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Salmon can be used to make a quick and easy dinner, and this recipe is very easy as long as you are comfortable having 3 pans on the stove at the same time – one for the fish, one for the rice and one for the sauce. If the rice is ready first, that is fine because it will stay hot if you cover the pan. The salmon is also fine to sit too.

The sauce is really easy. It is made with red wine, green onion and butter. You need to reduce it down until it is thick and syrupy, and then you can drizzle some sauce on the serving plate to add a splash of color. If you want to add some vegetables to the plate, consider wilting some spinach into the wild rice mixture, or else you might like to have steamed asparagus or broccoli on the plate alongside the fish and rice.

The salmon we are cooking very simply, just adding some salt and black pepper and cooking it in olive oil to keep the flavor of the fish intact and so it does not clash with the flavors in the rice or the sauce. Sometimes it is nice to cook fish or meat very plainly, just with a little salt and black pepper, so you can experience its natural flavors without overwhelming them. Use your judgement when buying the salmon filets – you can eyeball how much is in a package and work out how much you can eat.

Simple Salmon over Herbed Wild Rice
Summary: Salmon is pan-fried and then served over a wild rice mixture with fresh herbs. We are teaming this delicious dish with some homemade red wine sauce.
Cuisine: American
Recipe type: Entree
Serves: 4
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
  • 4 salmon filets
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
  • Fresh basil, for garnish (optional)
For the Wild Rice
  • 2 cups wild rice
  • 3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh marjoram
  • ¼ cup chopped fresh parsley
  • Salt and black pepper, to taste
For the Red Wine Sauce
  • ½ cup red wine
  • 1 minced green onion
  • 3 tablespoons chopped chilled butter
  1. Rinse the wild rice under running water then drain it well.
  2. Bring a large pot of water to a boil, then add the rice.
  3. Turn it down to a simmer and cook for 40 minutes or until the rice is tender.
  4. Drain the rice and put it back in the pot with the cover on, to keep it warm.
  5. Heat a tablespoon of olive oil in a skillet for 2 minutes.
  6. Add the salmon filets and cook for 2 minutes.
  7. Flip and cook on the other side for another few minutes or until cooked through.
  8. Meanwhile you can make the sauce.
  9. Bring the wine and green onion to a boil and cook until it reduces to 3 tablespoons.
  10. Turn the heat down and whisk in the butter, then add salt and black pepper to taste.
  11. Stir the extra-virgin olive oil, marjoram and parsley into the rice, along with some salt and black pepper.
  12. You can serve the salmon on top of the wild rice, garnishing the plate with some basil if liked.
  13. Serve the sauce on the side.

Photo Description:

This recipe shows you how to make a simple salmon recipe extra impressive. All we are doing is making wild rice with herbs instead of boiled rice, adding a sprig of basil and some tangy red wine sauce to the plate, to bring you this flavorful meal. This recipe requires you to have 3 pans on the stove at one time, but that is simple enough, since you can keep an eye on everything at once. The salmon is seasoned simply to keep its natural flavor intact, while the red wine sauce adds a gourmet touch to the plate.

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Christine Szalay-Kudra

Hi, my name is Christine. I am happy you are visiting today. Food is very important to everyone, and in this family we love to eat all kinds of dishes from meat and chicken to international cuisine, crockpot creations and more. Seafood is something we also love, and I love the fact it is nutritious as well as very tasty.

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