Photo: Stephen DeVries; Prop Styling: Thom Driver; Food Styling: Mary Claire Britton
Active Time
20 Mins
Total Time
20 Mins
Serves 4

Did you think we were going to dish up another ho-hum salmon recipe? You know us better than that. Between the perfectly toasted rye bread that's brushed with melted butter to that creamy, tangy dressing that drips off the side as you bite in, this is one Reuben you'll never forget. 

How to Make It

Step 1

Preheat oven to 400°F. Stir together Kewpie mayo, chopped dill pickles, gochujang, mustard, and scallions in a small bowl; set aside.

Step 2

Combine peppercorns, coriander seeds, and caraway seeds in a spice grinder; grind until coarsely ground, about 5 seconds.

Step 3

Heat oil in a large cast-iron or ovenproof skillet over high. Add salmon fillets; cook until browned, about 1 minute and 30 seconds per side. Remove from heat.

Step 4

Stir together molasses, salt, and paprika in a bowl. Brush both sides of salmon fillets with molasses mixture, and sprinkle both sides evenly with peppercorn mixture, pressing to adhere. Transfer skillet to preheated oven, and roast to desired degree of doneness, 3 to 4 minutes for medium.

Step 5

Brush rye bread slices evenly with melted butter. Place on a baking sheet, and toast at 400°F until golden brown, about 5 minutes.

Step 6

Spread desired amount of mayonnaise mixture evenly on 1 side of toasted rye slices. Top each of 4 rye slices with 1 salmon fillet. Top evenly with kimchi, and cover with remaining 4 rye slices. Serve immediately with any remaining mayonnaise mixture.