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Oven-Baked Salmon with Charred Onions & Old Bay Radishes
“The charred onion puree is both smoky and sweet, a nice foil for this simple baked salmon recipe. Serve this healthy salmon recipe with a glass of crisp, dry rosé for an easy dinner that's special enough for company. Environmental note: If you are deciding between farmed and wild salmon for this recipe, you should know that either one can be a sustainable choice: While farmed salmon historically has gotten a bad rap, many options now rate as Best Choice and Good Alternative by Monterey Bay Aquarium's Seafood Watch program. Use wild Pacific salmon if you prefer (most comes from well-managed fisheries), but check for doneness a few minutes early as it's typically leaner.”
2 medium onions, sliced ½ inch thick
4 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil, divided
Zest of 2 lemons
1½ teaspoons cracked pepper
1 teaspoon kosher salt, divided
4 (5 ounce) skin-on salmon fillets
6 large radishes, cut into wedges, plus more thinly sliced for garnish
1 teaspoon Old Bay seasoning
½ teaspoon sugar
Fresh cilantro & flaky sea salt for garnish
1Preheat oven to 325°F.
2Heat a large cast-iron skillet over high heat. Add onions and cook, pressing down occasionally, until completely charred on one side, 10 to 15 minutes. Turn and cook, pressing down occasionally, until charred on the second side, 8 to 10 minutes more. Transfer to a large bowl and cover tightly. Let steam for 15 minutes.
3Meanwhile, mix 2 tablespoons oil, lemon zest, pepper and ½ teaspoon salt in a small bowl. Add 1 tablespoon oil to a medium ovenproof nonstick or cast-iron skillet and add salmon, skin-side down. Spread the lemon zest mixture on the salmon. Bake until just cooked through, 14 to 16 minutes.
4Bring a small saucepan of water to a boil. Add radish wedges and cook until just tender, 5 to 6 minutes. Drain and pat dry. Dry the pan and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil and Old Bay. Heat over medium heat until sizzling, about 1 minute. Remove from heat and stir in the radish wedges. Cover and keep warm.
5Combine the onions, the remaining ½ teaspoon salt and sugar in a food processor; puree until smooth.
6Serve the salmon with the onion puree and radishes. Garnish with sliced radishes, cilantro and flaky salt, if desired.