This was a super easy, super tasty workday dinner.
I was re-reading one of my favorite foodie books, Smart Chefs Stay Slim. If you haven’t read it, I highly recommend it! It’s an fascinating book about how chefs eat and stay healthy, and their attitudes toward food when they aren’t cooking in a restaurant.
In it, Chef Rick Moonen mentions a recipe he makes for “everything-crusted” tuna. Sesame seeds, poppy seeds, onion, garlic, salt – all the things you would find on an everything bagel! Now, I am a huge fan of everything bagels, so I had been intrigued by this brief description since the first time I read the book. I’ve never cooked tuna at home, so I went for salmon.
I didn’t have poppy seeds, but I did have black sesame seeds, which worked perfectly. They gave it the same “everything bagel” look and tasted amazing!
I drizzled some olive oil on the salmon and crusted the top (non-skin side) with black sesame seeds, garlic, onion powder, salt, and some cracked black pepper. I seared it with the spice crusted side down over med-high heat on the stovetop just until it got golden brown, then flipped it skin-side down and put the pan in a 450 degree oven for about 12 minutes. (The thickest part of the salmon was about 1.5 inches.)
I chopped up some tomatoes and tossed them with a bit of olive oil, salt and pepper for a side. (The chives just made it into the picture for some additional color on the plate.) It was beautiful, light, tasty, quick and easy – perfect!
Anybody read Smart Chefs Stay Slim? What’s your favorite book about cooking or eating?