Perfectly Seared Salmon with Garlicky Kale

For the Fish:

  • 4 Fillets of Salmon
  • 3 Tbsp vegetable oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

For the Kale:

  • 1 bunch lacinato kale
  • 2 cloves garlic, sliced
  • 1/2 tsp crushed red pepper flakes
  • 2 Tbsp olive oil
  • Kosher salt and fresh cracked black pepper

Fresh salmon seared to perfection and paired with hearty kale in a garlicky dressing.

Pat the salmon dry with a paper towel and season well with salt and pepper. Heat the oil in a large heavy bottomed skillet over high heat.  Make sure your oil is HOT before placing the fillets in the pan.  Place then flesh side down (this is the presentation side) and do not move them or try to release them if they are sticking.  Let them cook until you see a golden brown crust forming at the edges (about 5 minutes).  Flip them and cook just 2 minutes more (longer if you like your salmon cooked all the way through).  Rest for 3-5 minutes before serving.

Strip the kale from the stems and chop the leaves into small pieces.  Discard the stems.  In a large skillet heat the oil and add the garlic and red pepper to soften.  When the garlic is fragrant add the kale and cook just until it wilts (about 1-2 minutes).  Season to taste with salt and pepper.  Serve immediately.