Seared Salmon with Winter Vegetables and Kombu Broth Read More

by Marija Petrovic | 19/02/2014 00:03

Makes 6 servings

active time
30 minutes

total time
1 hour 35 minutes
This light but richly flavored broth is good with any fatty, skin-on fish fillet, such as Arctic char or sea bass.

2 tablespoons vegetable oil, divided
1 small yellow onion, halved through root
1 small bunch baby turnips (about 12 ounces), greens torn into pieces, turnips peeled, quartered
3 large shallots, sliced into rings
1 3″ piece ginger, peeled, sliced 1/4″ thick
3 ounces kombu
1 tablespoon kosher salt, plus more
1 cup dry vermouth
1/2 small butternut squash (about 12 ounces), peeled, seeded, cut into 1/2″ thick pieces
6 4-ounce pieces skin-on salmon fillet
Freshly ground black pepper
1 lemon, halved


Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add onion, cut sides down, and cook, undisturbed, until dark brown, about 5 minutes.

Transfer onion to a large Dutch oven or other large pot and add turnips, shallots, ginger, kombu, 1 tablespoon salt, and 8 cups water. Bring to a gentle simmer (do not boil or broth will be bitter) and cook until broth is light golden and onion is soft, 40–50 minutes.

Add vermouth to broth and simmer 5 minutes. Remove onion and kombu; discard. Add squash and simmer until just softened, 12–15 minutes. Add turnip greens and simmer, stirring occasionally, until tender, about 2 minutes.

Meanwhile, season salmon with salt and pepper. Heat remaining 1 tablespoon oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Cook salmon, skin side down, until skin is very crisp, about 2 minutes. Turn salmon and cook 30 seconds longer (salmon will be rare; it will continue to cook in the hot broth). Spoon broth and vegetables into shallow bowls and top with salmon, skin side up; squeeze lemon over.

DO AHEAD: Broth and vegetables (without turnip greens) can be made 1 day ahead. Reheat and add greens just before serving.

Per serving: 420 calories, 14 g fat, 7 g fiber


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