Roasted Wild Salmon With Ginger-Lime Butter
Wild Pacific salmon is available in spring and summer, and the flavor is phenomenal. It definitely tastes better than farmed salmon and is always a better choice, sustainably speaking. Though it is expensive, think of it as a seasonal treat. Whether you choose wild king salmon, coho or sockeye, take care not to overcook it.
- Serves: 4 persons
- 1(1 1/2 pound) wild salmon fillet, such as king or coho, at room temperature
- Salt and pepper
- 6tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2tablespoons grated ginger
- 1teaspoon lime zest
- 1teaspoon lemon zest
- 2tablespoons lime juice
- 1pound baby spinach
- Lime wedges, for serving
- ½cup thinly sliced scallions, green and white parts
Step 1Lay the salmon on a rimmed baking sheet, and season with salt and pepper. Heat oven to 350 degrees.
Step 2Make the ginger-lime butter: In a small bowl, combine softened butter, ginger, lime zest, lemon zest and lime juice. Add salt and pepper to taste, and stir well to combine.
Step 3Transfer salmon, uncovered, to the oven to cook for about 8 minutes. Check the salmon once or twice as it cooks. Depending on the thickness of the fish, it should be fully cooked when little white juices appear on the surface — moist and yielding with big flakes when probed. It may take 10 minutes for thick fillets.
Step 4As the salmon cooks, put 2 tablespoons ginger-lime butter in a wide deep skillet or large pot over medium heat. When butter is melted, add spinach and a pinch of salt. Put on the lid and turn heat to medium-high. (You may need to add the spinach in batches.) After 2 minutes, remove lid and stir spinach to help it wilt. When all spinach is wilted, turn off the heat.
Step 5Transfer salmon to a platter or divide among individual plates. Smear the remaining ginger-lime butter on the fish. Surround with wilted spinach and lime wedges, and top with scallions.