Simple yet radically sophisticated, this dish comes together in less than 30 minutes. If you have access to fresh ramps or baby leeks, use them instead of green onions, and sub pea shoots (or your favorite baby lettuce or microgreens) for the arugula. Black sesame seeds lend lovely contrast to the vibrant red-orange fish, but regular will do the job, too.
4 (6-ounce) sustainable salmon fillets (such as wild Alaskan)
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups (1-inch) slices green onions
5 thin lemon slices, halved
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup baby arugula
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 400°.
Arrange salmon in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Combine sesame seeds and 3/8 teaspoon salt; sprinkle evenly over flesh sides of fillets, pressing gently into fish. Bake at 400° for 14 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.
Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl. Add green onions; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add lemon slices; cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle green onion mixture with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place 1 fillet on each of 4 plates. Place arugula in a medium bowl. Add green onion mixture to bowl with arugula; toss. Divide arugula mixture evenly among servings.
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Made this dish a few times...family favorite with a few changes. One - add a bit more salt and pepper to the fish. Two - I would half the oil and butter to the greens. Other than that...I very good meal.
I would agree with the user who said this is a good recipe but not a dinner party recipe. I really liked the simple flavors and the fact that it was a quick, easy recipe. It isn't, however, special enough to serve to company.
I loved this recipe! It would be fancy enough for a dinner party but is easy enough to make on a weekday. The flavors are so fresh and it is a great spring meal. I will definitely be making this again!
I also thought this was a great dish. I was skeptical after reading the negative review, but when I made it I thought it was good, plus it was super easy. The arugula with green onions was really good and my husband commented on that a few times. I didn't have black sesame seeds and just used all regular ones. My kids (4 and 6) also ate this dish, but they do like fish anyway. Definitely will make again.
I made this last night for dinner and was printing the recipe for my files when I noticed the bad review. I have to disagree; this was a simple yet sublime dish. The fresh lemon, butter and olive oil gave it a rich flavor, the sesame seeds gave it nice texture and the arugula gave a hit of pepper which added some depth. My husband loved it and I will be making this one again!