Rating: 4 stars
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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.

Julia Dowling Rutland
Recipe by Coastal Living April 2006

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Credit: Howard L. Puckett

Recipe Summary

Yield:
Makes 4 servings
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Ingredients

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Directions

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

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  • 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.

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