Radically Simple Cooking with Rozanne Gold: Bring on Spring

Sesame Salmon with Green Onions and Lemon

Simple yet radically sophisticated, bring springtime's sunny-fresh flavors to the table with this vibrant dish. | Rozanne Gold

By the time March arrives, most of us are ready to move past winter's last gray days into springtime's sunny-fresh flavors. Trouble is, much of the country is still firmly planted in winter, and hearty root vegetables (delicious as they are) dominate the plate. Here's a great way to coax spring flavors out of select year-round ingredients: Combine bright lemons, peppery arugula, and tender green onions for a sort of luscious compote that can be used to accompany salmon. It's a light, fresh dinner that's fantastically easy and fast to make.

Sesame Salmon with Green Onions and Lemon


4 (6-ounce) sustainable salmon fillets (such as wild Alaskan)
Cooking spray
2 tablespoons sesame seeds
2 tablespoons black sesame seeds
1/2 teaspoon salt, divided
1 tablespoon butter
1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
2 cups (1-inch) slices green onions
5 thin lemon slices, halved
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1 cup baby arugula

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1. Preheat oven to 400°.

2. Arrange salmon in a single layer on a jelly-roll pan coated with cooking spray. Combine sesame seeds and 3/8 teaspoon salt; sprinkle evenly over flesh sides of fillets, pressing gently into fish. Bake at 400° for 14 minutes or until desired degree of doneness.

3. Melt butter in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add oil to pan; swirl. Add green onions; cook 2 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add lemon slices; cook 2 minutes. Sprinkle green onion mixture with remaining 1/8 teaspoon salt and pepper. Place 1 fillet on each of 4 plates. Place arugula in a medium bowl. Add green onion mixture to bowl with arugula; toss. Divide arugula mixture evenly among servings.

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Rozanne Gold is a four-time James Beard award-winning chef and author of the 1-2-3 cookbook series and Radically Simple: Brilliant Flavors with Breathtaking Ease.