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Pinot-poached Salmon with Onion Confit

Pinot-poached Salmon with Onion Confit

Coastal Living NOVEMBER 2005

  • Yield: Makes 6 servings


  • 1/4 cup unsalted butter, divided
  • 4 sweet onions, halved vertically and sliced 1/4 inch thick
  • 1 (750-milliliter) bottle Pinot Noir, divided
  • 1 yellow bell pepper, cut into thin strips
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup Kalamata olives, pitted and sliced
  • 2 cups fish or seafood broth
  • 3 garlic cloves, sliced
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 6 (6- to 8-ounce) salmon fillets
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh flat-leaf parsley
  • 1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper


Melt 3 tablespoons butter in a large skillet over medium heat. Add onion, and cook 20 minutes, stirring often. Add 1 1/2 cups of wine, bell pepper, and brown sugar; cook 20 minutes or until onion is tender, stirring often.

Add olives, and cook 5 minutes, stirring often. Remove from heat, and keep warm.

Combine remaining wine, fish broth, garlic, and bay leaf in a deep skillet or Dutch oven; bring to a simmer. Add salmon, skin-side down. Cover and simmer 7 minutes or until fish flakes easily with a fork. Remove to a serving platter with a slotted spatula.

Pour 1 cup poaching liquid into a small saucepan; bring to a boil. Simmer, uncovered, until liquid reduces to 1/3 cup. Remove from heat, and stir in remaining 1 tablespoon butter, parsley, and pepper. Spoon 1/2 cup onion confit over each salmon fillet; drizzle with butter-parsley sauce.