Friday, January 21, 2011

Oven-Roasted Salmon with Tangerine and Ginger Relish

Recipe from: Keith Dresser, Cooks Illustrated

Claire loved this recipe. The acidity of the relish balances with the richness of the fish.

2 lbs. skin-on salmon fillet, about 1/2 inches at the thickest part
2 tsps. olive oil
Table salt
Ground black pepper
4 tangerines, rind and pith removed and segments cut into 1/2 inch pieces (about 1 cup)
1 scallion, sliced thin (1/4 cup)
1 1/2 tsps. ginger, fresh, grated
2 tsps. lemon juice, fresh
2 tsps. extra virgin olive oil
Table salt
Ground pepper

Directions: Salmon
  1. Adjust oven rack to lowest position, place rimmed baking sheet on rack, and heat oven to 500 degrees.
  2. Use sharp knife to remove any whitish fat from belly of fillet and cut into 4 equal pieces. Make 4 or 5 shallow slashes about an inch apart along skin side of each piece, being careful not to cut into flesh.
  3. Pat salmon dry with paper towels. Rub fillets evenly with oil and season liberally with salt and pepper. Reduce over temperature to 275 degrees and remove baking sheet. Carefully place salmon skin-side down on baking sheet.
  4. Roast until centers of thickest part of fillets are still translucent when cut into with paring knife or instant-read thermometer inserted in thickest part of fillets registers 125 degrees. About 9 to 13 minutes.
  5. Tranfer fillets to individual plates or platter. Top with relish and serve.
Directions: Tangerine and Ginger Relish
  1. Place tangerines in fine-mesh strainer set over medium bowl and drain for 15 minutes
  2. Pour off all but 1 Tbsp. tangerine juice from bowl. Whisk in scallion, ginger lemon juice, and oil. Stir in tangerines and season to taste with salt and pepper.

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