoons honey or agave
2 tablespoons warm water
2 tablespoon apple cider vinegar or lemon juice
1 tablespoon vegetable or canola oil
3 large cloves garlic, minced
1 lemon, cut into 1/4-inch thick slices or wedges
Smoked paprika or regular paprika to taste, optional
Mache leaves or favorite salad greens
If you’ve brined the salmon, drain it from the brine and rinse it well. Season the salmon with kosher salt and black pepper. Set aside.
In a small bowl, mix together the honey, water, apple cider vinegar or lemon juice and a few pinches of salt. Stir well to combine.
Preheat the broiler to high.
Heat the oil in a broiler-safe skillet over medium heat. Once hot, add the salmon, skin-side-down and cook about 4 minutes or until about half done. Add the garlic to the skillet and cook about 30 seconds, just so it becomes aromatic; don’t let it brown or the dish will be bitter.
Pour the honey mixture over the salmon and add the lemon slices to the skillet. Cook about 2 minutes or until the liquid reduces some. Sprinkle the salmon with smoked paprika, if using. Transfer skillet to the broiler and finish cooking, allowing the top of the salmon to brown nicely. Carefully remove skillet from the broiler.
Brush any juices in the skillet on top of the salmon; let salmon rest 1 minute before removing it from the skillet. You can serve the salmon with or without the skin. To serve without the skin, slide a spatula between the skin and the flesh, removing the salmon from the skillet. Pour any remaining pan juices over the salmon and arrange charred lemon slices on top.
From and tested by Susan Selasky for the Free Press Test Kitchen.
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