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Crispy Pan-fried Salmon

Posted on: January 11, 2011

This Gordon Ramsay dish uses several different ingredients to create a nice afternoon lunch, bursting with great flavours and texture, especially from the crispy skin of the salmon, the olive-oil infused potatoes and the oven-roasted tomatoes. Since I only have 1 photo to show for it, I compensated with a lot more text in place of the photos.

For the main:
1 salmon fillet, with skin on but descaled
Black pepper
Olive oil

For the sides:
Fresh parsley
Extra virgin olive oil
1 medium potato or 5-6 baby potatoes
5-10 cherry tomatoes

1. Slit parallel lines halfway deep into the salmon fillet, about 1 finger width apart. Rub in salt and black pepper. Here’s where you can add in the thyme if you desire. Optionally you can use rosemary or basil. Drizzle over with olive oil and rub in gently.

2. Drizzle a non-stick pan with some olive oil and heat it over medium-high heat. Once it just starts to smoke, put in the salmon skin-side down and let it sizzle. At the same time season the salmon side up  generously with salt.

3. Let it cook there and don’t touch it. You can monitor it by watching the cross-section of the salmon and seeing the color become paler. When it’s 2/3 cooked, flip over to cook the other side.

4. Once the other side is cooked also, turn it back on the skin side and take it off the heat.

For the sides:

1. Slice the cherry tomatoes into halves, drizzle with olive oil, and lightly sprinkle some salt and black pepper over them. Roast them in the oven for about 10-15 mins at 200°C until they become somewhat shrivelled.

1. Boil the potatoes until they are soft, then transfer to a pot with some olive oil. Turn up to medium heat and crush the potatoes with a wooden spoon. Do not crush them until they become like mashed potatoes in texture.

2. Drizzle some more extra virgin olive oil, parsley, black pepper and a pinch of salt over the crushed potatoes. Churn the crushed potatoes over gently to coat them with the oil and seasonings, letting the heat infuse the flavours into the potatoes.

To serve: Scoop a mound of the crushed potatoes, then place the salmon on top of it and garnish around the potatoes with the roasted tomatoes.


6 Responses to "Crispy Pan-fried Salmon"

my mum bought a 4kg salmon fish and i’m sick of grilled salmon, so i’m definitely going to try this recipe out!

Wow a whole salmon? You can divide it up. Try making gravelax out of it! You can also poach it in a court bouillon, which I’m going to try soon 😀

Finally you wrote the recipe! haha but what so Gordon Ramsay about this?

Ever tried poaching salmon in olive oil, salmon confit or salmon sous vide? To me these are the best ways to enjoy salmon (besides sashimi). The doneness comes out beautiful rare, like a non-salty version of smoked salmon, pink with a tender texture.

Pan fried salmon is fine. As long as the exterior is wonderfully crisp and insides almost rare. Yours look over done lol.

It’s a Gordon Ramsay recipe! Hehehe. I do intend to try poaching salmon next though. Have never tried that method before!

for me, after flipping the fish, i ternd to bast it in butter for that extra fragrance and flavor …

i like to do it with some citrus flavors, so i tend to poach some apple slices in the butter sauces from the salmon after it has been removed from the pan

Ohhh yeah if you used butter it will definitely boost up the flavours of the salmon. A bit of lemon zest on top might also compliment the taste.

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