Garlic and oregano give the salmon a nice char
Here's a new twist on a favorite of mine: rubbing oregano and roasted garlic powder to salmon and then grilling.
Prior to grilling pour olive oil on the filet and add oregano and garlic powder
To save on dishes, I prepare the filet right in the paper it came in - I douse the filet with about 2 tablespoons of extra virgin olive oil and add the oregano. It's worth it to invest in quality spices. I found Mediterranean oregano. It's lighter than your standard dried oregano and has a lemony flavor.
Not too much - a half teaspoon of each spice (my hand is still a mess from the nasty burns I got 4 weeks ago)
I found roasted garlic powder at Williams-Sonoma. All of their products are high quality, and though they can have the price tag to match, the garlic was $6.95 - not too bad.
Let marinate before cooking
Cook flesh side down first
There's the char we're after!
Here are my rules of thumb for cooking salmon filets: 1/2 pound serving per person and grill for two minutes on each side. As always, make sure the pan is really hot. Pre-heat over medium heat for several minutes before cooking. Put the flesh side down first - if you put the skin side down first you'll burn it off, and one of the great things about this dish is the crispy skin.
Dinner is served: I bought prepared brocolli rabe and heated it in the microwave
At this time of year I'm really slammed at work and I come home very tired - usually at 7:30 or 8:00 PM or even later. I want a home cooked meal but I want it to be easy. Last night I cooked the salmon and heated up brocolli rabe that I bought prepared. So, we're talking about 8 minutes of cooking/preparing start to finish. I can handle that no matter how tired I am.
1/2 lb salmon filet per person. Wild salmon is the best.
2 - 4 tbsns extra virgin olive oil (2 for the filet 2 for the skillet if needed)
1/2 tspn oregano
1/2 tspn roasted garlic powder
1/2 tspn coarse sea salt
1 lemon for garnish
Pour 2 tbspns olive oil on the filet. The other 2 tpsns are for the skillet. My skillet is so well seasoned I don't even need to add oil.
Add the dry ingredients, rub into filet and let stand and marinate.
Pre-heat cast iron skillet over medium flame for 5 - 10 minutes. My skillet has the raised lines so you get grill marks as you would on a charcoal grill.
Grill for 2 minutes on each side - put the flesh side down first.
Microwave your side dish
Serve immediately and enjoy!