How To Cook a Perfect Piece of Salmon
July 20, 2014
Diane Johnson’s Salmon Cooked on Salt (from the Gourmet Cookbook)
This is just about the easiest way I know to perfectly cook salmon. If you’re using wild Alaska salmon, you’ll end up with a piece of fish that’s tender, moist, incredibly delicious – and completely sustainable.
Get out your 10-inch cast iron skillet and fill it with 2 cups of Kosher or coarse sea salt. Put it on the stove, over moderate heat, and let it warm up for about 4 minutes, until the salt is hot when you touch it.
Thoroughly dry a 1 1/4 pound center cut filet of salmon and season it with salt and pepper. Put it, skin side down, on the salt, cover the pan (aluminum foil makes a perfectly adequate cover), and cook for about ten minutes without turning, until it’s almost cooked through. Remove from the heat and let it stand for another minute.
Take it off the salt, leaving the skin behind; the skin will be too salty to eat, but the fish will be everything you wish a piece of salmon could be.
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Thank you very much for this recipe. It is so simple and I can imagine how moist the salmon will be. Love your posts and look forward to them!
Sounds simple enough. I love salmon so will give it a try.
Can I reuse the salt? Perhaps pour it into a container and freeze it for the next slab of salmon?
I love salmon, I am trying always new ways to prepare it but for sure Steamed is another delicious option I usually do in my varoma dish. Do you think it would be good to add some dill to this recipe? I will try and let you know.