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Pan-Fried Salmon with Pine Nut Salsa

Pan-Fried Salmon with Pine Nut Salsa

David Scott Allen
This light but delicious recipe is minimally adapted from the original recipe by Yotam Ottolenghi. It's a wonderful meal that suits any season but would accompany a glass of white wine on a cool summer evening beautifully.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 25 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine French
Servings 4 people


  • 1 cup Currants
  • 4 Salmon Fillets skinless, pin bones removed
  • 1/2 cup Extra Virgin Olive Oil + 2 tsp and 1 tbsp
  • 4 Celery Sticks cut into ¼-inch dice, leaves removed but kept for garnish
  • 4 tbsp Pine Nuts
  • 4 tbsp Capers + 2 tbsp of their brine
  • 8 Large Green Olives pitted and cut into ¼-inch dice
  • 1 tsp Saffron Threads mixed with 1 tbsp hot water
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Parsley roughly chopped
  • 2 tbsp Fresh Mint roughly chopped
  • 1 Lemon for the zest
  • 1 tsp Lemon Juice
  • splash of Red Wine Vinegar
  • Salt and Black Pepper to taste


  • Rub the salmon with 2 teaspoons of olive oil, 1/3 teaspoon of salt and a good grind of pepper. Set aside while you make the salsa.
  • Place a large skillet and place on high heat, and add 1/2 cup olive oil. Add the celery and pine nuts and fry for 4–5 minutes, frequently stirring, until the nuts begin to brown (don’t take your eyes off them, as they can easily burn).
  • Remove the pan from the heat and stir in the capers and their brine, olives, saffron and its water, and a pinch of salt. Drain the currants and add these, along with the parsley, mint, lemon zest, lemon juice, and a splash of vinegar. Set aside.
  • Preheat oven to 350°F. Place another large skillet over medium-high heat and, when hot, add 1 tablespoon olive oil. Add the salmon fillets, skinned side up, and fry for 3 minutes until golden brown. Flip the fillets over and continue to fry for 1 minute, then place the pan in the oven for 4-5 minutes until salmon is done to your liking.
  • Arrange the salmon on four plates and spoon the salsa over it. If you have any celery leaves reserved, scatter these on top.
Keyword Fish, Salmon, Seafood Recipes
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