Saturday, April 21, 2012

Seared Salmon with Brown Butter Cucumbers

I don't cook nearly enough seafood, but recipes like this remind me that I should. It's quick and easy and the brown butter cucumbers that it to the next level.

Seared Salmon with Brown Butter Cucumbers (from Cook This Now)

2 thick salmon fillets
kosher salt and black pepper
2 tbsp unsalted butter
2 Kirby cucumbers, peeled and diced into 1/4" cubes
2 garlic cloves, finely chopped
2 tbsp chopped basil or mint
lime wedges for serving

1. Season salmon with salt and pepper.
2. In large skillet over medium-high heat, melt butter. Cook until foam subsides and butter turns deep gold in colour, 2 minutes.
3. Add salmon to pan, skin-side up. Cook without turning for 2 minutes.
4. Add cucumbers and a pinch of salt to pan around salmon. Stir to coat with butter. Cook until underside of fish is dark golden, 3 minutes.
5. Flip fish and add garlic to cucumbers. Stir. Cook fish until done, 2 - 4 minutes.
6. Stir basil into cucumbers in pan. Serve, spooning cucumbers and sauce over fish and squeezing a bit of lime on the fish.

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