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Your Preferred Method of Searing Salmon

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One of the things that I always like to see in new kitchens is how their chefs pan sear their salmon, everyone swears by a different technique. I've seen chefs sear skin off in a scorching hot pan and twirl the salmon around frequently (not my preferred method), I seen salmon skin scored and seared in a medium hot non-stick pan, simply lay it on the pan and give it a once quick shake and let it sit. I've seen it simply laid on a really hot cast iron pan with a good amount of oil, no moving it around at all.

 

So what's your preferred method?

post #2 of 8

I sear in a carbon pan, on medium high since that burner gets so hot. once one side seared, turn, sear other. 

then turn fire all the way down to its lowest setting for just a few mins.

stays very moist inside, almost like a "medium rare".

post #3 of 8

Dry the fish

season with kosher salt

pan med-high

oil

skin off/bone side down 2-3 minutes till opaque 1/4 inch or more

never move it

when bottom edges turn golden all the way around, flip it

ideally the thicker portions get more attention,

 

 

I like mine cooked different but this is the way I serve it here.

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post #4 of 8

Cast iron pan, medium high heat, sear, bring pan back up to temp, kick out excess oil, pop in oven, cook for a few, pull out of oven, flip, knob of butter and herbs, baste, remove, blot and plate. 

post #5 of 8

Carbon or Cast iron for me. Let it sit. it will release itself when its ready. 

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post #6 of 8
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Has anybody experienced skin tearing off the salmon when the heat is too high? One line cook was telling me that if you have the heat too high and give the fish a little push once it hits the pans the skin will tear off. Never heard of this before, anybody else have this issue?

post #7 of 8
Skin tearing off generally results from being too rough or shaking the pan. Or a pan that is not "seasoned" properly and in need of attention. or sticking from not enough heat. you don't want too much heat or you'll burn the skin not caramelise it. don't score salmon skin.. What's the point. Some skins curl up like crazy.Salmon doesn't.
To cook salmon with nice crispy skin there are a few ways I have seen.
Some do all the work in the pan. Some do it in the oven . I think letting the oven do the work for you is smarter as when your busy who wants to be dicking around in pans.
This is the method that works for me.
1. Keep fish dry
2. Season just before cooking
3 Med high heat , oil
4. Skin side down
5. Press fish gently until it relaxes (it needs to be flat so all skin is hitting the pan )
6. Flip and "kiss " the other side
7. Flip back, skin side down
8. Into a screaming hot oven.
9. 2-3 minz pull out , butter lemon dry done

Keeping it dry is essential , not seasoning to early.. Essential .
Pressing properly in pan ... Essential . Skin side down 99% of cooking time essential smile.gif
Bringing fish to room temp until they are "fired" speeds it up. I've seen fish guys get up to 15 fish 3 different types of skin up in one round. With 3-4minz on the fire. Using this method. Al a minute of corse. And all perfect skin.
post #8 of 8

Seasoned hot steel pan, dry fillet, salt & pepper, light amount of oil not too much, very small knob of butter, Skin side down, let it sizzle a few or five seconds, slide a little and then dont move it too much leave it alone, let skin lightly caramelize, turn over sear other side, then turn back skin side down put in hot oven for a few minutes depending on size to finish.

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