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Otherwise known as Carrie Rowe & Diana Schmidt, we're well fed, thrifty and have more than meals falling from our pantries.   Diana is a recovering food snob who is always anticipating her next meal. She thinks a good pantry should give you...
Pantry Raid

Best Salmon Ever

Pantry Raid
Soon dinner will be falling from your pantries too. By Pantry Raid on February 10, 2011

Right now Wild caught Alaskan Sockeye Salmon is on sale at the co-op (until the 15th). $9.99/lb - that's an insanely awesome price and we're freaking out a little with excitement.


Of all the ways we've made salmon before (we love salmon a lot) we're willing to go down on the record as saying neither of us will ever make salmon any other way than how we made it tonight. Our old pretend-pal Mark Bittman's recipe for Pan-Grilled Salmon Fillets from How to Cook Everything is not only the easiest way to get the salmon from the package to our mouths, but it's also probably the tastiest. (10 minutes after slicing the package open, we were eating. That's fast. And it was incredibly good.)

Now, bloggers who really wanted to turn you around on your salmon cooking ways would have a tasty photo to entice you. Those writers have way more self control than either of us unfortunately and sorry to say, the salmon fillets were devoured before anyone could grab a camera. This was a recipe test after all and we had no idea it would yield such awesome results. In lieu of our perfectly cooked salmon photo, we're plugging Bittman's book, everyone should have a copy and gift a copy whenever possible, it's brilliant (not just for the salmon recipe, they're all incredible).


So here's what you do after snapping up the Sockeye fillets from Outpost:

1. Heat a large non-stick skillet over high heat for 5 minutes. Sprinkle with coarse sea salt, then add the salmon fillets skin side down (however many you're making, 3 large fillets fit in our pan - which serves 3 - 6, depending on how much you love salmon).

2. Cook over high heat, undisturbed for 5 minutes. The sides will become opaque and the skin will become crispy brown. After exactly 5 minutes, flip and cook for 1 minute more (2 minutes if you like your salmon more well down, we like it a little pink, but hot in the middle).

3. We drizzled this sauce over the top, but would have been just as happy with a drizzle of sesame oil and tamari - the fish is so delicious, it hardly needed a thing.

4. Serve ... and if you want to convince anyone of how delicious the recipe was, take a photo before it's all gone.


Sounds fab! Posted by: | February 12 at 6:54 AM
Stopped at Outpost for salmon today. Made recipe as above including the sauce. Delish! Served it with multi-colored orzo (bulk bins) browned in olive oil then cooked in veggie broth with the lovely fresh lacinato kale, chopped, that produce had today. What a great dinner. Thank you...... Posted by: Terry B. | February 14 at 6:42 PM
Do you sprinkle the salmon with the salt or do you put it in the pan. Sorry if I sound stupid but the way it is written I am not sure and sprinkling salt in a hot pan might just be the secret. Thanks. I love salmon, too. Posted by: chaer | December 29 at 7:06 AM

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