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Author Notes: This dish combines a few of my favorite things- eggs, potatoes, garlic, and salmon. It can be served for brunch or dinner. I've found that the key to flavorful moist salmon for me has been to brine it. We use the Modernist Cuisine fish brine every time we make salmon or any other fish. Yes, you have to remember to prep it before hand but it takes less than 5 minutes to do so and rest of the time is hands off. Once that is done, you quickly sear it, and can be served just as is. In this dish I like the combination of the oily fish, the tart sumac, and the crispy potatoes. Hope you enjoy! —MariaR
Sumac Dusted Salmon
- 12-16 ounces salmon fillet, cut into two pieces
- 1 liter water
- 4 1/2 tablespoons salt
- 3 1/2 tablespoons sugar
- 2 eggs, poached, fried, or soft boiled to serve on top (optional)
- labneh, dollup on top (optional)
- 1 teaspoon sumac
- Create the brine. Mix the water, salt, and sugar in a large container until they dissolve. Add the individually cut pieces of salmon and brine for 5 hours.
- Pull salmon from the brine. Tap dry with paper towels. Sear on medium to high heat on non-stick pan with 1 tsp of olive oil. If salmon has skin on, start with skin side down first. We like our salmon rare so we sear for about 4 minutes on skin side and 1-2 minutes on other side. Sear for additional time to achieve desired doneness.
- Place salmon on top of hash (recipe below), sprinkle about 1/2 tsp of sumac over the salmon, and place poached egg on top. You can also serve with a dolloup of labneh on top as well. Dig in!
Garlic Scape Potato Hash
- 2 tablespoons finely sliced garlic scapes
- 4 finely sliced spring onion (both bulb and green)
- 1 pound potatoes, cut into small cubes
- 2 garlic cloves, minced
- 2 tablespoons canola oil
- white vinegar
- salt and pepper to taste
- Bring medium pot of water to a boil. Add about 1 tbsp of salt and a glug of white vinegar to the water. This last step isn't required but I read somewhere that it helps the potatoes keep their shape and it seems to help!
- Boil the potatoes until soft, about 10 minutes. Drain.
- While potatoes are boiling, add one tablespoon of canola oil on to a large non-stick pan. Sautee white parts of spring onion on medium heat until they start to caramelize. Remove and set aside.
- Add garlic scapes and garlic cloves to the same pan and sautee on medium heat until soft and edges are starting to brown. Remove and add to the spring onions aside.
- Turn head up to medium-high, add the remaining canola oil and when just starting to smoke add potatoes to the pan. Careful! They might splatter. Season with salt and pepper. Fry the potatoes until the sides are crispy and golden. Do not overcrowd the pan, you may need to cook in batches depending on size of the pan. Once potatoes are golden drain on paper towel covered plate.
- Return potatoes, garlic scape, garlic, and caramelized spring onions to the pan. Mix all together. Adjust seasoning with salt and pepper as needed. Remove from the heat and add 2 tbsp of the sliced green stems from your spring onions.
- This recipe was entered in the contest for Your Best Recipe with Salmon