Seared Salmon with Mustard-Caper Butter
Butter flavored with mustard and capers adds to salmon's lusciousness.
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- Servings: 4
Photography: Sang An
Source: Martha Stewart Living, December 2006
- 6 tablespoons unsalted butter, softened
- 2 tablespoons drained capers, coarsely chopped
- 4 1/2 teaspoons coarsely chopped fresh dill, plus sprigs for garnish
- 2 teaspoons grainy mustard
- Grated zest of 1/2 lemon, plus 4 thin lemon slices for garnish
- Freshly ground pepper
- 4 salmon fillets (6 to 7 ounces each), skinned
- Coarse salt
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
Stir together butter, capers, dill, mustard, lemon zest, and 1/4 teaspoon pepper in a small bowl. Cover with plastic wrap, and refrigerate until ready to serve.
Season salmon with salt and pepper. Heat oil in a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add salmon, allowing 1 inch of space between fillets (cook in batches if needed). Cook, flipping once, until golden brown and just cooked through, 3 1/2 to 5 minutes per side. Serve topped with mustard-caper butter and garnished with dill and lemon slices.