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Salmon with Basil Sauce

Howard L. Puckett
Yield Makes 4 servings
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.

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

How to Make It

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

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

  3. 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.

  4. 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.