Dining Tip: Honey-Glazed Salmon and Kale

Chef Matt Lambert shares a healthy recipe he cooks at home that hits all the right sweet and savory notes
Oct 13, 2014

Note: This recipe originally appeared in the "Chefs Cook at Home" series on WineSpectator.com.

Honey-Glazed Salmon with Sautéed Kale and Wakame

Recipe adapted from Matt Lambert, executive chef and co-owner of The Musket Room, New York

For curing the salmon:

  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • Finely grated zest of 5 oranges
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lemon
  • Finely grated zest of 1 lime
  • 1 side of salmon, pin bones removed, skin on

Combine the salt, sugar and citrus zest in a bowl and mix well. Distribute the mixture evenly on the flesh side of the salmon, wrap with plastic and refrigerate 8 to 12 hours to cure.

For roasting the salmon:

  • 1/4 cup manuka honey (may substitute another variety of floral honey)
  • 2 tablespoons fennel pollen (optional)
  • 1 teaspoon roasted coriander seeds, finely ground
  • Oranges, lemon and lime that were used for zest, thinly sliced
  • 1 fennel bulb, thinly sliced
  • 1 bunch rosemary
  • 1 bunch thyme
  • 1 bunch lemongrass
  • 1/2 cup peeled and sliced ginger

1. Preheat the oven to 350° F. Rub the salmon gently to remove as much of the cure mixture as possible.

2. In a small saucepan, combine the honey, fennel pollen and coriander seeds and warm gently over medium-low heat.

3. Arrange the sliced fruit, fennel, herbs, lemongrass and ginger on a sheet pan and place the fish, skin side down, on top. Roast in the oven for 5 to 6 minutes, then brush the fish with some of the honey mixture and return to the oven for another 5 to 6 minutes, at which point the fish should be medium-rare.

4. Remove from the oven and brush again with the honey glaze. Remove the skin, cut into even portions and serve hot, with the kale. Serves 4.

For the kale:

  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 4 cloves garlic
  • 1 bunch Tuscan kale, stems removed, coarsely chopped
  • 1/2 cup rehydrated and drained wakame or arame seaweed (available in health food stores and Asian markets)
  • 2 teaspoons Chardonnay vinegar
  • Maldon sea salt to taste

1. In a large sauté pan, warm the oil over medium heat. Add the garlic cloves and cook, turning once or twice, until lightly browned. Add the kale and cook until wilted, about 3 to 5 minutes.

2. Stir in the seaweed and cook for another 2 minutes. Stir in the vinegar, season with salt and remove from the heat. Serve hot, alongside the salmon.

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