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Caramelized Salmon With Cilantro Potato Salad

Caramelized Salmon With Cilantro Potato Salad

  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 1 hour 15 minutes including time to marinate
  • Yield: 4 servings


  • 1 cup Emeril's Mayonnaise
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro leaves
  • 1 teaspoon chopped garlic
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped red onion
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped celery
  • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
  • 2 pounds new or small red potatoes, quartered, boiled in salted water to cover until fork tender, and drained
  • 4 salmon fillets (about 4 ounces each), cut in half crosswise
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • Sprigs of fresh cilantro and parsley


  • In a large mixing bowl, combine the mayonnaise, cilantro, garlic, onion, and celery, mix well, and season with salt and pepper, fold in the potatoes carefully so as not to break them up. Season again with salt and pepper. Cover and refrigerate for 1 hour.

  • Season each fillet with salt and pepper, then dredge each in the sugar, tapping, off any excess. Heat the olive oil in a large sautÈ pan over medium-high heat. Add the fillets and cook until the sugar caramelizes, 2 to 3 minutes on each side.

  • To serve, place the potato salad in the center of a serving plate. Lay the salmon on top of the salad, and garnish with cilantro and parsley sprigs.