Simple. Fast. Healthful. Delicious.
Some would say that this combination of demands stacks up to a difficult, if not impossible, achievement for a weeknight dinner. That's true only if you overlook the innate flavor of high-quality ingredients.
A terrific piece of fish requires little adornment; in this case, a salmon fillet wants just a little something acerbic to offset its richness.
- 2 (6 ounces) salmon fillets, with or without skin
- Salt and freshly ground black pepper
- 2 teaspoons olive oil
- 1 1/2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
- 1 tablespoon honey
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped chives (optional, for garnish)
Preheat the oven to 400 degrees.
Using tweezers or kitchen pliers, remove any pin bones from the salmon. Pat the salmon dry and season both sides with salt and pepper to taste. Heat the oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Add the salmon, skin side up, and do not move or turn it for 2 minutes. (If the salmon sticks to the skillet, it is not yet properly seared; cook for 30 more seconds and try again.) Turn and cook until lightly browned and crisp but not cooked through, 1 to 2 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a small bowl, whisk together the vinegar and honey. Drizzle the top of each salmon fillet with some of the balsamic glaze, transfer the skillet to the oven and finish cooking to the desired degree of doneness.
Transfer the salmon to individual plates, drizzle with a little more glaze and sprinkle with chives, if using. Serve immediately.
Adapted from "Covered in Honey" by Mani Niall (Rodale, 2003).
Tested by Renee Schettler.
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