Crispy Skin Salmon with Cilantro Pear Salsa
What is the secret behind the elusive, crispy skin on salmon? “Crispy skin” is like a magic phrase that turns ordinary salmon into a delicacy and seems to make sense out of the $5 upcharge tacked onto a typical dinner.
Well hold onto your hats because I’m about to let you in on the secret; It’s salt. You know how when you pour sugar over strawberries and let it sit, the strawberries will break down and release their juice (this is what goes on strawberry shortcake). Well, the sugar broke down the cells in the strawberry and pulled out the water.
In a very similar fashion, the salt is going to pull some moisture out of the salmon. Not a lot, mind you, but enough that when you sear the salmon, there is no water coming out. This lets you achieve a crispy skin where’s if you skip this step when you cook the salmon the heat breaks down those same cells which releases their water and then you have steamed salmon skin, which will be soft and soggy. (Ick!) Once you’ve achieved your perfectly crispy salmon skin, DO NOT cover the salmon. Just let it sit uncovered, skin side up until you’re ready to serve it. Covering it will trap the heat and ruin your crispy, beautiful skin.
That’s it! Definity easier than I imagined it to be. This is one of my favorite, quick, weeknight dinners to make. Fancy enough for a date night or company, and easy enough to make on a Monday. Check out the Learn the Lingo section below the recipe for more details on cooking your salmon to perfection!