Salmon with Avocado Relish

  • Serves

    serves 4

This recipe is a version of one in Jeremiah Tower Cooks (Stewart Tabori & Chang, 2002).


  • 4 (2-oz.) filets skinless boneless salmon
  • Extra-virgin olive oil
  • 1 tbsp. fresh lime juice
  • 1 tsp. ground cumin
  • 1 ripe hass avocado, peeled, seeded, and coarsely chopped
  • Salt
  • 34 cup fish stock
  • 3 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1 (3") piece ginger, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 medium tomato, cored, peeled, seeded, and finely chopped
  • 4 tbsp. cold butter, cut into small pieces
  • 2 tbsp. cilantro leaves
  • Freshly ground black pepper


Step 1

Heat oven to 500°. Place each piece of salmon between lightly oiled pieces of plastic wrap. Use smooth side of a meat mallet to gently pound each into a roughly 8" × 4" oval; transfer wrapped salmon filets to a plate. Combine lime juice, cumin, avocado, and salt to taste in a bowl and set aside.

Step 2

Place 4 large heatproof plates in oven. Put fish stock, garlic, and ginger into a large skillet; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to medium and boil gently until thickened, 4–5 minutes. Add tomatoes; cook for 1 minute more. Remove from heat and whisk in 3 tbsp. butter a few pieces at a time; keep sauce hot. (Melt the remaining butter.) Carefully remove plates from oven. Brush plates with melted butter and top each with one piece of unwrapped salmon; season with salt and pepper to taste. Pour some of the sauce over each piece of salmon; garnish with the avocado relish and cilantro, then drizzle with a little olive oil. Serve immediately.

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