John's First Date Salmon

Total Time:
10 min
Cook:
10 min

Yield:
2 servings

Ingredients
  • 3/4 lb. center-cut salmon fillet, 1" thick
  • 1 Tbs. olive oil, plus more for oiling the fish
  • Kosher Salt
  • freshly ground black pepper
  • 1 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
  • 1 Tbs. unsalted butter
  • aged balsamic vinegar or balsamic vinegar reduction, for drizzling
Directions
  • Cut salmon fillet into two equal portions and brush both sides of each piece with olive oil. Sprinkle flesh side with salt, pepper and dried thyme. In a large skillet, heat one tablespoon olive oil and butter on medium-high until butter foams.

  • Carefully place fillets flesh-side down in skillet. Cook without moving until edges begin to crisp, about 2 minutes. Decrease heat to medium and cook until fillets are golden brown, about 1 minute more. Turn fillets so they are skin-side down and continue cooking until medium-rare and skin is crisped, 5-7 minutes depending on their thickness. Add a few additional drops of olive oil as needed to prevent sticking. Remove fillets to serving plates and drizzle with balsamic vinegar. Serve immediately.


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