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Salmon with Balsamic Onion Marmalade

Salmon with Balsamic Onion Marmalade

In Modena, Italy, the home of balsamic vinegar, Sunset reader Robin Love bought a small, expensive bottle of a complexly aged balsamic. At home, it disappeared quickly into dishes that it suited well. Hooked on this special sweet flavor, Love hit upon a less costly alternative--everyday balsamic vinegar plus orange juice. It goes nicely with salmon and onion, especially when served with a risotto made with asparagus and no cheese.

Sunset FEBRUARY 1998

  • Yield: Makes 2 servings


  • 1 red onion (6 oz.)
  • 2 teaspoons olive oil
  • 1/2 cup orange juice
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 2 salmon fillets (about 6 oz. each), rinsed
  • Salt and pepper


1. Peel onion and cut into 8 wedges.

2. Pour 1 teaspoon oil into a 2- to 3-quart pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add onion and cook, turning once, to lightly brown, about 5 minutes.

3. Add orange juice and vinegar. Bring to a boil over high heat, then reduce heat, cover, and simmer until onion is very tender when pierced, about 45 minutes.

4. Shortly before onion is done, pour remaining oil into a nonstick 10- to 12-inch frying pan over medium-high heat. When pan is hot, add salmon. Cook, turning once, until fish is opaque but still moist-looking in thickest part (cut to test), 7 to 9 minutes total.

5. Transfer the salmon to plates and serve with onion mixture. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 344
  • Calories from fat: 39%
  • Protein: 35g
  • Fat: 15g
  • Saturated fat: 2.3g
  • Carbohydrate: 15g
  • Fiber: 1.3g
  • Sodium: 85mg
  • Cholesterol: 94mg

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