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How to sear salmon before cooking in oven? (smoke points, etc.)

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How to sear salmon before cooking in oven? (smoke points, etc.)

mike2401 | Apr 3, 2013 01:50 PM

I heated a stainless steel pan, added coconut oil (virgin/unrefined) and immediately my kitchen filled with smoke.

I suppose my pan was too hot or the oil had too low of a smoke point.

Since I'm on the paleo diet, I strictly avoid refined & omega 6 polyunsaturated oils.

If I need a higher smoke point oil, I suppose I could try refined coconut oil, or olive oil shouldn't be too bad.

I have a gas range.

How hot should the pan be? (High, Medium/high, Medium)?

My objective was to sear the outside of the salmon before putting it in the oven to cook the rest of the way.

Any suggestions would be very much appreciated.

Thanks,
Caveman Mike

PS: Please confirm I'm supposed to add oil to the already hot pan and not add oil to the cold pan and then heat.

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