My F&W
quick save (...)

Seared Salmon with Nasturtiums and Saffron Vinaigrette

  • FAST

Flash-seared salmon with a confetti of peppers and a shower of flowers is a beautiful dish. If you don't have a long, sharp knife at home, ask the fishmonger to slice the salmon for you.

  1. 2 tablespoons dry white wine
  2. 1 teaspoon minced onion
  3. Pinch of saffron threads
  4. 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  5. 1/2 teaspoon Dijon mustard
  6. 1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
  7. Salt and freshly ground black pepper
  8. 2 pounds skinless salmon fillet, cut on a very wide diagonal into eight 1/3 -inch-thick slices
  9. 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  10. 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper
  11. 2 tablespoons finely diced red bell pepper
  12. 2 tablespoons finely diced yellow bell pepper
  13. 1/4 cup finely shredded nasturtium leaves
  14. 1 teaspoon finely chopped chives
  15. 1/4 cup nasturtiums or pansies
  1. In a small saucepan, combine the wine, onion and saffron and bring to a simmer; let cool. Transfer the mixture to a blender, add the lemon juice and mustard and blend until smooth. Gradually blend in the oil in a thin stream. Transfer the vinaigrette to a bowl and season with salt and black pepper.
  2. Spread the salmon out on a baking sheet. In a bowl, combine the coriander, cayenne and a pinch of salt. Lightly brush the salmon with vinaigrette and sprinkle liberally with the spice mixture.
  3. Heat 2 nonstick skillets. When the pans are hot, add 2 salmon slices to each, spiced side down, and cook over high heat until opaque around the edges but slightly rare in the center, about 2 minutes. Flip onto 4 dinner plates, cooked side up; repeat with the remaining fish.
  4. Scatter the bell peppers, nasturtium leaves and chives over the salmon. Drizzle with some of the vinaigrette and garnish with the flowers. Serve warm or at room temperature.


Average Rating



Add A Comment

    Add a Comment

    See our terms
    You must be logged in to comment. or
    You might also like
    The Dish
    Receive delicious recipes and smart wine advice 4x per week in this e-newsletter.
    The Wine List Weekly pairing plus best bottles to buy.
    F&W Daily One sensational dish served fresh every day.

    Congratulations to Mei Lin, winner of Top Chef Season 12.

    Join celebrity chefs, renowned winemakers and epicurean insiders at the culinary world's most spectacular weekend, the FOOD & WINE Classic in Aspen, June 19-21.