My Hubs recently went to Haines, Alaska for the big Coho Salmon run and was lucky enough to bring some home! So last night we had some friends and family over and decided to try out a new recipe!
After doing some searching online I came across this recipe for Buttered & Pesto Salmon (thank you Bon Appetit!). It was too good not to share!
What you will need for the Salmon:
– Fresh Coho Salmon
– Kosher Salt
– Vegetable Oil
What you will need for the Pesto:
-Hazelnuts (try to get blanch Hazelnuts…trust me or you will be stuck having to peel a cup of hazelnuts like me…grrr…)
First off Preheat your oven to 400F. Layout the Hazelnuts on a baking sheet and roast in the oven for 6-8 minutes…shaking the pan half way through. Take your food processor and throw in the Cilantro, Parsley, Garlic, lemon zest and 1/4c of the Hazelnuts. Pulse the food processor until everything is combined really well. With the processor running, begin to slowly pour in the olive oil (1/2c) til it is combined. Add in a bit of Kosher salt and taste to see if you need anything more. I made mine ahead which was great because we had quite a bit of time between appies and the main meal.
When you are ready to start the salmon, you will need to use a large ovenproof sauce pan. Season the fish with kosher salt, and place in a hot pan with the vegetable oil. Let the salmon cook and do not touch it for 4 minutes so that the skin gets nice and crispy. Once that is done start to add the butter, quickly when the butter is melted lift up just a little bit on one side of the pan and begin to scoop the butter over the salmon in a continuous motion. When the recipe called for Butter Basting, I’m not gonna lie I was pretty intimidated, but I just went online and watched a couple videos and that really helped! Back to the fish! You want to continue with the Butter for about a minute and then place it in the oven to finish. I pulled mine out to bast with the butter every couple of minutes until the fish was finished cooking.
Now the goal was to be able to take the fish out of the pan and serve it with the skin side up. But mine actually didn’t turn out that way. When I tried to take mine out of the pan the skin stayed so I just laid it out nicely on my platter and served it that way instead! Not sure if I didn’t maybe use enough oil or what, but if anyone has any tips for me on that, let me know!
After I had the fish on the platter, I then took my pesto and just put it down the centre of fish and sprinkle some of the leftover chopped Hazelnuts over the top. I served my fish with a nice Arugula Salad and Baby Potatoes dressed with Olive Oil, Fresh Herbs and Salt and Pepper.