Lemon Parsley Garlic Pan Seared Salmon – You will have it on the table in under 30 minutes. Along with the pasta and veggie which tonight is a combo of our two favorites, rigatoni pasta aglio e olio and sautéed spinach.
THE VEGGIES – First let’s cut up the vegetables. Zest the lemons then quarter the lemons. Coarsely chop up the garlic and the parsley. If you are going to also do the aglio e olio and the sautéed spinach combo, double the garlic.
THE PASTA AND SPINACH – Put a large skillet or saute’ pan on at low heat with enough good extra virgin olive oil to get to about 1/8th inch deep. You’re better off with a little too much oil than too little so don’t be shy with the evoo. Add the garlic and keep an eye on it. You don’t want to let the garlic get brown but you do want it to cook and get soft so keep the heat low. Add a pinch each of salt, black pepper and red pepper flakes. Also put a pot of salted water on at high. Add the pasta, stir it right away and when the water starts to boil check the pasta. You want it to be a little underdone. When it’s just starting to get soft transfer it to the garlic pan with a large cooks spoon. Don’t worry about getting some of the pasta water in with the garlic and oil, that’s a good thing. It helps to slightly thicken the oil and keep the garlic from browning. Stir it all together and toss it every minute or so until the pasta is al dente (cooked but still on the firm side).
THE SALMON – Put a skillet on at medium high and eyeball a couple of tablespoons of olive oil. Lightly salt and pepper the flesh side of the filets. If you have any dried dill weed, a pinch of that goes good with any fish. (IMO) When the pan is hot put the filets in with the flesh side down. If your filets have been skinned spice up the upside.
Give them 2-4 minutes a side depending on the thickness and how well done you like it. When they are just starting to get firm to a poke they are done. If you like them really well done then let them get real firm to the point that they will want to break apart and flake when poked. Remove the filets to a dish and put it on an idle burner on the stove or in the oven set just to warm.
Put the butter , lemon zest, the garlic and a pinch each of salt and black pepper in the skillet and stir it up with a wooden spoon scraping the bits off the bottom of the pan.
Cook it no more than a minute. Just until you can smell the garlic cooking. Stir in the lemon juice and the parsley. Then put the filets on the plates and spoon the sauce onto the filets. Serve it with a wedge of lemon and enjoy your Lemon Parsley Garlic Pan Seared Salmon!
THE PASTA AND SPINACH – When the pasta has softened up a little and the Salmon is almost ready to serve add the spinach to the pasta and toss it all together. Just let the spinach wilt a little, don’t let it get mushy.
Squeeze some lemon juice onto it and serve it up. With little grated parmesan cheese of course. Bon Appetit!
We had a nice crisp, dry Italian Vermentino with this fantastic quick and easy meal.