Seared Salmon with Glazed Carrots & Saffron-Yogurt Sauce

Seared Salmon

with Glazed Carrots & Saffron-Yogurt Sauce

40 MIN
2 Servings
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From the Test Kitchen

Zachary Engel

This recipe comes to us from Zachary Engel, chef de cuisine at Shaya in New Orleans. A modern Israeli restaurant, Shaya was named the James Beard Foundation’s “Best New Restaurant” of 2016. In this dish, the aroma of Rumi Spice’s saffron complements the earthiness of cumin and the sweetness of honey-glazed carrots, all served with rich, buttery salmon. (Letting the saffron for your yogurt sauce soak—or “bloom”—in lemon juice for at least 5 minutes ensures gorgeous color and bold flavor!) Special thanks to Chef Engel and Shaya for creating this delicious recipe.

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  • Nutrition
    PER SERVING
  • Calories
    790 Cals (est.)
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Prepare the ingredients:
1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a peeler, remove the lemon rind, avoiding the pith; mince to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. In a bowl, combine half the saffron and the juice of 1 lemon wedge. Medium dice the potato. Peel the carrots; thinly slice on an angle. Peel and mince the garlic. Halve the orange; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds. Pick half the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop the remaining cilantro leaves and stems.

Cook the potato:
2 Cook the potato:

In a small pot, combine the potato, remaining saffron, a big pinch of salt and 3 cups of water (or enough to completely cover the potato). Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until the potato is tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain throughly and return to the pot.

Make the saffron-yogurt sauce:
3 Make the saffron-yogurt sauce:

While the potato cooks, to the bowl with the saffron-lemon juice mixture, add the yogurt, lemon zest and (reserving the rest) up to half the aleppo pepper, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.

Cook & glaze the carrots:
4 Cook & glaze the carrots:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cumin and honey. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the orange juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the carrots have softened; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to the pot of cooked potato set aside in a warm place.

Cook the salmon:
5 Cook the salmon:

Rinse and wipe out the pan used to glaze the carrots. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned salmon, skin sides down. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on the first side, or until the skin is crispy. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

Finish & plate your dish:
6 Finish & plate your dish:

To the pot of cooked potato and glazed carrots, stir in the chopped cilantro, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges and as much of remaining aleppo pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Top with the cooked salmon and a spoonful of the saffron-yogurt sauce (you may have extra). Garnish with the whole cilantro leaves. Enjoy!

Tips from Home Chefs

1 Prepare the ingredients:

Wash and dry the fresh produce. Using a peeler, remove the lemon rind, avoiding the pith; mince to get 2 teaspoons of zest (or use a zester). Quarter and deseed the lemon. In a bowl, combine half the saffron and the juice of 1 lemon wedge. Medium dice the potato. Peel the carrots; thinly slice on an angle. Peel and mince the garlic. Halve the orange; squeeze the juice into a bowl, straining out the seeds. Pick half the cilantro leaves off the stems; discard the stems. Roughly chop the remaining cilantro leaves and stems.

2 Cook the potato:

In a small pot, combine the potato, remaining saffron, a big pinch of salt and 3 cups of water (or enough to completely cover the potato). Heat to boiling on high. Once boiling, cook 10 to 12 minutes, or until the potato is tender when pierced with a fork. Turn off the heat. Drain throughly and return to the pot.

Cook the potato:
Make the saffron-yogurt sauce:
3 Make the saffron-yogurt sauce:

While the potato cooks, to the bowl with the saffron-lemon juice mixture, add the yogurt, lemon zest and (reserving the rest) up to half the aleppo pepper, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Drizzle with olive oil and stir to combine; season with salt and pepper to taste.

4 Cook & glaze the carrots:

In a medium pan (nonstick, if you have one), heat 2 teaspoons of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the carrots and garlic; season with salt and pepper. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until slightly softened. Add the cumin and honey. Cook, stirring occasionally, 30 seconds to 1 minute, or until fragrant. Add the orange juice. Cook, stirring occasionally, 3 to 5 minutes, or until the carrots have softened; season with salt and pepper to taste. Transfer to the pot of cooked potato set aside in a warm place.

Cook & glaze the carrots:
Cook the salmon:
5 Cook the salmon:

Rinse and wipe out the pan used to glaze the carrots. Pat the salmon dry with paper towels; season with salt and pepper on both sides. In the same pan, heat 1 teaspoon of olive oil on medium-high until hot. Add the seasoned salmon, skin sides down. Cook 3 to 4 minutes on the first side, or until the skin is crispy. Flip and cook 2 to 3 minutes, or until lightly browned and cooked to your desired degree of doneness. Remove from heat.

6 Finish & plate your dish:

To the pot of cooked potato and glazed carrots, stir in the chopped cilantro, the juice of the remaining lemon wedges and as much of remaining aleppo pepper as you’d like, depending on how spicy you’d like the dish to be. Drizzle with olive oil; season with salt and pepper to taste. Divide between 2 dishes. Top with the cooked salmon and a spoonful of the saffron-yogurt sauce (you may have extra). Garnish with the whole cilantro leaves. Enjoy!

Finish & plate your dish:
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