Crispy Salmon with Sweet Potatoes and Radicchio Salad

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  • Level: Easy
  • Total: 1 hr 10 min
  • Active: 40 min
  • Yield: 4 servings
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Ingredients

Smashed Sweet Potatoes:

1/4 cup heavy cream

3 tablespoons unsalted butter 

3 medium sweet potatoes, peeled, quartered and cut into 1/4-inch wedges 

2 tablespoons maple syrup 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper 

Salmon:

1 tablespoon olive oil

Four 3- to 4-ounce skin-on Atlantic salmon fillets, patted dry

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

2 tablespoons unsalted butter 

3 sprigs fresh thyme 

2 cloves smashed garlic 

Radicchio:

1 navel orange

2 tablespoons Dijon mustard

2 tablespoons apple cider vinegar 

1/2 small shallot, minced (about 1 tablespoon) 

1/4 cup olive oil 

Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper

1 small head radicchio, torn into small pieces 

1 bunch watercress

Directions

  1. For the smashed sweet potatoes: Heat cream and butter in a medium saucepan until melted together. Add sweet potatoes and gently simmer, covered, stirring frequently, until potatoes are super tender, about 30 minutes. Add maple syrup and mash with a potato masher until smooth and uniform. Season to taste with plenty of salt and pepper. Cover and keep warm.
  2. For the salmon: Heat olive oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium-low heat. Sprinkle salmon with salt and pepper all over. Lay in pan, skin-side down, and let cook, undisturbed, until skin is very crispy, 5 to 6 minutes. Gently flip the salmon and add butter, thyme and garlic and cook until salmon is desired temperature, 3 to 4 minutes for medium.
  3. For radicchio: Zest orange, then cut away the pith with a knife and cut the segments free into a bowl, reserving any juice. Whisk together the orange juice, zest, Dijon, vinegar and shallot in a small bowl until combined. Slowly drizzle in olive oil, whisking, then season to taste with salt and pepper. Combine radicchio and watercress in a large bowl, then drizzle with vinaigrette, toss and season to taste.
  4. Divide sweet potatoes among four plates, then top each with a crispy salmon fillet. Add a handful of salad on the side of each, then top salad with orange segments and drizzle the salmon with the butter sauce from the pan.