Friday, January 25, 2013
Since I received a cast iron skillet for Christmas, I've been on the search for ways to utilize it. (It's a shame I've never cooked with one before.) This salmon was the first recipe I tried and it was spectacular. The bottom (skin-side) gets seared on the stove and crisp in the oven. The panko coating is crunchy and fresh and flavorful (thanks to a little lemon and parsley). And the salmon in the middle practically melts in your mouth. Perfection.
Panko Crusted Salmon
2/3 cup panko (Japanese dried breadcrumbs)
2 Tbsp. fresh parsley, minced
1 tsp. lemon zest
kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
4 (6-8 oz.) salmon fillets, skin on
2 Tbsp. Dijon mustard
2 Tbsp. canola oil
lemon wedges, for serving
1. Preheat oven to 425 F.
2. In a small bowl, mix together the panko, parsley, lemon zest, 1/2 teaspoon salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Drizzle with the olive oil and stir until the crumbs are evenly coated. Set aside.
3. Place the salmon fillets, skin side down, on a board. Generously brush the top of the fillets with mustard and then sprinkle generously with salt and pepper. Press the panko mixture thickly on top of the mustard on each salmon fillet. The mustard will help the panko adhere.
3. Heat the vegetable oil over medium-high heat in a 12-inch cast-iron skillet or large heavy, ovenproof pan. When the oil is very hot, add the salmon fillets, skin side down, and sear for 3 to 4 minutes, without turning, to brown the skin.
4. Transfer the pan to the hot oven for 5 to 7 minutes until the salmon is almost cooked and the panko is browned. Remove from the oven, cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest for 5 to 10 minutes. Serve the salmon hot or at room temperature with lemon wedges.
(Adapted from Food Network)