A few years ago I created a menu of regional American dishes (both traditional and invented) for a special Fourth of July wine dinner. I wanted something particularly clever to represent Manhattan. I kept thinking of sophisticated New Yorkers drinking martinis and decided to try my hand at making a sauce with similar ingredients. I like the double dose of juniper with the deep, rich taste of wild salmon, and the olives add a distinctive briny note, which is a perfect complement that cuts through the flavor of the rich fish.–Susan Spicer
Big City Salmon with Martini Sauce Recipe
- Quick Glance
- Makes 4 servings
- For the Martini Sauce
- 1 tablespoon minced shallot
- 1/4 cup gin
- 1/4 cup dry vermouth
- 1 teaspoon chopped whole juniper berries
- 1 teaspoon dried or brined green peppercorns, optional
- 1/4 cup heavy cream
- 2 teaspoons butter
- 6 pimiento-stuffed green olives, sliced into rings
- Fresh lemon juice
- Salt and pepper
- For the salmon
- Four 6-ounce salmon fillets
- Salt and pepper
- Chopped fresh parsley, as desired
- 2 tablespoons olive oil (if sauteing)
- Martini Sauce
- Make the Martini Sauce
- 1. Place the shallot, gin, vermouth, juniper berries, and green peppercorns, if using, in a small saucepan and bring to a boil. Lower the heat and simmer until reduced to about 3 tablespoons liquid. Add the cream and reduce to 1/4 cup.
- 2. Strain and return the liquid to the saucepan (discard the solids). Whisk in the butter. Add the olives and season to taste with lemon juice, salt, and a little pepper. Cover and keep warm while you prepare the salmon.
- Make the salmon
- 3. Season each piece of salmon with salt and pepper and sprinkle with a little chopped parsley. If sauteing, heat the olive oil in a wide skillet and cook the fish, about 3 minutes on the first side, then about 2 minutes on the second side to achieve a medium-rare temperature. (Increase the cooking time by about 90 seconds on each side if you want the salmon to be cooked through.) You may also grill or broil the salmon, as desired.
- 4. Spoon the Martini Sauce over (or alongside) the cooked salmon and serve immediately. This salmon is delicious with boiled new potatoes or rice.
Big City Salmon with Martini Sauce Recipe © 2007 Susan Spicer. Photo © 2007 Chris Granger. All rights reserved.