Here I've pared down my favorite meal—Buffalo-style anything with blue cheese whatever—to a single-serving supper for one. Salmon fillet and gorgeous hunk of Gorgonzola aside, it's likely you’ll already have all these ingredients on hand, and dinner will be ready in 20 minutes tops.
What makes this dinner so gorgeous is how the glaze caramelizes in the oven and bakes onto the fish, not to mention the meaty kale salad that it goes with. Everything comes together swiftly and easily, perfect for busy weeknights when the last thing you want to do is cook. —Eric Kim
For the salmon, whisk together the hot sauce, mayonnaise, sugar, and black pepper and marinate the fillet in this for 10 minutes or so.
Heat a nonstick pan and fry the salmon (no oil required, as the mayo will melt into its oily base) for 4 minutes on its first side, then another 2 to 3 minutes on its second side. (Though, it’s important to cook your fillet based on its thickness rather than on its weight, which is to say: the thicker the fillet, the longer the cooking time.) Raising the heat to high, add any leftover marinade and let it bubble up into a sticky glaze.
Meanwhile, for the salad, whisk together the blue cheese, mayo, vinegar, olive oil, celery seed, salt, and pepper until amalgamated into a dressing. Massage this dressing into the kale. Crack some more black pepper overtop for good measure and enjoy with the salmon.
Eric Kim is the Table for One columnist at Food52. Formerly the managing editor at Food Network and a PhD candidate in literature at Columbia University, he covers food, travel, and culture and lives in a tiny shoebox in Manhattan with his dog, Quentin "Q" Compson. His favorite writers are William Faulkner, John Steinbeck, and Ernest Hemingway, but his hero is Nigella Lawson. You can follow him on Twitter @ericjoonho.