Growing up in Northern California you get the chance to eat plenty of Salmon. If it's cooked properly, it can be amazingly rich, succulent and delicious. I have, however, had plenty of Salmon that has been overcooked or under seasoned. Salmon doesn't need much, because it is such a flavorful fish. Salmon is high in protein, high in Omega-3 fatty acids and high in vitamin D. Usually salt, pepper and lemon is all Salmon needs to be happy. You can barbecue it, broil it, poach it, steam it...this night I decided to pan-sear it, and I was inspired to do so after watching an episode of Tyler's Ultimate cooking show on Food Network. Now I must briefly just state that there are cooking shows that I really enjoy, there are shows that I tolerate, and there are shows that I despise. Tyler's Ultimate is a show that I tolerate. Nuff said. Having confessed my slight annoyance with Mr. Florence, I confess, he did hand out a nice recipe for crispy salmon.
Now there are people who love food, and then there are people who LOVE food. With fresh salmon fillets, you should eat it med-rare, and you should eat the skin. I'm sorry to should on you, but I must. Eat it. Love it.
So the big tip from Tyler...it's pretty simple really. Tip number one: salt and pepper the fillets like normal, but let them sit a couple minutes, this will help the skin crisp up. Tip number two: butter the skin side for more crispage. Then heat a couple of tablespoons of olive oil in a skillet over med-high heat and pan-fry the fillets for six minutes. Flip it over and continue to cook for another minute or two and you're done-zo. I made a quick tartar sauce with minced capers and pickled onions, chopped cilantro, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and crushed red pepper. I had prepared a...I don't care, I'm going to call it a succotash...of eggplant, onion and cherry tomatoes. For a raw green side, I served a simple green salad with chickpeas and cucumber in a honey-mustard sauce. Let's talk about the salmon, though. The meat was tender and moist, and the skin was super crisp. Simple. Awesome.