Spicy Roasted Salmon with Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
by Michael Psilakis
Roast four salmon fillets and sauté some spinach, it's as simple -- and almost as quick -- as that. The salmon on its bed of spinach is also beautiful when served family style on a large platter.
4 (5-ounce) salmon fillets, skin on
Fresh ground black pepper
1/4 cup Spicy Red Rub
4 teaspoons extra virgin olive oil
2 cloves garlic, thinly sliced
8 cups packed baby spinach (one 16-ounce bag)
1/2 cup Chipotle Yogurt Sauce
16 Roasted Cherry Tomatoes with their juices
Preheat the oven to 400°F. Season each of the fillets with salt and pepper. Dredge in spice rub and shake off the excess.
Heat 2 teaspoons of the olive oil in a large skillet over medium heat. Place the fillets in the skillet, skin side down, and pan roast for 1 minute. Turn the fillets and cook for 1 minute longer.
Transfer the fillets to the baking sheet, skin side down, and roast in the oven until the fish is opaque at the center, about 6 minutes (rare) to 8 minutes (medium).
Meanwhile, wipe out the skillet with paper towels. Add the remaining 2 teaspoons olive oil and the garlic to the pan. Place over medium heat. Sauté until the garlic is fragrant and soft, add the spinach, season with salt and pepper, and saute until the spinach wilts.
To plate, spoon about 2 tablespoons chipotle sauce onto each dinner plate. Arrange the spinach over. Add the tomatoes to the skillet and immediately remove from the heat just to warm them. Arrange the fillets over the spinach, then divide the tomatoes among each plate.
NOTE: I serve this family-style on a larger platter placed in the middle of our table. This is the way we eat at home-simple, not fussy, and good.
Excerpted from the book Live to Eat by Michael Psilakis. Copyright © 2017 by Michael Psilakis. Reprinted with permission of Little, Brown and Company. Photo: Christopher Hirsheimer