Marinated Salmon Seared in a Pepper Crust

"This may seem like alot of pepper, but it is not only edible, but delicious. In fact, sometimes I add even more. We love our salmon here in the Pacific NW and this is one of our favorites."
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  • In a sealable plastic bag combine well the soy sauce, the garlic, the lemon juice, and the sugar, add the salmon, coating it well, and let it marinate, sealed and chilled, for 30 minutes.
  • Remove the salmon from the bag, discarding the marinade, pat it dry, and press 2 teaspoons of the pepper onto each piece of salmon, coating it thoroughly.
  • In a heavy skillet heat the oil over moderately high heat until it is hot but not smoking and in it sauté the salmon for 2 minutes on each side, or until it just flakes.
  • Transfer the salmon with a slotted spatula to paper towels and let it drain for 30 seconds.

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  1. Delicious twist on salmon! The marinade was wonderful and the black pepper crust a pleasant surprise. I served mine with rice, which seemed to balance out the pepper nicely. Thank you for posting!
  2. This was delicious. The marinade added a nice flavour and the caramelisation was nice and crispy.
  3. Great and quick afternoon meal for us. Even my DD who doesn't like pepper very much really loved this. Made for 2010 Favorites game.
  4. Salmon is not our favorite... and this was TERRIFIC! I plan to make it for my salmon-hating parents and convert them too! I used WAY too much pepper- I dredged the fish in a plateful of it before searing & it was a bit overwhelming- but that was my fault & it was still great! This is the first recipe that makes me want to keep eating salmon! Started with spinach & strawberry salad, then served with a nice pinot noir, lightly glazed brussels sprouts & carrots, and brown rice. Delicious and incredibly healthy! I can't say enough good things about this fish.
  5. Wonderful! Loved the crispiness of the pepper crust....I wanted to go on eating and eating this! Forced myself to save a bit for tomorrow's lunch! I'll enjoy this immensely on top of a nice salad. Thanks so much for sharing!


  1. This is an old Sara Moulton recipe that I've been using for a long time and love, love it! I replace the sugar with honey and use a lot of pepper.Thnks for sharing it with so many others.Barbara


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