Pan-Seared Salmon with Pistachio-Herb Gremolata

Pan-Seared Salmon with Pistachio-Herb Gremolata
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Pan-Seared Salmon with Pistachio-Herb Gremolata
Leela Cyd

Pan-Seared Salmon with Pistachio-Herb Gremolata

Salmon is abundant in Scandinavia, but one can only eat so much of the gravad lax — cured salmon — found in every home kitchen as well as on restaurant menus. This is one of my favorite ways to give a touch of color and flavor to the ubiquitous fish and boiled dill potatoes. It’s such a pretty dish with the rosy salmon and green pistachios and herbs, but almost any fish would pair well with this flavorful gremolata. A fragrant bowl of basmati or jasmine rice would make a fine complement.

This recipe is from A Mouthful of Stars. Click here for more information on the cookbook.

4
Servings
573
Calories Per Serving
Deliver Ingredients

Ingredients

  • ¾ Cup thinly sliced spring onion or sweet onion, such as Vidalia or Walla Walla
  • 1 small jalapeño, stemmed, seeded, and thinly sliced
  • 1 Cup combination chopped fresh herbs, such as cilantro, mint, and flat-leaf parsley
  • ½ Cup lightly toasted and chopped pistachios or walnuts
  • 3 Tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • Finely grated zest and juice of 1 lemon (preferably Meyer lemon)
  • 4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets, pinbones removed (preferably skin-on)
  • Sea salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 Tablespoon unsalted butter
  • Lemon wedges, for serving

Directions

Combine the onion, jalapeño, herbs, pistachios, 2½ tablespoons of the olive oil, the lemon zest, and lemon juice in a medium bowl.

Pat the salmon fillets dry with a paper towel and season both sides with salt and pepper. Melt the butter and the remaining ½ tablespoon olive oil together in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat until the butter begins to froth. Place the salmon, skin side down, in the skillet and cook without moving for five minutes. Decrease the heat if too hot. Check the skin and, if crispy, turn gently to the other side and let cook for another minute for medium-rare or until cooked to desired doneness. Top with the gremolata and serve with lemon wedges.

 

Salmon Shopping Tip

A fresh fish should not smell fishy nor have milky, opaque eyes; it should have bright red gills, firm flesh, and a tight anal cavity.

Salmon Cooking Tip

Whole fish should be stored upright in ice in the refrigerator.

Salmon Wine Pairing

Pinot gris/grigio, sauvignon blanc, sémillon, albariño, or rosé with most cooked salmon dishes; pinot noir with salmon in red wine or other strong sauce; grüner veltliner, rosé, or vintage or non-vintage champagne or sparkling wine with smoked salmon.

Nutritional Facts

Total Fat
43g
66%
Sugar
2g
N/A
Saturated Fat
9g
47%
Cholesterol
101mg
34%
Protein
39g
78%
Carbs
9g
3%
Vitamin A
102µg
11%
Vitamin B12
6µg
92%
Vitamin B6
1mg
70%
Vitamin C
42mg
70%
Vitamin E
8mg
41%
Vitamin K
294µg
100%
Calcium
74mg
7%
Fiber
3g
13%
Folate (food)
89µg
N/A
Folate equivalent (total)
89µg
22%
Iron
3mg
15%
Magnesium
79mg
20%
Monounsaturated
18g
N/A
Niacin (B3)
15mg
77%
Phosphorus
504mg
72%
Polyunsaturated
10g
N/A
Potassium
947mg
27%
Riboflavin (B2)
0.3mg
19.1%
Sodium
583mg
24%
Thiamin (B1)
0.5mg
34.5%
Trans
0.1g
N/A
Zinc
1mg
8%