Salmon with Basil Sauce

Howard L. Puckett
A short soak in olive oil infuses this quick salmon recipe with delicious flavor and helps aid the cooking process. Top the fish with a quick, fresh basil sauce for a quick weeknight meal or an easy main dish when entertaining.

Yield:

Makes 4 servings

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Ingredients

4 (6-ounce) salmon fillets
Olive oil
Salt and freshly ground black pepper
1 cup fresh basil
1/2 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 garlic clove
2 teaspoons fresh lemon juice
1/4 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper

Preparation

Drizzle salmon with olive oil, and sprinkle with salt and pepper. Set aside 10 minutes to absorb flavor.

Meanwhile, combine basil, 1/2 cup olive oil, and remaining ingredients in a food processor. Pulse until finely chopped, and set aside.

Heat a large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Sauté salmon 4 to 5 minutes on each side, or until desired degree of doneness. Place on serving plates. In the warm skillet, heat reserved basil sauce, and pour over salmon.

Perfect Pairing: California lifestyle expert Susie Coelho recommends Meridian Pinot Noir for the Salmon with Basil Sauce. A hint of lemon means the recipe would work equally well with Meridian's Chardonnay. Another option is Meridian Sauvignon Blanc. Its bright, sunny quality matches the acidity of the tomatoes.

Note:

Julia Dowling Rutland,

April 2006