Love and Spices: Seared Salmon with a Grapefruit Reduction

Delightful on a summer day served with chilled white wine

Recipe by Monique Singer

Previously published May 20, 2020

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Seared Salmon with a Grapefruit Reduction

Preparation time: 40 min | Cooking time for fish: 15 min | Cooking time for skin: 30 min | Preheat oven to 400°F/200°C | Yields: 2 servings

  • 2 thick salmon filets
  • 1 grapefruit, juiced
  • 1 grapefruit, in segments
  • 1 tbsp fresh thyme, chopped
  • 1/4 cup / 60 ml white wine
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 orange, zest
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp freshly ground white pepper
  • A pinch of cayenne
  • A pinch of nutmeg


  • 2 pieces of salmon skin for crisping

Wash well and remove all scales, pat dry.
Layout one large piece of foil, large enough to cover the skins.
Place one large piece of parchment paper over the foil.
Place the skins side by side on the parchment paper, leaving some space in between.
Sprinkle a pinch of salt, pepper and nutmeg over the skins.
Then drizzle with 1/4 teaspoon olive oil.
Fold the parchment paper and foil over the skins to cover.
Crisp in the oven for 30 minutes.
Remove the skins from the parchment paper and set aside.

In a saucepan, mix the grapefruit juice, orange zest, thyme, wine, salt, pepper and 1 teaspoon oil.
Simmer until reduced and set aside.

Marinate the fish in the reduced sauce for about 30 minutes.
Meanwhile, in a frying pan, heat 1 tablespoon of oil, and remove the fish from the marinade.
Sear for about 2 to 3 minutes on each side until golden.
Pour the reduced sauce back over the fish.
Roast in the oven for another 10 minutes then remove from oven.
Garnish with grapefruit segments and top with crispy skin.

Using a sharp serrated knife, cut around the grapefruit, instead of plunging the knife.
Place it at a right angle with the point toward the centre.
Cut the fruit at the place where the pulp and the rind meet.
Using a gentle sawing motion, make your way around the fruit.
Carefully slice on either side of each membrane separating the segment.

It is best to use medium-thick fish filets.
If you use frozen fish, make sure to thaw completely, rinse and pat dry before cooking.

Images: Anne Fillion

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