This dish is as simple as it gets, and yet it's very impressive for company. Shallots, dill, and lemon are classic flavorings for salmon. If you can't find crème fraîche, use sour cream.
1/4 cup crème fraîche
2 tablespoons finely minced shallots
1 tablespoon 2% reduced-fat milk
1 tablespoon chopped fresh dill
1 1/2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1 1/8 teaspoons kosher salt, divided
1 (3-pound) boneless salmon fillet
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
1 tablespoon chopped fresh chives
How to Make It
Preheat oven to 450°.
Combine first 5 ingredients and 1/8 teaspoon salt in a small bowl, stirring with a whisk.
Place fish, skin side down, on a parchment-lined baking sheet. Rub fish with oil; sprinkle with remaining 1 teaspoon salt and pepper. Bake at 450° for 8 minutes. Remove from oven.
Preheat broiler to high.
Broil fish 4 minutes or until desired degree of doneness. Sprinkle with chives. Cut fish crosswise into 6 equal portions, top evenly with shallot cream, and serve immediately.
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I hesitated to do this recipe but I'm glad I did! I did the recipe exactly as written except we grilled the salmon. The sauce spread on top after cooking the salmon was wonderful. I thought the minced shallots would be too much of a bite raw, but they were delicious!
This is a very easy recipe and a great "quick cook" for a weeknight with salmon. The fresh dill and a good piece of fish are necessary for this simplistic entree to taste great. We both tasted the fish separate from the sauce and agreed that the sauce made the fish taste even better. Wouldn't hestiate to make again and again - enjoy!
I thought this was a great recipe! What made it stand out was the sauce. It was SO delicious! The creme fraiche gave it a lovely creamy taste that was such a nice complement to the dill and chives. I think the salmon could have done with half the amount of olive oil. There was so much that it was spattering in my oven and smoking quite a bit. I followed the recipe exactly except for adding some extra lemon juice and salt to the sauce to boost the flavor a bit. I served it with couscous and steamed broccoli. I would make this for company. This is a recipe I will hang onto and make again and again just like CL's Marinated Salmon with Mango-Kiwi Relish and Pineapple Teriyaki Salmon, my longtime favorite CL salmon recipes.