A little over a month ago, I was super excited about Copper River Salmon Season starting. It’s a special season where prized salmon in the Copper River of Alaska are harvested. Salmon from this part of the world are extremely rich and amazingly delicious. It’s distinguishable by the bright red color and fresh taste. I recently received a shipment of freshly caught Copper River Sockeye Salmon from my friends in Alaska (Thank you Beth!) and with it, I made this Spice Rubbed Salmon for dinner. The pairing of freshly ground spices and rich salmon made it a wonderful summer dinner to enjoy the salmon season!
For this simple spice rub, whole coriander seeds, cumin seeds, and fennel seeds are combined and ground in a spice grinder (or dedicated coffee grinder for only spices – not coffee! ) I left the mixture slightly course but feel free to grind as fine as you’d like. Brown sugar and salt is added to the mixture, rubbed onto the fresh salmon fillet and allowed to rest for an hour to allow the flavors to absorb into the fish. I pan seared the salmon and allowed it to finish in the oven. It was delicious and served atop a bed of garlic brown rice and seasoned broccoli and cauliflower.
recipe from Williams Sonoma
1 tsp. coriander seeds
1 tsp. cumin seeds
1⁄2 tsp. fennel seeds
1 tsp. firmly packed light brown sugar
1 tsp. kosher salt
2 salmon fillets, each 6 to 8 oz., with skin intact, pin bones removed
2 Tbs. extra-virgin olive oil
Heat a small fry pan over medium-high heat. Put the coriander, cumin and fennel seeds in the pan and toast, stirring constantly, until golden brown and fragrant, 2 to 3 minutes. Transfer the spices to a spice grinder and grind. Transfer to a small bowl and stir in the brown sugar and salt.
Place the salmon, skin side down, on a plate and rub the top of each fillet with the spice mixture. Cover with plastic wrap and refrigerate for 1 hour.
Preheat an oven to 400°F.
In a large ovenproof fry pan over medium-high heat, warm the olive oil until almost smoking. Place the salmon, skin side up, in the pan and sear for 2 minutes. Carefully turn the salmon over and transfer the pan to the oven. Cook until the fish is golden brown underneath and the flesh is opaque throughout, 5 to 6 minutes.
Transfer the salmon to warmed plates and serve immediately. Serves 2.