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Almond and Spice-crusted Grilled Salmon

Photo: Emily Nathan; Styling: Karen Shinto
Total time 45 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
The crust on this salmon is similar to duqqa, a mix of spices, chopped nuts, and sometimes chickpeas used in Egyptian cooking. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1/4 cup slivered almonds
  • 1 tablespoon plus 2 tsp. whole coriander seeds
  • 1 tablespoon cumin seeds
  • 1 tablespoon white sesame seeds
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1 teaspoon coarse kosher salt, divided
  • 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
  • 4 center-cut skin-on salmon fillets (6 to 8 oz. each), rinsed and patted dry
  • 1 egg white
  • About 2 teaspoons olive oil

Nutrition Information

  • calories 396
  • caloriesfromfat 48 %
  • protein 46 g
  • fat 21 g
  • satfat 2.8 g
  • carbohydrate 4.3 g
  • fiber 1.7 g
  • sodium 482 mg
  • cholesterol 119 mg

How to Make It

  1. In a skillet over medium-high heat, toast almonds, stirring constantly, until golden brown, about 3 minutes. Let cool, then chop finely and transfer to a bowl.

  2. In the same skillet, toast coriander and cumin seeds until fragrant, about 2 minutes, stirring once or twice. Let cool, then grind coarsely in a spice grinder. Toast and grind sesame seeds the same way. Add ground spices and sesame seeds to almonds along with thyme, 3/4 tsp. salt, and pepper. Mix to combine.

  3. Season salmon with remaining salt. Brush skinless side of fillets with egg white, then coat with almond-spice mixture, pressing slightly so it adheres to fish.

  4. Prepare a gas or charcoal grill for indirect heat. If using a gas grill, turn all burners to high and close lid. When the temperature inside the grill reaches 400°, lift lid and turn off one of the burners, creating the indirect-heat area. If using a charcoal grill, light 50 to 60 briquets and let burn until just covered with ash, 20 to 30 minutes. Mound them to one side, leaving a cleared area for indirect cooking.

  5. Fold two 12- by 18-in. pieces of heavy-duty aluminum foil in half widthwise to form rectangles. Using the tip of a small knife, make holes in rectangles about 2 in. apart and widen each hole to the size of a dime. Grease foil with olive oil; set over direct heat for 2 minutes.

  6. Brush salmon skins with oil and set 2 fillets, skin side down, on each foil rectangle. Cover grill (if using charcoal, open vents on lid) and cook fish until skin is light brown and really sizzling, 5 to 6 minutes. Using tongs, slide foil to indirect heat, cover, and cook until all but top 1/4 in. is cooked, 3 to 8 minutes. Slide fish back over direct heat, cover, and cook until fish is cooked through (cut to test) and skin is browned and crisp, about 3 minutes.

  7. Transfer foil with salmon to a rimless baking sheet and, sliding an offset cake spatula or other thin spatula between salmon skin and foil, very gently free fish from foil. Serve with a simple herbed couscous, if you like.

  8. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.