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How to cook sockeye salmon without drying it out?

I'm going to be pan frying sockeye salmon steaks tonight. They are about 2/3 inch thick. But unlike Atlantic salmon, they have no visible fat in the flesh. What can I do to ensure they do not dry out (as I have had happen in the past!)?

THXS!!!!

asked by Maryann 5 months ago
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PHIL

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added 5 months ago

Just don't cook it so long. The fish will still finish cooking even off the flame. it's only 2/3 thick so it will cook in minutes.

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Nancy

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added 5 months ago

Poach it in olive oil with herbs...delicious, most, subtly flavored.
I favor rosemary but there are suggestions for thyme, etc.
Expensive in terms of the oil, but you can filter & reuse the oil at least once.
See attached for ideas and recipes...
https://www.google.ca/webhp...

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Nancy

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added 5 months ago

That should read: delicious, MOIST, subtly flavored.

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creamtea

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added 5 months ago

Kenji Lopez-Alt described a method in Cook's Magazine. It's not linked on his site but he describes it in a post on his site:
"Yes, that was my recipe. I used lemon slices, sliced shallots, and the stems from whatever herbs you're using (reserving the leaves for a vinaigrette that forms the sauce at the end) to make a platform on the bottom of the skillet for the salmon to rest on, which prevents the bottom of the salmon from overcooking from coming in contact with the hot pan.

At the end, I reduce the liquid, strain it, then combine it with a few other ingredients to form a vinaigrette to serve over the salmon. This recipe looks great as well.

Afraid I can't link to the Cook's recipe, since it's on their subscription-based site..."

You use a shallow pan, slice an onion and use the slices as a platform at the bottom of the pan to insulate the fillets from direct heat. Here's a recipe of mine from the current Salmon contest on the site using the same method: https://food52.com/recipes... . If you look at the picture, you can get the idea of Kenji's method. He used white wine and herbs instead of sake. You could use water for a similar result.

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PHIL

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added 5 months ago

I agree that the poaching option is a good choice if Maryann wants to change from pan frying. Personally I like any salmon oven roasted.

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added 5 months ago

Adding to creamtea's answer, putting fennel stalks under fish on the grill is traditional and delicious.

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pierino

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added 5 months ago

Cooking salmon fillet's en papillote is another tried and true method for cooking salmon. Individual portions each in it's own parchment envelope. You can find a number of recipes here including my own.

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QueenSashy

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added 5 months ago

Well, it is a lean fish to start with. I would much rather poach or cure it. But if you still prefer the pan, use high heat and a lots of oil, and as Phil said, just a brief encounter with the flame.