Ecstatic Salmon (Alton Brown’s “The Cure for Salmon” with really frakking good salmon)
$6 worth of Keta salmon from Loki Fish Company, bought from the cute guy who’s there all the time.
A tablespoon or so of blackberry blossom honey from Rockridge Orchards, from the charmingly outgoing owner.
Equal parts coarse sea salt and sugar (1.5 tablespoons each).
Mix the salt and sugar. Heat the honey until thin and spreadable, or just stop the microwave as soon as it boils. Put down a piece of tinfoil and a piece of saran wrap on top of that. Spread less than half of the salt-sugar mixture on the plastic in about the shape of the fish. Brush both sides of the fish with the honey, using all of it, and then lay the fish down on the crystals. Cover the fish with the rest of the salt and sugar. Wrap it up tightly and set the package in a dish. Weight with a plate and some cans of food, and refrigerate for two hours. Turn the fish over after one hour and reweight.
Unwrap the fish, and place it on a foil-lined baking sheet. Heat the broiler as hot as it will get, and when it’s there, slide the fish in. Broil for 8 minutes, if you have a filet that’s an inch and a quarter or so thick at the thickest point. The thin parts will be a little dry, but that’s ok.
Do not sauce the fish. Do not put it on a plate with dressed salad. Just eat it as it is.
I don’t know if this treatment would be as good with frozen and factory-processed fish. It would probably be very tasty. With the fresh wild fish, it is amazing. We’re talking borderline erotic.