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Sockeye salmon with green garlic and favas

Sockeye salmon with green garlic and favas
Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times

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Total time: 25 minutes | Serves 4
  • 2 pounds whole fava beans
  • 4 (5-ounce) skin-on fillets sockeye salmon
  • Salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup olive oil
  • 2 cups thinly sliced green garlic, from about 4 stalks cleaned and sliced crosswise (both white and green parts)
  • Zest and juice from 1 lemon

Step 1Prepare the favas: Peel the fava beans out of the pods; you should have about 3 cups. In a large pot of boiling salted water, blanch the shelled favas for 2 minutes. Cool in an ice bath. Peel the outer skin from each bean and set aside; you will have about 1 1/2 cups.

Step 2Season the salmon fillets with a pinch each of salt and pepper.

Step 3Heat the olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. When it just begins to smoke, add the salmon, skin-side down (be careful; the oil will splatter when the fish is added). Cook the salmon until the skin begins to crisp, about 2 to 3 minutes. Reduce the heat to medium and add the garlic to the pan with the fish.

Step 4Using a soup spoon, spoon the hot olive oil over the fish (do not turn it over), tilting the pan to spoon it up. Stir the garlic around the fish so that it cooks evenly while you continue to spoon the hot oil over the fish. Do this until the fish is cooked to the desired doneness, about 4 to 5 minutes. Remove the fish from the pan.

Step 5Add the fava beans to the pan, along with the juice and zest from the lemon and as many grinds of black pepper as you like. Cook just until the favas are warmed through, 1 to 2 minutes. Remove from heat and spoon the favas and garlic among 4 plates, topping the mixture with the fish, skin-side up. Spoon some pan juices over the fish and serve immediately.

Note: Sockeye salmon is available from fish markets and select well-stocked markets. Green garlic is available seasonally from farmers markets and select well-stocked supermarkets.

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