BAKED SIDE OF SALMON WITH GINGER AND SESAME (for six to eight)
one 2-1/2 to 3 pound side of salmon
3 tablespoons unhulled sesame seeds
½ cup medium-dry sherry
3 tablespoons dark soy sauce
3 tablespoons sesame oil
2 tablespoons fresh ginger, peeled and minced
¾ cup whole scallions, cut into ½ inch rounds
1 tablespoon garlic, peeled and minced
- Rinse the salmon under cold tap water, pat it dry with paper towel and remove any protruding small bones with tweasers. Lightly oil a deep, broiler-proof, oven-to-table platter and place the salmon, skin side down, on top. Mix together the sesame seeds, sherry, soy sauce, sesame oil, ginger, cut scallions and garlic. Pour over salmon and marinate at room temperature for 1 hour.
- Pre-heat the broiler for at least 10 minutes. Broil salmon, 4 inches from the flame, for 6 to 8 minutes, rotating the pan occasionally, until the fillet is evenly browned. Reduce temperature to 450* and bake salmon in the middle of the oven for 10 minutes, or until it is just cooked through. It should be opaque, springy to the touch and just starting to flake. Baste with pan juices and serve garnished with scallion brushes and lemon twists.
adapted from Karen Lee, Nouvelle Chinese Cooking