Making salmon this way will make people think you at least considered going to culinary school at one point. And they’ll be completely wrong, because it’s so easy that even me, a guy who never worked in a kitchen (except that one time I was a dishwasher for three weeks) can whip it up in less than a half hour.
What you’ll need (for two servings)
.8 lbs of Salmon, center cut. With the skin on.
A couple tablespoons of olive oil
Salt and peps
Garlic powder (or 21 Season Salute from Trader Joe’s if you’ve got it)
A tablespoon of butter (or Brummell and Brown if you live in the Togetherish house)
A cast iron pan works best, but I’ve also used any other pan that can be stuck in the oven at 350 degrees.
1. Cut the salmon into two 2-inch wide pieces. Season them with salt, pepper and garlic powder (or 21 Season Salute)
2. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
3. Pour the olive oil in the pan, get it hot, add the butter. Make sure it is extremely hot. Our goal here is to sear the top of the salmon.
4. At this point I add things like rosemary branches (are they called branches?) and garlic cloves into the olive oil. I have no idea if this does anything, but I think I saw Gordon Ramsey do it once. It smells good!
5. Place the salmon skin side up into the pan, so that the top, which you seasoned, is getting seared.
6. Wait four minutes. In that time you are free to scroll through your Instagram stories mindlessly.
7. Using a spatula, gently flip the salmon over. You don’t want to leave any of that seared top in the pan, so be gentle and if it’s sticking you may want to give it another 30 seconds.
8. Once flipped, stick in the oven for 3-5 minutes. Depending on how cooked you like your salmon.
9. This is the most important part… scoop some of that olive oil, butter, salmon fat juices that’s pooled up in the pan on top of your salmon.
10. Use a metal spatula to remove the skin while it’s in the pan… it’ll come right off!
11. Put it on a plate
12. Eat it.
13. Tell people you once sous cheffed for Thomas Keller
14. Go back to scrolling through your Instagram stories.