Sunday, February 22, 2009

Salmon Agrodolce - Super in a Flash and a Dash

This is one of my original finds for recipes back when I used to email recipe ideas to a few select friends. It is another great recipe with a short ingredient list but stellar results. For the few families where sauce is all important, you may want to consider doubling the sauce portion of the recipe, as I do know of one family where after the meal was over, the mom turned to see her son with his face in his plate licking the sauce off completely clean. Now I would say that is high praise when your child can't get enough and is licking the plate cleaner than a dishwasher. My photo, unfortunately doesn't do it justice, but what you are seeing are red onions that have been cooked in a balsamic reduction under some pan cooked salmon. The sauce is tart and sweet, the onions a perfect foil to the sweetness of the fish, and just a delicious meal. Serve with green beans or a green salad.

Salmon with Agrodolce Sauce Gourmet | April 2008
Serves 4

3 tablespoons olive oil, divided
4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets (1 inch thick) with skin
2 medium red onions (about 1 pound total), each cut into 8 wedges
2/3 cup balsamic vinegar
1 teaspoon sugar
1 tablespoon unsalted butter (I leave this out more often than not...it will enrich your sauce if you do leave it in.)

Heat 1 tablespoon oil in a 12-inch nonstick skillet over medium heat until hot. Pat salmon dry and sprinkle with 1 teaspoon salt and 1/2 teaspoon pepper, then cook, skin side up, until undersides form a golden crust, 12 to 15 minutes. Turn fish over and cook until just cooked through, about 3 minutes more.
Meanwhile, heat remaining 2 tablespoons oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat until it shimmers, then sauté onions until golden brown and crisp-tender, 6 to 8 minutes. Stir in vinegar, sugar, and 1/2 teaspoon salt and cook until sauce is syrupy, about 2 minutes. Remove from heat and stir in butter.
Spoon onions with sauce onto plates and top with salmon, skin side down.

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7 comments:

bella said...

oooh...i can't wait to try this! my kids love salmon!

Buckeroo said...

Joanne --the kids loved it! :) I couldn't find red onions, so I used brown ones instead.

Joanne Choi said...

Oh I am so glad they loved it Buckeroo! That is great! something about the balsamic sauce - it is really pleasing to the kids...

Eugene Choi said...

I tried this and I found it a little too sweet.

My wife loved it though.

I also think the sauce has to reduce for far longer than 2 minutes. I use the "coats the back of a spoon" test.

halim said...

yuum...i made this tonight for dinner. lawrence loved the sauce. he is all about the sauce! served it with an herbed orzo salad with peas and a spinach salad with dijon vinaigrette dressing. very satisfying.

camilla said...

This was really good and easy. My sauce was more tart, but sweetened up the next day. The onions provided a nice contast. I used the leftover dressing as a salad dressing.

www.españa-3d.com said...

This will not actually have effect, I think so.

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