Slow-Roasted Citrus Salmon With Herb Salad
This is truly the best way to cook salmon. Slowly roasting an already fatty fish in an even more luxurious fat (here, olive oil) makes it nearly impossible to overcook. Plus, you can flavor that oil with whatever you fancy — spices, herbs, citrus, chiles — which, in turn, will flavor the fish. It's a very simple method for cooking any large piece of fish (cod or halibut work well here, too). This makes it the ideal dinner party trick, sitting perfectly in the center of a Venn diagram where “looks impressive” and “not a ton of work” overlap. It also doubles beautifully. Store any leftover salmon in the remaining oil, which will keep it from drying out, and use it to elevate a salad or a bagel with cream cheese.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1(1 1/2-pound) piece skinless salmon fillet (or halibut or cod)
- Kosher salt and black pepper
- 2lemons, Meyer or regular, thinly sliced, plus 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- 1blood orange, mandarin orange or regular orange, thinly sliced
- 6sprigs thyme, rosemary, oregano or marjoram (optional)
- 1 ½cups olive oil
- 2cups herbs, such as parsley, cilantro, dill and tarragon, roughly picked from the stem
- Flaky sea salt, for serving
Step 1Heat oven to 300 degrees. Season salmon with salt and pepper on both sides. Place in a large baking dish with sliced lemons, orange and thyme (or rosemary, oregano or marjoram), if using.
Step 2Drizzle everything with olive oil and bake until salmon is just turning opaque at the edges and is nearly cooked through, 25 to 35 minutes.
Step 3Toss fresh herbs with 1 tablespoon lemon juice and flaky salt. Serve alongside salmon.