The definition of simple: fresh, skin-on salmon fillets, given a quick marinade with parsley, lemon, and olive oil, then seared to produce crisp skin and moist flesh. A quick pan sauce of shallot, garlic, white wine, butter, and capers finishes it off. Serve with rice pilaf or cucumber salad. If you prefer to avoid wine, use water instead.
What to buy: Look for wild or sustainably farmed salmon—check out the Monterey Bay Aquarium’s Seafood Watch salmon recommendations and find a market or fishmonger you can trust.