This is a very simple method of getting the best out of your salmon. By keeping the fish fillet whole, it will stay moist in the oven, resulting in a juicy, fresh-tasting dish. Instead of presenting it on individual plates, you can allow your guests to flake and serve it themselves. For a delicious accompaniment, try new potatoes with crème fraîche (see related recipe at left).
- 1 wild salmon fillet, about 3 lb., with skin on and pin bones removed
- 2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper, to taste
- 1 Tbs. snipped fresh chives
- 1 Tbs. fresh chervil leaves
- 1 1/2 tsp. minced fresh flat-leaf parsley
- 8 lemon wedges
Preheat an oven to 250°F. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil.
Place the salmon on the baking sheet and rub the fish all over with the olive oil. Season well with salt and pepper. Place the fish, skin side down, and let it come to room temperature.
Bake the salmon until it is opaque on the outside and there is no resistance when you pierce it with a skewer, 20 to 25 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes before serving.
To serve, use a fork to flake the warm salmon into chunks. Arrange on individual plates, sprinkle with the chives, chervil and parsley, and garnish with the lemon wedges. Serves 8.
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma Cooking for Friends, by Alison Attenborough and Jamie Kimm (Oxmoor House, 2008).