Made this last night for guests and it was a hit. I think I "whirled" the basil too long and it was a bit thin but the flavor was marvellous. I used lime juice instead of lemon and it was very good. Also added the tomatoes which made for a really pretty presentation as well as a fillip of flavor. Our guests loved it. Definitely make it again.
Salmon with Basil Sauce
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.
- 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
- 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.
Only you will be able to view, print, and edit this note.Add Note