Pan-Roasted Salmon With Arugula and Avocado Salad

Creamy, buttery avocado, nutty shavings of Parmesan, and a bright, tangy dressing set the stage for a delicious piece of salmon. [Photographs: Yasmin Fahr]

Creamy, buttery avocado, nutty shavings of Parmesan, and a bright, tangy dressing set the stage for a delicious piece of salmon. Did we mention it only takes 10 minutes to cook?

Why this recipe works:

  • Cooking the salmon longer on the skin side makes the skin crispy and cooks the salmon from the bottom up.
  • Dressing the arugula while the salmon is cooking is an efficient way to whip this meal up in no time.

Pan-Roasted Salmon With Arugula and Avocado Salad

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About This Recipe

Yield:Serves 4
Active time:10 minutes
Total time:10 minutes
This recipe appears in: 10-Minute Dinner: Salmon With Arugula and Avocado Salad

Ingredients

  • 4 (5- to 6-ounce) salmon filets, preferably wild
  • Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
  • 1/3 cup plus 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
  • 4 cups baby arugula
  • 2 tablespoons fresh juice from 1 lemon
  • Grated Parmigiano-Reggiano, for serving
  • 1 ripe Hass avocado, pitted and cut into 1/2-inch cubes

Procedures

  1. 1

    Press salmon filets between paper towels to dry surfaces thoroughly. Season on all sides with salt and pepper. Heat 1/3 cup oil in a large stainless steel skillet over medium-high heat until shimmering. Add salmon filets skin side-down. Immediately reduce heat to medium-low. Cook, pressing gently on back of filets to ensure good contact with skin, until skin is rendered and crisp, about 6 minutes. If skin shows resistance when attempting to lift with a spatula, allow it to continue to cook until it lifts easily.

  2. 2

    Meanwhile, in a large bowl, combine arugula, lemon juice, remaining 3 tablespoons olive oil, and avocado. Season with salt and pepper and toss in grated cheese.

  3. 3

    Flip salmon and cook on second side until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part registers 120°F for medium rare or 130°F for medium, about 1 minute longer. Transfer salmon to a paper towel-lined plate. Spoon salad onto plates, top with salmon, and serve.

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