**** NOTE: I wrote this in October, but I never got around to posting it... so here you are:
I had some salmon in the freezer that was already cut into portions, so I defrosted them and put on my thinking cap... what was I going to do beside just throw it into the oven with some butter and dill? What to do?, what to do?
It was then I asked the appropriate question: "What would Paula Deen do?"
Well, the answer was obvious... but I didn't plan to use two sticks of butter on each piece of fish. In any event, I was inspired, so I seasoned the fish with salt, pepper, and a dash of chili powder on both sides. Then I dusted each side with a little flour (DUSTED, not coated).
I set that aside while I pre-heated the oven to 350.
I heated about a tablespoon each of olive oil and dark toasted sesame oil and heated it in a non stick skillet. When the oil was hot and just starting to smoke, I placed the salmon in the pan and let it sear for about two minutes (adjusting the heat as appropriate... I wasn't trying to start a fire). Then turning the fish and searing the other side as well.
Then I removed the fish from the pan (the color should be nearly the same color as a brown paper bag) and drained each piece on a plate lined with paper towels, and immediately placed them on a foil-lined baking sheet.
Next, I drained most of the oil from the pan, added the following: 1/2 a tablespoon of butter, a tablespoon of bacon bits, and a teaspoon of spicy mustard. I stirred the pan to mix everything, and then after about a minute, I brushed the tops of the fish, and sprinkled with some french fried onions.
I placed the fish in the oven, for about ten minutes.
OK, while your house is starting to smell really good, let's go back to before the beginning: I had some fresh green beans, which I had washed and snapped, which went into a dutch oven just enough chicken broth to cover the beans. I set the heat to medium, and brought the beans to a simmer until done.
I think the fish is done, so let's take it out and serve it up with the beans, shall we? Here is your result: