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. 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.