Photo: Jennifer Causey
Active Time
14 Mins
Total Time
45 Mins
Serves 4 (serving size: 1 salmon fillet and about 1 tbsp. sauce)

We give the salmon a quick brine, which seasons it throughout and keeps it moist. But the brine makes it all the more important to air-dry in the fridge afterward, so moisture in the skin can evaporate. You won’t need to press down on thicker fillets to flatten the skin; the weight of the flesh keeps it flat in the pan. For thinner fillets cut from toward the tail, you may need to press a little longer.

How to Make It

Step 1

Pat salmon and skin thoroughly dry with paper towels. Place fillets, skin side up, on a large plate. Place plate, uncovered, in refrigerator; chill salmon 30 minutes to air-dry the skin.

Step 2

Remove salmon from refrigerator. Sprinkle evenly with salt. Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high. Add canola oil to pan. When oil is very hot, add salmon fillets, skin side down. Press fillets gently with a spatula 30 seconds or until skin stays flat in pan. Reduce heat to medium. Cook salmon 7 minutes or until skin is browned and crisp and flesh is cooked almost to medium. Flip fillets; cook 1 minute or until tops are light brown. Place fillets, skin side up, on a serving platter.

Step 3

Combine sesame oil, soy sauce, vinegar, and crushed red pepper in a small bowl; drizzle mixture over salmon fillets. Sprinkle salmon evenly with green onions. Serve immediately.