April 02, 2021

Slow-Roasted Salmon with French Herb Salsa


INGREDIENTS

FOR THE SALMON

FOR THE FRENCH HERB SALSA

  • 3 tablespoons finely diced shallot, from 1 medium shallot
  • 3 tablespoons white wine vinegar
  • 2 tablespoons very finely chopped fresh Italian parsley
  • 1 tablespoon very finely chopped fresh chervil (okay to substitute more parsley if you can't find it)
  • 1 tablespoon very finely chopped fresh chives
  • 1 tablespoon very finely chopped fresh basil
  • 1 teaspoon very finely chopped fresh tarragon
  • 5 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1/4 teaspoon kosher salt
  • Freshly ground black pepper

This slow roasted salmon with an elegant fresh herb salsa is wonderful at room temperature, making it perfect for an Easter Brunch or Buffet!

This slow-roasted salmon recipe comes from the much-acclaimed cookbook Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat by Samin Nosrat. Samin is also the host and producer of the wonderful Netflix cooking/travel docuseries, Salt, Fat, Acid, Heat, based on her book. She writes that slow-roasting is her favorite way to cook salmon because the low heat makes it almost impossible to overcook the fish. Indeed, the heat is so gentle that the fish still appears slightly translucent even when fully cooked.

Like with many of her recipes, Samin gives a general technique for cooking the salmon and then suggests variations and an array of sauces that work with it. I chose to pair the salmon with an elegant French herb salsa made with macerated shallots and fine herbs. While the dish can be served hot or cold, I think it’s best at room temperature as an alternative to poached salmon. It’s perfect for a holiday brunch or buffet.

To begin, place the salmon on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle the salt evenly over top.

Slide the pan into the oven, which has been preheated to 225°F, and roast for 40 to 50 minutes, until the fish begins to flake in the thickest part of the filet when poked with a knife or your finger. (Because this method is so gentle on its proteins, the fish will appear translucent even when it’s cooked.) Don’t worry if any white coagulated proteins form on the fish; just scrape them off with a spoon.

Meanwhile, in a small bowl, combine the shallot and vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes to macerate.

In a separate small bowl, combine the herbs, olive oil, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper.

Just before serving, use a slotted spoon to add the shallot (but not the vinegar, yet) to the herb oil.

Stir, taste, and add the vinegar as needed (I usually add 2 to 3 teaspoons). Taste and adjust salt, if necessary.

Break the salmon into large, rustic pieces and spoon the French herb salsa over top.

    INSTRUCTIONS

    FOR THE SALMON

      1. Preheat the oven to 225°F and set an oven rack in the middle position.
      2. Place the salmon on a baking sheet. Drizzle with the olive oil and sprinkle the salt evenly over top. Slide the pan into the oven and roast for 40 to 50 minutes, until the fish begins to flake in the thickest part of the filet when poked with a knife or your finger. (Because this method is so gentle on its proteins, the fish will appear translucent even when it's cooked.) Using a small spoon, scrape off any white coagulated proteins that may have formed on the salmon.
      3. Break the salmon into large, rustic pieces and spoon the French herb salsa (below) over top. This dish can be served hot, cold, or room temperature.

    FOR THE FRENCH HERB SALSA

    1. In a small bowl, combine the shallot and vinegar and let sit for 15 minutes to macerate.
    2. In a separate small bowl, combine the herbs, olive oil, salt, and a few grinds of black pepper.
    3. Just before serving, use a slotted spoon to add the shallot (but not the vinegar, yet) to the herb oil. Stir, taste, and add the vinegar as needed (I usually add 2 to 3 teaspoons). Taste and adjust salt, if necessary.
    4. Make-Ahead Instructions: The salmon can be cooked 1 day ahead of time, covered with plastic wrap, and refrigerated. The French herb salsa can be made, covered, and refrigerated up to 2 days ahead of time.

    Recipe and Photos:
    Once Upon a Chef

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