Seared Salmon with a Lemon & Ginger Kodota Fig Sauce


4, 4 oz salmon filets, skins on
2 T olive oil
​2 T butter
​3 T sugar
1/4 C white wine, such as a Riesling or Pinot Gris (or use 1/3 C mild vegetable stock)
Kosher salt and black pepper to taste
1 C Kadota figs, sliced into small pieces
zest of 1 lemon
2 T lemon juice
1 T fresh grated ginger
1/4 C sweet balsamic, such as Cranberry


Add chopped figs, lemon zest, lemon juice, grated ginger and sugar to a saucepan and bring to a boil. Let cook on medium to medium low (don’t let it burn!) until the sugar is dissolved, about 2 minutes. Add the cranberry balsamic and let simmer for about 6-8 minutes, watching to make sure it doesn’t dry out. If it does, add a little water a tablespoon at a time. When it has reduced and it starting to become syrupy, turn off heat and transfer sauce to a bowl. Let sit for at least 30 minutes, or cover and let sit on counter for up to three hours before dinner time. This allows the sauce to thicken a bit so it’s prettier on the plate.

In another saucepan brought to high temperature, melt the butter and add the oil. Place the salmon filets, skin side down into the hot butter/oil. Sprinkle a little salt and just a bit of black pepper (you can use white pepper) on the side of the filet not searing. Let it sear for a few minutes until nice and browned. Turn the heat down to medium and turn it over when you see the opacity at about 1/3 of the way up the filet, which only takes about 3 minutes or so. Now, deglaze with the wine. Cook/braise the fish on this side until you still see some pink remaining only in the center. Remove to a plate, cover loosely with foil and let sit for 10 minutes. It will continue to cook through. Cook longer if you prefer your salmon more done. But seriously, eat it this way so you can discover how moist and sweet it is just like this!!


To serve 4, take 8, trimmed and cleaned stalks of bok choy and sear for about 2 minutes on each side in butter. Remove, sprinkle with sea salt, serve.

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