Brown-Butter Salmon With Lemon and Harissa

Brown-Butter Salmon With Lemon and Harissa

More put-together than thrown-together, this weeknight salmon gets an upgrade with a tangy and spicy brown butter-harissa sauce. To make it a complete meal, serve the fish with a simple lemony salad and maybe a bowl of grains or roasted or boiled potatoes. This slow-cooked salmon is meant to be enjoyed on the medium-rare side. If you prefer your fish more well done (or if the fillet is especially thick), increase cooking time by a few minutes.

Ingredients

  • 1 ½ pounds skin-on salmon fillet (or use 1 1/2 pounds of individual fillets)
  • Kosher salt and black pepper
  • 4 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil, plus more as needed
  • 2 tablespoons harissa paste
  • 4 tablespoons fresh lemon juice, plus more for serving
  • 1 small shallot, thinly sliced into rings
  • 2 heads little gem lettuce or 1 head butter lettuce, torn into bite-sized pieces
  • ¼ cup dill leaves, finely chopped, plus more for serving
  • 4 thick slices of country bread, toasted (optional)
  • Aioli or mayonnaise (optional)
  • Nutritional Information
      • Nutritional analysis per serving (4 servings)

        540 calories; 41 grams fat; 13 grams saturated fat; 0 grams trans fat; 14 grams monounsaturated fat; 7 grams polyunsaturated fat; 5 grams carbohydrates; 1 gram dietary fiber; 2 grams sugars; 36 grams protein; 124 milligrams cholesterol; 710 milligrams sodium

    Note: The information shown is DiningAndCooking.com’s estimate based on available ingredients and preparation. It should not be considered a substitute for a professional nutritionist’s advice.
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Preparation

  1. Heat oven to 325 degrees. Place salmon in a large baking dish skin-side-down and season with salt and pepper. (Alternatively, use a rimmed baking sheet.)
  2. Heat butter in a small pot or skillet over medium heat. Cook, whisking occasionally, until butter foams and browns, about 5 minutes. (The whisking will help release the brown butter bits from the bottom of the pot, and those are the bits you want.)
  3. Add 2 tablespoons olive oil to the pot and whisk in harissa, letting it sizzle and toast a bit in the butter mixture for a minute or two. Add 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons water to the pot, whisking to incorporate.
  4. Season the brown butter-harissa sauce with salt and pepper and pour over salmon.
  5. Place in oven and roast until the salmon is just cooked through, but still nicely pink and medium-rare in the center, 12 to 15 minutes for a whole fillet, or 8 to 10 minutes for individual fillets. (If you prefer your fish well done, cook the whole fillet for 15 to 18 minutes, or individual fillets for 12 to 15 minutes.)
  6. Meanwhile, toss shallot with 2 tablespoons lemon juice in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Add lettuce and dill and toss to coat; drizzle with a bit of olive oil and season with salt and pepper.
  7. Once salmon is just cooked through, remove from oven. Use a large serving spoon to scoop large chunks of salmon onto a serving platter or individual plates, leaving the skin behind in the baking dish. (No need to worry if you get smaller chunks too, but try to get the largest pieces you can.) Spoon any remaining brown-butter sauce from the pan over the fish and squeeze lemon over the top. Sprinkle with a bit more dill, if you have it. Serve with dilly lettuce alongside, and, if you like, toast and aioli.

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