Salmon With Sesame and Herbs

3 tablespoons low-sodium soy sauce

3 tablespoons light brown sugar or honey

4 tablespoons unseasoned rice wine vinegar

Kosher salt and ground black pepper

4 skin-on salmon fillets, 4 to 6 ounces each, at least 1-inch thick

2 tablespoons raw white sesame seeds

1 small shallot, thinly sliced into rings

3 cups cilantro, parsley or both, tender leaves and stems

1 tablespoon toasted sesame oil

Combine soy sauce, light brown sugar and 3 tablespoons rice wine vinegar in a wide shallow bowl (or small baking dish) and season with salt and plenty of black pepper. Place salmon skin-side up in the marinade and let sit for at least 20 minutes, or up to 2 hours.

Place a rack in the tip third of the oven and heat the broiler.

Place the salmon skin-side up on foil-lined baking sheet; discard the marinade. Transfer to oven and broil until the salmon is cooked through and the skin is bubbling and lightly crisped, 5 to 7 minutes.

The leftover marinade can be poured into a small saucepan and reduced over low heat while the salmon cooks.

Meanwhile, toast the sesame seeds in a small skillet over medium heat, tossing frequently until the seeds are golden brown and fragrant, 3 to 4 minutes.

Toss shallot rings with remaining 1 tablespoon rice wine vinegar in a medium bowl and season with salt and pepper. Let sit for a minute or two to lightly pickle, then add the sesame seeds, herbs and sesame oil and toss to combine.

Transfer salmon to a large serving platter. Top with reduced marinade, sesame and herb salad and serve.


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