Williams-Sonoma's Seared Salmon with Basil

Williams-Sonoma's Seared Salmon with Basil
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Recipe for Seared Salmon with Basil. This easy recipe goes together in less than 20 minutes, start to finish. From the new Williams Sonoma Food Made Fast series.


  • 2 cloves garlic, coarsely chopped
  • 1 green jalapeño chile, coarsely chopped
  • 3 green onions, chopped
  • 3 tablespoons chopped cilantro (fresh coriander)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil, preferably Thai
  • 2 tablespoons Asian fish sauce
  • juice from 1/2 fresh lime
  • 1 teaspoon sugar
  • 3 tablespoons corn or peanut oil
  • 4 salmon filets, about 1 1/2 pounds total weight
  • salt and freshly ground pepper
  • steamed rice for serving


  1. 20 Minutes Start to Finish
  2. 1. Make the chile-garlic paste – In a blender or food processor, combine 1 tablespoon water and the garlic, chile, green onions, and cilantro. Add the basil and process until a paste forms.
  3. 2. Make the sauce – In a small bowl, combine 2 tablespoons water and the fish sauce, lime juice, and sugar and stir to dissolve the sugar. Heat a small frying pan over medium heat until hot and add 2 tablespoons of the oil. Add the chile-garlic paste and sauté until very fragrant, 1 to 2 minutes. Stir in the fish sauce mixture and simmer for 2 minutes to blend the flavors. Keep warm.
  4. 3. Sear the salmon – Season each salmon filet with a pinch of salt and pepper. Heat a large frying pan over high heat until very hot and add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil. Add the salmon and Sear, turning once, until golden brown on the outside and still slightly rare in the center, about 2 minutes on each side. Transfer the salmon to a platter or dinner plates and drizzle with the warm sauce. Serve with the rice.