Recipe by Susie D
This is from Recipe 911 and a Tyler Florence recipe. The topic was speedy dinners for 1. The salmon is pan seared and then roasted in the oven and served over a spicy cucumber salad. Increase the oven time to increase doneness.
Top Review by Halcyon Eve
I made this tonight along with Recipe #117893. We liked it pretty well. The salmon was very good. DH thought the cucumbers were too vinegary and overpowered the salmon. I didn't think so, but I tend to like vinegary/acidic foods more than he does. I thought that the mint was delightfully fresh tasting with the salmon and cukes. My 3-yr old DS gobbled up the salmon but didn't touch the cucumbers--but then he usually won't eat cukes, so that's not necessarily a reflection on the recipe. It wasn't at all difficult to make and it looked lovely. I'll make it again, but perhaps water down the vinegar a little.
- 1 small English cucumber, sliced thin
- 1⁄2 red chili pepper, fresh, sliced thin
- 1⁄4 cup fresh mint leaves
- 1⁄2 cup rice vinegar
- 1 teaspoon sugar
- salt & freshly ground black pepper
- 1 (6 ounce) salmon fillets, without skin
- 1 tablespoon sesame seeds
- 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
Directions See How It's Made
- Combine the cucumber, chile, and mint in a mixing bowl. Pour in the vinegar, sprinkle with the sugar, salt, and pepper. Toss everything together so the cucumbers are well coated in the vinegar, the cucumbers will soften and the flavors deepen as it sits. Set aside.
- Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F.
- Season both sides of the salmon with a fair amount of salt and pepper. Sprinkle the top of the salmon with the sesame seeds.
- Place a cast iron or regular ovenproof skillet on the stove over medium heat. Coat the pan with the oil and when it is nice and hot, lay the salmon in the pan, sesame seed-side down. Sear the salmon for 3 minutes, one side only.
- Remove it from the stovetop and place in the oven. Roast for 10 minutes until it's just cooked through. This results in a medium cooked filet. (Increase the oven time to increase doneness.) Serve the salmon on a pile of the chile minted cucumbers.