Lemon Garlic Seared Salmon

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Lemon Garlic Salmon
Salmon Seared in Ghee with Lemon and Garlic

I usually flip-flop between cooking salmon in the oven and cooking it on the stove. It usually depends on the recipe I have chosen. If I am trying to go for a glaze, always the oven. However, if I am going for a punch of fresh ingredients I almost always choose to sear it in the pan. With this lemon garlic seared salmon recipe, as you can see by the pool of liquid at the bottom of the plate, I’ve chosen to sear these salmon fillets in ghee, also known as clarified butter.

Ghee is probably the most important cooking liquid in India, and is made by simmering pure butter until the fat solids separate from the fat liquids. This fat liquid has a high smoke point, and can be used for searing anything from vegetables, to red meats. It has a nutty taste and I think it works great with seafood. In some ethnic food stores, you can find pre-packaged Ghee in the dairy aisle, but it is quite easy to just make at home.

Lemon Garlic Seared Salmon Ingredients:

4 tbsp Ghee (or clarified butter)

2 Salmon Fillets

2 cloves Garlic; minced

1 Lemon

Salt; to taste

Lemon Garlic Seared Salmon Instructions:

1. If you do not have ghee, it is quite easy to make yourself. Just add about half a cup of butter to a small saucepan and bring it up to a light simmer. Do not let it burn. As the fat starts to separate from the liquid, remove it with a spoon. When all the fat solids are removed, you can remove from the heat the remaining liquid and bottle it, or use it immediately.

2. In a pan add the ghee and turn the heat up to medium high. Add the salmon fillets skin side up and salt the skin. After about 2-3 minutes flip the salmon. Add the juice of 1 lemon to the ghee and baste the salmon by tossing the cooking liquid over the fish. Cook this way for about 4 minutes, then add the minced garlic. You do not want the garlic to burn at all, or it will ruin not just the garlic, but the whole fish. Lower the heat and let cook on low for about 30 seconds. Remove the fish and plate, then pour over the butter/lemon juice mixture. Garnish with a slice of lemon or some greens and serve.

Lemon Garlic Seared Salmon Notes:

You can use regular butter for this dish instead of Ghee or Clarified Butter, just note that you will not be able to get the temperature as hot. You can use the same amount of butter, just cook it on medium-low for about twice as long per side. I would still baste the fish as it’s cooking, but I would not pour over the melted butter on the plate as it isn’t as clean tasting and a bit heavy.

Other Fish Dishes:

Honey Mustard Salmon

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Simple Salmon Poke

Lemon Garlic Seared Salmon

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Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: American, Fusion
Keyword: Seared Salmon
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 2 people

Ingredients

  • 4 tbsp Ghee or clarified butter
  • 2 Salmon Fillets
  • 1 Lemon
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • Salt to taste

Instructions

  • If you do not have ghee, it is quite easy to make yourself. Just add about half a cup of butter to a small saucepan and bring it up to a light simmer. Do not let it burn. As the fat starts to separate from the liquid, remove it with a spoon. When all the fat solids are removed, you can remove from the heat the remaining liquid and bottle it, or use it immediately.
  • In a pan add the ghee and turn the heat up to medium high. Add the salmon fillets skin side up and salt the skin. After about 2-3 minutes flip the salmon. Add the juice of 1 lemon to the ghee and baste the salmon by tossing the cooking liquid over the fish. Cook this way for about 4 minutes, then add the minced garlic. You do not want the garlic to burn at all, or it will ruin not just the garlic, but the whole fish. Lower the heat and let cook on low for about 30 seconds. Remove the fish and plate, then pour over the butter/lemon juice mixture. Garnish with a slice of lemon or some greens and serve.
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