Are you a self-proclaimed chef that’s always looking for the next coolest cooking method? Well, if you love salmon, and have tried all the major ways of cooking it like grilling, baking, pan frying, and smoking but want the next coolest (and tastiest) thing, you should try the confit method!
Confit salmon has the texture of smoked salmon without the smoky flavor. It’s really something that’s difficult to explain without tasting it. So, here’s a confit salmon recipe that’s sure to get your creative culinary mind, as well as your taste buds, tingling:
Confit Salmon Recipe
What Does Confit Mean in Cooking?
Confit is a method of slowly cooking food using grease, oil, or sugar water. The food is slow cooked at a low temperature for a deliciously unique flavor and texture.
Often you find duck or goose cooked in fat, a popular confit meal. But, the confit method can work just as well for fish like salmon or cod! Cooking food this way isn’t hard to do either, and doesn’t require you to have any additional tools or training.
Try it out with our recipe below:
- ½ tsp flaky fine sea salt
- ½ tsp freshly ground black pepper
- ½ tsp of fennel seeds
- 3 TB caster sugar
- 6 TB dill
- ½ TB of lemon zest
- ½ TB of lime zest
- 1/2 lemon, sliced
- 1/2 lime, sliced
- 4 Oshēn salmon fillets
- ¾ cup extra virgin olive oil
- Micro herbs and fresh dill
How to Confit Salmon
In a small bowl, combine the sea salt, ground pepper, fennel seeds, caster sugar, dill, and citrus zest.
Cover the salmon fillets in the mixture and place them inside a deep casserole dish. Wrap the dish tightly with plastic wrap.
Place the dish in the refrigerator for six hours.
Before you pull the salmon from the freezer, preheat the oven to 150° F.
Remove the salmon from the fridge and rinse it with cold water. With paper towels, pat it dry and then place the salmon fillets in another casserole dish.
Pour the extra virgin olive oil over the fillets. Place slices of lemon and lime on the fillets. Then, cover the dish with foil and place it in the oven.
Bake your salmon for 1 hour.
Remove the dish from the oven. Allow to cool a bit before slicing.
Thinly slice each salmon fillet. Then, plate them up and garnish with micro herbs and fresh dill.
Side Dishes to Go with Confit Salmon
Here are some side dishes that’ll compliment your confit salmon. Each one will balance out the unique texture and flavors of this eclectic dish. If you’re going for an entire meal, consider a starch and a vegetable. You could even mix your confit salmon with these sides and serve them as a one-bowl meal. So many options! Here are our favorites:
- Scalloped Potatoes
- Lemon Garlic Pasta
- Roasted Green Beans
- Tomato Salad
- Pasta Salad
- Mashed Potatoes
- Honey Glazed Carrots
- Avocado Toast
- Marinated Brussels Sprouts
- Cilantro Lime Rice
Confit salmon is a unique and delectable way to enjoy delicious ocean-farmed salmon.
It doesn’t take a lot of effort to make something tasty with our high quality ocean-farmed salmon. It’s extra tasty and extra delicious because it’s BAP certified, ocean-loved, and sustainable. We take pride in producing only the tastiest and freshest salmon out there. And, the best part? Our salmon comes directly to your doorstep with our direct-to-consumer shipping.
Though Oshēn salmon may not need more than a little lemon and garlic to make the perfect dish, you can count on the confit method to take your salmon flavor profile to the next level. Try out this recipe and let us know how it goes - we can’t wait for you to try it! Oh, and to sweeten the deal, use code FRESH at checkout for 15% off your order. Let’s get cooking!