April 30, 2013
Wine Varietal: Pinot Noir
The musky, yet sweet taste of balsamic vinegar pairs perfectly with the fatty flesh of salmon. The balsamic glaze is good on other types of seafood as well, particularly black cod (sablefish) or Alaskan weathervane scallops.
2 tablespoons olive oil
1 1/2 pounds salmon fillets, bones removed, rinsed, drained, patted dry, and cut into four (6-ounce) pieces
1 clove garlic, chopped
2 plum tomatoes, cored and sliced 1/4 inch thick
2 tablespoons lemon juice, freshly squeezed
1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
1/2 cup fish stock or chicken stock
2 tablespoons butter
3 tablespoons basil chiffonade (See Cook’s Hint, below)
1. Preheat the oven to 425°F. Lightly coat a baking dish large enough to hold the salmon fillets without crowding with oil or nonstick cooking spray.
2. Heat the olive oil over medium-high heat in a skillet large enough to hold the salmon fillets without crowding. (Alternatively, use two skillets or cook the salmon in two batches.) When the oil is hot but not smoking, add the salmon fillets, flesh side down, and cook 3 minutes, or until the fish is golden brown outside but still rare inside. Place the salmon in the reserved baking dish skin side down and place in the oven for 8 to 10 minutes or until the fish just turns opaque.
3. Return the skillet to medium-high heat and add the garlic, tomatoes, lemon juice, balsamic vinegar, and fish stock. Cook until reduced to 3 to 4 tablespoons, stirring occasionally. Remove from the heat and add the butter and basil, swirling to blend.
4. To serve, divide the salmon fillets among warmed individual plates and drizzle with the glaze.
Cook’s Hint: To chiffonade, pull basil or sorrel leaves from their stems, stack neatly one on top of another, and roll tightly like a cigar. Using a very sharp knife, cut the leaves into thin slivers. Unroll the slivers, fluff, and measure.
Recipe reprinted from the “Pike Place Public Market Seafood Cookbook,” gift edition and e-edition, by Braiden Rex-Johnson, copyright 2005 and 2012. Published by Ten Speed Press, a division of Random House, Inc.