Photo: Johnny Autry; Styling: Cindy Barr
Hands-on Time
16 Mins
Total Time
24 Mins
Serves 4

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.

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°.

Step 2

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.

Step 3

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.

Chef's Notes

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Ratings & Reviews

Simple and Delicious

September 30, 2015
This is one of my go-to dinners on a busy night. It is a stress free recipe that is delicious to boot! 

yhuguet's Review

June 23, 2014
Made this dish a few 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.

Kaylmalloy's Review

March 15, 2014
I loved this dish! Made it with steel head trout, just used white sesame seeds because that's all I had on hand. It was easy and delicious. The green onions sautéed with lemon was really good.

AlissaZ's Review

July 22, 2013
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.

promogal's Review

May 02, 2013
Bland. Won't be making this one again.

rknight's Review

April 16, 2013
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!

LDombeck's Review

March 05, 2013
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.

atremag's Review

March 04, 2013

pcolamom's Review

February 26, 2013
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!

wonderwab's Review

February 22, 2013
The salmon was realllllly bland, but the salad was pretty good. There's too many other good salmon recipes to make this one again