(upbeat music) - Hi, I'm Jacques Pépin, and this is "American Masters at Home."
(upbeat music) I wanna show you how to bake a salmon with a garnish.
I'm doing an endive here.
I have a large Belgian endive, as you can see here.
This is about, I would say, about seven, eight ounces, very large.
So one for two, like this, and what I do, put them in a skillet like this with about one, two tablespoons of water, maybe at the most.
A little piece of butter, I'm gonna put a dash of salt on this and a little dash of sugar also.
Bring that to a boil.
I'm going to let it boil.
The water will cook, evaporate.
It will cook about five, six, seven minutes, and then eventually because the sugar, a bit of a butter, it's going to brown nicely.
So this will be the garnish for our salmon.
Of course, that's a second recipe.
You have two pieces of salmon.
They are about five, five ounces, each of them.
You can see the belly is there and the belly is very thin.
And so what I do, fold your belly underneath so that they are about the same equal size all over.
Maybe a tablespoon of ketchup, a dash of hot oil.
This is really very hot, that oil.
So you can have another type of hot sauce.
This is the roasted sesame oil, half a teaspoon.
I'm gonna put a dash of salt on top of it still, and mix this.
So I put a little bit underneath.
A little more underneath.
This is any seasoning you can do.
I mean, my salmon here will cook in a 400 degree oven oven or something like that for about five, six, seven minutes.
It depends on the thickness of the salmon.
It also depends how you like it.
So you can have that ready and ready to go into the oven.
Let me see.
So you can see that my endive here is still very hot, so I want all of that to evaporate and start browning.
So the whole thing will take you about seven, eight minutes, 10 minutes.
So when it's about ready, then I put that into the oven.
Seven minutes, 400 degree in the oven and you see, this is the center.
It's still a little bit rare, but this is the way we like it.
You can cook it a little more.
So here we are here.
Here is my endive.
See, the endives are cooked now.
They cook about seven, eight minutes too.
Maybe I'll plate them this way.
Then the salmon, and have your herbs on top, always helps.
Okay, and this is the baked salmon with the braised Belgian endive.
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