Inspired by the Spur dish, we developed a streamlined version for the home cook, one that still showcases the velvety texture and bold flavor of sockeye salmon. Our version broils the fish, keeping the tang with capers, lemon rind, and crème fraîche. If you can't find sockeye, any variety of salmon will work, though Tough and McCracken favor sockeye above all.
"We like the fat content—it's fatty, but not too much," Tough says. "And it's less metallic-flavored than king salmon. It tastes more like the ocean."
McCracken cautions cooks not to overcook the fish. "We like to keep it pink throughout," he explains. "Watch the fish closely—if salmon turns white, then it's overcooking."
1 (6-ounce) fresh or frozen sustainable sockeye salmon fillet (such as Alaskan) ¼ teaspoon freshly ground black pepper, divided 2 tablespoons finely chopped shallots 1 tablespoon chopped drained capers 3 tablespoons crème fraîche ¼ teaspoon grated lemon rind 1 teaspoon fresh lemon juice 12 (½-ounce) slices diagonally cut French bread baguette, toasted 12 small dill sprigs1. Preheat broiler to high.
2. Place fillet on a foil-lined baking sheet; sprinkle fillet evenly with pepper. Broil 6 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Cool 2 minutes; flake fillet.
3. Combine shallots and next 4 ingredients (through lemon juice) in a small bowl, stirring well. Place 2 toasted baguette slices on each of 6 small plates. Divide salmon evenly among baguette slices; top each crostini with 1 teaspoon crème fraîche mixture and 1 dill sprig.SERVES 6 (serving size: 2 crostini) CALORIES 142; FAT 4.3g (sat 2g, mono 0.5g, poly 0.6g); PROTEIN 8.2g; CARB 16.7g; FIBER 0.8g; CHOL 18mg; IRON 1.2mg; SODIUM 228mg; CALC 17mg
Food photo by Brian Woodcock; Food styling by Kellie Gerber Kelley; Prop styling by Mary Clayton Carl
Portrait by Chris Laurion