(I picked a fillet that came in just under a pound - to share with my boyfriend.)
I had read in Food and Wine magazine this month about a great Salmon dry rub but I was in too much of a hurry to look up the recipe (usually not wise) so I tried recreating it from memory.
First I set the rice to steam, as that takes about half an hour, and I turned my oven on to 350 degrees F.
I toasted some spices, about a tablespoon of each:
Whole Black Pepper
Red Pepper flakes
When they were golden and fragrant I moved them to my mortar + pestle and ground them to a coarse powder along with a teaspoon of each of the following:
I then rubbed the spice mix into the salmon - both sides - wrapped it in plastic wrap and stuck it in the fridge for 10 minutes.
When the rice was almost finished I put the soup on the stove to heat up. After unwrapping the salmon I rubbed it with about 2-3 tablespoons of olive oil and pan fried each side to make a nice crispy crust. Next I transferred it to a rimmed baking sheet and into the oven it went for 7 or 8 minutes - until just flaking.
(use a rack towards the upper third of the oven)
Everything should finish at about the same time - making this a perfect dinner when you're in a hurry - or just don't feel like slaving in the kitchen for hours :-)
All in all it was a great dinner! I still had enough energy afterwards to mix us up some cocktails and boyfriend loved it which is always a score in my book!!