Crispy Skinned Chilli Caramel Salmon

Crispy skinned chilli caramel salmon is fabulous for a mid week meal, or a leisurely weekend luncheon. Just a ten minute cook for the salmon, then add the sauce ingredients to the same pan and two minutes later dinner is served.

The first step in this recipe is to pan fry your salmon fillets until they’re crispy skinned and golden brown. The salmon is removed from the pan and the ingredients for a gorgeous chilli caramel sauce are added. After the sauce has heated and the sugar has dissolved , the salmon is returned to the pan to coat with the sauce.

crispy skinned chilli caramel salmon ingredients
ingredients

We like to serve this crispy skinned chilli caramel salmon with a sprinkling of finely sliced shallots and toasted sesame seeds on top of some freshly steamed rice and a steamed vegetable. Too easy!

Be sure not to overcook your fish! Salmon will typically take 4-5 minutes per side, till it’s opaque and flakes easily.

Crispy skin

Salmon skin enters another flavour world once it has been fried. Crunchy, delicious and perfect with the sauce. Honestly, if you always buy your salmon fillets without skin you absolutely need to buy skin on salmon and give this a try.

crispy skinned chilli caramel salmon ready to serve in a cast iron frypan with red chopsticks
delish!

The sauce

This little sauce is a flavour bomb. Super quick to make in only minutes it would also be great with some grilled chicken or pork.

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Crispy Skinned Chilli Caramel Salmon


  • Author: Recipe Winners
  • Prep Time: 5 minutes
  • Cook Time: 10 minutes
  • Total Time: 15 minutes
  • Yield: 2 serves

Description

Crispy skinned chilli caramel salmon is fabulous for a mid week meal, or a leisurely weekend luncheon. Just a ten minute cook for the salmon, then add the sauce ingredients to the same pan and two minutes later dinner is served.


Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon peanut or vegetable oil
  • 2 pieces salmon fillets, skin on
  • 100 g (3 1/2 ounces) soft brown sugar
  • 1 tablespoon water
  • 2 teaspoons fish sauce
  • 1 lemongrass stalk, white part only, finely sliced
  •  fresh red chilli finely sliced or (1/4 teaspoon chilli flakes) or to taste
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lime juice

Instructions

  • place small  frypan over medium heat and add oil
  • pat fish skin dry with hand towel and add to pan skin side down once oil is hot
  • leave skin side down for around 5 minutes or until the skin is crispy – see notes
  • turn salmon over and cook for a further 3-4 minutes
  • remove fish from pan and wipe oil from pan with handtowel
  • return pan to the heat and add sugar, water, fish sauce, lemongrass and chilli and stir till sugar dissolves, cook for 1 minute
  • add fish and lime juice to the sauce and coat both sides with sauce for 1 minute
  • serve  immediately so skin is still crispy
  • enjoy!

Notes

  • cooking the salmon skin side down over medium heat allows the fat under the skin to render and the skin to crisp up
  • Category: fish and seafood
  • Method: pan fry
  • Cuisine: Asian

Keywords: crispy skinned chilli caramel salmon

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