So pure and flavorful, Wild Alaskan salmon doesn’t need a sauce, but chickpeas simmered in a Moroccan-inspired sauce is a striking accompaniment. The beans absorb the tart, spicy flavorings wonderfully.
Wild salmon fillets, 2 (6oz/185g each)
Olive oil, 2tablespoons, plus more as needed
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Lemon zest, finely grated from 1 lemon
Ground cumin, 1teaspoon, plus more as needed
Red onion, ½, chopped
Smoked paprika, 1½teaspoons
Ground coriander, 1teaspoon
Cayenne pepper, ⅛teaspoon
Chickpeas, 1can (15oz/470g), rinsed and drained
Fresh lemon juice, 1tablespoon
Fresh cilantro, 2tablespoons minced
Place the salmon on a plate. Brush with olive oil, then sprinkle with salt, black pepper, lemon zest, and a little cumin.
Prepare a grill for direct-heat cooking over high heat. Meanwhile, in a large nonstick frying pan over medium-low heat, warm 2 tablespoons oil. Add the onion and sauté until translucent, about 5 minutes. Add the paprika, the 1 teaspoon cumin, coriander, and cayenne and sauté until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Add the chickpeas and 3 tablespoons water and simmer until the beans are tender, stirring frequently, about 3 minutes. Remove from the heat and mix in the lemon juice. Season to taste with salt and pepper. Cover the pan and keep warm.
Place the salmon skin side down on the grill, cover the grill and cook without turning until the salmon is just opaque in the center, about 8 minutes.
Divide the salmon and chickpeas between 2 warmed plates. Sprinkle with the cilantro and serve right away.