Recipes: Saint Lucifer Spice Szechaun Seared Salmon

Saint Lucifer Spice‘s co-owner Tom Hewell:  This Asian-inspired dish is ideal for those lighter, healthier weekday dinners and is real easy to make. Try it for yourself, and you’ll surely add it to your repeat dinner list. We sear our salmon in a cast iron skillet and then finish in the broiler. Enjoy!

Saint Lucifer Szechaun Seared Salmon

Servings:  approximately 1-3


  • ½ – 3/4 lb. of salmon fillets, 2-3 pieces, cut into 2” x 5” fillets, about ¾”-1” thick,
  • 1 Tbsp of sesame oil
  • 1 Tbsp crushed Szechaun peppercorns
  • 1 tsp crushed black peppercorns
  • 1/2 tsp of kosher salt
  • 2 tsp St. Lucifer Spice #11
  • 1 Tbsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 2-3 lime slices
  • 2 cups of coarsely-chopped watercress or another leafy green.


  1. Coat the salmon pieces with sesame oil on all sides along with a dusting of kosher salt (small pitch). Cover and refrigerate for 2-4 hours.
  2. Grind or mortar and pestle Szechaun and black peppercorns and St. Lucifer Spice® #11 to create a rub.
  3. Sprinkle this rub on top of the salmon pieces to desired amount.
  4. Allow the salmon to return to temperature for about 30 minutes before cooking
  5. Heat oven for broil 6.
  6. Add a small amount of sesame oil to cast iron skillet or any non-stick pan that is oven proof on med-high heat.
  7. Place the salmon, skin side down, in the pan. It will start to sizzle and splash oil. Lightly cover with aluminum foil, allowing the sides to breath.
  8. Cook 5-7 minutes or until you start to see the salmon cooked about halfway up from the bottom of the skin.
  9. Remove from stove top, place in oven and broil, with the door cracked for about 3-5 minutes to sear the top.
  10. Remove from oven. Salmon can be a little rare, but if you rather it cooked through, broil for another 1-2 minutes. It should not take long to cook.
  11. Place over watercress with a drizzle of lime and soy sauce.
  12. As always, for added spice, just add more St. Lucifer Spice #11. You control the heat level by the amount of Saint Lucifer you add.

NOTE:  The Szechaun peppercorns and watercress can be found in any Asian grocery store as well as larger grocery stores, catering to all ethnicities. You can substitute the watercress for any type of green, including chopped or grilled romaine lettuce, Boston Bibb or even string beans. If you want a little more substance to the meal, serve salmon over rice.

Visit the recipe section of our website for many more Saint Lucifer-inspired recipes. Enjoy!

Saint Lucifer Spice's Seared Szechaun Salmon (photo by Saint Lucifer Spice)
Saint Lucifer Spice’s Seared Szechaun Salmon (photo by Saint Lucifer Spice)

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