If you are looking for a quick and easy fish dish with a summery flavour, seared salmon with watercress sauce is just what you are after. The fresh zingy watercress sauce works perfectly with the salmon and is so simple to make.
- Quick and easy
- Light and refreshing
- Hot or cold
- Easy entertaining
- Family favourite
This seared salmon and watercress sauce recipe is my idea of a perfect summery meal. It's quick and easy to make. You whizz up the sauce as the salmon cooks, so it can be on the table in around 20 minutes. It's also very versatile. I have served this as a family meal (when Will isn't around as he doesn't like fish!), as well as for friends at a dinner party as a main with potatoes and fresh vegetables or salad. I have also served it as a starter with just a few wilted greens. It works well served cold with salad, or as a really tasty sandwich filling. So really it's up to you how and when you serve it. If you like salmon you are going to love this dish.
For the photograph, I have cooked the salmon on a griddle pan but you can sear it each side in a regular frying pan too, just add a little oil first. You can then continue to cook it in the pan until the fish is cooked through, or pop it into the oven to finish cooking as I have done in the recipe. Cooking in the oven has the advantage of less fishy smells in the room as it cooks.
If you do pop it the oven though, make sure your pan has an ovenproof handle or transfer to a baking tray first. As a word of advice, if you do pop the pan in the oven, leave the oven gloves or a cloth over the handle after you have taken the pan out. It is so easy to carefully remove it from the oven then a few minutes later grab the handle without thinking. Trust me, I've done it and it hurts!
Seared salmon with watercress sauce
- 4 salmon fillets
- a little rapeseed oil optional
- 50 g watercress
- 4 spring onions trimmed and roughly chopped
- 150 g crème fraîche
- Generous pinch grated nutmeg
- salt and freshly ground black pepper
- Preheat the oven to 200℃ (180℃ fan)/400°F/gas mark 6.
- Season the salmon fillets.
- Heat a griddle pan over a medium high heat. Add the salmon flesh side down and sear for 1 to 2 minutes, turn over and sear the other side. You can also do this on a frying pan (skillet) if desired
- Place the fish in the oven and bake for 5 minutes. You can leave the fish in the pan if it is ovenproof, if not transfer to a baking tray.
- Meanwhile, place all the remaining ingredients in a food processor or liquidizer and process for a few minutes until well blended.
- Check the seasoning of the sauce.
- Serve the salmon with the sauce and vegetables of your choice